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For Ezra Payne and the Stealthy Tiger mercenaries, professionalism is everything. Hired to assist in the bitter, bloody fighting on the planet Hall, they quickly earn a decisive victory for their employer. They settle afterward in for a needed period of rebuilding, and a few months’ peace before moving on to the next contract. 

But their respite does not last. More mercenaries, hired by the Allied Mercenary Command itself, land on Hall. They believe the Tigers’ employer to be league with the Word of Blake, a shadowy interstellar organization that worships technology, and which has been building its own empire among the worlds around Terra. 

The Tigers want nothing of this battle, but war rages across the Inner Sphere. The hard-fought cease-fire cannot last, even on Hall, and when every faction is embittered and fueled by fervor, peace has no chance at all. 

As a new conflict erupts, will the Stealthy Tigers’ BattleMechs be enough to save them? Or will the looming threat of renewed war engulf them in its fiery embrace?

©2015 The Topps Company, Inc. (P)2015 The Topps Company, Inc.

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Delightful return of BattleTech fiction.

This unabridged novel captures the excitement and characteristic mecha feel of the old novels and tabletop game. The piloting feels like mecha combat, distinct from tanks or jets by the way their weapons spike reactor heat, the difference in mobility between units, and the occasional melee. I thought the characters were well developed, with both heroes and villains having clever moments and making mistakes. The political intrigue was also entertaining, and felt right at home in the BattleTech universe.

I was disappointed to find the other BattleTech collections available on audible are abridged, cutting out most of the excitement and character of the stories. I was delighted that Jason Schmetzer's book remained fully faithful to BattleTech storytelling, and highly recommend it.

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First book I've ever reviewed

As a combat veteran and long time fan of battletech, I am extremely happy about this book. All other battletech books I've read are sorely missing proper military vernacular, culture, procedures, and customs that you'd expect from a series focused so heavily on battle.

This book captured a very realistic image of a futuristic military environment (instead of a detached cinematic expectation). The vernacular in dialogue and in narrative describing nomenclature and environment was spot on. The story itself was realistic while simultaneously avoided being dry, instead it's a very immersive story.

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Battletech!

It was like returning home again, to hear an honest to God BT story for the first time in I don't know how long. It could be nostalgia but I'd but it up there with the top tier of the old novels.

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Excellent Battletech fiction

Great story that kept my attention the whole way through. Characters and action sequences were well-written and not too cliche. The narrator's delivery took a little while for me to get used to and enjoy, but overall he did a good job. However, I think they forgot to edit out a couple retakes where he just stops after a couple words and starts the sentence over.

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Return of the Giant Stompy Robots

A great book, but more in line with the old MechWarrior novels. It focuses on one small mercenary unit. The book doesn't push the timeline forward and is focused on right before the Word of Blake Jihad, 3067. The characters are great and believable, with minimal Mary Sueing. I was never bored, and the narrator is great. (Yes he does voices). I hope they continue to make new audiobooks. This is worth to buy in print or to hear it in audio.

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Good book for battletech enthusiast

This was a good read and entertaining. Could have used a bit more fighting but the story was good and it seems like it could be about to get better. Looking forward to more of this story.

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Left Wanting More

I would love to see more of the BattleTech novels made into audiobooks. It's a format that works well for the subject matter, and there is a long back catalog - hampered by the mess of confusion over rights issues that plagued the franchise from the word go.

This particular installment was entertaining and many of the issues I was planning to raise regarding the raiders organization were actually explored in the text, with the sorts of results that I'd forseen from the moment I'd heard about them.

The biggest flaw in the work is the quality control. You can hear the change in tone and recording quality between repeat takes, splices and replacement lines. Worse, they left in takes where the performer had to back up and repeat a line in its entirety. A little more polish in editing, and some more time in re-recording would do wonders for the quality.

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Enjoyably Predictable

Author does a good job with his Battletech canon. Story and characters were a bit predictable. Bonus that the book is not abridged like other Battletech novels. This was my first audio book so I can’t gauge the narration but it seemed okay as well.

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The New Disguised as Old

It feels like an old battletech story. But it is a new addition to the franchise. This can be good or bad depending on how you view the old style of righting. There are some cliche parts and a some characters feel two dimentional. But its an interesting situation. There is a conclusion but it feels like another story is suppose to happen.

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wow

It was a great book I loved the story, atmosphere and characters I would recommend.

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  • Marcus Wischik
  • 05-29-18

The mechs have more character

The PoV character is tediously proficient, flawless, bland and almost always right. There's an interesting story about combat and politics, but it's burried beneath the monotony of someone else's Mary Sue perfection