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A Company of Heroes Book One: The Stonecutter
by Ron Miller
Publisher: Baen Books

She is beautiful, lithe and swift: as deadly as the blade flashing in her deft grip. The blood of kings runs strong in her veins---but her weakling brother wears the crown. She is Bronwyn. And her name strikes fear in the hearts of the depraved courtiers feasting like jackals on the corpse of her father’s kingdom.

Her brother may rule the land, but a ruthless maniac is the puppet master behind the throne. And he has put a price on the head of the fugitive princess, who alone knows the secret to his power.

To save her kingdom, Bronwyn must enlist a rebel force of gypsies and giants, peasants and pirates, montebanks and changeling spies...

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.

Published: 12/4/2014
SKU: 9781625793652
Ebook Price: $3.99


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1. matthew on 7/13/2017, said:

liked it, bought second book
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2. Peter on 4/13/2016, said:

It is rare that I do not finish a book. Poor development of storyline, overly descriptive with long winded unnecessary passages. No depth to characters, characters not like-able.
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3. Thomas on 7/1/2015, said:

I didn't see the typos the previous people commented on, must have fixed the file. I give this author high marks for style; the writing was clever, funny and imaginative. He took an old trope and ran with it. I can't quite give it 5 stars. First, it is too short, and ends on a cliffhanger. Second, there are some clunky areas, giant info-dumps. I actually think this was deliberate on the author's part, and intended as a bow to 19th century authors who did this as a matter of course. Still, didn't quite work for me. Anyway, for the price, worth reading. will probably give the next in the series a try too.
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4. Ron on 2/28/2015, said:

As everyone has noticed, there was a serious problem with the first two books in the series. Incomplete and unedited versions of the two manuscript had been inadvertently uploaded. This was entirely my fault for not watching what I was doing. This has been corrected with the proper text now in place. I very much apologize to everyone who was (understandably) disappointed...if not hopelessly confused.

I do hope everyone will give the books another shot.
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5. Adam on 2/9/2015, said:

Where was the editor for this book?
I get the strong sense that there's a good story inside this train-wreck trying to get out, but I gave up less than halfway through the first book.

Mixed tenses, jumbled pronouns, phonetic usage, sentence fragments followed by run-on sentences...

The straw that broke this particular camel's back was:
"They're all too aware of what's most angers our baronage: that Payne's effectively disarms the army."

WTF is that even supposed to mean? Most of the verbal debris up to this point I was able to puzzle through, but even in context this is just beyond my grasp. On one page, we flip-flop back and forth between formal/written and colloquial/spoken English, present, future and past tenses, ... it's just too much.

I don't even blame the author - Baen's (usually pretty darn good) editorial team must have been asleep at the switch on this one.

I'm not even bothering to read the other four in the series, I'm just asking for my money back :-(.
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6. Marilyn J. on 1/3/2015, said:

Poor editing? Poor language skills? Or maybe a disastrous series of bad decisions. The 'style', or whatever it was, induced a sort of mental vertigo that forced me to leave the book half read.
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7. Frank on 12/25/2014, said:

I had trouble finishing this book. I am not sure if it was an editing issue with weird verb tenses and some sentences which to me were unintelligible or a stylistic choice that didn't work at least for me. Equally it could have been an OCR problem but that seems unlikely in this day and age. I never appreciate plots that resolve by a series of highly improbable events occurring just when needed or when bizarre nonsensical behaviours occur, such as exemplified in the book's ending. The use of some words were pretentious e.g. 'oleaginous' for 'oily' and some other technical verbosities made me wonder if the writer was medically trained?
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