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March to the Stars by David Weber and John Ringo
Cover by Patrick Turner
Published by Baen Books
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
It's been six months since Prince Roger and his Marine bodyguards were stranded on the swamp world of Marduk by a nightmarish act of sabotage that turned an unwilling human being into a living weapon. They've fought their way across an entire continent, past cultures that ranged from hunter-gatherer bands to early state-level civilizations. Prince Roger has gone from a spoiled brat to a capable commander who has earned the respect of his followers.
But the trip has also taken its toll. Many of the Marines have been killed along the way, forcing the survivors to rely heavily upon local auxilliaries and fighters. And the worst is yet to come.
After a nightmarish sea voyage that involved being attacked by vicious fish the size of whales, they arrive upon the settled continent. But strange changes have been wreaked upon the cultures of this continent. Now they must fight their way past religious fanatics to the spaceport.
And then they encounter a special agent with even worse news. There may no longer be a home for them to return to. Political upheaval has torn apart Earth, and Prince Roger's mother the Empress is a prisoner in her own body, victim of a nightmarish plot.
Somehow Prince Roger and his Marines have to retake the starport and make their way back to Earth and put things to rights. No matter how many dead bodies they have to go over -- literally.
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Review posted April 23, 2003
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