Michael A. Stackpole: Battletech Lethal Heritage

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Ole sure wrote some thick Battletech tomes back in the day And that s not a good thing This book is boring to the extreme It could easily have been cut by half There is way too much time spent with nothing happeningCase in point the entire first third of the book You can skip it all because nothing happens Only when the clans start invading finally does the action pick p the pace a little But not by much Reading this is a real slogThere are also way too many characters and POVs to keep track of mentally None of these characters are all that different from each other which makes it harder And it is constantly switching back and forth I finally figured out who is who toward the end of the bookThe main characters have a lot of weird names Here is a brief bio of eachFeelin Kell He pines for his old girlfriend a lot then becomes a prisoner of war After that he follows the time honored Dances with Wolves storyline where he slowly builds grudging respect with his captors and then later becomes one of them Gets a clannie girlfriend first of course It always starts with the girlfriendKai Mallard Layo He too pines for his girlfriend He s a Solaris 7 guy Mostly he just doubts himself a lot or so we are told He gets a Moment of AwesomeTM in the book Then he spends the rest of the book whining about itShin Yo mama Has a great appreciation for ancient Japanese architecture He also spends a lot of time doing cool ninja ey Japanese stuff and talking about honor and dragons and such Is REALLY into tattoosVictor Steiner Davion Doesn t do anything the entire bookThere were a lot characters but those seemed to be the author s favesReading this I m kind of struck by how thin the Battletech Programming in Objective C universe really is There were a couple of things that stood out to meFor one you never really get a true sense of the size and scale of thisniverse We are talking about hundreds of populated worlds here But in the story it s like each entire world only has one city And it s Beyond Band of Brothers usually only one small mech battle to capture an ENTIRE planet I don t think this is realistic at all You can t capture a whole nation with just a few tanks Scale itp to Battlemechs and even a thousand of them wouldn t be enough to conuer every city on an entire planet The scope of a true planetary invasion would be enormous And it would be extremely costly in terms of ships and manpower This is never depicted realistically in any Battletech bookAnother thing is just exactly how goofy the whole Battlemech idea really is I mean we have ships here who can nuke an entire planet s surface from orbit Surely something that dangerous could easily target an enemy mech on the ground and annihilate it from space The ramifications of having that much power and what it would really mean in terms of a war is barely touched on in this book It s touched on but pretty much sidestepped With ships like that mechs would be The Water Of Life useless All you would need is marines to take the groundI don t know I m just getting too old for this kiddie stuff I guess I loved Battletech back in the day but these books for the most part seem really lame I ve becomesed to good science fiction like things written by Ian Banks and William Barton This Battletech stuff is just empty filler like eating a bag of potato chips Oh well I ll press on I ve bought the kindle books and am curious how it all ends We will see Lethal heritage was a fun sci fi romp in the world of battle tech Covering the start of the clan invasions it has less action then the books of the warrior trilogy but successfully sets an exciting stage for changes yet to come If you are a fan of Battletech it is an easy recommendation Some of the writing of human relationships is The Year of Living Biblically uiet poor but the grand scale narration of theniverse is engaging and Stackpole is successful in that area I listened to the Audiobook over on Audible It was abridged which is a bummer I listen as I work and can knock out a 3 hour book like all these Battletech books in a day But you get the gist of the story It s a pretty good story as well Knowing the lor. S have fought over space land and politics But a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere The descendants of an old Star Leagu.

Brought back memories of playing Battletech niverse tabletop and video games back in the days I really wanted to like this book but nfortunately there are just too many factions and characters to really care about anyone Then again this book is probably just setting the scene for an epic series I am not sure I have the time or will to follow along but who knows maybe at some point in the future Definitely not as good as I remember Saga of the Grey Death legion to be but hey that s probably almost 20 years ago now Even though this is the first of a trilogy it is not the first of a storyline There is a trilogy that precedes this so this really should be marketed as a book 4 not a book 1 The result is that there are many references to shared knowledge that readers may not know and plot twists that are probably pretty cool if you ve read the first series but don t mean anything to somebody like me who has not The writing varies in ality from chapter to chapter generally improving as the book progresses But especially early on as ideas and concepts are being introduced there is a lot of exposition that reads in a rather stiltedawkward manner The author is much better at action seuences and suspense than at character development or set p So I wouldn t recommend this if you haven t read the previous trilogy but if you have and liked it then if you pick this For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde up know that it gets better than the first 100 pages would lead you to believe I read this because my recent re introduction into the Battletechniverse Harebrained Schemes superb game got me curious about the lore I had read this back when I was maybe 12 or 13 and found the entire Blood of Kerensky trilogy for maybe 3 bucks at Half Price Books Being a huge MechWarrior fan at them time as well as a proponent of needlessly capitalized letters in the middle of words I remember really enjoying this book so much so that I ve been recommending it to people well into my 30sI m not going to lie I may have to rescind those recommendations If you like Battletech this book is readable It rewards a familiarity with the lore as do most franchise fiction series from the mid 90slookin at you Shadowrun but this comes at a cost of feeling very lost if you aren t Stockpole attempts to get around this with some seriously Scary Stories 3 uh interesting dialogue choices Each of the main characters gives a solilouy in their initial chapters explaining who they are their heritage their motivations their desires In at least one case this monologue is delivered to an empty beach with nobody in particular there to listen aside from the reader This continues throughout the book as liberalse of italics as internal monologue continue to explain some of the finicky plot points that might go over the heads of readers Unfortunately this feels like the characters being over explanatory and verbose almost like they re talking down to you I have my critiues about the way the plot is presented as well The plot honestly is superb after centuries of war between several states all those states are invaded by a mysterious force with advanced technology and seemingly The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species unstoppable tactics Man that s a great storyExcept you the reader are privy to the truth in the first 25% of the book By the time the Successor States are figuring out what the nature of the invasion is you are already experiencing the other side of this invasion from another POV character Everything that comes after seems hollow Imagine if the White Walkers in Game of Thrones got their own POV chapter in the first bookIn the end I can dissect what went wrong and what didn t but it boils down to this if you re just curious about the lore go look at the Battletech wiki If you re looking to read about the Clan Invasion after that then pickp the bookI ll be reading the rest of the series honestly because the book does set you p with an interesting premise for the next I m just going to be hoping that less things will be explained to me via internal monologues so I can draw my own conclusions about the plot Boringtech Man Stackp. The year is 3030 For the past 300 years since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States these mortal enemie.

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E from playing the board game and video games as a kid I didn t miss out on much The 1994 animated series is based off of these novels I d recommend giving this series a go if you like Sci Fi The Innersphear is a totally believable thing Humans expand out and colonize worlds only to have progress halted by infighting Corporations manipulate States Houses and Nations to bring on a new dark age There is some believability that has to be pushed aside but the story makes sense as does the believability of the niverse These novelettes were absolutely entertaining but they weren t what I would call well written The plot moves at blinding speeds covering literally years and massive world significant events in a matter of sentences or an offhand bit of dialogue The result is that the novels are a series of things that happened with little foreshadowing or other storytelling artistryNote that while I m being very critical of the book I don t intend to condemn the author Rather I think that the stories were severely handicapped by their short format which was likely not in the author s control A Song of Ice and Fire level of material is being jammed into 3 tiny novelettes Tono Bungay uite naturally reading them is going to feel like you re hanging on to a wild bullRather I applaud Stackpole for being able to surface multiple interesting characters from this cacophony and give themniue voicesStill the story would have greatly benefited from being a trilogy of 3 full length novels rather than a trilogy of mini novels Epic Magical Sweet Mermaid undersells the scale of which the story moves Following the many characters and following the development between in the inner sphere I love Stackpole s style and how he takes the characters to a different height through their actions Everything feels so real and lifelike even the deadly clans seem to have a real lifelike driving force Start of the trilogy that got me back into reading Blood of Kerensky is one of the best written and greatest stories in the entire BattleTech series Normally I skip past the shelf in the bookstore where all of the RPG tie in books live you know the law firm of Salvatore Hickman Weis There was a time in my life when I read all of those books and enjoyed a great many of them but I ve never felt a compelling need to swim in those waters again That said every once in a while you will find a story that is truly well done One series that stuck with me from my childhood was the Blood of Kerensky series by Michael Stackpole It s a favorite I come back to every couple of yearsStackpole was a stalwart of the RPG writer scene before becoming a novel writer having worked for a time at Flying BuffaloFASA which is how I originally became acuainted with him The Blood of Kerensky books are set in the Battletechniverse which for those of you who don t know is a post diaspora to the stars future war concept with different political factions duking it out in giant robots called Mechs It s ground that s been well traveled in Japanese Anime but here it s given a western military sci fi flavorStackpole to his credit plays this material straight keeping it action forward with strong but simple characters You don t care that it s a bunch of guys in robot suits because after a short while you are interested in their personal lives their successes failures and relationshipsA few related books followed the original trilogy but they never The Choice uite livep to the level of Stackpole s writing here I wish he had explored this world a bit fully because he was very well suited to it Lethal HeritageThe book that introduced the Clans to the BattleTech Elementary Treatise in Herbology universethe book that blew the mind of many pissed off a few and forever changed the face of a popular gameandTotally Friggin AWESOMELethal Heritage is forever emblazoned on my brain as both one of the best BattleTech novels and as one of most memorable books I ve ever read The author Mike Stackpole does an excellent job of engrossing the reader in the sci fi and Mecha basedniverse that has become a hallmark of the gaming industry 7 stars out of E general the Clans bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen have come to take what they believe is rightfully thei.