The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume Iby David Drake
This three volume set presents for the first time the genre-defining Slammers series in a uniform hardcover set. This volume features all of the Hammer's Slammer short fiction, as well as all of the interstitial material from the original Slammers collection, as well as new artwork, and an original Slammers story, "A Death in Peacetime." The first volume will
This three volume set presents for the first time the genre-defining Slammers series in a uniform hardcover set. This volume features all of the Hammer's Slammer short fiction, as well as all of the interstitial material from the original Slammers collection, as well as new artwork, and an original Slammers story, "A Death in Peacetime." The first volume will feature an introduction by Gene Wolfe, and cover art by Vincent Di Fate.
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Meet the Author
David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. Besides the best-selling Hammer’s Slammers series, his books for Baen include the popular Leary of the RCN series, with seven volumes so far: With the Lightnings; Lt. Leary, Commanding; The Far Side of the Stars; The Way to Glory; Some Golden Harbor, When the Tide Rises and In the Stormy Red Sky. His “Lord of the Isles” fantasy novels for Tor are genre best sellers. Among his other Baen titles are Ranks of Bronze, All the Way to the Gallows, Redliners, and many more.
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The Butcher’s Bill I don’t think I needed to know more than that these stories are centered around a future mercenary hover-tank regiment to realize that I wanted to read them. The author is a veteran of the Vietnam War and brings to these stories his own particular brand of realism and grit. Interspersed amongst the narratives are short chapters detailing specifics about the world, such as how Powerguns, Supertanks, or Hammer’s Regiment actually work. It’s this kind of detail that lends these stories authenticity and gives them more weight. I like this a lot, it brings this world to life. The Slammers are a mercenary unit that are contracted to help one side or the other (usually the richest) win a conflict. It’s an interesting choice for a protagonist, one which I haven’t seen before. This series is unique from other science fiction and deserves more attention, plus I’m always a sucker for a nice Omnibus edition.
A collection of Hammer's Slammers stories, many of which I had read previously. All were worth rereading and contribute to an overall enjoyment of the experience. Readers unfamiliar with the series should be warned that it is about a unit of mercenaries and not a host of specific characters. There is no real central character in every story. The closest to this is Colonel Hammer himself. A few others make several appearances. A number of the stories only involve the unit in a peripheral fashion. Looking for military science fiction? This is worth a read, but do not expect the stories to be all about the fighting, they are not. While there is action, much of the tale is in the men and women who make up the unit and how they solve problems.