• Paying the Piper

  • Hammer's Slammers Series
  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (287 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Colonel Alois Hammer: to the galaxy, a legendary commander of mercenaries. To his troops, a leader who can be trusted to always back them to the hilt - and meet a payroll. When the situation on a planet has gone beyond desperate, it's time to call for Hammer's Slammers.

©2002 David Drake (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The weaponry, the action scenes, and the depiction of the Warrior Walking Alone are as vivid and compelling as Drake's readers expect them to be, and his realization of characters and political intrigue continue to mature." ( Booklist)

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Mediocre w/ Monotone Narrator

I've heard nothing but great things about Hammers Slammers. I initially learned about the series from Larry Corriea's collection of short stories in his book Target Rich Environment. I loved the short story that Larry wrote, however this book (the first one I've tried in the series) is bland and borderline boring at best. Moreover, The narrator is not good. His voice is a deep monotone, and despite the obvious effort he put into doing numerous voices for the characters, he did not succeed. I'm going to attempt another book in the series because I really want to like it. I am hoping that I can choose a better story.

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One of the Slammers' Best Adventures

Not many Slammers stories take you from the start of a contract all the way to the end, but it's a ride worth taking. Drake is a master of taking history and molding it into a far future conflict, giving the campaign and the politics surrounding it a solid base that grounds his high tech mercenaries' exploits.

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Not my kind of story

Not my kind story. I listened to see what it was about. Thanks for the experience.

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Paid in Full

I don't know how I made.it through the whole book, it was detailed with tedious descriptions of lights,shrapnel, and body parts flying. Didn't find the characters interesting and didn't care what happened to them. IT could just as easily been a talking bobble head on the dashboard.

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interesting start

l have enjoyed listening to the first book of this series. looking forward to listening to the next book.

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Via!

another great slam of the hammer by david drake. pay for paying the piper cheapskate.

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always good

David drake is a wonderful writer, his books are packed with action an details!

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Excellent sci-fi military story!

Excellent sci-fi military story with an eye for emotions and military detail. Stefan Rudnicki is an amazing narrator who brings this story to hard edged life.

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The best hard sci fi

Loved the story and the narration. A classic hard sci fi that is a must listen fire any sci fi fan

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One of the top Hammer's Slammers Sci-Fi war book.

This book of the Hammer's Slammers series stands out as one of the best in series. I really enjoyed the overall world campaign that bundled up a chronological 'mini' stories and events that one BAMF protagonist partakes. Lt. Arnie Huber gets shifted around different divisions of Hammers' Slammers and gives a general introduction of how the Regiment works, and why 'IT'S THE BEST'! Even thought the Slammers are renowned, tough times take tough decisions, and Cnl. Hammer is the man to make them.