Bolo!

Bolo!

by David Weber, Keith Laumer

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Overview

Bolo! by David Weber

KEITH LAUMER'S POPULAR SAGA OF THE BOLOS CONTINUES

Controlled by their tireless electronic brains which were programmed to admit no possibility of defeat, the gigantic robot tanks known as Bolos were almost indestructible, and nearly unstoppable. Their artificial intelligences were designed to make them selflessly serve and protect humans throughout the galaxy and made each Bolo the epitome of the knight sans peur et sans reproche, and often far more noble than the humans who gave them their orders.

Now, David Weber, New York Times best-selling author of the Honor Harrington series, continues the history of the Bolo, in four short novels, one of them published here for the first time.

One Bolo is driven over the edge by the very humans it is pledged to protect. Another Bolo must decide whether or not to disobey when it is given an order that constitutes genocide. A third must hunt one of its own kind whose robot brain is damaged and rescue two children which the deranged Bolo thinks it is protecting from a nonexistent enemy.

And more, including as a bonus, David Weber's own authoritative technical history of the Bolo, all in a volume that will be irresistible both for David Weber's huge readership and Bolo fans everywhere.

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148535270
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 01/01/2005
Series: Keith Laumer Bolos Universe , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 128,396
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Weber is best known for his New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series, arguably the most popular series in science fiction, which has led to reviewers comparing him to C.S. Forester , celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower. Weber's work ranges from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, The Apocalypse Troll, Empire from the Ashes) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization (the Honor Harrington novels). With John Ringo, he inaugurated the Prince Roger series of space adventures with March Upcountry and has continued it with March to the Sea and March to the Stars. Weber and his wife Sharon live in South Carolina with their three children.

ABOUT THE CREATOR

Keith Laumer, creator of the Bolo series, was renowned both for his fast-paced stories of science fiction adventure, and for his comical stories of Retief, the only two-fisted diplomat in the galaxy. His novels and story collections have gone through printing after printing for nearly four decades. Laumer was a Captain in the US Air Force and later an officer in the Diplomatic Corps, serving all over the world, giving him a solid background both for his fast-moving action stories, including his Bolo series, and his satirical Retief adventures, which deftly skewer the bureaucratic mentality, whether human or alien. Among his other books, all from Baen, are The Compleat Bolo, The Lighter Side, Retief, Future Imperfect, and A Plague of Demons.

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Bolo! (Bolo Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Story 1: Miles To Go ....................... Bolos are kin to self-aware, indestructible, giant tanks. Human creators granted them the initiative of a rock and a literal-mindedness which, coupled with multiple layers of override programming, had made them totally dependent upon humans for directions. A rogue Bolo is, of course, worse than any possible nightmare. The Dinochrome Brigade had spent decades hunting down abandoned and obsolescent Bolos from the Mark XX to Mark XXIII series and burning out their command centers to prevent rogue (faulty) possibilities. .................................................................... ..................... Captain Paul Merrit had once, on Sandlot, forgotten that a Bolo is a machine. But now he has a second chance. Merrit is sent to the planet called Santa Crus, 'out in the middle of nowhere.' Ursula Central has finally noticed a 'sleeping' Bolo there. Merrit's duty is to locate the Bolo, inspect it, and assume command if it is still operational. The Bolo has been in Stand-By mode for close to eighty years. Central never realized that there has not been any real Navy personnel on the planet's base in all that time either. .................................................................... ............ However, Merrit locates the Bolo (nicknamed 'Nike'). Nike is special in that he is more self-aware than any other Bolo. Nike is an experimental prototype that has emotions and keeps her high alertness even when not in battle mode. .................................................................... .................... The GalCorp company is run by Madam Osterwelt. She sends her only son, Gerald, to Santa Cruz to buy up land ... ALL land ... the entire planet. Yet to do so, Gerald must get rid of the three things that stand in the way: civilians, Merrit, and Nike. But Nike is having none of it! .................................................................... ................... Story 2: The Traitor ....................... This is a short story. One Bolo is tracking down another Bolo that seems to have deserted during battle - something Bolos are supposed to be unable to do. .................................................................... ................. Story 3: With Your Shield .............................. Lieutenant Maneka Trevor is sent to Fort Merrit on Santa Cruz for her first command (ever) of a Bolo, 'Benjy'. As Trevor learns from her team about strategy, she learns even more about her own human race from Benjy. .................................................................... ........................... Story 4: A Time To Kill ............ The Final War saw the Concordiat of Man and the Melconian Empire end in fire and death. Humans and Melconians had finally wiped each other out. A hand full of survivors are all that is left of each race. The Humans settle on the planet where the last mission, Operation Ragnarok (the massacre of ALL Melconians on the planet) took place. Only the ruins of cities from decades ago and the husks of a few Bolos remain. ........................................................ One Bolo, 'Shiva', is slowly coming back on line. The timing could not have been better either. The last remaining Melconians, in dying ships, have no choice but to land and try to survive. Which race will win the right to live? ........................................................... St ory 5: A Brief Technical History Of The Bolo - From Bolos In Their Own Words...... ........................................... This is exactly what it sounds like. This section tells about each Bolo created. However, it is supposedly compiled AFTER 'Story 4'. The Bolos put together this section based upon the data it could piece together. Much information was lost after the 'Longest Night'. .................................................................... ......................... **** The first story consumes half the novel space. It is
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JBfromWY More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. The author knows how to build a well-paced plot and engaging characters. I read the entire book in one day, which speaks well to how engaging it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is the 1st book?
The_Commander More than 1 year ago
This is a book of short stories about the Bolo super tanks of the future. Almost without exception, their personalities are SO COOL. For me, they embody all that the best... and worst that the human race is capable of. One of the saddest stories is titled "A time to Kill". I see so much of our current world situation in this story. I am saddened that this future society is so... well, stupid is a good word. It's sad to see that the most human of characteristics is presented not so much by the human beings but by a Hyper-Heuristic super sentient... war machine. I really like the ending of this one since it implies that there may be hope for us the human race. The way the world is now causes me to have VERY SERIOUS DOUBTS that we'll even survive the next 100 years let alone several millennia in the future. I would recommend most of David Webbers work along with Keith Laumers work (original creator of the Bolo "world"). ALL of the other books about Bolos are terrific as well.
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This is an excellent book and brought together all the sub stories and was not a mix mash of short stories. Fans of the Bolo will enjoy.
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