Old Guard


The onslaught of the Melconians was not the last conflict that humanity's interstellar Concordiat would have to face. For now the Kezdai-a newly encountered species with war at the center of their philosophy-have taken to arms against the Concordiat and its colony worlds. For war, the Terrans have only one answer:

Break out the Bolos!

Self-aware robotic tanks, the Bolos have fought bravely and well since the days when humans fought each other. Now they battle across the stars to defend us all ... and though the times are perilous, we've never been in better hands than those of our old metal guardians: Keith Laumer's greatest creation, the Bolos.

Praise for the Bolos Series:

"Well worth your interest and money. . . .
Recommended." -Tails of Wonder

"If you're a Bolo fan, buy this...." -StarQuest

"A good addition to the Bolo mythos.... fun,
entertaining. . . . " -Heliocentric Network

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, February 2001

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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New York, NY 10020

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN: 0-671-31957-4

Copyright (c) 2001 by Bill Fawcett & Associates; 
"Incursions" (c) 2001 by Mark Thies, 
"Rook's Gambit" (c) 2001 by John Mina, 
"The Sky is Falling" (c) 2001 by J. Steven York & Dean Wesley Smith, 
"Brothers" (c) 2001 by William H. Keith.

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In memory of J. Andrew Keith,

Author, historian, wargamer,
brother, friend.


The Compleat Bolo 
by Keith Laumer

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by David Weber & Linda Evans

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Bolo Rising 
by William H. Keith, Jr.