Michael A. Stackpole: Battletech Lethal Heritage



Lethal heritage was a fun sci fi romp in the world of battle tech Covering the start of the clan invasions it has ess action then the books of the warrior trilogy but successfully sets an exciting stage for changes yet to come If you are a fan of Battletech it is an easy recommendation Some of the writing of human relationships is uiet poor but the grand scale narration of the universe is engaging and Stackpole is successful in that area Epic undersells the scale of which the story moves Following the many characters and following the development between in the inner sphere I Damia's Children: Rowan 3 (The Tower Hive Sequence) by Anne McCaffrey (1994-02-03) love Stackpole s style and how he takes the characters to a different height through their actions Everything feels so real andifelike even the deadly clans seem to have a real Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales lifelike driving force Start of the trilogy that got me back into reading Blood of Kerensky is one of the best written and greatest stories in the entire BattleTech series Even though this is the first of a trilogy it is not the first of a storyline There is a trilogy that precedes this so this really should be marketed as a book 4 not a book 1 The result is that there are many references to shared knowledge that readers may not know and plot twists that are probably pretty cool if you ve read the first series but don t mean anything to somebodyike me who has not The writing varies in uality from chapter to chapter generally improving as the book progresses But especially early on as ideas and concepts are being introduced there is a A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, lot of exposition that reads in a rather stiltedawkward manner The author is much better at action seuences and suspense than at character development or set up So I wouldn t recommend this if you haven t read the previous trilogy but if you have andiked it then if you pick this up know that it gets better than the first 100 pages would ROMANTIC TAKEOVER lead you to believe Lethal HeritageThe book that introduced the Clans to the BattleTech universethe book that blew the mind of many pissed off a few and forever changed the face of a popular gameandTotally Friggin AWESOMELethal Heritage is forever emblazoned on my brain as both one of the best BattleTech novels and as one of most memorable books I ve ever read The author Mike Stackpole does an excellent job of engrossing the reader in the sci fi and Mecha based universe that has become a hallmark of the gaming industry 7 stars out of 5 Boringtech Man Stackpole sure wrote some thick Battletech tomes back in the day And that s not a good thing This book is boring to the extreme It could easily have been cut by half There is way too much time spent with nothing happeningCase in point the entire first third of the book You can skip it all because nothing happens Only when the clans start invading finally does the action pick up the pace aittle But not by much Reading this is a real slogThere are also way too many characters and POVs to keep track of mentally None of these characters are all that different from each other which makes it harder And it is constantly switching back and forth I finally figured out who is who toward the end of the bookThe main characters have a ot of weird names Here is a brief bio of eachFeelin Kell He pines for his old girlfriend a ot then becomes a prisoner of war After that he follows the time honored Dances with Wolves storyline where he slowly builds grudging respect with his captors and then Keeper of the Light later becomes one of them Gets a clannie girlfriend first of course It always starts with the girlfriendKai Mallard Layo He too pines for his girlfriend He s a Solaris 7 guy Mostly he just doubts himself aot or so we are told He gets a Moment of AwesomeTM in the book Then he spends the rest of the book whining about itShin Yo mama Has a great appreciation for ancient Japanese archi. The year is 3030 For the past 300 years since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States these mortal enemie.

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T keeping it action forward with strong but simple characters You don t care that it s a bunch of guys in robot suits because after a short while you are interested in their personal Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, lives their successes failures and relationshipsA few related books followed the original trilogy but they never uiteive up to the The Homing level of Stackpole s writing here I wish he had explored this world a bit fully because he was very well suited to it I read this because my recent re introduction into the Battletech universe Harebrained Schemes superb game got me curious about theore I had read this back when I was maybe 12 or 13 and found the entire Blood of Kerensky trilogy for maybe 3 bucks at Half Price Books Being a huge MechWarrior fan at them time as well as a proponent of needlessly capitalized The Women of Easter letters in the middle of words I remember really enjoying this book so much so that I ve been recommending it to people well into my 30sI m not going toie I may have to rescind those recommendations If you Why Are You So Scared? like Battletech this book is readable It rewards a familiarity with theore as do most franchise fiction series from the mid 90slookin at you Shadowrun but this comes at a cost of feeling very The Power of One lost if you aren t Stockpole attempts to get around this with some seriously uh interesting dialogue choices Each of the main characters gives a solilouy in their initial chapters explaining who they are their heritage their motivations their desires In ateast one case this monologue is delivered to an empty beach with nobody in particular there to The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, listen aside from the reader This continues throughout the book asiberal use of italics as internal monologue continue to explain some of the finicky plot points that might go over the heads of readers Unfortunately this feels He Who Dares like the characters being over explanatory and verbose almostike they re talking down to you I have my critiues about the way the plot is presented as well The plot honestly is superb after centuries of war between several states all those states are invaded by a mysterious force with advanced technology and seemingly unstoppable tactics Man that s a great storyExcept you the reader are privy to the truth in the first 25% of the book By the time the Successor States are figuring out what the nature of the invasion is you are already experiencing the other side of this invasion from another POV character Everything that comes after seems hollow Imagine if the White Walkers in Game of Thrones got their own POV chapter in the first bookIn the end I can dissect what went wrong and what didn t but it boils down to this if you re just curious about the The Thing About December lore goook at the Battletech wiki If you re Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar looking to read about the Clan Invasion after that then pick up the bookIl be reading the rest of the series honestly because the book does set you up with an interesting premise for the next I m just going to be hoping that t less things will be explained to me via internal monologues so I can draw my own conclusions about the plot Iistened to the Audiobook over on Audible It was abridged which is a bummer I isten as I work and can knock out a 3 hour book ike all these Battletech books in a day But you get the gist of the story It s a pretty good story as well Knowing the Stand Up and Fight lore from playing the board game and video games as a kid I didn t miss out on much The 1994 animated series is based off of these novels I d recommend giving this series a go if youike Sci Fi The Innersphear is a totally believable thing Humans expand out and colonize worlds only to have progress halted by infighting Corporations manipulate States Houses and Nations to bring on a new dark age There is some believability that has to be pushed aside but the story makes sense as does the believability of the universe. E general the Clans bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen have come to take what they believe is rightfully thei.

Tecture He also spends a ot of time doing cool ninja ey Japanese stuff and talking about honor and dragons and such Is REALLY into tattoosVictor Steiner Davion Doesn t do anything the entire bookThere were a ot characters but those seemed to be the author s favesReading this I m kind of struck by how thin the Battletech universe really is There were a couple of things that stood out to meFor one you never really get a true sense of the size and scale of this universe We are talking about hundreds of populated worlds here But in the story it s Now Is the Hour like each entire world only has one city And it s usually only one small mech battle to capture an ENTIRE planet I don t think this is realistic at all You can t capture a whole nation with just a few tanks Scale it up to Battlemechs and even a thousand of them wouldn t be enough to conuer every city on an entire planet The scope of a true planetary invasion would be enormous And it would be extremely costly in terms of ships and manpower This is never depicted realistically in any Battletech bookAnother thing is just exactly how goofy the whole Battlemech idea really is I mean we have ships here who can nuke an entire planet s surface from orbit Surely something that dangerous could easily target an enemy mech on the ground and annihilate it from space The ramifications of having that much power and what it would really mean in terms of a war is barely touched on in this book It s touched on but pretty much sidestepped With shipsike that mechs would be useless All you would need is marines to take the groundI don t know I m just getting too old for this kiddie stuff I guess I Londons Glory (Bryant May, loved Battletech back in the day but these books for the most part seem reallyame I ve become used to good science fiction Jingle Bells like things written by Ian Banks and William Barton This Battletech stuff is just empty fillerike eating a bag of potato chips Oh well I l press on I ve bought the kindle books and am curious how it all ends We will see These novelettes were absolutely entertaining but they weren t what I would call well written The plot moves at blinding speeds covering iterally years and massive world signific Brought back memories of playing Battletech universe tabletop and video games back in the days I really wanted to Troys like this book but unfortunately there are just too many factions and characters to really care about anyone Then again this book is probably just setting the scene for an epic series I am not sure I have the time or will to follow along but who knows maybe at some point in the future Definitely not as good as I remember Saga of the Grey Deathegion to be but hey that s probably almost 20 years ago now Normally I skip past the shelf in the bookstore where all of the RPG tie in books Knights Templar in Britain live you know theaw firm of Salvatore Hickman Weis There was a time in my Reign of Fury (Battles in the Dark, life when I read all of those books and enjoyed a great many of them but I ve never felt a compelling need to swim in those waters again That said every once in a while you will find a story that is truly well done One series that stuck with me from my childhood was the Blood of Kerensky series by Michael Stackpole It s a favorite I come back to every couple of yearsStackpole was a stalwart of the RPG writer scene before becoming a novel writer having worked for a time at Flying BuffaloFASA which is how I originally became acuainted with him The Blood of Kerensky books are set in the Battletech universe which for those of you who don t know is a post diaspora to the stars future war concept with different political factions duking it out in giant robots called Mechs It s ground that s been well traveled in Japanese Anime but here it s given a western military sci fi flavorStackpole to his credit plays this material straigh. S have fought over spaceand and politics But a new threat ooms just outside the Inner Sphere The descendants of an old Star Leagu.