This third edition to the Prince Roger Series takes the Bronze Barbarians across the Eastern Ocean of Marduk, facing giant sea monsters, pirates, and the barbarian nations that dwell on the other side. Their destination is a spaceport held by humans of questionable loyalties. As Roger comes nearer to making his way home, he learns that his attempted assassination was part of a larger plot. Not all is as it seems on Earth or on Marduk. Fortunately, he's got the Bronze Barbarians and the Basik's Own at his back.
Planet of the scrapes: don't miss the rest of the action in the Prince Roger Series.
©2003 David Weber and John Ringo; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"The dynamic duo of Weber and Ringo continue Prince Roger McClintock's adventures, which are coming to constitute a military SF classic." (Booklist)
"Parallels with Prince Hal in Henry IV are probably intentional, adding a certain gravitas to the many exceptionally well-done battle scenes....readers can look forward to seeing how the authors will retell Henry V. It should be one hell of a St. Crispin's Day." (Publishers Weekly)
This book completes the entire "Prince Roger series" here at Audible. I requested this book about 3 weeks ago, and Audible picked it right up.. Audible listens to it's customer's recommendations (Unlike some other audio book sites)
"March to the Stars" is actually book 3 of the complete series, but it was the last one that Audible needed to complete the series here.
Ok, Ok, Ok, about the book itself... some have said "You can only fight so many barbarian hordes and have so much frustrated love", and I agree with that, however, Ringo and Weber pull it off so it doesn't seem like a constant repetition of the same stuff book after book, and book 3 really sets the stage for the final book (We Few).
I talked to John Ringo at this year's Dragon*Con and he told me they were trying to get away from the "March to the Everything" titles, which is why the last book is named "We Few" (Ringo has put out SIX books so far in 2006.. and for us Ringo Fans, I asked him to "Write Faster" ;).
I actually read the reviewer's copy some time back, and then snagged the Audio Book here when it came in, and listened to it... it's good enough to "read" twice.
Some parts can be a bit confusing if you aren't paying attention, especially when many different "Tribes" get involved, but it's Military Sci-fi and "Out of the box thinking" at it's best (Which is what we expect from both Ringo AND Weber)... the fact that the authors can keep all this complicated storyline untangled and understandable speaks to their writing ability.
WELL worth the credit!
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.
March to the Stars is the third in the Prince Roger series from David Weber and John Ringo. If you've read the first two in the series, you know what to expect - MilSF at its very best, with excellent reading by Stefan Rudnicki. If you haven't read the previous, start with March Upcountry by the same writers and readers. You won't be disappointed.
March to the Stars has Prince Roger and the Bronze Battalion, now with far fewer of its original members, but with the addition of many natives of the planet Marduk, in their final push to capture the only port on the planet so that Prince Roger can be returned to his loving family. The action is predictably fast and furious, but it's the ongoing interactions between Roger and the Bronze Barbarians that make this more than just another MilSF shoot'em-up.
This series is far better than it has any right to be, and continues to surprise and please. A perfect book to "read" while working out or riding the stationary bike. It holds your interest without being mind-numbing and will help you stick to the task.
OK, so David Weber and John Ringo aren’t going to win any Pulitzer Prizes for this story and so maybe the characters were predictable and so was the story line. So who cares! This was a fun story to listen to. The story kept up a fast pace throughout the whole book. Actually through out all 3 of the books that I heard. This is truly one continuos story line from "March Up Country", "March to The Sea" right through "March to The Stars" and I feel safe to say will carry on into "We Few" (which I will be reading very soon). These books just made me want to keep going through this adventure to see what would happen next. It was basic good vs bad (not evil). Many of the ideas and scenarios developed through out the books were quite clever and unique and the integration of high tech vs pre industrialized Earth society (Though not on Earth) was well done. Though why the bow and arrow never came up is a bit puzzling. I wanted to give these books a 3 star rating but just couldn't because they were so much fun. This was just a good all around listen.
I listen to this book unknowing there are 2 prior books. I was upset about the lack of building the characters but loved the story line. I finally figured out when it ended that there is another following this (We Few). The first two are 'Upmarch' and 'March to the sea'. Get to know the main charater Prince Roger as he grows from a spoiled brat to a mighty prince. Many new creatures, mean and wild will get you urge to see what happens next. Stranded on a strange planet, his marine gruards sacrifice all for the young prince to just get him home. This is a must listen for all sci fi fans.
A positive "must read" for every lover of military science fiction. Drake and Ringo team up to create a positively riviting account of a young man's coming of age and the bonding that only close combat can create among warriors. Totally believable characters in fantastic yet understandable situations. The attention to detail makes this one of the best I,ve listened to this year. Teamed with the other three books in the Prince Roger series, "March to the Stars" ranks with the best the genre has to offer. Thank God Audible decided to offer it unabridged. And thanks too for the superb job done by the narrator. You could not find better!I fervently hope that Ringo and Drake team up someday to give us just one more in the series, Emperor Roger Ramius Sergi Chang McClintok.
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
I love the premise, I like the characters, and I find so much to enjoy in this series.
But... sometimes the characters just go on and on planning battles or discussing polictical machinations... bo-ring. Othertimes, they get into a battle and it just goes on and on and on. These are things I would skim in a real book--maybe the Audible app needs a double-speed function?
Yet I've really enjoyed this series. The progression of cultures has been fun, and the development and implementation of the Mardukan natives is clever and thorough. Plus, Ringo and Weber aren't afraid to kill off almost anyone, so the stakes are real, and the effect of extended combat on the human troops is realistic and educational.
I think that the audio format may have been better
I think the most memorable moment of the book was when roger was able to shock everyone by saying the he had not been the first one to jump to to the other ship
my favorite scene was when A high priestess of satin explained how her originally catholic home world ended of with satanism as the planetary religion and how different it is from what anyone reading the book would have thought of as satanism
I found the death scene at the end of the book to be quite sad.
The only thing that really disappointed me about the book was that for the last two books and most of this one they were working up to the assault on the star port and then when it came it was over in minutes and I while I don't remember for cretin there may not even have been a single shot fired.
Sometimes the narration adds to a story, and in this case it does.
A few moments of genuine laughter.
Continues the "saga" well, and I'm looking forward to the conclusion.
I loved every heart strand tugging and heart pounding moment. Im a big sci fi lover but kind of picky. March to the stars, and all of the Prince Roger series, are the reasons why I love science fiction. The aliens are very believable in many ways but with a lot of nice alien strangeness that you might expect from non terrestrial evolution. the characters and story are beautifly crafted. Im trying to decied if this is the best book I have ever read. Stefan Rudnicki is the best voice tallent I have ever listnend to as well. It's so rare to have a audio book meet and surpass all of my expectations. but this one did. I hope David Weber and John Ringo and Stefan Rudnicki team up again. They have a good thing going.
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