Go Tell the Spartans

Go Tell the Spartans

by Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling

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Overview

Stranger, go and tell the Spartans
That we lie here, obedient to their commands.

Since the late 20th century, the Soviet-American CoDominium had kept the peace, both on Earth and among the stars. But now the CoDominium is dying, and its death-throes will be terrible; already the nations arm for their final battle. With Earth doomed, mankind's sole hope for a future worth having rests on a planet called Sparta, a planet where American idealists have raised once more the banner of a liberty that has been forgotten amid the corruptions and tyrannies of Earth.

The Spartans know that they must be strong to survive; that is why they hired John Christian Falkenberg and his Legion to train them. What the Spartans do not know is that Falkenberg's enemies have become their own—that Grand Senator Bronson's techno-ninja will follow the Legion to Sparta, and there wreak a terrible vengeance aimed at ending the Spartan experiment before it has fairly begun . . .

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148682486
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 06/01/1991
Series: CoDominium Future History , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 238,514
File size: 358 KB

About the Author

Jerry Pournelle is a reigning master of military science fiction, author of the series of novels about John Christian Falkenberg and his legion of interstellar mercenaries, and many other works, such as Janissaries, Exiles to Glory, High Justice, King David's Spaceship, Starswarm, and others. With Larry Niven he has collaborated on a string of bestselling novels, including Lucifer's Hammer, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, and many more. He holds advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science, and has been involved professionally in all these fields. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.

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Go Tell the Spartans (Falkenberg's Legion Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Pournelle -- one of the best SF action writers ever. Believable dystopian societies with interesting protagonists and antagonists.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Getting towards the meat of the matter now. The previous three (or so depending on which order you've chosen to read the series in) books have established the history of Falkenberg's Mercenaries, and how they came to be on Sparta and the almost chance inclusion of Prince Lysander to their ranks. Now the real conflict has started. It is set at about the same chronological time as the latter half of West of Honour - where Falkenberg himself is situated. Here the grand commnd is carried by one of Falkenberg's deputies. What is supposed to be the establishment of a training camp, turns out to be more difficult than first expected.The society on Sparta is some odd formalised ideal with qualified Citizenship and rights and responsabilities and a harsh martial law enforcing it, Ruled by a dual family monachy. This - along with the influx of Earth deportees creates an underclass that forms a rebellion. Normally such would be ruthlessly put down, but the Earth influx creates the numbers to allow it survive, and Falkenberg's political enemies give it the technology and leadership to make it a viable alternative. The rest is one long complex, action driven fight. First in the town and then quickly out into the countryside which happens to resemble an exagerated form of some of the american midwest. There's tactcis, radio comms, and various battelions and companies marching up and down valleys shooting at each other, or firiing rockets or mortars (is ther a distinction and who cares what it is). I couldn't keep it all straight, and didn't particularly care to spend any effort thinking about it either. It might (maybe) have helped if I'd known whether the battilion or the company was larger. However the key point is the various commanders and there various fates. These are quite easy to keep distinct - whether Royal and hence on the Merc's side or Nationalist and on the rebel's side. The rebel leader had a really annoying voice and third person speech pattern. This did keep her very disitinct from all the others, but remained an annoyance to read every time she appeared. I'm never a big fan of omnipresent novels where both sides tactical choces are told in advance rather than shown to a few tightly narrated characters. This remains a problem throughout. Equally annoying are the interspersed lectures from random Military advisors some historical, there are also descriptions of the geography, which is not interesting for the several pages so occupied. This seems to be an opportunity for the author to spout political views, but merely serves todistract the reader from the story.Other than that it is fast paced action packed and if you like that sort of thing, enjoyable. Eventually we will get to the creation of the Imperium that is setting for the Mote in God's Eye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago