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The Ruins of Power by Robert E. Vardeman
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The Ruins of Power has been lambasted by fandom, often being termed "The Ruins of Paper". Even at the time it came out, I didn't quite understand why it was so reviled; years later, I still don't.

I'll admit, it's not my favorite book of the series. It does have flaws; characters' motivations are often opaque, and there's a definite black/white divide with no shades of grey in-between. But plotwise Vardeman manages to tell a tale significantly different from the previous two books; where they show ambitious people invading other worlds, here Mirach manages to tear itself apart.

Power is by no means perfect, and there are better BattleTech novels out there. But if you're just looking for a little standalone BattleTech fluff like the old MechWarrior novels, it fits the bill nicely. ( )
  ATimson | Mar 13, 2008 |
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With the planet Mirach now experiencing civil unrest, peace becomes unlikely. Governor Ortega is at odds with several powers-including his two sons, both aspiring MechWarriors who believe only a hard-won battle can save the planet.

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