About the Author
Jerry Pournelle, a master of military science fiction, is the author of the series of novels about John Christian Falkenberg and his legion of interstellar mercenaries, and many other books, such as Janissaries and Exiles to Glory. He has also collaborated on a string of bestselling novels with Larry Niven. Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973. As well, he holds advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science, and has been involved professionally in all these fields.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Further exploits of Falkenberg's Legion. This book is set interspersed with the prior The Mercenary in the CoDominium /Mote in God's Eye universe. The opening parts of the Mercenary happen before the events told here, but the Mercenary concludes after these events. Whilst there are some references made, I think this book would be perfectly readable on it's own. Only Falkenberg himself has any continuity. Falkenberg's Mercenary unit are on Talith, a slave/prison planet where re indentured and rejects from earth are sent ot grow drugs, the harvest going back to Earth to keep the middle classes happy, and the profits going to the CoDominium Fleet. Naturally vast quantities of money attract alternative businesses, and when a sizable number of planters fail to turn their crops in to the official route, Falkeneber is hired to persude them to comply. The Rebels have of course also paid their own mercenary unit, some members of which were once in Falkenbergs...The otherwise short story of the fight is intersperced with a few more personal tales from some of the members. An ex-rebel is captured and his piloting skills come in handy. The Prince of the title, comes from another Colony, Sparta, and is looking to offer Falkenberg a contract. There are a few hints that there is a greater plan in place which will provide continuitity across the series. Other than that it's just a bit of ordinary mil-SF. We came we saw we shot we conquered. PLus falkenberg gets to discourse a bit about political theory but that is barely two pages worth across the book. It's readable enough, but nothing special.
Pournelle is arguably one of the best Military Sci-Fi authors ever.