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We Few
     

We Few

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by David Weber, John Ringo
 

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THE HARD WAY

Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang McClintock hasn't done anything the easy way.

The spoiled playboy prince grew up the hard way on the planet Marduk. Watching ninety percent of your bodyguards — bodyguards who have become friends, closer to you than your own brothers and sisters — die to keep you alive will do that. And

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THE HARD WAY

Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang McClintock hasn't done anything the easy way.

The spoiled playboy prince grew up the hard way on the planet Marduk. Watching ninety percent of your bodyguards — bodyguards who have become friends, closer to you than your own brothers and sisters — die to keep you alive will do that. And it tends to make you dangerous . . . perhaps in too many ways.

Now he's coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the Empress, is still alive, but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the Throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans. Home Fleet, the largest and most powerful of the Empire's fleets is under the traitors' control, and no one in a position of power on Old Earth has the means — or the will — to do anything about it.

And, just to make things perfect, the Empire has been told that the real traitor is Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang McClintock.

With the twelve survivors of Bravo Company of the Empress' Own, a few hundred three-meter tall Mardukans, his one-time tutor and present chief of staff, an elephant-sized flarta pack beast, his faithful pet Dogzard, and the ghost of his greatest ancestor, Prince Roger must somehow retake the Empire from the men who control it . . . before his new brother is born and his mother dies.

It's an impossible task, but Prince Roger knows all about impossible tasks, and the surviving Bronze Barbarians and the Mardukans of the Basik's Own believe he can do it. They're prepared to storm the gates of Hell itself at his heels in order to retake the Empire.

But after they do, can they save it from Prince Roger, as well

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Product Details

BN ID:
2940148572206
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
March Upcountry Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
79,328
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction.  In the New York Times best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and history's Admiral Nelson are evident.  With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe.  His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on The New York Times Best Seller List.  War of Honor, book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY.
While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published:  Oath of Swords and The War God's Own.  David's solo work also includes three novels of the "Dahak" series, and the stand alone novels:  Path of the Fury and The Excalibur Alternative.
Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.  With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and The Shiva Option. 
Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few have made appearances on The New York Times List.
Weber's proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling "Ring of Fire" alternate history series, for 1634: The Baltic War, coming in May.
A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.

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We Few 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
While marooned for eight months (and three books) with the Empress Own marines on Marduk, Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chaing MacClintock learns to survive the hard way while watching most of his comrades die. Death turns Roger from hedonistic ¿Playboy Prince¿ to leader of the Bravo Company; his troops would die for him as many already have as ¿The Basik's Own¿......................... Freed from Marduk, he learns that his biological father and Prince Jackson Adoula of Kellerman overthrew his mother Empress Alexandra, killed his siblings and her grandchildren, blamed Roger for the murders, and use the former ruler as a puppet. Roger and his unit of twelve soldiers supplemented by a few hundred Mardukans, a ghost and a few other people need allies. However first he must prove he is innocent before they can confront Adoula and his sire, and hopefully rescue his mother. Yet those he needs on his side are apt to kill him before he can say one word to persuade them that he did not kill his siblings or others of his kin and that he is worthy of their support as he is no longer the Playboy Prince, but instead a fighting leader with a cause.................. The latest Prince Roger fantasy is an action packed tale with the freshness that the playboy is back ready to perform as heroic rescuer. Roger¿s metamorphous seems genuine and the support cast is superb especially his parents, Adoula, the ghost, and the hero¿s pet. Although newcomers would be better off reading the previous novels as references refer to those tales, WE FEW can stand alone as a stirring military continuation of a terrific saga.................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, if you haven't read 'March Upcountry', 'March to the Sea' and 'March to the Stars' you might feel a little lost on this one but I can guarantee if you want to catch up, you won't be disappointed! Roger proves himself to be his mentors' best student by orchestrating a multi-pronged mission to rescue his mother, the Empress of Man, from the evil traitors who control her by force. Along the way we see diplomacy, political intrigue, high stakes clandestine operations, all out ground war, space battles, romantic wrangling, culinary triumphs & emotional upheaval. There was so much going on at such a roller coaster pace I was certain the authors would never tie it up at the end. I was wrong, they did so masterfully. The final scene was one of the best I've ever read in a series. A satisfying read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chaing MacClintock was known as the 'Playboy Prince' before he found himself marooned on the inhospitable planet of Marduk. He had one hundred and ninety Marines, Bravo Company, of the Empress' Own. It took three previous novels for them to get off Marduk. Along the way, Roger discovered that he was the heir of Miranda MacClintock, the first Empress of Man, and one paranoid and devious woman. The 'Playboy Prince' no longer worried only about his fashionable clothing. Roger grew up fast, the hard way. During the eight months on Marduk, Roger became a leader that Bravo Company could look up to. A vital member of their group, as well as, to the Empire. Now there are twelve survivors of Bravo Company. Some Mardukans have been recruited into Roger's service as The Basik's Own. That title is an inside joke. You will have to read the series to understand. ............................................. The Basik's Own now has a challenge before them that may put all their previous perils to shame. The coup launched by Jackson Adoula, Prince of Kellerman, has obviously succeeded. Roger's mother, Empress Alexandra, is being controlled by the same people who had murdered her children and her grandchildren. Yet no one seems to realize it. Either that, or there is nothing they can do about it. To make matters worse, the coup and murders are all blamed on Roger. ............................................. The Basik's Own must gain some dangerous allies, slip into the Empire, locate and meet with crucial military leaders, convince them of Roger's innocence and to help, find weapons, form a plan, retake the palace, save the Empress, capture Adoula and the Earl of New Madrid (Roger's biological father), and save the Empire. ............................................. Prince Roger of House MacClintock will prove, once and for all, that he is nothing like his despised father. Prince Roger is totally Empress Alexandra's son! And Hades is about to get a lot of new customers! .................................................................... ...................... **** An excellent continuation to the series by two authors who have proven themselves to be a formidable team. The first three novels had more battles and readers got to watch Roger morph into a true ruler. In book four, readers learn just how devious Miranda MacClintock was (and in some ways, still is). There are more strategies and a little more romance in this one also. Sergeant Nimashet Despreaux returns to help balance Roger and takes on a larger role in the books' plots. .................................................................... ...................... All-in-all, David Weber and John Ringo have another winner with this novel. Fans will NOT be disappointed. But if you have not read the first three in this series, purchase them quickly and read them in order. Otherwise, you will find yourself lost at times during this tale. Personally, I cannot recommend this series highly enough. ****
soljerblueSR More than 1 year ago
I came to this series because the title of the first book, "March Upcountry" resonated, provoking memories of Xenophon's "Anabasis" which I read many years ago. By the time the four shuttles of the Bronze Barbarians had landed in that Mardukian salt flat, I was hooked. I was not, and still am not, a particular fan of science fiction, but I've become a fan of David Weber. After finishing "We Few" quite recently, the hook has been set deep indeed. While the fourth book wraps up the series nicely, it was -- in my estimation -- what Churchill once referred to as "the end of the beginning." Prince Roger's journey, with his companions both human and Mardukian, leaves me hungering for more -- much more. It has been said that Mr. Weber feels the series is concluded, while his co-author, Mr. Ringo, wants it to continue. I will hazard a guess that there are many, many readers who feel as Mr. Ringo does, and would welcome more about the new emperor of the Empire of Man. If Mr. Weber can extend the Honor Harrington series to the extent he has, he can hopefully do the same for Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang MacClintock and The Basik's Own. And I hope that he will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
(The Chaos Years) Seems to me that the series is not finished. There are too many threads hanging, including Prince Ding-a-ling out with the Saints. Also the saints themselves.
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Robingps More than 1 year ago
An excellent entry in the series. Maybe the best one. Great book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The first 3 books average 600 pages, while the final 'bring it home' piece boasts less than 400. Taking time to acquaint us with characters in the final 50 pages was a waste of good battle space, combined with the constant re-hash of older books to bring people who were accidentally reading the last in a series of 4 books up to speed was a waste of the first 50. The final fade to black left no tingles and jingles and hardly faded. What a waste of a good story.