West of Honor

West of Honor

by Jerry Pournelle

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Sooner or later, all civilizations age and decline, grow senile and die—either by conquest from without, or from internal rot. The final days of Western Civilization are signaled by the joining of the USA and the USSR into a ruthless and imperial state that spans first the Earth and then the Solar System. But, because it fails to hold the loyalty of its soldiers, it falters at the stars.

As well as carrying the CoDominium Future History into the galactic period, West of Honor introduces Jerry Pournelle's most important and influential character, John Christian Falkenberg.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148409861
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 11/14/2006
Series: CoDominium Future History , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 132,019
File size: 657 KB

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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West of Honor (Falkenberg's Legion Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falkenberg's Legion book. Well thought out, with detailed combat and interesting characters. Every book in this series is very good. B&N are missing a few / more detailed versions of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Co Dominick stories are still the best I'd love to see Netflix turn this into a series
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Published towards the middle of the series, by internal chronology this is very nearly the first book, and certainly should be read as the first book of the series. In it we are introduced to the 'hero' of the next several books, one John Falkenberg. However he isn't ever the focal point of the story. It is told in first person view by one new commissioned lieutenant Slater, who has only just joined Falkenberg's company en route to a beleaguered planet. The planet originally ignored by industrial colonists was instead settled by agrarian independent ranchers. However eventually the hordes of Earths' malcontent were shipped there, and proceeded to disrupt the settlers' peaceful existence. This in itself wouldn't be cause for CoDominium intervention, but the convicts have disrupted the miners's RnR, and the miners are making a lot of money for vested interests, so Falkenberg is ordered to settle the matter down. Given such leeway he does the best he can with the minimal forces at his command. The rest of the book proceeds pretty much as be might expected, the Lieutenant doesn't make any grievous mistakes, the soldiers do or die, there's brief love interest, and the captain makes a few speeches. We see more of Falkenberg here than in any of the other books in the series, observed first person by new eyes. There isn't much else to say about the writing, it's ok, not much focus on specific details, but enough to understand the tactics and the obstacles. There interesting side effects of the absence of technology makes itself felt, and are well communicated.If you like Mil SF this is the start of several quite worthwhile books set in the same Universe as Mote in God's Eye.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jerry Pournelle's version of the Dorsai saga, or Bujold's Vorkosigian books. All 3 are great writers, so that's not a bad comparison.