The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume I

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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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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fans of Drake's edgy stories of a mercenary tank regiment in a future not all that different from our present will rejoice that Night Shade is issuing the entire series in three volumes. Drake, a Vietnam vet who served in the Blackhorse Regiment, uses prose as cold and hard as the metal alloy of a tank to portray the men and women of Hammer's Regiment as neither cartoon heroes nor propaganda villains but as competent professionals trying to survive in a deadly business. His bad guys are typically the politicians and extremists who think that war can be desirable and positive when it's merely sadly necessary. In "The Butcher's Bill," we see how every line trooper makes policy regardless of higher wishes, while "Hangman" shows the ethical dilemmas facing a soldier of conscience. If the 21 stories collected here present an episodic account of the Slammers' history, that's because this is the way that the line soldier experiences a campaign. In his depiction of combat, Drake (The Way to Glory) rivals Crane and Remarque. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439133095
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Hammer's Slammers Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 376,566
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

David Drake

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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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    The Butcher¿s Bill  I don¿t think I needed to know more than tha

    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.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    The Complete Hammer's Slammers a Good Read

    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.

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