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"Gold will not always get you good soldiers, but good soldiers can get you gold." (Niccolò Machiavelli)

Recent Academy graduate Lieutenant Hal Slater is traveling first class to a cushy first assignment when he is suddenly preempted into a new detachment headed for a wild frontier world. Captain John Christian Falkenberg is forming a new unit from conscripts, guard house scrapings, and the remnants of decimated units, and has the authority to scoop up junior officers wherever he can find them. Hal is caught in that scoop. Falkenberg and three companies of CoDominium Line Marines are being sent to a frontier planet that had requested - and needed - a regiment. There will be no more reinforcements, and the whole structure of civilization is threatened.

Even the planetary commandant believes this assignment will be beyond the Marines' capabilities, but the Line Marine tradition does not allow them to give up without trying. Falkenberg does the best he can against a force of bandits, pirates, and desperate refugees, and Hal Slater is thrust into command in his first battle. As the campaign continues, Slater finds personal reasons to become deeply involved in a fight that will test the honor of the CoDominium Marines.

©1976, 1978 Jerry Pournelle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Military Science Fiction at Its Best

Jerry Pournelle was my bridge from Robert Heinlein in my youth, to David Weber, Eric Flint, John Ringo, and so many others. Well worth reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

First read this book in my teens. Loved it then. I wasn't sure how it would hold up 30 years later, 8 of them in the military. I was pleased that it didn't just hold up but was even better then before.

The Narrator did a fine job with some of his accents but delivered the main characters lines in a rather boring fashion. Better then most audio books I've heard but just barely. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. I figured the rounding favored 3.

I highly recommend this tale!

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Great Story, Terrible Narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is stiff and often mechanical sounding, with frequent mispronunciations. Inappropriate word emphasis and inappropriate pauses are continuous throughout the performance. Audible should be ashamed of this low quality narration and should record the book again.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story that paints a vivid picture of world it is set in. Highly recommended.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good, but not great

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Different reader. This one reads very ponderously, as if to a slow child.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jerry Pournelle? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I already have several print copies and a few audio books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lance Axt’s performances?

Never. See above.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Merrimack, NH, United States
  • 11-19-16

Good combat sci-fi

What did you love best about West of Honor?

The author details military protocol and tactics superbly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of West of Honor?

Combat chapters convey the tactical unknown..

What didn’t you like about Lance Axt’s performance?

Not much, he is a bit stiff. If you're looking for a polished performance this audio book will fall a bit short.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Classic Pournelle, wooden narrator

What did you like best about this story?

The authors political sense. The exploration of a mildly dystopian future

Would you be willing to try another one of Lance Axt’s performances?

absolutely not

Was West of Honor worth the listening time?

barely

Any additional comments?

I loved this book as a teenager, and was looking for something diverting and not too thought provoking. The narrator is pretty bad

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  • Mike
  • West Sussex, UK
  • 04-22-15

Great story, but...

Allowing for the way actual history made the notion of the Codominium obsolete, it's a great story and very realistic from a military tactics point of view. The narrator, however, almost ruined it. He started out very monotonic, not treating dialogue appropriately, as if he were reading an academic dissertation, with little emotion. Fortunately, by the end of the second chapter he had begun to add some "feeling" to the narration. And by the end of the book he was doing much better. Perhaps he was new at this game.

All in all, a good listen.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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