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)
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.
Sci-Fi fan extraordinaire! Not Fantasy; just Sci-Fi.
I have enjoyed reading this series and enjoyed this "Listen". It kept one enthralled. Would like to see the other books come on line.
Rally Cry is probobly the best book i have ever read. I have searched everywhere online for the audio versons of the rest of the books in the series. I would gladly pay hundreds of dollars to have them. That is how good this book is.
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