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Posted October 27, 2009
The times sometimes require that a normal man stand above the rest to lead those around him. Usually people would say such a man is just a great leader or full of plans, but most importantly they are called heroes. The Measure of a Hero tells the story of a man that does this thing exactly. Blaine Lee Pardoe explains how defending ones homeland from those who do not have the right can be hard without someone in charge, but there is always someone who has the ability to step up. In a universe full of Battlemechs, death, and destruction it is hard to look at the greater parts of life, but it is the struggle to make sure that his people to see those greater parts that makes Archer Christifori so noble. Roc books has once again brought another great story to the Battletech franchise because of its twisting plot, amazing main character, and the sweet Mechs and battles everyone enjoys.
The galaxy is in a civil war that threatens to tear apart humanity forever at the time of Archer's realization. His realization was when he found where his true loyalties lie--to his family, friends, and the rest of the people of his homeworld. Archon Katrina Steiner had plans for his world that did not sit well with him or his fellow militiamen. Tensions rise in the cities across the planet, but it is Archer himself who makes the real difference in the power of the world. He uses his sense of honor and loyalty to free the people of the evil clutches of the Lyran supporters--not without Mech fighting along the way of course.
Archer was under orders of Colonel Felix Blucher before he became a rebel to the Lyran Alliance. The Colonel was under orders from the Archon to annhilate any Davion Loyalist on the planet, therefore securing Archer's planet for the Archon. It is as soon as innocent people, including those Archer knows, start dieing because of this cause that he sees what he has to do. Archer may have been a simple militia leader now, but he once fought the Clan in great battles that most men would never survive. His bravery shone to all those who knew what was right, easily getting him followers to join him. Time and time again he lead his people to victory, just as he did long ago when Victor Davion himself awarded him for his courage.
Archer did not only have the spirit of a great leader, but he also had the hardware. He lead his militia and other rebels with his super massive weapon of destruction, the Penetrator. His Battlemech was unique in the sense that he integrated Clan technology into his Mech while everyone around him was stuck with Inner Shere technology. But this is not the limit of the glory of what makes this franchise so great--this book (like many others) is full of tanks, Mechs, and fighting of all kinds. It is what fills in the story between all the talking and drama, and it is what everyone wants to read about.
This book is definitely a great addition to the Battletech series. For many who agree that the best of Battletech is behind them, they may be wrong for once. I believe it is books like this (and its sequel!!!) that make MechWarrior books still enjoyable. A four out of five is appropriate because of all the great elements in this story. Heroes are not just given, but made from the circumstances around them. Archer Christifori earned his place in this story at filling the measure of a hero...
Posted May 9, 2003
Posted May 2, 2001
I don't know about the other Battletech fans, but ever since Michael A. Stackpole stopped writing BTech Novels, its been hard to get into a BTech Novel knowing that the backbone work that Michael A. Stackpole provided will not be there as reference. I gave this book a 3 stars, because is a decent BTech book that created a sense of uncertainties in the battles/relationsip between the Hero and the plausible Villian. However I find it hard to believe that Prince Victor would publicly announce that Katrina killed their brother, while all along he planned to find clues secretly to bring her to justice. WE REALLY NEED MR. STACKPOLE BACK!!!! However Blaine Pardoe did a decent job, comparing to the other BTech novels thats been out lately.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2000
Blaine Lee Pardoe is a competent author, but honestly this book is just more filler thrown on the stage while we all await the return of the master of all things Battletech: Michael Stackpole!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.