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Star Soldiers (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Andre Norton
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Andre Norton-Grand Mistress of science fiction-presents a grand tapestry of the far-flung interstellar future, in which the first starships from Earth have burst out into the universe . . . only to run straight into the restraining grasp of the stagnant alien federation known as Central Control.

Only as interstellar mercenaries can humans go to the stars; the aliens who already dominate the galaxy allow no other recourse. But when Swordsman Third Class Kana Karr and his comrades-in-arms are betrayed and abandoned on a hostile world by their alien masters, the warriors from Earth begin a desperate but glorious march across a planet whose every sword is against them. Their actions may doom humanity's future . . . or lead the way to an empire of their own!

Four thousand years later, galactic civilization is collapsing, and the underfunded crew of an exploration starship is forced to set down on an uncharted planet: a mysterious, abandoned world that is achingly beautiful-and hauntingly familiar. Ranger Sergeant Kartr, telepath and stellar Patrolman, searches with his crewmates for the source of a beacon which may mean escape for them all. What he finds is far stranger: the first clue to what may become the greatest revelation in galactic history!

The defining events of future historyas only Andre Norton could tell them!

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  • Verlag: Baen Books; Auflage: 1 (1. August 2001)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eines der besten Bücher in bezug auf die Menschen 29. Oktober 2001
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Wer diktatorisch versucht die Menschen zu beherrschen wird scheitern, weil den Freiheitswillen und das Denken kann man nicht unterjochen, das sagt das Buch.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stellar Stories 12. Januar 2002
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My first encounter with Andre Norton came around age 11 or 12 when I bought "Star Guard," a story loosely based on Xenophon's "Anabasis." It proved a rollicking good yarn. Earthlings had gone to the stars and met with a powerful empire under Central Control. Earthlings being too backward for anything else, they were allowed into the empire as mercenaries. "Star Guard" follows the adventures of a unit of mercenaries sent to serve a usurper on a backwater world. Their boss loses and they have to fight their way to freedom across a hostile world. I read and re-read the story several times, and I still have the old thirty five cent Ace paperback lovingly tucked away on a shelf in my library. "Star Guard" forms half of the book "Star Soldiers."
The other half comes from another novel I read multiple times as a preteenager--"Star Rangers." This book also found its inspiration in a historical incident (or at least a historical legend). During the decline of Rome an Emperor decided to rid himself of a pesky legion. He ordered them to march east; they obeyed; and they marched right off the pages of history. Some 6,000 years after that Emperor's edict, it is repeated by another crumbling civilization. Central Control is losing its grip on its far flung galactic empire. The Star Rangers are somewhat of a nuisance to Central Control, so it sends them off on a fool's errand of exploration. "Star Rangers" chronicles the history of this last mission.
The Central Control of "Star Guard" was very similar to the Central Control of "Star Rangers," but try as I might, I could never reconcile the dissimilarities enough to say that "Star Guard" and "Star Rangers" both occurred in the same fantasy universe.
The two stories are aimed at juveniles, their "science" is bankrupt, and they are little more than space opera. But they entertain, and that is all that they were intended to do.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Juveniles Revisited 5. September 2001
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"Star Soldiers" is the republication of two old Norton scifi juveniles: "Star Guard" and "Star Rangers." The books have no connection with each other. I still have the old paperback publications of these books which deal with opposite ends of time: man's conquest of the stars and his retreat. It seems to me that everything from the original publication is here.
"Star Guard" is a book that has stuck in my memory from my youth. It featured Norton's patented great action and strong characters. I hadn't read the book for years and expected it would lose something on this rereading. And it did, to some seemed much shorter now. I realized as I retraveled an alien world with the human mercenary troops of the "Star Guard", trapped, abandoned by "Central Control" and dying but always striving, how sophisticated Norton's juvenile's were and are. A happy ending for the hero, yes, but plenty of trial and loss along the way.
I have a slight preference for "Star Guard" over "Star Ranger." The mercenaries of the first book may be taking their lumps but they're considered a "young" race. The humans of "Star Rangers" seem old and tired. Not so much our young heroes but the civilization as a whole which I found rather depressing when I was a kid and still do now. Still the action and great character development is here. It is in "Star Rangers," I believe, in which Norton first writes about the strong human/alien bonds, team work and tolerance which will become signiture features of her later books.
One thing I did notice as I reread these books was the absolute
gender bias in these early books that I was not aware of as a teen. There are no women characters in the first book and virtually no females until the end of the second book. Although strong female characters soon appear in Norton's novels, these early works were "supposed" to be written for boys by boys...thus "Andre." The dark secret of the sex of noted women scifi writers is laughable today but seemed important back then. I was considered odd for reading scifi. If you don't own these books, I would suggest getting them to complete your Norton collection...and as a good introduction to her juveniles for all your teen friends.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen oldies but goodies 16. November 2001
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If you haven't got the original books, get this copy. Or if you have more than one child, get one for each.
I grew up on Andre Norton books. Her young adult books have
lost none of their relevance to children today, and I raised
my sons on the very same books I read. Yes, the early books have
male characters, probably because it was hard enough for a woman
to get science fiction published then. Heinlein, if you notice,
managed to get away with writing strong female characters.
I was an oddity for a female in those days - refused to read/
couldn't stand the "Sweet Valley High" type stuff that was
published for girls, and Andre Norton's books, even if they
had male characters, at least dealt with problems of growing up
and with struggles to remain honest, honorable. Star Rangers
gave aliens a fair deal and they seemed alien enough to me then,
but also characters I could understand and admire. Took me years
to realize the message I'd absorbed - judge the person by what
they are and how they act, not by what they look like. That
message still needs to be delivered, and this is a great, enjoyable way to deliver it to young people.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Planetary Guardians 15. September 2007
Von Arthur W. Jordin - Veröffentlicht auf
Star Soldiers (2001) is an omnibus edition of two SF novels in the Central Control universe, including Star Guard and Star Rangers. These stories are among the earliest SF works by the author. When Terrans first learned to travel the space lanes, they discovered that the galaxy was already inhabited by many spacegoing species. These aliens were organized into a great confederacy under Central Control.

In Star Guard (1955), Central Control assigned Terrans to a special role that suited their aggressive temperament and also provided a safety valve for other belligerents. The Terrans became mercenaries of the Galaxy. Arch Hordes served on the relatively primitive worlds and Mech Legions served on the relatively advanced worlds. However, even the Mechs weapons were less advanced than those available to the Galactic Patrol. Three hundred years passed before any challenge arose to this system.

In this novel, Kana Karr, newly graduated Arch Swordsman Third Class, comes to Prime to receive his first assignment. Waiting in the hiring hall, he hears rumors of lost legions and refused assignments. Then, a senior Combatant, accompanied by a Galactic Agent, announces that the troubles on Nevers have been fully investigated, with the assistance of Central Control, and certified that the defeat there was due to local problems. Furthermore, rumors concerning this episode are not to be repeated by any of the Corps. Naturally, this stirs up even more rumors.

Shortly thereafter, Karr is offered a position with Yorke's Horde and accepts the assignment. He is told to report to Dock Five at seventeen hours, so he goes to the transients' mess to eat. While there, he hears still more rumors. Then he goes to an information booth to learn the languages of Fronn, the planet where he is to serve, as well as any other facts available. When he returns the record-pak, he notices that a Mech scoops it up before the return belt can load it back into the machine.

On the journey to Fronn, he bunks with Trig Hansu, a very experienced Swordtan. In fact, all the men headed to Yorke's Horde, except himself, are very experienced and, when they reach Secundus, he only finds two other S-Threes in the Horde. Although most of the men seem to be amiable, the other S-Threes warn him to avoid Zapan Bogate.

However, when they reach Fronn, Bogate and one of his buddies, Sim, decides to crowd Karr a little. When Karr chops a clutching hand, Sim slaps him in formal challenge. Karr, however, has the choice of weapons and chooses bat sticks.

Although Sim proves to be an expert swordsman, he is confused by the relative lightness of the stick. Furthermore, he uses it as a rapier, but Karr waits until he can draw it across Sim's forearm, so that the pain forces Sim to drop the stick, thereby conceding the duel. Of course, Sim is furious, but the other veterans rather respect Karr for using his knowledge of the planet in this manner.

After a week of intensive drill to shake out any lingering effects of the space travel, they move out with their employer. As Karr is marching on point, they overtake a caravan of Venturi and he notices that one of the figures walks differently.

His team reports his suspicions and keeps the caravan under observation until a troop of Llor cavalry flushes the suspicious wayfarer from the caravan, straight toward them. The troopers lasso the fugitive, but he sits up and fires a flamer at them. Immediately, the Combatants fire at the shooter.

The robed figure proves to be a Llor, who had no business possessing a flamer, which are reserved for the Patrol. After seven Fronn days, they meet the forces of the enemy and are called to parlay, but the enemy ambush their employer and capture his men. When the Combatants talk to the enemy leader, they are told that the Terran way does not apply to Fronn.

Now that their employer is dead, they head to an auxiliary starport in the hills to get off world. The port is Venturi, but these natives soon leave to go back to their islands, leaving the building to the Terrans. They are forced indoors by a cariolis storm, but find an unusual sight after the storm: a wrecked crawler with a Vegan onboard and boxes of flamers as cargo. Then they find a downed Patrol ship in a rocky valley with bodies in Patrol uniforms laid out as for inspection.

In Star Rangers (1953), Central Control is fragmenting. Even the Stellar Patrol is falling apart from lack of equipment and supplies. One aspiring tyrant helps his prospects by sending the Patrol Scoutship Starfire into the hinterland of the galaxy.

In this novel, the Starfire has crashed on an uncharted planet. The ship is broken beyond the crew's ability to fix it. At least the world is Arth type, so the crew and rangers can breath its air. Ranger Zinga even gorged on the local water creatures and found them nonpoisonous and tasty.

Exploring the unknown world, Ranger Rolth discovers a beacon light in the night. The armsmen convert the ranger sled to use a disrupter power pack and Ranger Sergeant Kartr and Ranger Rolth take it to discover the source of the beacon. They find a highly advanced city with working power sources and robotic guards. Unfortunately, the city is occupied by the survivors of the Nyorai X451.

The passenger ship had been attacked by pirates and only escaped by fleeing in overdrive. Damage to the ship caused it to become lost in uncharted space. After all the fuel was consumed, the ship was forced to land on this unknown planet.

Joyd Cummi, Vice-Sector Lord of Agerat, is the leader of the survivors. He is a sensitive who tries, and fails, to penetrate Sergeant Kartr's mindshield. Kartr and Rolth evade Cummi's questions and are driven back to the vicinity of the sled by a Can-hound, a psychic tool of the Vice-Sector Lord.

Kartr alters the Can-hound's memory and leaves him in the car. The rangers then return to the sled and fly back to their camp. When Kartr reports to the acting-Captain, Jaksan doesn't understand Kartr's qualms about joining the ship survivors and orders the Patrolmen into the city.

These stories tell of the Terran involvement with Central Control. The first tale relates their initial contact with the confederacy and the second tells of the breakup of that confederation. During the passing millennia, the role of the Terrans greatly changes. In the first story, they are the underdogs and, in the second, they are the rulers.

Notice that the first story in this omnibus was published two years later than the second. In some respects, the first story is the better of the two. Maybe the author gained some additional skills in the SF genre during those years.

Notice also that the first story is about a graduating cadet from a military school. This theme has been used subsequently by this author and many others. Maybe this tale is the first use of the theme within the SF genre.

Highly recommended for Norton fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of high adventure, alien relations, and competent teamwork with an optimistic finale.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Early Norton science Fiction - Central Control Universe 3. Juli 2008
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Star Soldiers

Star Soldiers is an Omnibus edition put out by Baen which includes Star Guard and Star Ranger, both in Norton's Central Control Universe.

Star Guard

This is one of the early Science Fiction books by Andre Norton (my Ace printing was from 1959 and sold for $0.95 I bought the newer edition of it from [...] in the omnibus edition entitled Star Soldiers, so that I wouldn't harm my older copy, thank you Baen for reprinting these hard to find classics).

"In a breathtaking novel of outer space, Andre Norton spins a web of excitement and intrigue into a future epoch where men are not the masters - where Earthmen are but hired soldiers who wear the uniforms of their alien masters." "This is the fast-action account of the courageous recruit who first dared to challenge that science-dictatorship on behalf of Earth."

Star Rangers

In the final days of a collapsing interstellar empire, a crippled, lone ship, the Scout ship Starfire of the Patrol crashes on a minor, uncharted, planet. Quickly scouting around their crash site, they find evidence of a long vanished high tech civilization in the Sealed Cities, they , also find, nomadic hunter-gatherer level groups of humans. Looking for better shelter to tend their injured personnel, the rangers enter one of the cities, only to find it occupied by another group of refugees and ruled by the Acturian Cummi, a master telepath, one who is not above overpowering and directly controlling other people minds, who is bent on becoming the sole ruler of the planet. Zinga, a member of the ancient historian race of Zacathans (a reptilian race that populates many of Norton's science fiction works), and the human ranger sergeant Kartr, both high order telepaths themselves, though not of the strength of Cummi, end up in a memorable mental battle with Cummi. The result of this battle and its aftermath lead to a very memorable book. This is one of only two books she wrote in the Central Control Universe.
Highly recommended for fans of Andre Norton and Science Fiction in general.

Gunner July, 2008
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