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Charles F. Kartman
5.0 out of 5 starsA very grand battle
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2016
Keane's plan to retreat to Roum creates severe logistics problems for the much larger Merki horde, making the big showdown a closely fought battle. The war in the air continues and there is a bit of a sideshow in Cartha, but this book is all about the grand battle between the Merki, now led by Tamuka, and the remnants of the army Keane brought out of Rus. And it is a very grand battle that is affected by morale, logistics, technology, and leadership woven together masterfully by Mr. Forstchen. I found the very end to be a bit rushed but overall this was a very satisfying book.
This is the fourth book which I have inhaled in the Lost Regiment series. If anyone enjoys history and fantasy and the thrill of battle, as well as its sorrow and consequence, you couldn't go wrong with these stories. Forstchen is clearly adept at holding your interest and making the endings believable and satisfying. I no longer read paper books but will make an exception with these tales. The last five are not available in Kindle editions, at least not yet, so I'll start turning paper pages again...wouldn't do it for any old series, but this clearly is not any old series. Read the first book and you'll know what I mean.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
First, I was disappointed as I feverishly read through the story waiting to see how they developed an aeroplane; it never showed. It's a very tiny point, gut still... I have a rule disallowing grammatical reviews. In this instance I feel the need to comment on the lack of horrible errors. It isn't perfect, but it was pretty good. I very much enjoyed this series as an alternate history - out of this world!
I've enjoyed all of the Lost Regiment Series. The pace of technological growth is a bit improbable, and the main characters' Bruce Willis-like survivability is somewhat predictable, but not bad overall.
This is again wonderful stuff. Carnivorous sentient wookies intent on destroying and EATING the human population. Thank God for Keane, Hans and especially Chuck Ferguson. This is not a victorious parade over the bodies of barbarian monsters but total war against a horde more terrible than the Mongols. The Americans are prepared to fight to the last Russian or the last Roman. Thousands are sacrificed in the name of the American ideals of freedom, liberty and Mom's Apple Pie. To be fair the alternative is too terrible to contemplate. Read these books to see terrifying defeat turned to a victory at a dreadful price.
have been fan of The Lost Regiment books since they first came out, i brought this to listen to whilst in the hobby room, great story but it does end on a cliffhanger so you'll have to buy the next one in series 'Fateful Lightning' if you want to discover how the story concludes