It wasn’t so much that Prince Roger and his surviving remnant of elite bodyguards are marooned on a barbarian planet. Or that they have been on continuous operations for so long they are getting shocky. Or that they still have half a planet to cross. Or that they are basically out of ammunition for their plasma and bead rifles and just about out of cash.
No, the problem is Roger is in love. With one of his bodyguards. And the romance is not going well.
And it’s just the beginning…
There are basically two reasons why I was reading this book. The first one being that I started to read this series and it’s not really bad book so I’m going to finish it. The second one being that David Weber and John Ringo generally write good books. Having said that this is not a book that is 100% in my style which is why I take some time reading it.
The series started of nice enough with a spoiled brat of a prince with his personal regiment of marines on a space ship but then they got stranded on a primitive world and the little high tech equipment they have are gradually braking or running out of power which leaves swords and spears for the fighting.
Now, the book is well written which means that, despite it not being 100% my kind of book, I find the book quite enjoyable although in small doses. Even though the marines are running out of working high tech gear they still have superior skills and knowledge compared to the natives. This is something that is well demonstrated in this book where the marines are teaching their new “friends” not only how to fight with some decent tactics and strategies but also to make guns and rifles using cartridges instead of frontloaded antiques. The surprise the bad guys are getting is quite fun read.
The book blurb talks about romance and sure, there’s some of it in there but it is, luckily, not the focus of the story. As is common when David Weber is involved there is a certain amount of politics and general bla bla but it is, again luckily, not as over the top as in some of his later works.
In short a very good book and it would probably have gotten a higher rating from me if the story would have been more in my preferred style.