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Book Title: The Ruins of Power (BattleTech)|
The author of the book: Robert E. Vardeman
ISBN 13: 9780451459282
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 476 KB
Date of issue: April 18th 2003
Read full description of the books The Ruins of Power (BattleTech):The books in the "Mechwarrior: Dark Age" franchise continue their roller-coaster ride between entertaining and abysmal. "The Ruins of Power" unfortunately falls into the latter category, and it stumbles so hard into that hole that nothing seems to be able to save it.
After the epic "A Call to Arms" we are back to spy novel territory. Once again the plot is on a backwater republic world, Mirach, where some horrible caricatures are waging a political war on each other. The book's hero is a young cadet with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. He has trained to be a Mechwarrior all his life yet always stood in the shadow of his older brother (and then there's some whining about not getting enough respect from his strict father). The main cast is rounded out by a well-meaning sergeant, a clueless politician, a fat businessman and a shrewd woman with long fingernails.
Most of the story is devoted to our young hero as he tries to figure out who is behind the disruptive activities. As we suffer through his fruitless search a rebellion begins to stir and threatens to boil into full civil war. However, once the action slowly starts rolling it is completely unsatisfying and mostly involves impotent acts such as "hero launches surprise mech attack on army and is promptly defeated" or "assault class battlemech tries to police a city and ends up doing nothing but being shot at".
Interestingly, none of the main factions from the Dark Age storyline are duking it out in this book. Therefore, if you are looking to get up to speed on the Dark Age storyline you can safely skip this volume.
Read information about the authorAlso writes as:
Edward S. Hudson
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