Prince of Mercenaries

Prince of Mercenaries

by Jerry Pournelle

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With conflicts arising on far-flung planets and the CoDominium's control over human colonies waning, John Falkenberg's Mercenary Legionnaires are in great demand.  On Tanith, a prison planet also known for its export of the pleasure drug borloi, Governor Blaine has summoned Falkenberg and his Legionnaires.  Young prince Lysander from the planet Sparta has also arrived on Tanith.  With shifting alliances, pirates and landowners willing to kill for control of the profitable borloi, Falkenberg, Lysander and others engage in a war over stolen borloi and access to power.

From the author of acclaimed novels such as BIRTH OF FIRE and KING DAVID'S SPACESHIP and co-author with Larry Niven of bestselling novels including LUCIFER'S HAMMER, FOOTFALL and THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE, Jerry Pournelle delivers a smart, fast-paced novel of future worlds and conflicts.

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BN ID: 2940158595004
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 10/20/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 161,752
File size: 714 KB

About the Author

Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017) was the author of the popular Janissaries and CoDominium series and co-author with Larry Niven of several bestselling science fiction novels including INFERNO, FOOTFALL, LUCIFER'S HAMMER, OATH OF FEALTY, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE, THE GRIPPING HAND, THE BURNING CITY, BURNING TOWER and ESCAPE FROM HELL. He collaborated with both Larry Niven and Steven Barnes on THE LEGACY OF HEOROT, BEOWULF’S CHILDREN, and other works. Dr. Pournelle has advanced degrees in engineering, political science, statistics and psychology. As an aerospace Systems Analyst he participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Following a brief tour in academia he was the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles. He was the Science Editor for Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine, and is a past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has written columns on political and technology issues for decades, in addition to his career as a fiction writer. His columns for Byte magazine have been an internet staple for many years. Dr. Pournelle has been involved in the development of government policy on space enterprises and defense, and he is active on several committees for the advancement of science and space exploration. He was Chairman of the Reagan "kitchen cabinet" Citizen's Advisory Committee on National Space Policy, and frequently participates in conferences on the future of technology.

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Prince of Mercenaries (Falkenberg's Legion Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pournelle is arguably one of the best Military Sci-Fi authors ever.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Further exploits of Falkenberg's Legion. This book is set interspersed with the prior The Mercenary in the CoDominium /Mote in God's Eye universe. The opening parts of the Mercenary happen before the events told here, but the Mercenary concludes after these events. Whilst there are some references made, I think this book would be perfectly readable on it's own. Only Falkenberg himself has any continuity. Falkenberg's Mercenary unit are on Talith, a slave/prison planet where re indentured and rejects from earth are sent ot grow drugs, the harvest going back to Earth to keep the middle classes happy, and the profits going to the CoDominium Fleet. Naturally vast quantities of money attract alternative businesses, and when a sizable number of planters fail to turn their crops in to the official route, Falkeneber is hired to persude them to comply. The Rebels have of course also paid their own mercenary unit, some members of which were once in Falkenbergs...The otherwise short story of the fight is intersperced with a few more personal tales from some of the members. An ex-rebel is captured and his piloting skills come in handy. The Prince of the title, comes from another Colony, Sparta, and is looking to offer Falkenberg a contract. There are a few hints that there is a greater plan in place which will provide continuitity across the series. Other than that it's just a bit of ordinary mil-SF. We came we saw we shot we conquered. PLus falkenberg gets to discourse a bit about political theory but that is barely two pages worth across the book. It's readable enough, but nothing special.