Into this serfdom ruled by nobles and the Church, Keane and his men brought the radical ideas of freedom, equality, and democracy, and a technology centuries ahead of the world they must now call home. Yet all their knowledge and training might not save them from the true rulers there, creatures to whom all humans were mere cattle, bred for sacrifice!
©1990 William R. Forstchen; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Some of the best adventure writing in years!" (Science Fiction Chronicle)
The similarities between this book and the Destroyermen series are just amazing! I'm sure neither author was aware of the other, but the number of congruent plot details is quite fun to note.
I found this book was fun to listen to as a stand-alone series, but I found myself wishing that I was listening to the next book in the Destroyermen series, instead. (Which isn't really fair to Rally Cry as I prefer the WWII era).
I think that if you're into the Civil War era and SciFi/Fantasy, then you would like this book.
I'll probably get the next book in the series, sometime.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
This might have been a good listen but I couldn't get far enough into it to find out. The narrator is bland and sounds like he's reading rather than telling a story. I've read one other by this author (try One Second After - great read) so I thought I'd give this a try (and it was on sale). And I often try books by really prolific authors figuring that if lots of his stuff gets published there must be something there.
Sorry, Mr. Forstchen, I can't waste my time on books I'm not enjoying.
Action Courage Pride
Too many to mention liked them all
When the damn is a weapon
Yankees in time
Liked the story line and will read some more
I fell in love with this series from the first book. The plot line moves quick and captivates at every new encounter. Both good and bad characters were fun to get to know and made this a very interesting read when wars and disputes broke out. Anyone that likes adventure and exploration books will certainly like listening to this.
Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.
It was a very intersting and unique storyline.
Abdrew Keane was a COL in the Union army transprted to a world in which humans were cattle. He decides not to play the game with the local humans and fights back.
I don't think I would. His voice was a bit odd for me. Although I still got into the story but it just keep rubbing me the wrong way. Kind of like a Nat that just won't go away. I hate to be harsh but I am not sure he was the best choice for the narration.
Transported to a world where man is cattle, these humans bring guns to a sword fight.
This was a great book with ok narration.
Like a kid mismatching toys from a mass box, wonder no more what might happen when you match a regiment of Union troops against a vast horde of 10 foot man eating alien mongols.
Several genuinely likable characters, not-too-pretentious on the abolitionist/freedom side and certainly NOT the bald faced hubris you'd find in stuff like 300. Some peeps grumble about an excess of grimly this n sullenly that but listening through it I didn't even notice. If you came to Rally Cry for the battles (see the toy box above) you won't be dissappointed.
The narrator definitely took some getting used to. It wasn't till halfway in I finally decided I could live with him. Maybe a 3/5 narration. The other reviews are spot on that his 'standard' voice is lacking, but Lawlor does sound much better when he kicks in the accented characters.
I love "what if?" stories, and this series is among the best. Well plotted and great description.
Best feature = the convincingly detailed descriptions of battles, which are obviously strongly influenced by Civil War battles. The author zooms in and out between the whole battle and individual struglles almost like a movie.
Worst feature = the treatment of defeated native foes. I am part native Australian and the treatment of my ancestors was of it's time, but now is so saddening. The 35th Maine in the books treats defeated natives in like fashion. But to give the author his due, that was exactly the way it was done in the nineteenth century.
Summary = We ll worth the time and money for the complete series.
I have just found this sub-genre. It is awesome. I like the pace of the book and the style of Forstchen's writing.
As a long-time Audible member with almost 300 titles, I found this book to one of the most interesting and engaging that I've experienced to date. Granted, I enjoy both Science Fiction and History titles, usually as a change of pace from mysteries and thrillers, and I found this one to be one wild trip. The characters are well developed and at the end of the book I almost felt that I knew them. Exciting battles, engaging characters along with a great storyline make for a great listen. Although fairly long, it seemed to be at it's end all too quickly. I might caution listeners that this book can be somewhat graphic about humans being used as food i.e. cattle, and the author spares no details, however harrowing about this aspect of the story.
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