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Rally Cry Audiobook

Rally Cry: The Lost Regiment, Book 1

When Union Colonel Andrew Keane led his blue-coated soldiers aboard the transport ship, he could not have foreseen that their next port of call would be neither in the North nor the South, but on an alternate world where no human was free. Storm-swept through a space-time warp, Keane's regiment was shipwrecked in an alien land, a land where all that stood between them and destruction was the power of rifles over swords, spears, and crossbows.
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When Union Colonel Andrew Keane led his blue-coated soldiers aboard the transport ship, he could not have foreseen that their next port of call would be neither in the North nor the South, but on an alternate world where no human was free. Storm-swept through a space-time warp, Keane's regiment was shipwrecked in an alien land, a land where all that stood between them and destruction was the power of rifles over swords, spears, and crossbows.

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

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"Some of the best adventure writing in years!" (Science Fiction Chronicle)

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    J Greenville, SC, United States 08-26-10
    J Greenville, SC, United States 08-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, some reservations"

    This is a new series to me (though I've read Forstchen's "One Second After" and recommend it to anyone and everyone) -- and it was an entertaining listen.


    As several other reviewers mentioned, the author's choice of adverbs is a bit limited and repetitious. If it had been written in software that has a word search, one could eliminate abut 75% of the uses of "evenly" and not lose a thing.


    There are some other "oops" moments, as well, as Forstchen seems to forget occasionally that the protagonist has but one arm, and would have a bit of trouble leading a charge on horseback while brandishing a sabre or firing a weapon. There are several instances in which characters of different cultures and different languages have no trouble conversing without an interpreter... But the striking omission to me is the lack of attention to the feelings of the regiment over losing the link to ALL their loved ones in the "tunnel of light" event. The author devotes just a couple of paragraphs to this, which would have an overwhelming effect on everyone in the regiment.


    Despite all that, Forstchen really knows how to write battle scenes, and keep them exciting and engaging. Lawlor's narration is fine once you get used to him, and I liked the listening experience well enough to order the next one in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 08-14-10
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Super"

    Complex study of human nature. One can't help but overlay this parallel world on our own. How many time are similar choices made (considered from a global perspective). Humanity is a state of mind. I'm hooked.

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    rob 06-27-10
    rob 06-27-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good concept"

    I liked the concept but it was poorly executed. At times the book was superb but mostly it seemed to be written for young adults. I may read more just to see if the author can do better.

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    Mike From Mesa 12-02-09 Member Since 2015

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    "A really good read with some reservations"

    I have found lately myself downloading and listening to books I read previously in paper format and this is one of them. It is a typical Forstchen book - well written with interesting characters and a compelling story. I enjoyed it as much in Audible format as I did in paper and the narrator did a great job.

    But a word of warning - I had forgotten how difficult some parts of this book were to read (and are to listen to). I do not want to spoil the story for those who might be downloading the book, but the segments involving torture and some of the "dinner" scenes were just hard to listen to and I found myself skipping forward.

    If you are not squeamish I think you would enjoy this book immensely. Having said that I only bought the first 2 volumes of this series in book format because I found parts too difficult to read. I would recommend it only for adults with a strong stomach, but recommend it highly for them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. E. Ransbottom Wisconsin 03-31-09
    S. E. Ransbottom Wisconsin 03-31-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Book - Great Series"

    Having read the entire series and then have the first book on audio is great. The historical accuracy of the regiment is fundamentally accurate - How they react to such an unknown threat such as it is, I believe is as humanly accurate as you can get. I enjoyed re-reading it and enjoyed listening to it. I look forward to the rest of the series to be added to this audio collection. If you like stepping outside the box, you will not be disappointed here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Armstrong 06-16-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Just couldn't get into it"

    Tried three times and just couldn't get into it. I can't figure out exactly what's wrong with it, but it doesn't work for me. It doesn't grab me. Never got past the first sections. Maybe it gets better, but I never got deep enough into the book to find out. Sorry.

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    01-10-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Not working."

    This is a bad attempt to meld SF and historical military fiction. It doesn't work at all. I try to finish the audiobooks I start, but couldn't do it with this one.

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    Carmen C. 08-24-06
    Carmen C. 08-24-06
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    "Excellent book, Great Narration"

    An excellent book. The narration was very well done. One of the best SF audio books i have listened to.

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    Thomas L Appleton Wilton, CT United States 08-09-06
    Thomas L Appleton Wilton, CT United States 08-09-06 Listener Since 2003
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    "What a suprise"

    This book far surpassed my expectations. It was an absolute thrill ride start to finish. I highly recommend it!

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    Robert 10-26-15
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    "warrior spirit embodied"

    my dad read these books when he was in Saudi Arabia, and told me i could read them when i became a man. well at 29, it was a pleasure to find such a well read audiobook. now onto the second one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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