This book is a first rate historical book of the times and lives of soldiers of the 20th Maine during the American civil war.
Both the writing and the narration keeps the book flowing through this important era of American history.
This book is much like a pre-history to market forces or his other books (awaken Furies). An intresting main character and a good story. If you like his other books, I think you will like this one as well.
I really enjoyed this entire series. The last book is the darkest of the three and the most adult themed. By Books end, I was sorry to see the series end but can only sing the praise of the story.
Its better than most of the other ringworld books as it ties up many of the old storylines and is takes ringworld out of just a book about the ring to a book about the ringworld and how it is changing the world of know space.
PS> I think the voice used for the Kzinti was really off key. Kzinti do not sound like ellmer Fudd.
Its a good story. Its reminds me of a SF 1930's style bullets and Whisky Detective Story set in San Fransico of the Future. The Reader of the story does a good job and gives it the gritty feeling the story needs.
I overall liked this book but it is a bit to chew through. It has lots of names and facts in it and a overall good story (historical) guide line, but sometimes understanding what is going on is a bit hard.
It was written at least 1500 years ago so most of problems with the book itself is understandable as dramatic themes and verse is quite different today.
This book is not for the faint of heart when it comes to Alexander. A modern version would be about 1/3 of the lenght.
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