Prince of Sparta (Falkenberg's Legion Series)

Prince of Sparta (Falkenberg's Legion Series)

by Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling

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THE HELOT WAR—PART II

Together the new Royal Spartan Army and its instructors, the 5th Battalion of Falkenberg's Mercenary Legion, have defeated the initial assault of Grand Senator Bronson's terrorist hordes and their techno-ninja allies. But Bronson's hatred of Sparta and the Legion was as strong as ever; thanks to his limitless wealth and high office, the Helots were able to reform, retreat—and fight again.

This time they are doing better.

Besieged within, blockaded by the CoDominium without, Sparta grimly fights to preserve its precious experiment in liberty. But just as it seems that the Spartans and their allies might prevail, Bronson has supplied his minions with a battle plan that will bring something worse than a Helot victory: Codename Endlosung-Final Solution.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148682332
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 03/01/1993
Series: CoDominium Future History , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 383
Sales rank: 125,289
File size: 568 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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Prince of Sparta (Falkenberg's Legion Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More of the same, although this is the final volume in this immediate timeline, there isn't really that much of a climax to it. IT does follow on immidately from Go Tell the Spartans which should be read beforehand. Again despite being in Falkenberg's Legion series the main Legion remains almost totally out of the action, carrying on their campaign in West of Honour. The setting is still Sparta, withthe rebels in flight following their previous defeat. However they quickly have a new plan, and once again the forces of law and order in the unvierse are hard put to keep casulty count down to reasonable levels. Given that the entire population has military training they have a vast number of reserves to call upon. The rest of the book goes into the details of the fight, and briefly the expected outcome. There remain the annoying interruptinos of pseudo political military commentary. It is possibel that these come form a real report, but I don't care, either way they're dull - and sometimes badly edited such that the same snippet appears more than once.The action scenes are fairly intense but not that long and there is little emotion in them. The frequent switches in character viewpoint don't help. Fortunately the terrain is a little bit more obvious than previously so it is easier to follow.The ending is somewhat abrupt, with a bizare personality shift just to close the plotline and seems to imply that there ought to be some more sequels, but the next book that I'm aware of is set several hundred years ahead. Doesn't bridge the gap to Mote in God's Eye as well as I'd hoped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best of the early military sci-fi stories.
MJKalinowski More than 1 year ago
This novel was originally written during the late "70's, however, could be set in our current era. The political corruption regarding the leaders of the "Grand Senate" is a realistic view of the US government. Mr. Pournelle writes a rousing tale and postulates a future that is unfortunately all too accurate (if one replaces the Russian federation with the Chinese government). The description of the elite as those who are lucky enough to have employment is our current reality. Poverty, unemployment, environmental degradation and overpopulation in our time won't be solved by shipping unfortunate souls to new planets. This is a cautionary tale of a future/present era that should be required by our youth as required reading. Survival requires work and hard choices, not magical thinking, social media, and the newest blog on a cell phone.