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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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    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-12
    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

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    "Enjoyable"

    Just a nice relaxing book. The narrator did an excellent job and the story was often amusing. If you want a deep and serious book, this is not it, but listening to it after some other terribly choices, I found it wonderful!

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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 10-25-11
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book."

    I had never heard of the authors, but the description of the story and the reviews hooked me. This is worth the read/listen.

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    Paul Rijswijk ZH, Netherlands 10-09-11
    Paul Rijswijk ZH, Netherlands 10-09-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story ... that ends in midparagraph"

    Anyone who has read David Weber's Honor Harrington series will know what to expect: from military hardware so well imagined you can almost reach out and touch it, on the one hand, to a fully worked-out exposition of von Clausewitz's aphorism that war is a continuation of diplomacy by other means (or was it the other way around?)

    This book does not disappoint: it is (with a few expository longueurs) a rattling good yarn, that continually presses the reader's "What happens next?" button.

    My only gripe is that I took this book on holiday, and to find out what happens next, I needed Book 2, because Book 1 stopped in midparagraph, which would not have been bad, except that in my Sicilian hotel a big download was unfeasible. Readers not connectivity-challenged may regard that as a good point rather than a bad point.

    The performance is excellent, which is no mean feat with a Weber novel. A cast of dozens of speaking characters will tax the ingenuity and imagination of any reader.

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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-28-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-28-11 Member Since 2008

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Marduke isn't a Dog"

    And Dogzart is a huge lizard. Prince Roger is an unlikely hero and jarheads even Basick jarheads aren't usually my favorite characters. The natives are giant 4 armed Scummies covered in slime??? Endless battles with 100,000 or more dead Scummies as the result can get pretty repetitive and the loss of some heroes we come to like is tough to take.

    It takes a heck of a book to overcome those 'shortcoming' and this is one hell of a book and series.
    Sure it drags on a bit with 3 full books from the time the characters crash land on Marduke until they take off for a flight back to Earth but 90% of this epic is very imaginative and interesting. Mr Weber loves his ancient weapons mixed with the new and his future worlds back in the Dark Ages. I listened to the entire series and enjoyed almost all of it. 4 stars.

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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 04-25-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 04-25-11
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    "Good "marines" book"

    this book is all about marines....squirmishes, battles, wars...a mission and their honor and duty to fulfill it..in a far away planet.
    If you like milatary novels, this will work out well.

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    Kazren www.ohjohnny.net 04-23-11
    Kazren www.ohjohnny.net 04-23-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Prince Roger introduced"

    Not as dynamic and compelling as Mr. Weber's Honor Harrington series, still this first book in the Prince Roger series introduces us to a young man who lives in a very interesting galaxy. The story draws us in more as we encounter the characters who are in his orbit and the inhabitants of the planet they all find themselves on. The books ends rather abruptly.

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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-25-11
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Waste of Time"

    I gave it one star because i guess you have to at least give credit for getting a book published; even a lousy book. This was a complete waste of time. the story is trite, the dialog childish, the "science" of the science-fiction drones on & on...the leaps of faith you have to take are downright silly.
    Don't bother.

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    Dave Rice Syracuse, NY USA 12-06-10
    Dave Rice Syracuse, NY USA 12-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very enjoyable story"

    I almost didn't download this one, given some of the reviews below, but decided to give it a try anyway. I'm really glad I did. I thought the character development was quite good (remember -- this is science fiction!), and the descriptions of the advanced (and primitive) technology were excellent. The authors obviously spent the time to research the details of much of the science involved, with extrapolations that seem reasonable. The story line had plenty of twists and turns, so I didn't lose interest. The story was fast paced and intense. I already have the next one in my cart!

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    Richard Shrewsbury, MA, United States 09-16-10
    Richard Shrewsbury, MA, United States 09-16-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor Production Quaity"

    I really liked the narrator, and will buy other stuff narrated by them. The Story is very good (except I didn't care for the ending -- it was too short). My big gripe is production quality. There are varying audio levels all throughout the book. Like they just didn't try to match audio (annoying but not the end of the world), but the biggest thing for me is that when the narrator stopped and started again, he would re-read the last sentence - so the audio engineer could splice the pieces together. Unfortunately, they did no splicing, so there is this annoying repeat of the last sentence when the narrator starts a new segment. This Coupled wt the audio issues, are a key reason I gave it 2 stars. This is one of the poorest books audio wise that I have bought. I listen to this on an mp3 player (quality level 4) with headphones, so the quality issues are very apparent.

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    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 08-15-10
    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Enjoyable!"

    This is a great listen for fans of military science fiction novels. The narrator (who I beleive also does the voice for most of the Ender's Game series of novels) makes listening to the story even more enjoyable.

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