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Rally Cry Audiobook

Rally Cry: The Lost Regiment, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    pakkmom 12-12-06
    pakkmom 12-12-06

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    "Kept my interest"

    It took a little bit of time for me to get "into" the story. But once I did, I didn't want to stop listening. The characters were engaging and the action riviting. The narrator did a great job giving each character a distinct voice. He didn't sound silly doing women's voices either. My only complaint was with the author's use of the words "evenly", "coldly" and "grimly". It got to be tiresome to hear those words over and over and over again to describe how someone was speaking. Other than that, I would now like to find out what happens next! Looks like I must get the next book!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Millbrook, AL, USA 04-15-07
    Michael Millbrook, AL, USA 04-15-07
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    "Bad Writing"

    Good story, bad writing.

    As a previous review said, every time someone says something in this book, they say it coldly, evenly, or grimly. Or they are grim faced when they say it. Sometimes it happens multiple times in the same paragraph/conversation. Sometimes what they person is saying wouldn't be said in those ways. It doesn't help that the narrator says the lines no differently, even when our author tags them that way.

    Speaking of the narrator, I think he used to do voices for american cartoons, because everything he says sounds to enunciated and excited. Really annoying. When he starts to do voices and accents it is much better, but his normal voice really gets annoying.

    The story itself is pretty good, if you can get yourself past the writing flaws. A civil war battalion gets lost in another world populated by peoples from various places and times in Earth history. Oh, and man eating giant monster mongols. Cue war.

    Do an internet search for Fortschen grimly, coldly, and you will get tons of returns on excerpts from his other books where people say the same things. I blame his editor for not fixing his poor use of those same three adverbs. Most of the time they weren't needed, and they ruined an otherwise good book for me. I spent the last part of it beating my head against a desk.

    It gets worse towards the end, almost as if he is getting more and more lazy as he writes. Oh well.

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    David United States 12-01-07
    David United States 12-01-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Civil War Sci Fi - Authentic and Surprising"

    This is the first in a series of books known as the "Lost Regiment" series, and I wish they were all on audio books, however, you have to read this. It is historically accurrate insofar as the regiment goes. It should be, its written by a historian. What happens to the regiment and the story to follow you'll have to read for yourself, but it is a great, exciting, edge of the seat story you won't be able to put down until the end. It leaves you wanting more...to find out what happens after this initial story is concluded.

    I hope audible.com puts the rest of the series to audio and I hope some producer takes this story and makes a movie...its ready to be a hit!

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    Robert 04-24-08
    Robert 04-24-08
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    "U.S. Civil War campaign to the stars"

    Can Civil War tactics and technology free a people far from Earth form masters more terrible and hard hearted than the worst slave master in the South? This book is filled with well written action with good character development by a writer who has studied the Civil War period in such detail he can make you feel you are right there with the clouds of gray smoke and the sounds of battle all around people you have learned to care about who are just doing the best they can out numbered and far from home.

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    W TROUP MILLER Austin, Texas, US 02-22-06
    W TROUP MILLER Austin, Texas, US 02-22-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Save your money."

    I'm usually not one to complain, but I barely made it through this one. The plot and characters were underdeveloped and unimaginative, the narration was one-dimentional and strange (Over-Enunciated), and I thought worst of all was the author's dire need of a thesaurus. I'm all for onimonipia, but not everything on earth goes "snap". I'd pass this one up.

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    S. Bridge Phoenix, AZ USA 08-07-16
    S. Bridge Phoenix, AZ USA 08-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally Engrossing Tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rally Cry to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare - haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great imagination, technical accuracy, well developed characters, hard to tell what is going to happen next.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    The accents are reasonable and plausible.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The kid's escape from the priests.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend if you like displacement into alternate universe stories. If you don't like this genre, I won't attempt to sway you, but if you do, the first book is a real kick in the pants! Kudos to Mr. Forstchen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 04-13-16
    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 04-13-16 Member Since 2007
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    "I wasn't sure about this one, but ..."

    I wasn't sure about this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story flowed well and was interesting. It's not going to beat out my standard fare of hard-core sci-fi & zombie apocalypses, but I might just listen to the next when I'm between series.

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    Amazon Customer Virginia, us 04-03-16
    Amazon Customer Virginia, us 04-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Treasured find from my youth."
    What did you love best about Rally Cry?

    I liked the idea of a man out of time in reverse. Much like Captain America is a man out of time because the world changes while he sleeps, this has a cast that changed while the world sleeps.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great to listen to a book I read multiple times as a teenager. I will be listening to the rest of the series.

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    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 03-07-16
    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 03-07-16 Member Since 2013

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    "totally creative"

    great concept and execution. love the historical presentation in the Union Soldiers and how they face being thown into a new world.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2016

    Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!

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    "try Turtledove"

    This is a planet that has all of earth's war like people from the past (Mayans, Romans, Russians, etc.) All of these war like communities are treated like cattle by the natives who are similar to Klingons. Spike TV's Versus on a grand scale. The natives are 8 to 10 feet tall, eat human flesh and keep humans as pets.

    The novel starts out with promise, then gets bogged down in the details of starting a colony and industrialization. There is a lousy attempt at a romance (WF really needs hlep in this area). There is a bunch of patriotic speeches to the point of nausea. The regiment is mostly from Maine and are glorified as the perfect regiment. Almost every man is the perfect solider. This is counter to how the Maine regiment was pictured in Shaara's Gettysburg. In Gettysburg they signed up for like two months and when the crops where ready for harvest they were ready to desert. A few other things bother me, such as the Colonel finding out who was responsible for the death and torture of several of his men and instead of killing the man, he threatens him.

    If you buy the book and toward the middle you want to quit like I did, hold on or fast forward to chapter 14. When the Yankee's take on the Tugar's then the book gets good. While most of the book dragged on and felt like it was written by a ten year old, the last three to four hours went by fast. WF's strength is in battle scenes and war strategy, he does this better then almost anyone.

    If the rest of the series goes on sale like this book was, then I might listen to them, but I will not be paying full price.

    I have only read a couple of Harry Turtledove's books, but he writes books on similar themes and I believe him to be a better writer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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