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March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1 | [David Weber, John Ringo]

March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?
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Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

But that was before his mother, the empress, packed him off to a backwater planet and he found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, with jungles full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, and barbarian hordes of bad disposition. Fortunately, Roger had an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of the Empress' Own Regiment. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and go home.

Don't miss the rest of the action in the Prince Roger Series.

©2001 David Weber and John Ringo; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Sure to please....Superb storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-31-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun adventure"

    This is a combined story of a coming of age and a military(marine to be exact) scifi. Because I started to reread Honorverse, I wanted to try the other stories Weber wrote. I'm glad I picked this book up. It's a non-stop action packed adventure story of a wild planet by a group of elite marines protecting a spoiled prince. By the end of the book the prince becomes less annoying and shows surprising( a bit too easy) amount of depth and strength as well as a promise as a future leader. Only thing that bothered me was the amount of blood and carnage that seem to be necessary with these kind of military novels. If one can get through those scenes, it's a very entertaining book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis United States 08-28-13
    Alexis United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Frustrating and lackluster"

    I tried this because I’d heard it compared to Bujold’s Vorkosigan series. Nope, they both take place in the space-faring future but that’s it. I knew this was going to be hard sci-fi and I tend more towards character-driven work, but yikes!

    If you really like sitting around bantering about engines and false physics for long stretches of time, and wouldn’t mind being a nonparticipant in the conversation, then this book may be for you. Don’t worry, the storyline won’t interfere with all the talk of nuts and bolts – you’ll mostly just get quickie updates on what happened after the fact.

    That’s what drove me nuts (without the bolts). Every time it looked like we were going to get see an exciting bit of the plot as it happened, the main character would leave the area and take us away with him. We’d hear a few sentences on the outcome later. Really! It was like getting constant teasers about how much fun the book could have been but wasn’t. The authors were trying to drive home what a useless bit of fluff Prince Roger started out to be, so every time he skipped out on the action, so did we.

    So the book started out like a spaceship parts registry with a lot about Roger’s primping and fussing, and then later moved on to something like a detailed map and customs guidebook with a lot about Roger’s primping and fussing. But hey, those authors really knew their maps!

    And here is where I confess that this is one of the only audios out of hundreds I never finished. I made it about three-quarters of the way through and then realized I’d been turning to the radio instead of my mp3 player for over a week. I liberated my player and moved on. No complaint about the narrator – the sample is a good representation of his reading style. His voice is a little low to give him much range for voice work, but he does a good job.

    Overall, hardcore hard sci-fi junkies only! Others need not apply. I take it that’s why this book is so highly rated here at audible – most people caught the memo and knew before downloading whether or not they’d like the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-28-12
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Loved it"

    I am not a big fan of space science fiction stories. I tend to like more fantasy driven science fiction novels that include magic. However, this novel is an exception. The book seems like a cross between star wars and starship troopers. The reader is excellent, the characters are likable and the story plot is engaging. The march upcountry is about an arrogant prince who is forced into a situation where he must cross an alien planet full of hostile creatures. His character develops along the way and soon you'll find yourself rooting for his success. Give it a try, it's only a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 03-06-10
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 03-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Another winner"

    I really like john ringo, and teamed up with david weber who i have never read but cant wait to listen to some of his books now. the story was really good real good survival tactics and creative idea that is well formed makes for a great listen. this narrator needs to be ranked among some of the best out there. his voices are great you can tell what character by the voice all the time. he really nailed female voices. i have listened to all 4 in the series now. there are all very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-20-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-20-09 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Engaging but overly detailed military scifi"

    The narrator is very good. His female voices are distinct but not annoying and the characters are distinguishable by tone alone.

    The story is also quite good: a young prince comes into his own (though not so much of this as I expected), a lot of blowing up stuff and killing people/aliens, a lot of military planning/battling, and an interesting alien planet.

    The problems with the novel are a) it gets a little too detailed: there is often a long description of bullet types and weapons' effective distances, or how many body parts someone would be blown up into, etc. b) There are a handful of "tangents" - for example, near the end there is a 10 minute discussion of the process of making steel. In a military sci-fi book there's a discussion of steel-making? What?? It's out of place and unnecessary and irrelevant to the plot.

    All in all though, the characters and setting are interesting enough to carry you through these rough patches - and if all else fails, you can just fast-forward through the slow bits.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-26-09
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Rough"

    This book is rough, inconsistent, and occasionally amateurish. The story, world building, and characters were interesting enough that I was able to get past the problems.

    I wish that the audio book had notes about the authors. I am familiar with David Weber, but not John Ringo.

    One very serious criticism. The references to John Norman's "Gor" novels, and to Star Trek and Star Wars are unnecessary, and the John Norman bits come close to making this book "Fan Fiction," and in my opinion skirt the fuzzy borders of plagiarism. Clearly both authors have vivid imaginations, so why use anything from another author's work, even in homage? Mentioning an author or a work in the story (or in the dedication) is a much better way to pay tribute.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Lombard, IL, United States 01-08-09
    Christian Lombard, IL, United States 01-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great adventure"

    I've been a fan of David Weber from the Honor Harrington Series. This audio book was a fun listen all the way through. Very easy to follow and a good story. It's not a monumental masterpiece, but its very entertaining and a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08 Member Since 2002

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "What a ride!"

    Very seldom do I re-listen to a series of books. The Prince Rodger Series is definately one I'll look forward to listening too a third time. They are full of detail and research... The writer does his homework.

    Most science fiction is completely untied to the past with little to no research as it's all couched in fantasy. However, this writer (or writers) appears to pepper the work with retrspective science and phillosophy about weapons, weaponry, war tactics, sociology, anthropology, religion and history. This all works to bring a super advanced weaponry of the future into a realistic and tangible picture that we can all grasp... and the wars they wage... what a fantastic ride this is. If you love action and wierd alien landscapes, you'll love this entire series. The series smacks of person experience, like the writer has actually been through all this - like he graduated from West Point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-03-08
    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-03-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Wow, What a great series!!"

    Wow! What a great find! Don’t you just love it when you try the first book in a series and you turn out to LOVE IT? Well that is exactly what happened here with me. I could not wait to download the next book, and they are all nice a long (so you get a lot of ‘bang for your buck.’) All of these prince Roger books are the kind of ‘long’ that goes by fast. There is plenty of satisfying action and the character development if great too. You really get to love each character and see what happens to them. I highly recommend each and every book in this series…If you like the first book your will like them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trajanrome Cincinnati 02-15-07
    Trajanrome Cincinnati 02-15-07 Member Since 2000
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    "A fantastic story, a truly epic tale!"

    Sing me, muse, of the tales of Prince Roger…this book begins a fantastic story, a truly epic tale, absent perhaps the gods of Homer’s stories, but lacking none of the humanity, adventure, and lessons of life of those two great ancient Greek stories. In this relatively ‘hard science’ science fiction, space-war drama, the authors show that they understand the workings of real as well as imagined weaponry, of early manufacturing techniques, and the tactics of war. You will come away with a sense that you have really been in these battles! And yet there is so much more here than the battles, just as in Homer’s stories. This fellow Roger, the hero, will likely annoy you at first, but that is intentional. The growth of his character and the bonds that these characters forge through this series of books is the real heart of this work. Here is a story where you can grow as you listen to it, which is read by a reader who seems to care about the story, and which will not disappoint you or cheat you, but will often surprise you. As you listen to and enjoy this first book cherish too that there are three sequels equally wonderful and all now available from Audible by the same reader. What a treat! If this is not the greatest series of four books I have ever experienced, then I have forgotten a work so monumental that such a lapse cannot be excused.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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