Welcome! Please login or sign up for a new account
  John Joseph Adams
  Jerry Ahern
  Sharon Ahern
  Brian W. Aldiss
  Roger MacBride Allen
  Aaron Allston
  James G. Anderson
  Kevin J. Anderson
  Poul Anderson
  Christopher Anvil
  Jon Armstrong
  Catherine Asaro
  Chuck Asay
  Neal Asher
  Nancy Asire
  Robert Asprin
  Paolo Bacigalupi
  Jim Baen
  Kage Baker
  Margaret Ball
  Mike Baron
  Laird Barron
  David Bartell
  Amelia Beamer
  Elizabeth Bear
  Doug Beason
  Bradley P. Beaulieu
  Gregory Benford
  Nigel Bennett
  Michael Bishop
  Terry Bisson
  Bob Boan
  Ben Bova
  Richard Bowes
  Leigh Brackett
  Marion Zimmer Bradley
  Poppy Z. Brite
  Keith Brooke
  Eric Brown
  Mary Brown
  Jennifer Brozek
  Robert Buettner
  Lois McMaster Bujold
  Sue Bursztynski
  Richard Lee Byers
  Jack Cady
  Jaqueline Carey
  Lillian Stewart Carl
  John F. Carr
  David Carrico
  Jeffrey A. Carver
  Frank Chadwick
  Paul Chafe
  Jack L. Chalker
  A. Bertram Chandler
  Suzy McKee Charnas
  C. J. Cherryh
  Claudia Christian
  Julie Cochrane
  David B. Coe
  Hal Colebatch
  Paul Collins
  Stoney Compton
  Robert Conroy
  David Constantine
  Rick Cook
  Iver Cooper
  Sharon Cooper
  Larry Correia
  Richard Cox
  John Dalmas
  Tony Daniel
  Jack Dann
  Ellen Datlow
  Hank Davis
  L. Sprague deCamp
  Virginia DeMarce
  Michael Dempsey
  Andrew Dennis
  Bradley Denton
  Gordon R. Dickson
  William C. Dietz
  Thomas M. Disch
  Larry Dixon
  Chris Dolley
  Linda L. Donahue
  James Doohan
  Betsy Dornbusch
  L. Warren Douglas
  Gardner Dozois
  David Drake
  Allen Drury
  J. R. Dunn
  Doranna Durgin
  Rosemary Edghill
  George Alec Effinger
  Greg Egan
  Elton Elliot
  P. N. Elrod
  Rhonda Eudaly
  Linda Evans
  David Farland
  Philip Jose Farmer
  Bill Fawcett
  Leslie Fish
  Eric Flint
  Michael Flynn
  Kaja Foglio
  Phil Foglio
  Charles Fort
  Julie Forward
  Robert L. Forward
  Jessica Q. Fox
  Leo Frankowski
  Dave Freer
  David Friedman
  Esther Friesner
  Teresa Frohock
  Charles E. Gannon
  Robert T. Garcia
  Mark A. Garland
  Randall Garrett
  Harrison Geillor
  Roberta Gellis
  Mary Gentle
  Mark Geston
  Scott Gier
  Nick Gifford
  Veronica Giguere
  James C. Glass
  Tom Godwin
  Arlene Golds
  Paula Goodlett
  Guy Gordon
  John Grant
  Walter Greatshell
  Roland Green
  Martin Harry Greenberg
  Daryl Gregory
  Dave Grossman
  Ellen Guon
  Joe Haldeman
  Edmond Hamilton
  Matthew Harrington
  Sara M. Harvey
  Robert A. Heinlein
  John Helfers
  John G. Hemry
  Brian Herbert
  Frank Herbert
  Jan Herbert
  Alex Hernandez
  P.C. Hodgell
  William Hope Hodgson
  Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  James P. Hogan
  Sarah Hoyt
  Bob Hudson
  Gorg Huff
  Matthew Hughes
  Walter H. Hunt
  Kameron Hurley
  Dean Ing
  George Ivanoff
  Marianne S. Jablon
  John Hornor Jacobs
  Les Johnson
  Graham Joyce
  Richard Kadrey
  William H. Keith Jr.
  John Kessel
  Caitlín R. Kiernan
  Garry Kilworth
  John Klima
  G.J. Koch
  Karl Kofoed
  Jeffery D. Kooistra
  Marilyn Kosmatka
  Eric Kotani
  Paul Kozerski
  Tom Kratman
  Mike Kupari
  Henry Kuttner
  Mercedes Lackey
  Jay Lake
  Claude Lalumière
  John Lambshead
  Marie Landis
  John Langan
  Joe R. Lansdale
  J. M. Lassen
  Keith Laumer
  Tim Lebbon
  Dennis Lee
  Sharon Lee
  Fritz Leiber
  Stina Leicht
  Murray Leinster
  Edward M. Lerner
  Steve Libby
  Jane Lindskold
  Holly Lisle
  Ross E. Lockhart
  Nathan Long
  John Love
  Brian Lumley
  Jason Erik Lundberg
  Nathalie Mallet
  Barry N. Malzberg
  Julia S. Mandala
  Louise Marley
  W. G. Marshall
  Cody Martin
  George R. R. Martin
  Mark O. Martin
  Susan R. Matthews
  Anne McCaffrey
  Robert McCammon
  J. M. McDermott
  Jack McDevitt
  Charles C. McGraw
  Will McIntosh
  Bridget McKenna
  Marti McKenna
  Sean McMullen
  Fox Meadows
  Shirley Meier
  Jon F. Merz
  Ron Miller
  Steve Miller
  Rebecca Moesta
  Elizabeth Moon
  Modean Moon
  Tracy S. Morris
  Thomas Morrissey
  Jenny Mounfield
  Derryl Murphy
  Howard L. Myers
  Larry Niven
  Andre Norton
  Jody Lynn Nye
  Stephanie Osborn
  Norvell W. Page
  Rhiannon Paille
  Stephen Palmer
  Alexei Panshin
  Paul Park
  John D. Payne
  T. Aaron Payton
  Neil Peart
  J. A. Pitts
  Frederik Pohl
  Jerry Pournelle
  Tim Pratt
  Cherie Priest
  Dusty Rainbolt
  Bill Ransom
  Hank Reinhardt
  Mike Resnick
  Clay Reynolds
  John Ringo
  Richard Roach
  John Maddox Roberts
  Kim Stanley Robinson
  Spider Robinson
  Thomas S. Roche
  Selina Rosen
  Joel Rosenberg
  Iain Rowan
  Rudy Rucker
  Fred Saberhagen
  Jennifer Saffrey
  Jeff Salyards
  John Scalzi
  Courtney Schafer
  Bryan Thomas Schmidt
  James H. Schmitz
  Ken Scholes
  Ryan Sear
  Mark Sebanc
  Charles Sheffield
  Mark Shepherd
  Robert Silverberg
  William Mark Simmons
  Jack Skillingstead
  Clark Ashton Smith
  Cordwainer Smith
  L. Neil Smith
  Walter Spence
  Wen Spencer
  Ryk Spoor
  D. W. St. John
  Michael A. Stackpole
  Christopher Stasheff
  Katy Stauber
  Marc Stiegler
  S. M. Stirling
  Jonathan Strahan
  Jonathan Strahan-old
  Michael Swanwick
  Patrick Swenson
  E.J. Swift
  Bruce Taylor
  Howard Tayler
  Travis S. Taylor
  Mark Teppo
  Thomas T. Thomas
  Brian M. Thomsen
  Mark Tier
  Paul Tobin
  Brad R. Torgersen
  Harry Turtledove
  Catherynne M. Valente
  Mark L. Van Name
  James Van Pelt
  A. E. Van Vogt
  Patrick A. Vanner
  Vernor Vinge
  Ray Vukcevich
  Karl Edward Wagner
  Lars Walker
  Adam Wallace
  David Weber
  Martha Wells
  T. K. F. Weisskopf
  Manly Wade Wellman
  K. D. Wentworth
  Robert Freeman Wexler
  Steve White
  Mazarkis Williams
  Walter Jon Williams
  Michael Z. Williamson
  Robert Charles Wilson
  Carol Wolf
  Jonathan Wood
  Marcus Wynne
  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  Timothy Zahn
  Roger Zelazny
  Rob Ziegler



A Desert Called Peace
Download Unzipped Files
Download Zip Files
Previous  Up  Next" 
A Desert Called Peace
by Tom Kratman
Publisher: Baen Books


They should have picked their enemies more carefully.

Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind's sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the "Salafi Ikhwan" have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey's wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistake for she was the only restraint Hennessey had ever accepted.

From the pile of rubble and the pillar of fire that mark the last resting place of Linda Hennessey and her children arises a new warrior—Carrera, scourge of the Salafis. He will forge an army of ruthless fanatics from the decrepit remains of failed state's military. He will wage war across half a world. He will find those who killed his family. He will destroy them, and those who support them, utterly, completely, without restraint or remorse.

Only when he is finished will there be peace: the peace of an empty wind as it blows across a desert strewn with the bones of Carrera's enemies.


In 1974, at age seventeen, Tom Kratman became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People's Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Back in the Army, he managed to do just about everything there was to do, at one time or another. After the Gulf War, and with the bottom dropping completely out of the anti-communism market, Tom decided to become a lawyer. (Big mistake, way big. Chilluns, don't do it.) Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. His family, muttering darkly, still puts up with this. His novels for Baen include A State of Disobedience and two collaborations with John Ringo, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes.

Published 9/1/2007
SKU: 1416521453
Ebook Price: $0.00 
Baen Free Library Book
Customers Also Bought
A State of Disobedience
A State of Disobedience
The Lotus Eaters
The Lotus Eaters

Included In
W200709 September 2007 Monthly Baen Bundle
W200709 September 2007 Monthly Baen Bundle
W200901 January 2009 Monthly Baen Bundle
W200901 January 2009 Monthly Baen Bundle

Product Rating: (3.87)   # of Ratings: 37   (Only registered customers can rate)

(Only registered customers can rate)

1 - Terrible
2 - Bad
3 - OK
4 - Good
5 - Great
0% 50% 100%

Sort: New to Old RE-SORT COMMENTS:

Showing comments 1-10 of 14 (Next 10) Click Here to see all comments
1. Mariluz on 9/18/2014, said:

As a "movie with explosions", it's perfectly fine, just don't expect anything else. But, even as a movie with explosions, it would gain a lot if you guys could get him an editor that's knowledgeable in Spanish. Despanish pahts ah ridden lik dis... I read it all the way to the end because I didn't have anything else left, but I'm staying away from the rest of the series until somebody swears to me on the complete works of Lope that the Spanish parts get less eye-bleeding (and, occasionally, stupid, like that scene where a Hispanic finds the word "ala" strange and the Anglo protagonist explains that it's Latin for wing - guess the Spanish word for wing, you have one try). If you can't speak Spanish beyond asking for beer, bed or the bathroom, grab a tub of popcorn; if you can actually write decent Spanish... don't.
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (1 people found this comment helpful, 0 did not)
2. Claire on 12/7/2013, said:

Overall, the book had good elements of sci-fi with details about technology and how the future was created, as well as Kratman's description of battles and character development were decent. However, too much of the plot relies upon history and real people: the tragic events that move Hennessey to become a fighter mirror September 11, 2001, and fictionalize the tragedy of those days right down to two towers being struck by flying ships hijacked by Muslim terrorists, Hennessey watching the events on repeat on a newscast, etc. Yes, real governments have to deal with terrorism and there should be satire of how they handle it, but the similarity should not be so close as to trivialize the true events. Kratman also attempts to deal with religion and the ways it plays out in politics. While I appreciate his effort to lend realism to the characters, he fails to give his book credibility by starting out with all Muslims as the bad guys (and only later showing some of them to be very honorable with the help of Christians), treating all Muslims as a unified group instead of as Sunnis and Shiites, and using Western stereotypes of Islam. Also, if you have younger readers, there is language (as would be expected in war novels), but also plenty of random and graphic sex sequences that could easily have been removed without harming the plot.
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (2 people found this comment helpful, 3 did not)
3. Gary on 5/7/2013, said:

The best conservative military sci-fi I've ever read!
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (2 people found this comment helpful, 5 did not)
4. Peter on 9/7/2012, said:

Solid, if predictable (BAMF's family is slaughtered, said BAMF opens a can on the perps) plot, good character development, excellent action and military technogeeking, even some gripping moral dilemmas. Hampered by blocks of awkward exposition that doesn't move the story along. More story and less political commentary would have been great.
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (3 people found this comment helpful, 1 did not)
5. John on 12/9/2011, said:

I particularly enjoyed the subtle rip on Cat Stevens.
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (6 people found this comment helpful, 5 did not)
6. Peter on 7/17/2011, said:

Not too bad a read. Good action sequences, pretty decent character development, lots of background and plot development. Too much of the good-guys-always win, predictable enemies (although his depiction of the savagery of the mujadeen is spot-on). Very accurate analysis of the importance of family in the middle east, and he ties it in well to the story. Maybe I'm too accustomed to the masters of SF (Heinlin, Drake, Weber, Lieberman et al), but the very graphic and detailed blow-by-blow descriptions of sexual encounters (Pun intended, Kratman seems rather obsessed with oral sex) are not necessary to the story and are jarring when encountered. I might more than one of of his other books. Depends on what I find in his next one.
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (13 people found this comment helpful, 2 did not)
7. Ronald on 5/3/2010, said:

Very good read
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (2 people found this comment helpful, 10 did not)
8. A. J. on 6/23/2009, said:

A disturbing tale chronicles the descent of an ordinary man into a monster in a quest to avenge his family. The writer is competent in the extreme at holding your attention in a vise-like grip. He's far right wing in his views as his afterword seems to indicate but, whoever said you had to agree with a man to know he's good at what he does?
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (7 people found this comment helpful, 5 did not)
9. Jay on 2/16/2008, said:

Tom Kratman is on my A-list now, along with Weber and Ringo. This is a heck of an 'alternate history' novel. What if someone had the fortitude and smarts to fight the War on Terror the way it should have been fought? What if someone realized that the 'progressives' were going to be as much or more of an enemy than the Islamic terrorists? Throw in the decendants of Old Earth progressives meddling with New Earth politics, and it becomes a series fans of Ringo or Weber need to check out.
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (7 people found this comment helpful, 6 did not)
10. Daniel on 11/28/2007, said:

An excellent read, moreover I really think this book is thought-provoking. The utter ruthlessness of the protagonists and the methods they are willing to employ to fight the terrorists (they are every bit as ruthless and willing to fight dirty as the terrorists) made me think quite a bit about what we are willing to do in our own war against terrorism, and the immorality of NOT being as utterly ruthless or fighting a 'politically palatable' conflict. I tend to agree strongly with the author that we have a responsibility to our own people and especially our own soldiers to fight the most effective way possible - yes, including torture. Anyway this was an entertaining read but it also made me think. I've never read any of Tom Kratman's work before, but I'm now a big fan. I'd have no hesitation recommending this book but some of the scenes are not for the faint of heart.
Was this comment helpful? yes no   (11 people found this comment helpful, 4 did not)
Showing comments 1-10 of 14 (Next 10) Click Here to see all comments
© 2014 Baen Publishing Enterprises