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A Splinter of Hope/The Anvil by Blaine Lee…
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VICTORY AT ANY COST...Jump into your BattleMech cockpit, fire up your fusion engine, and charge into the fray with two BattleTech novellas from Philip A. Lee and bestselling writer Blaine Lee Pardoe.A Splinter of Hope: Violent expansion of the Capellan Confederation and the Draconis Combine has cost recently crowned First Prince Julian Davion both his mentor and countless Federated Suns worlds. To rally his people, he funnels the fires of justice into an ambitious yet risky campaign to retake a vital system: New Syrtis, the occupied capital of the Capellan March. However, the Capellan people have fought dearly for their prize and will do anything in their power to hold onto it. Will Julian's gamble preserve the future of the Federated Suns, or is the invasion doomed before it even begins?The Anvil: Khan Malvina Hazen of Clan Jade Falcon is known throughout the Inner Sphere as a merciless, bloodthirsty tyrant. The next target for her scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners tactics is the Lyran Commonwealth world of Coventry: a persistent stain on the Jade Falcons' history. But not all Falcons follow Malvina's lead. Ordered to take Coventry at any cost, Galaxy Commander Stephanie Chistu wishes to see her Clan victorious, but no victory is worth the Jade Falcons losing their very soul. To stand up to tyranny and find an honorable path forward for her Clan, she must balance the razor's edge between duty and honor-or die trying.… (more)
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Too much fight scenes, not enough story. The first short story is one long battle, and there isnt a single writer that can make a mech battle fun. I read battletech novels for the story, not the battled. The second story was one long battle, with some story, so not a complete loss :) ( )
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While the summit’s attendees gathered, First Prince Julian Davion watched a recorded scene on the small screen in front of him: the keen edge of a dao sword glinted in the air, high above the neck of a kneeling elderly woman he knew all too well.
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