!Read ☧ West of Honor ⚔ 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 StarsAs 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
Today s review is for West Of Honor 1978 , written by Jerry Pournelle Pournelle is a famous Science Fiction writer who not only wrote great individual novels, he also wrote story lines which spanned several books much like Robert Heinlein s Lazarus Long story timeline In Pournelle s case, the premise is that the United States and the Soviet Union come together to form a CoDominium to 1 control the Earth and the exploration of space and, 2 maintain their relative positions in the new age of space exploration The future is strangely both dystopian and optimistic Dystopian in that surplus population is forced into space as cheap labor and optimistic as some of the planets manage to build workable civilizations The faster than light Alderson stardrives used in the book series was invented in 2004 and first used to go beyond the solar system in 2008 LOL So far, not even close The main character in the time line is a Napoleonic figure named John Christian Falkenberg This book is the story of Falkenberg s pacification of a planet The story is told as a first person narrative by one of Falkenberg s junior officers Hal Slater This really is a good, old fashioned modern war story which just happens to take place on another planet You read about planetary politics, military and medical technology and all that, but in the end war comes down to men bleeding and dying To the extent Pournelle is able to convince you to believe the technology, you buy the SciFi To the extent he convinces you to believe in the battles and the drama, you buy the war story I bought into both and enjoyed the book tremendously Interestingly, victory does not necessarily lead to a happy ending.Full disclosure I first read this book back in the early 1980 s I also read a number of other books in the series, but I no longer have those I m not sure how or when I lost them, but I suppose it was when we moved to Liverpool or back In any case, I m probably going to end up re buying them and re reading them Final recommendation highly recommended Particularly if you like SciFi Military Lit. Ejemplo de Ciencia Ficci n militar basada en fuerzas de tierra convencionales G nero Ciencia Ficci n.Lo que nos cuenta El planeta Arrarat fue un planeta prisi n en el que ahora hay ciudadanos libres, personas que viven al borde la legalidad y reos que conviven de forma precaria en una sociedad entre lo medieval y la Norteam rica de la poca de los pioneros del oeste El capit n Falkenberg , salido hace poco de la Academia, y la compa a 501 de Infantes de Marina, son destinados a Arrarat para ayudar a las fuerzas de autodefensa locales a sofocar una insurrecci n muy activa con bases legales, econ micas, sociales e incluso religiosas Segunda parte de la serie Historia del Futuro, pero editado un a o antes que la primera y tambi n anterior seg n la l nea temporal de la trama Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite I first read this book as a teenager I don t remember if I read it, serialized in a magazine, or if I read it as a book I re read it today, forty years later I thought this was a good book, but then I enlisted, and spent 28 years in the Military Now, I know it is a GREAT book, and something that certainly should be mandatory reading for every young man or woman who wants to be an officer candidate Academy, ROTC or OTS I was ten years enlisted before I went to OTS, and I ve learned all the hard lessons that Major and Doctor Pournelle was trying to teach me with this book and the whole saga of John Christian Falkenberg If you wish to lead troops in battle, you should read this bookif you wish to somewhat understand the psychology of military people, you MUST read this book.Psychological treatises by learned psychologists who have never been in battle, are like reading a sex manual written by a virgin.Jerry Pournelle has been there and done that and has distilled that experience into an entertaining and gritty tale that teaches a lot of bitter hard won lessonsIF you ve the wit to understand. Reading it againI readed this book back in 1978 I was in highschool I reread it almost ten years later for the second time I was in the desert on my tank in Eygpt The thrid time l was out of the Army and enjoying civilian life Now it s the fourth time l have reread this story I know that I m not the same person I was back over the years, but I think this story has spoken to me in different ways each time. Good military SCI FI I ve read several Jerry Pournelle novels Most of them years ago I recently discovered rediscovered that many of his novels share the same universe CoDominion of which a few I have read not knowing, or at least not remembering, that they are set in the same universe.I looked for a reading order which was problematic due to Pournelle s books being reprinted in various editions I think West of Honor seemed like the best place to start It was a quick read listen I will probably continue reading through them.FYI The Audible narrator wasn t that great. A good but dated book Vietnam ended in 75 and this was published in 80 The combat is only slightly advanced from Vietnam era and the politics really aren t Soldiers are forced into dishonorable actions because of politics and even when they manage to fight against oppression the victory is tainted by the politics that created problem in the first place Nevertheless, Pournelle writes an intelligent and enjoyable hero story and I m glad I took the time to listen to it. The LegionA classic military scifi, short on the science, long on the military This starts the John Christian saga which is best appreciated by reading The Princeunfortunately unavailable electronically or new hardcover. Bel romanzo di fantascienza militare Intrecci e intrighi di guerra che ricordano il miglior Heinlein. Pournella bu berete, nebo ne Nen to bezduch st le ka, ale d mysln skryt filosofie, kter progresivist m vh n slzy do o a kysne jim z toho lat A dobr p b h navrch.