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Janissaries | [Jerry Pournelle]

Janissaries

Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangerous mission only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation. They were cut off in hostile territory, with local troops and their Cuban “advisors” rapidly closing in - and then the alien spaceship landed. Rescued from certain death, they now must fight another world’s war.
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Publisher's Summary

Some days it just doesn’t pay to be a soldier.

Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangerous mission, only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation. They were cut off in hostile territory, with local troops and their Cuban “advisors” rapidly closing in—and then the alien spaceship landed.

Rescued from certain death, they now must fight another world’s war.

©1979 Jerry Pournelle (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Joseph CHANDLER, AZ, United States 12-07-12
    Joseph CHANDLER, AZ, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Superb book now with superb presentation."
    If you could sum up Janissaries in three words, what would they be?

    Thanks much to Jerry and his Janissaries series. It has been a favorite of mine for decades. I was stunned to see it available on Audible, as Jerry was normally a 'non ebook' hold out. Very few of his works went to ebook format and abook format. So I snapped it up immediately when I saw it available on Audible. Keith Szarabajka's could NOT be topped. He rules in his presentation and reading. Not just a reader, he emotes (I mean that in a good way!) the characters in the book with great skill. I hope Keith will be able to keep on this series, along with the mysterious 4th sequel Mamelukes (Janissaries IV: Mamelukes (work in progress for fifteen years as of 2012).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reluctant Captain Rick Galloway reminds me of our founding father George Washington. Recognizing the truth in developing a society with a know world shattering threat building at the border.


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    Superb!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Visalia, CA, United States 01-02-13
    Roger Visalia, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Still just as good as ever"
    Where does Janissaries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is a bit dated but still holds up well, good strong characters in a good story line are hard to beat


    What other book might you compare Janissaries to and why?

    This work stands alone


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    Well read with good inflection and voice change


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book makes you think, is it possible? could this have happened?


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    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-05-14
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-05-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Pournelle is Pournelle ... OK"

    Jerry Pournelle struck me when I first encountered his SF writings in the 70s as an author with ideas who didn’t quite know how to flesh them out. Jannissaries is a good example of this. I had hoped the listening, rather than reading, would give the narrative some extra quality that the printed word couldn’t … but it didn’t.

    As well as being a bit lite, the story doesn’t compare well with others in weathering the tides of time; “A Canticle for Leibowitz” (also read by Tom Weiner) for example. I realize there are many Pournelle acolytes, but I always thought more is read into his works than is there.

    For me Pournelle’s writing has always seemed a bit padded and this story is no exception. It’s a shame as the premise has potential and could have been fleshed out to be a much more entertaining, and interesting SF outing. This book is actually the first of the Janissaries series … and I think it shows. Its good point is that it is complete in itself … the bad point, “who cares?”

    Not withstanding all the above … if you wish a lite listen where nothing intellectually demanding is required, this will pass the time sufficiently well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Jennings USA 12-24-12
    L. Jennings USA 12-24-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not bad, just not me"

    I found the storyline in Janissaries to be a bit confusing. The janissary of the title is not the main character (a janissary is a child raised by a conqueror to be a soldier against his own people) and is not really a janissary anyway since he's not a soldier. I think Pournelle probably just thought it was a cool word. Anyway, while the plotline holds together it was just a little to convoluted unrealistic for my taste. It was roughly the same plot as H. Beam Piper's Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (guy with knowledge of history of firearms and warfare dumped into medieval, pre-firearm culture). Piper did a better job. Maybe future books in series will be more engaging. I'll take a look.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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