About the Author
Jerry Pournelle, a master of military science fiction, is the author of the series of novels about John Christian Falkenberg and his legion of interstellar mercenaries, and many other books, such as Janissaries and Exiles to Glory. He has also collaborated on a string of bestselling novels with Larry Niven. Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973. As well, he holds advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science, and has been involved professionally in all these fields.
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the cover originally turned me off. there's a picture of two men, one in army mottled green camouflage, standing next to another man in a roman classical armor, with the distinctive horsehair mohawk. the blurb wasn't much of an encouragement either. but there , so despite a lot of misgivings, i gave it a chance. I don't know how much my expectations played into this. I didn't expect much from Storms of Victory so when it surpassed those meager expectations, my estimation of the book went up. Or, it could be that i'm just holding a grudge because it proved me wrong. It's not great literature, but neither is it bad. that doesn't sound right either. i think---i think i mean to say it's not a lazy piece of work. the authors put a lot of work into their work. the characters are interesting. oh wait. Storms of Victory is about a planet that's kind of like a personal drug plantation. every couple of centuries or so, they take humans to farm the place. so there are scythians, chariot-riding people from before the classical age, roman centurions, vikings, celtic knights in the tradition of the round table, and now, vietnam-era us soldiers. so there's a powder-keg society that, every time it reaches a kind of equilibrium, a spark is introduced in the form of new technologies (such as wheel, writing, stirrups, horses, germ theory, guns), religions (roman christianity and the newer liberation christianity; oddly enough, no islam or judaism), and economics (...uh? feudalism replaced by merchantilism followed by capitalism?) and politics (chaos, opportunity, and power). so if you're looking for a light read and are willing to suspend belief, then give storm of victory a try. it's more like a pop-corn flick than godfather.
OK, but could probably have been better if I had read the other books of the serie first.