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  • Hardcover
  • 448
  • The Peshawar Lancers
  • S.M. Stirling
  • English
  • 19 February 2018
  • 9780451458483

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Free download The Peshawar Lancers ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Read & Download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à S.M. Stirling S.M. Stirling à 0 Read & Download Ritish Empire and All the Russias each rule half the world A DANGEROUS FUTURE Everyone predicts a. The Peshawar Lancers is a rip roaring swashbuckling tale of Alternate History rooted firmly in the tradition of Rudyard Kipling and other 19th Century adventure writers such as H Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs Set in a world where the planet was devastated by a spray of comets in the mid 1870s the world of The Peshawar Lancers is a far different one from ours today Empires still rule the world with the British Empire now centered in Delhi being the major power Our hero Captain Athelstane King is drawn into a far reaching conspiracy that threatens the survival of his family his country and the very planet itself Against him are the agents of the now Satan worshipping human eating Czar of All the Russias and our protagonists and antagonists collide in an adventure that echoes back to the spy games and derring do that characterized the rivalry between Britain and Russia at the end of the 19th Century a period known as The Great Game As a genre alternate history can be pretty tricky to master Everyone always mentions the guru of alternate history the man himself Harry Turtledove and for sure Turtledove has pulled off some brilliant speculative fiction in his time He s also disappointed me greatly as he s transplanted contemporary history and changed some times places and names in other cases which to me smacks of laziness Phillip K Dick of Blade Runner and Total Recall fame probably owns the title of best around with his masterpiece The Man in High Castle which depicts a truly creep tastic vision of a history where the Axis won World War IISo how does Stirling measure up Extremely well as a matter of fact It s obvious that he s done his research on the colonial and imperial periods of British history and his scenario of civilization desperately trying to piece itself back together after a catastrophe is plausible enough The British Empire and French Empires would have had the resources to evacuate themselves and their governments to their overseas possessions and with civilization collapsing all around humanity it s hard not to imagine that some crazy Satan worshiping cannibalism could spring up Even impressive is that the political structure of this new British Empire is plausible as well Surviving a Second Mutiny after the comets impact throughout the Northern Hemisphere the ruling British elites survive by relying on the loyalty of the aristocracy already in place and out of necessity surrendering a lot of imperial arrogance and recognizing whom exactly they were now ruling This partnership instead of overlordship hearkens back to the very earliest days of the East India Company where British officers and soldiers won the respect of indigenous allies and soldiers by leading from the front and not directing from the back Overall Stirling has produced a fascinating vision of what might have been that is plausible interesting and easy for the reader to buy into Taking that vision and adding an adventure worthy of the very best of Rudyard Kipling or H Rider Haggard produces a readable exciting book that s the perfect beach book for science fiction fans heading out for their summer vacation

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Free download The Peshawar Lancers ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Read & Download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à S.M. Stirling S.M. Stirling à 0 Read & Download A DIFFERENT PAST A spray of comets freezes human progress in the 1870s A STRANGE PRESENT Now the B. This book highlights both Stirling s strengths and weaknesses His main strength is the power of his underlying ideas and the depth with which he has thought them out The premise is that the entire northern hemisphere basically got wiped out by meteors in the 19th century but Britain managed to relocate some of its population and retain its power base in India Australia and South Africa Flash forward 250 years but with technology lagging behind and resources much different than they otherwise would be So the land still has Empires steam engines etcHis main weakness is in characterization Even his best characters tend to be very thin and this book doesn t have anything approaching his best characters Everyone here seems to have come straight out of central casting His other weakness is in doing fantasy This becomes a problem in the latter half of the Emberverse Here it rears its head in the form of the Sisters of True Dreaming These people have a genetic trait that allows them to see parallel possible worlds It s a neat advantage because it can let them know precisely what will happen next and thereafter The problem with this for me is that these woman are kept brutally oppressed by their Russian masters and have been for a couple of centuries But the book itself shows what an enormous advantage they would have in any tactical or strategic encounter So how did they not overcome their oppression It makes little sense to meBut that s not why the book fell flat for me Instead it fell flat because I thought the entire thing was a rather unimaginative story hitched onto a very cool idea The surprises were like winks because everything happened just as one would expect in this sort of tale In other words there was no need for a Sister of True Dreaming because everything proceeded as if it were on rails While diverting and easy to read this was not nearly his best

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Free download The Peshawar Lancers ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Read & Download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à S.M. Stirling S.M. Stirling à 0 Read & Download Showdown but no one can predict the role that one man spy and hero double and triple agent will pl. This could have been an amazing book The premise is a little unusual the earth is struck by a series of meteors causing a miniature ice age Western civilization essentially collapses and British society relocates to India Against this backdrop of severe culturalsocial upheaval there is a mysterious assassination plot afootBut the author I felt really lets you down The characters tended to be flat and stereotypical The basic plot was very simplistic I foresaw every twist by the time I was halfway through the book though the author tries to distract from that by adding in all of this extraneous detail And there is just too much extraneous detail in general A lot of research obviously went into this book And the author really wants to make sure the reader knows just how much research was doneThat being said I did enjoy the novelty of the situation the author proposes He also has several societies devolve into cannibalism For me the most interesting parts of the book were those dealing with how these cannibalistic or formerly cannibalistic tribes were dealing with the trauma of these acts and how the rest of the world viewed these societies