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March Upcountry

de David Weber, John Ringo

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Sèrie: Empire of Man (1)

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Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So why wouldn't anyone at Court trust him? It wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life? But that was before his mother the empress packed him off to a backwater planet, a saboteur tried to blow up his ship, and he found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, with jungles full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, and barbarian hordes with really bad dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and then go home. Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of the Empress's Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it's the Bronze Barbarians, assuming that Prince Roger manages to grow up before he gets all of them killed.… (més)
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It's a good book, there's no doubt about it.

However, I should probably have done some more research before diving into it. I was more or less expecting that they would get off the planet and the adventures of Roger would develop from there but now I understand that most of the book series continues on this underdeveloped planet.

That makes it really not my cup of tea. Well, I usually begin what I've started so I'll probably finish this series as well but probably not straight away. I need to get my fix of actual space action first before another one in this series. ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
This is a fun and fast-paced military sci-fi book, the first of a series of books. It isn't great literature, but it is very good at what it does and for the genre. It is like a good popcorn movie: fun and interesting while you are enjoying it, but not really something that sticks with you over the years. ( )
  briguybrn | Jan 14, 2018 |
This was an odd book. On one hand, it had a lot of action, which was good, and it had some interesting characters whom you could come to enjoy seeing in a series, of which this is the first book. On the other hand, it drags at times and the conversations can seem unnecessary and arbitrary and a little too long winded and the main battle is just too much to be believable. It's far too one sided of a victory to be remotely believable. More on that in a minute.

Prince Roger MacClintock of the Empire of Man has been sent by his Empress mother to another planet with a contingent bodyguard company of royal marines. However, their ship gets sabotaged and they're forced to land on a strange planet with one port, held by an enemy force. Thus, they're forced to land on the opposite side of the planet and walk for up to six months to go take the port by force since they would have been shot out of the sky if they had been seen coming down from space. Roger is a rich, spoiled brat, but an heir to the throne and must be protected at all times and returned to the empire. The troop sets off through what turns out to be hostile territory, picks up a few alien allies, but runs into a huge alien army intent on destroying them. The major battle is 18,000 technologically deficient aliens against 70 Marines. Long odds. Virtually impossible. And bizarrely, while the Marines take casualties, they slaughter a zillion aliens and win the battle. Now, I'm sorry, but that just seems freaking impossible and implausible to me. I know they have technologically superior weapons, but 18,000 to 70 odds are just too much to overcome and there's no way that could happen. No way. Not believable. To make matters crazier, they move on, come to another alien city state and are taken captive, where about 35 of the unwounded or remaining Marines slaughter another army and live to move on to a sequel. Right. Uh huh. So, good action, but asking the reader to believe a little too much, I'm sorry.

I didn't know whether to give this book three or four stars, because it's probably a four star book, but I'm so annoyed by the impossible outcome of the major battle, that I'm knocking a star off and giving it three. Nonetheless, I bought the second book and will be reading it, hoping for more realistic action this time. It's not a bad story. Just make it a little more realistic. Please. Cautiously recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Nov 10, 2015 |
I had trouble getting into this book, and even considered abandoning it early on because it wasn’t holding my interest. However, I did become more interested in it as things progressed.

The story is that a group of space marines are escorting a prince to an event on another planet. The prince is the younger son of the empress. He’s spoiled and rather arrogant, and he’s been kept largely ignorant of the greater political machinations that have always been going on around him. Most people can’t stand him, and they aren’t even sure if he’s loyal to the empress, but it's their duty to protect him and they're determined to do so. En route to their destination, their ship is sabotaged and they’re forced to take escape shuttles to a nearby hostile planet. From that point, it’s a combination military/survival story as the company of soldiers and the prince try to make their way across a planet with hostile animals and hostile people and limited supplies.

The story started to get more interesting to me once they landed on the planet, but the story never gripped me or held anything special for me. It was pretty straight-forward, and never really presented me with any questions or major surprises. There was a huge cast of characters and this is one of those third-person omniscient point-of-view books where the reader is bounced around between various characters’ heads from paragraph to paragraph. It wasn’t too difficult to follow, but it did occasionally give me pause. At one point, the authors even told us what a pet lizard was thinking…

The prince was a somewhat interesting character, and he grew more likeable as the book went on. A couple of the other characters were pretty likeable also. However, I never felt heavily invested in either the characters or the story. It wasn’t a bad book, and I was mildly entertained by it, but I could easily pick it up and read for just a few minutes and then put it down again. I don’t plan to read the sequels. ( )
  YouKneeK | May 17, 2015 |
What starts off as a military space fiction in the vein of David Weber’s Honor Harrington series quickly become a high tech meets low tech style of military fiction. I wasn’t sure what to expect after the first chapter but I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on. It is an excellent start to a series.

Let me start off by saying I felt more of Weber’s influence in this story that John Ringo’s, although I have been unable to find how much each writer contributed. The overall story arc, character progression, and setting feel like pure Weber to me while the action beats have Ringo’s finger prints all over them.

While there are a few things that could be said negatively about this title there are so many more things to like about it. There was a book I read years ago from a Greek historian and mercenary known as Xenophon of Athens called Anabasis where he accompanied 10,000 soldiers stranded deep in Persia as they fought their way back home. If you can get past the language it is a great adventure story and a March Up Country seems to be updating the Xenophon story for a science fiction setting. You have a group of elite warriors fighting through hostile territory and barbarian hordes to find a way home. If you read a lot of Weber you might recognize that he pulls a lot of the initial plots of his story lines from actual history and the choice to adapt what has come to be known as “The March of the 10,000” was a stroke of genius.

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Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So why wouldn't anyone at Court trust him? It wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life? But that was before his mother the empress packed him off to a backwater planet, a saboteur tried to blow up his ship, and he found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, with jungles full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, and barbarian hordes with really bad dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and then go home. Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of the Empress's Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it's the Bronze Barbarians, assuming that Prince Roger manages to grow up before he gets all of them killed.

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