Saturday, April 30, 2016

Book of the Week

War to the Knife is the first volume in the Laredo Trilogy, and it is a fascinating tale of a war that is already lost before the book even begins. The author, Peter Grant, is a fascinating man of much wider experience than most, having been a member of the South African Defense Forces with combat experience in various African nations prior to becoming a pastor.

In War to the Knife, he draws upon aspects of both his past professions; unlike many authors of military science fiction, he truly knows whereof he speaks, both in terms of the technical issues as well as the emotional costs that affect victor and defeated alike.

The trilogy begins with the defeated military remnants of the planet Laredo coming to terms with the fact that their resistance movement is on the verge of being wiped out by the occupying forces of the much wealthier, and more technologically advanced Bactrians. They decide that rather than surrendering to the merciless occupiers, they will attempt to go out in one last defiant bang that will give cover to their attempt to break through the planetary blockade and get the evidence about the Bactrian occupation out to the rest of the Thousand Worlds, who have been kept largely ignorant and misinformed about the true state of affairs.

Grant is a good writer, and the unusual situation he presents, in which the good guys are beaten from the very start, is given additional depth by Grant's South African perspective. And yet, War to the Knife is not even remotely depressing, it is rather optimistic and inspiring, being a testimony to the indomitable human spirit and its ability to defy even the certainty of death as well as an intriguing war novel full of intrigue and action.

For those who find the name familiar, Peter Grant is, in fact, the leader of the Tor Books boycott. He blogs as Bayou Renaissance Man, a not unreasonable description given his wide range of life experience, and is not a Rabid Puppy, being too fundamentally decent a man to run with our slavering pack of virulent slaughterhounds. But one might not unreasonably describe him as being sympathetic to Puppydom, as well as fully cognizant of the true nature of the SJW enemy.



Anonymous Be Not Afraid April 30, 2016 6:46 AM  

Just bought it, my Dark Lord. Am currently reading "God, Robot," which is very good indeed.

Blogger VD April 30, 2016 6:52 AM  

Glad to hear both. The latter is a bit old school Asimovian, isn't it. Anthony did a good job of putting it together.

Blogger clk April 30, 2016 7:14 AM  

A very good man.. his site is packed with good, practical information.. especially on firearms.

Blogger Crusader Corim April 30, 2016 9:18 AM  

One of my favorites. He's created a full and complex universe that the Laredo War is set in. While the Maxwell Series that starts it is a bit more Mary Sue, it's also a bit more traditional space opera.

I prefer the setting of Laredo, but I got so used to the characters from Maxwell that it was a bit of a tough switch at first.

Blogger Peter April 30, 2016 11:14 AM  

"Peter Grant is ... not a Rabid Puppy, being too fundamentally decent a man to run with our slavering pack of virulent slaughterhounds. But one might not unreasonably describe him as being sympathetic to Puppydom, as well as fully cognizant of the true nature of the SJW enemy."

A very fair description, Sir. Thanks for mentioning my book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Volume 2 ("Forge a New Blade") came out last year, and Volume 3 of the trilogy ("Knife to the Hilt") will, God willing, be published in the last quarter of this year.

Anonymous Quartermaster April 30, 2016 11:40 AM  

Peter's place is one of my daily stops. There's usually something of interest there. Worth reading. He's fallen among "thieves" since he moved to Texas, however. :-)

Blogger Steffen April 30, 2016 12:19 PM  

Knife to the Hilt will be an automatic purchase for me. Keep up the good work, Peter.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 30, 2016 1:10 PM  

If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Grant is also not a Sad Puppy.
He's what I've referred to as a Wandering Puppy. Making his own way but with the same ultimate goal. At least, that's what I have formulated in my puppy brain.

Blogger Sheila4g April 30, 2016 1:45 PM  

I'm always on the lookout for something new to read, and your post and summation of author and book piqued my interest. So many thanks, just purchased and hope to enjoy.

Blogger Jeremy Stroud April 30, 2016 2:23 PM  

I've enjoyed the Maxwell Saga and the Laredo War books and am very much looking forward to the western.

Blogger Austin Ballast April 30, 2016 4:06 PM  

Almost making Amazon's sub service worthwhile.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit April 30, 2016 9:12 PM  

I'll have to pick up a copy. I very much enjoyed the Maxwell Bildungsroman. I'd nearly given up on adult SF before Mr. Correia's glorious campaign.

Anonymous Toastrider May 01, 2016 11:24 AM  

If you enjoy David Weber's stuff, Peter Grant's Maxwell Saga and Laredo trilogy are excellent reads. I also HIGHLY recommend 'Walls, Wire, Bars and Souls', which is a nonfiction book on being a chaplain in the U.S. prison system. Very thought-provoking.

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