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Great Kings' War

by Roland J. Green, John F. Carr

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Series: Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (2)

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This book is a continuation of H. Beam Piper's Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen written by two other authors. Had Piper lived, he could have made this a great and successful series. This book shows how much eagerness there was on the part of fans to see the story continue. By now Kalvan (ex Calvin Morrison) is a great king and facing a huge renewed threat from the priests of Styphon's House. The tension grows and climaxes with two great battles that are told in gripping detail.

Not as good as the original, in my opinion, but that may be in part because the drama of trooper Calvin Morrison becoming a great war leader in an alternate world isn't there--and can't be. It's also twice the length of the original and tends to drag after a while. Still, it's a very good read and worth finding. ( )
  dsullivan800 | Oct 5, 2008 |
An Impressive Sequel: H. Beam Piper's Paratime Saga Continues: In Great Kings' War, John F. Carr and Roland Green pay homage to H. Beam Piper's Paratime hero Lord Kalvan, a.k.a. Corporal Calvin Morrison. An authorized sequel to Piper's only Paratime novel, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, the novel begins with Kalvan, the former Pennsylvania state trooper, unwilling cross-dimensional interloper, and now Great King of the newly-formed Kingdom of Hos-Hostigos, facing the might of the theocratic Styphon's House as it supports Great King Kaiphranos of Hos-Harphax in his attempt to reclaim the princedoms Kalvan and his allies had carved from Hos-Harphax, in part by having used Kalvan's knowledge of how to produce gunpowder to break the "fireseed" monopoly of Styphon's House. Carr and Green introduce several new characters, including the mercenary Phidestros, Captain of the Iron Company, who emerges as a major figure as the "Fireseed Wars" play out in this novel and its sequels, Kalvan Kingmaker and Siege of Tarr-Hostigos.

Meanwhile, those responsible for Kalvan's accidental transposition to the alternate Aryan-Transpacific Sector of Fourth Level Paratime continue to take a special interest in Kalvan's exploits and their effect on events on his new timeline. Verkan Vall, newly-elevated to Chief of Paratime Police, reprises his "out-time" masquerade as Trader Verkan, a close advisor to Great King Kalvan. And the First Level University of Dhergabar has created the Kalvan Study Teams, groups of undercover researchers sent to Aryan-Transpacific Sector to study the first-ever identified point of divergence for a new Paratime timeline. But all is not as it seems among the Paratimers and Home Time Line political machinations underlie what are at times competing interests of the Paratime Police and the University researchers.

Carr, editor of four anthologies of Piper's work (Paratime, Federation, Empire, and The Worlds of H. Beam Piper) and described by long-time collaborator Jerry Pournelle as "a recognized authority on the life and works of H. Beam Piper," uses his extensive familiarity with Piper's Paratime setting to craft a compelling story that begins to move beyond Kalvan's ongoing struggle with Styphon's House to a brewing crisis at the very heart of First Level Paratime civilization. ( )
  dodavehu | Aug 16, 2007 |
An Impressive Sequel: H. Beam Piper's Paratime Saga Continues: In Great Kings' War, John F. Carr and Roland Green pay homage to H. Beam Piper's Paratime hero Lord Kalvan, a.k.a. Corporal Calvin Morrison. An authorized sequel to Piper's only Paratime novel, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, the novel begins with Kalvan, the former Pennsylvania state trooper, unwilling cross-dimensional interloper, and now Great King of the newly-formed Kingdom of Hos-Hostigos, facing the might of the theocratic Styphon's House as it supports Great King Kaiphranos of Hos-Harphax in his attempt to reclaim the princedoms Kalvan and his allies had carved from Hos-Harphax, in part by having used Kalvan's knowledge of how to produce gunpowder to break the "fireseed" monopoly of Styphon's House. Carr and Green introduce several new characters, including the mercenary Phidestros, Captain of the Iron Company, who emerges as a major figure as the "Fireseed Wars" play out in this novel and its sequels, Kalvan Kingmaker and Siege of Tarr-Hostigos.

Meanwhile, those responsible for Kalvan's accidental transposition to the alternate Aryan-Transpacific Sector of Fourth Level Paratime continue to take a special interest in Kalvan's exploits and their effect on events on his new timeline. Verkan Vall, newly-elevated to Chief of Paratime Police, reprises his "out-time" masquerade as Trader Verkan, a close advisor to Great King Kalvan. And the First Level University of Dhergabar has created the Kalvan Study Teams, groups of undercover researchers sent to Aryan-Transpacific Sector to study the first-ever identified point of divergence for a new Paratime timeline. But all is not as it seems among the Paratimers and Home Time Line political machinations underlie what are at times competing interests of the Paratime Police and the University researchers.

Carr, editor of four anthologies of Piper's work (Paratime, Federation, Empire, and The Worlds of H. Beam Piper) and described by long-time collaborator Jerry Pournelle as "a recognized authority on the life and works of H. Beam Piper," uses his extensive familiarity with Piper's Paratime setting to craft a compelling story that begins to move beyond Kalvan's ongoing struggle with Styphon's House to a brewing crisis at the very heart of First Level Paratime civilization. ( )
  dodavehu | Aug 16, 2007 |
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Carr, John F.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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The first of all the requisites for a man's success as a leader is that he be perfectly brave. When a general is animated by a truly martial spirit and can communicate it to his soldiers, he may commit faults, but he will gain victories and secure deserved laurels.
- Jomini: The Art of War
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To the memory of H. Beam Piper, and with special thanks to Jerry Pournelle, who brought the two of us together on this path.
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