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Heir to the Dragon by Robert N. Charrette
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Wow! This is everything I love in a Battletech novel! Charrette's second Battletech novel is loads better than Wolves on the Border. It's got interesting characters, political subterfuge and, of course, a good amount of mech battles as well. Where Wolves on the Border left me feeling like the Draconis Combine is ruled by a bunch of dimwits, Heir to the Dragon gave me a real insight into why the Draconis Combine is the powerhouse that it is. I particularly enjoyed learning about the various powers in the Combine (Order of 5 Pillars, nekogami, etc) and it's cool to see how they work with and against each other - all for the glory of the Dragon. If I had reservations about Charrette as a Battletech author, they're gone now.

Like other Battletech novels, it helps if you've read the earlier books first, but it isn't necessary. I think this would be a great read on it's own - a solid introduction to the Battletech universe. ( )
  TheMadTurtle | Sep 2, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451455274, Mass Market Paperback)

Theodore Kurita is heir apparent to the Draconis Combine. But after a 20-year odyssey of lethal encounters and narrow escapes, the most dangerous foe of all awaits at the end--his own father!

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Theodore Kurita is heir to apparent to the Draconis Combine, one of the most powerful realms of the Inner Sphere. But the Draconis Combine has never been a place of smooth transitions. Kurita's perilous journey to power is a twenty-year odyssey of lethal encounters and narrow escapes. And at the end awaits the most dangerous foe of all, the man whom Theodore must one day depose-his own father.… (more)

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