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Mechwarrior: Dark Age #9:: Patriot's Stand (A Battletech Novel) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Mike Moscoe
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6. April 2004 Mech Warrior: Dark Age (Buch 9)
Grace O'Malley's ragtag forces stand valiantly against the fearsome Roughriders-determined to write their planet's history in the scorched wreckage of the battlefield...


  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Roc (6. April 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0451459709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459701
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,8 x 2,2 cm
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A world on fire- oder so ähnlich 26. Mai 2004
Mit Patriots Stand gibt es nn also den neunten Roman der mwda Reihe. Der Autor des guten Stückes heißt Moscoe und ist ein bisher noch unbeschriebenes Blatt im Battletechuniversum.
Dafür ist der Roman durchaus zu gebrauchen, auch wenn er ein paar kleinere Schwachstellen aufweist, die das Lesevergnügen nicht ernsthaft einzutrüben vermögen.
Nun kurz zum Inhalt.
Der Roman spielt auf einem unbedeutenden Hinterweltler Planeten, der durch eine Horde von Banditen (die in Wahrheit Söldner sind) überfallen wird.
Dadraufhin beschließen die Bauern des Planeten, ihre Verteidigung selbst in die Hand zu nehmen, da ja auf die Republik kein Verlaß mehr ist.
Als Folge dessen wird die Heldin des Romans und der Schlacht um dieses Niemalsland losgeschickt, um ein paar Söldner anzuwerben.
Bei dem Versuch ein paar geeignete Söldner zu finden handelt es sich definitiv um den lustigsten Teil des Romans, da es hierbei zu einem ganzen Haufen widriger Umstände und dummer Zufälle kommt. (Motto Mädchen vom Lande besucht die Großstadt)
Leider muß die Heldin feststellen, dass sie nicht genug Kohlen hat um eine Söldnertruppe anzuheuern und begnügt sich statt dessen mit einem bunt zusammengewürfelten Haufen.
Mit dem kommt sie gerade noch rechtzeitig zu hause an, um ihren Planeten bei einem erneuten Überfall zu Verteidigen.
In diesem Roman kommen nun zum ersten Mal die Stormhammers vor, auch wenn sie nur erwähnt werden und noch nicht direkt in das Geschehen eingreifen. Bei den Stormhammers handelt es sich um eine Fraktion die sich auf die Seite der Lyranischen Alliance geschlagen hat.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting interlude 14. April 2004
Von J. Chovan - Veröffentlicht auf
When I first began this novel, I thought that I would be disappointed. The story seemed to be moving slowly and predictably-A desperate defense by the underdogs foils the nefarious plans of the well-armed, well-disciplined mercenary troops. However, the story is not that simple. In this story, the underdogs do fight back, but the catch is that the mercenary troops they are supposed to fight against end up having reservations about fighting them, which affects the outcome. This tale deals more with honor amongst soldiers than it does with the fall of the HPG net, but it provides a nice escape from the main Dark Age storyline. No faction plays a major role in this novel; however, Patriot's Stand could end up as a jumping off point for some of the more colorful characters introduced. If you are interested in the complete Dark Age world, then this book fits in nicely, but if you are desperately hoping to find out more about your favorite faction or why the HPG net is down, you can probably live without this one. Just bear in mind that you will miss a well-written novel with an interesting angle on the Mechwarrior world.
4.0 von 5 Sternen was GOOD! 27. August 2004
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i've read most of the Battletech novels and i have followed the MW:DA series although i was a bit unsure for the wisdom of that in the beginning.The DA universe is not as good as Battletech, that's for sure (so many changes in 60 years???come on...)nevertheless, i liked these novels in general- it seems that the writers have earned some experience after the end of the Battletech series! As for Patriot's the beginning, i got the impression that it was somewhat...naive?too b-movie style?but, as i kept kept getting better!in fact, i think that it is the best novel in both Battletech and MW:DA that describes COMMON people and how they are affected by the fighting, the politics and so on!Grace O' Malley and her pals are not some top-notch mercs, or princes, dukes and nobles, no hard nosed military or glory-bound, battle-crazed clanners. they are simple people, who have known peace for all their lifetime, have received no real military training and are suddenly with war and a crazed madman upon their heads!having read about revolutions and resistance movements throughout history, i can say that the raising of the Alkalurops
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riding Rough Over the Militia 6. April 2004
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Patriot's Stand is the ninth novel in the Mechwarrior Dark Age series. The HPG interstellar communications grid has been down for two years. The effect on Alkalurops has been minimal so far. The lack of current commodity information has disrupted trade somewhat, but the loss of contact with the Republic bureaucracy has offset this.
In this novel, Alkalurops learns the negative side of loss of communications. They are invaded and have no way of calling for help. Allabad, the capital, dropped out of the net a week ago and then messages began arriving about BattleMechs and tanks taking over towns and hijacking Mechs. Now the invaders have reached the Gleann Mor Valley and are approaching Falkirk. Grace O'Malley, the town mayor, and her militia are about to get their baptism of fire.
The battle is a disaster. The invaders detect their ambush from over a kilometer away and maneuver to directly attack their modified Industrial and Agricultural Mechs. The only thing that works right is the Navajo pits and traps; they capture a hovertank. Only the arrival of another dozen worker Mechs from the Donga River Valley saves the Falkirk militia from total defeat.
In the town meeting after the battle, the leaders agree that their defense efforts were inadequate. However, they have a tradition of protecting themselves and decide that they need to learn the new methods of fighting. They raise a collection and sent Grace O'Malley, Chato Bluewater and Jobe Kang to Allabad to coordinate with the central government.
When they arrive in Allabad, the Gleann Mor Valley representatives find that the Governor and Legate had been assassinated prior to the raid and that attempts to form a government are bogged down with endless talk. Grace informs the ad hoc council of the Gleann Mor Valley plans and then books passage offworld to hire instructors for their militia.
In this story, Grace and her friends discover just how difficult it is to mount an adequate defense against a well-equipped aggressor. None of the mercenary units will provide instructors, but will contract for their defense for an appropriate fee. However, Grace does find a few unemployed mercenaries who, for personal reasons, are willing to act as a training cadre.
This story illustrates the difference between professional soldiers and local militia. Of course, the professionals are better trained and often have better equipment. However, the locals are highly motivated and eager to learn; after all, they have more to lose than the professionals. The locals also have knowledge of the terrain and the support of the populace.
A key factor in this story is the Leader, the man who initiated the whole conflict. The Leader is a caricature of the nasty villain, with all the worst aspects of Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin and none of the strengths. Not at all adverse to doing his own killing and very susceptible to sycophancy, the Leader creates enemies everywhere he goes and surrounds himself with incompetents.
Once again, the author proves his ability to involve the reader in a military tale. He also does a good job of depicting local politics. He adds a touch of novelty and realism to the Battletech universe.
Highly recommended for Battletech and Moscoe fans and for anyone else who enjoys highly realistic tales of future military actions.
-Arthur W. Jordin
4.0 von 5 Sternen A thrilling tale of citizens fighting to defend their home 22. Januar 2005
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The Republic of the Sphere has basically collapsed in the two years since the HPG interstellar communications grid went down. Clans and Houses are making power grabs all over the galaxy, and most of the now-isolated planets are finding out that ignorance is not bliss. Alkalurops is a seemingly insignificant little mining planet out in the middle of nowhere - galactically speaking; its people are simple miners and farmers. They have always stood up and fought for themselves in the past, but their noble ancestors never had to face Mechwarriors in hellish BattleMechs. When a raiding party lands on the planet and begins confiscating equipment and supplies, a lot of folks - mostly urban types - stand back and freely give what true patriots would never surrender. Not so in the small town of Falkirk, where a spunky redhead with Scotch-Irish blood coursing through her veins leads a group of citizens willing to fight for what is theirs. Using mining Mechs crudely fashioned with whatever kind of offensive weapons the local engineers can fashion, Grace O'Malley and her militia take on the raiders and, as much by luck as anything else, live to fight another day. One thing is made clear by this limited engagement, though - the people willing to defend Alkalurops are going to need help if they are going to hold on to their land and their lives.

After a robust assembly of the people's representatives, Grace heads off-planet to hire some skilled professional soldiers of the planet's own. The Roughriders, under the command of Loren J. Hanson, are the first to turn her away with impossible payment demands; little does Grace know that the Roughriders have spent time on her planet already. In the end, Grace comes home with a loose grouping of professional soldiers tasked with turning her homegrown militia into a fighting force. Time is short, as the raiders soon return to Alkalurops with more than raiding on their mind. Then, as if things aren't bad enough, the Roughriders' client, as much a mystery to Hanson as he is to Grace, drops in with a bevy of his own Red and Black henchmen. Grace and her band of hastily trained but deeply committed patriots must come up with a novel way of fighting for their land and freedom, but it won't be easy. They know who the real enemy is, but they also have to take into account the Roughrider troops still ostensibly holding true to their contractual obligations.

A lot of these Mechwarrior Dark Age novels are basically the same: one planet faces an incursion by enemies of some sort, be they seekers of power, wealth, or both. This ninth book in the new series really has a spirit of its own, however. The citizens of Alkalurops are not trained fighters; they are just regular people who would rather die fighting for their land than see it stolen by ruthless brigands. Their strategies and tactics definitely qualify as unconventional. It makes for an especially interesting conclusion, as this is a battle that cannot be avoided. If you like your battles by the book, or you lust to see battalions going head to head across a traditional battleground, you won't find much of that here, but it seems to me that the most realistic of battles are never fought by the book.

The local politics of Alkalurops adds great depth to the story, as does the work of some intriguing intelligence agents. Basically, the fight itself isn't half as interesting as the preparations that come before it. I should also note that this story really plays out as a local affair; while a couple of intriguing questions arise, Patriot's Stand essentially takes place within a geopolitical vacuum rather far removed from the large-scale crumbling of the Republic itself.

Good characters make for good novels, and Patriot's Stand features a couple of good ones. I will admit that I felt a few of the characters could have been threshed out a little more, the villain is a real paper tiger, and the story behind the story of the villain was left a little nebulous, but it is hard not to like L. J. Hanson, and I must say it was a real joy to get to know Grace O'Malley. The planet may be Alkalurops, but the freedom fighters here sound a whole lot like the kind of Terran settlers who once fought for and won independence from Great Britain - they are patriots of the highest order.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Had Potential 4. Mai 2004
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While this story had a great plot going for it, it fell short in most other areas. It was intensly boring and had close to no action aside from beginning and the end, and it was based on a tiny insignificant little planet. This HAD potential but it was wasted.
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