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March Upcountry
by David Weber and John Ringo
Publisher: Baen Books

THE ROYAL BRAT IS IN TROUBLE

 Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock didn't understand.

He was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man ... so why wouldn't anyone at Court trust him

Why wouldn't even his own mother, the Empress, explain why they didn't trust him Or why the very mention of his father's name was forbidden at Court Or why his mother had decided to pack him off to a backwater planet aboard what was little more than a tramp freighter to represent her at a local political event better suited to a third assistant undersecretary of state

It probably wasn't too surprising that someone in his position should react by becoming spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life

But that was before a saboteur tried to blow up his transport. Then warships of the Empire of Man's worst rivals shot the crippled vessel out of space. Then Roger found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, whose jungles were full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, torrential rain, and barbarian hordes with really bad dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the entire planet, then capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, somehow commandeer a starship, and then go home to Mother for explanations.

Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of The Empress' Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it's the Bronze Barbarians.

Assuming that Prince Roger manages to grow up before he gets all of them killed.

 ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Granted, the decade has just begun, but David Weber shows all signs of being the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. Weber is often compared to C.S. Forester (celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower) for his novels of the exploits of starship commander Honor Harrington, the most recent of which was the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon.com bestseller, Ashes of Victory. Weber's work ranges from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, The Armageddon Inheritance) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization (the awesomely popular Honor Harrington novels). Weber lives in South Carolina and, in spite of having gotten married a year ago, shows no sign of slowing down. . . .

John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he later studied marine biology, but the pay was for beans, so he turned to quality control database management (much higher-paying). Then Fate took a hand, and he now is in the early stages of becoming fabulously wealthy, which his publisher has ASSURED him is the common lot of science fiction writers. With his bachelor years spent in the Airborne, cave diving, rock-climbing, rappelling, hunting, spear-fishing, and sailing, the author is now happy to let other people risk their necks. He prefers to read (and of course write) science fiction, raise Arabian horses, dandle his kids and watch the grass grow.

Published 5/1/2001
SKU: 067131985X
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Lynette on 6/29/2013, said:

I started reading this series in the beginning (when it was first published) and greatly anticipated each book. This is still one of my go-to series for when I don't have any thing else to read, or when I'm in the mood for something that excites, makes me laugh, cry, and cringe all in a few chapters. Although I understand the series is "finished" I would rush right out to buy any new entry in the "Empire of Man" the chemistry created by these writing partners is fantastic.
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2. Michael on 11/24/2012, said:

Weber and Ringo show how to concoct a setting for adventure. It's a very old story (the Man-Child Princling grows to become the Great King), but it works.
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3. Douglas on 8/19/2012, said:

Ringo is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Very enjoyable read, looking forward to the rest of the series.
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4. Bill on 1/22/2011, said:

Tremendous read.Ringo and Weber have really done it this time
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5. Vernon on 12/5/2010, said:

This is a great story, I highly recomend it. I read throuh the other freebie and then had to purchase the 3rd in the series as I just had to know how they make it to the stars.
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6. Peter on 12/4/2010, said:

Thoroughly enjoyable read with great characters and a lively plot. Could not put it down!
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7. Dawn on 11/13/2009, said:

The first few pages had me HOOKED. I found this over a year ago in the Free Library and have devowered it over and over, and over many times since. I LOVE this series. The characters have depth. They're REAL, just like "the Mahinga." I keep hoping for another....
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8. Shaun on 1/6/2009, said:

When first reading the description of this book (despite the Author) I thought i would not like it but then I finally started to read it and stayed up a whole night as I could not put it down I had to read on. I then purchased all the others in the series and wow I was transported to the empire of man. I went through the same emotions as Roger and grew with him it was one of the best Sci-fi series that I have read along with the Honor Harrington series also by Mr Webber. I guess I should have know that books written by both him and Mr Ringo would not disappoint. I used to like fantasy more before but they have made converts of me.
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9. James on 5/17/2008, said:

A great Sci-fi/fantasy story that really allows the characters to come to the for versus the technology. You start with a group of Marines with the best of the best technology who slowly but surely end up with Roman and Napolionic era weapondry. Plus it's David Weber! You can't go wrong with that!
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10. Martha on 7/19/2007, said:

Development of the main character and the other marines is wonderful. I like that part of the story, but my eyes glaze over and I'm just not that interested in 'detailed' explanation of the technology behind ie gun powder and such. That's just a personal preference though.
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