Battletech Novel recommendations.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:16 PM
After replaying MW4 recently and reading all the lore i could find on the wiki's etc. my thirst for the Battletech universe is still not quenched .
I thought about picking up a Novel but there are just so many to choose from! Can anyone recommend a good one? Perhaps share their favourite and why they enjoyed it in particular?
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:43 PM
For pure fun read the trillogy about Camacho's Caballeros by Victor Milan. (Nothing to do with main storyline at all, but I love the books.)
"Sword and Dagger" was the one that started it all, but as a book I didn't think was that interesting of a read. It's essentially a redo of "Man in the Iron Mask". As the oldest and least printed book, it's also damn near impossible to find. It took me 10 years to find one that was both in decent condition and not an insane price.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:52 PM
and wolves on the border are really really good
tells the story of jamie's wolf's eventual replacement
Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:56 PM
It all started with the Gray Death Legion for me, so I recommend William H. Keith, jr due to sentimental purposes
Cu @ Battlefield
(P.S. - I certainly agree to Spyderr in the post below, "Decision at Thunder Rift" is the starting point for Grayson Carlyle´s venture, a.f.a.i.k.)
Edited by Hadjinim, 09 July 2012 - 02:04 PM.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:17 PM
if you are only going to read one trilogy though it has to be Stackpole's Warrior: series (Warrior: En Garde, Warrior: Riposte, Warrior: Coupe) it sets the scene for the current political climate (3049) in the inner sphere... then follow on with the Blood of Kerensky trilogy and subsequent novels.
Michael Stackpole was the author (in collaboration with FASA) of the core story arc for the Battletech universe so has the politics all tied up but the action scenes really are fantastic (he used to play BT to get a feel for the flow of the combat)
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:11 PM
Thunder Rift did indeed beat Sword and Dagger to the punch after checking the copyrights, I'd always thought it was the first due to how hard it was to find. Decision at Thunder Rift got reprintings, so it wasn't as obvious it was the oldest.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:19 AM
Heir to the Dragon: A good look at the Draconis Combine and the story of Theodore Kurita's rise to power.
The Grey Death trilogy (Decision at Thunder Rift, Mercenary's Star and Price of Glory) some of the first BT novels and a look at one of the most famous mercenary units in the setting. Price of Glory also has the story of the discovery of the Helm Memory Core, which is what kickstarted the recovery of LosTech for the Inner Sphere after centuries of losing technical knowhow thanks to constant warfare and the efforts of ComStar to suppress any technological innovations or discoveries/rediscoveries.
Wolves on the Border. More insight into the Combine as well as Wolf's Dragoons and the reason for the conflict between the two.
The Camacho's Caballeros books (Close Quarters, one I can't remember the name of and Black Dragon). Like someone already said, pure fun.
Edited by Steinar Bergstol, 13 July 2012 - 02:09 AM.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:16 AM
There was some legal troubles with that novel involving the writer not getting paid for her work. As a result the only books available are those sold before the trouble started. Fasa was not able to reprint them like the other earlier books.
Sarna.net has a synopsis of the book for those wanting to know the impetus for the start of the fourth succession war.
I agree with the others. Start with the Gray Death books, the warrior trilogy and the two books by Robert Charrette. That will give you a solid background for the current time. After that, the Blood of Kerensky series may pepare you for what is (possibly) to come.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:41 AM
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