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Carnifex
by Tom Kratman
Publisher: Baen Books

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR ENEMY,
HE'S GOING TO BECOME JUST LIKE YOU

Patricio Carrera has been waging what amounts to a private world war to bring to justice the murderers of his family; He's raised an army and air force and used them. He's raised a fleet and he's about to use that. He's suborned one republic and is about to undermine another. He's tracked his enemies across half a world, breaking, in the process, any notion of international law that stood in his way.

Now he's deployed his legions to Pashtia, penultimate hideout of the Salafi Ikhwan who have made him what he has become. But with each step further from his home, revenge seems no closer. And with each step he leaves behind him a little of his dwindling humanity.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Yet the trail itself grows cold, as cold as the snow-capped, windswept mountains of Pashtia. Only Carrera's hate still burns hot, and that's a fire that is slowly consuming him.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1974, at age seventeen, Tom Kratman became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People's Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Back in the Army, he managed to do just about everything there was to do, at one time or another. After the Gulf War, and with the bottom dropping completely out of the anti-communism market, Tom decided to become a lawyer. (Big mistake, way big. Chilluns, don't do it.) Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. His family, muttering darkly, put up with this for years. He no longer practices law, instead writing full time for Baen. His novels for Baen include A State of Disobedience, A Desert Called Peace, to which Carnifex is a sequel, and the forthcoming Caliphate, as well as two collaborations with John Ringo, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes.

Published: 4/1/2008
SKU: 1416573836
Ebook Price: $6.99


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1. Gary on 5/16/2013, said:

An excellent military sci-fi novel! This novel shows the horror of war even for the good guys, and the price they pay for what they have to do. Highly recommended!
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2. raghupathy on 5/12/2012, said:

Started off on this series - been hooked on it!!!
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3. Daniel on 1/7/2010, said:

Nice book,
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4. A. J. on 6/26/2009, said:

Very suspenseful. The author also does well at keeping the two simultaneous threads of this story (past and present) full of suspense. I am docking him a star for picking his editor poorly. He uses quite a bit of Spanish in this book, lots of it in the songs he has his men singing. There are lots of gramatical errors, mistranslations, and misspellings. It seemed very shoddy to me. Somos canzado de la guerra is the one that really got my goat. If you speak Spanish, you'll see what I mean. If you don't, ask a friend. Takes too much writing to properly explain in a comment.
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5. David on 5/3/2009, said:

WOW KEEP"EM COMMING CAN"T WAIT FOR "THE LOTUS EATERS" !!!!!!!!!
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6. thatsaphone on 4/9/2009, said:

GOOD book and GOOD story. Keep it coming, I can't wait for the next one.
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7. Peter on 2/27/2009, said:

The Mil-SF equivalent of a bodice-ripper. Plenty of action, gore, and melodrama. Not to mention Good Guys and Bad Guys.
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8. Jyri on 3/30/2008, said:

Good book, although the author falls in to the trap that he's trying to preach. That is, taking his own viewpoint as the only true one. There is very little gray areas in this book, it's all black and white and the only real solution to any problem seems to be force. In his opinion all liberal thinking of any kind is wrong, and he leans right enough to approach facism. Also, he uses europe as an example of feeling superior without any concrete reason to feel superior. You could say that about US, as well. Other than his rather obvious militaristic american patriotic views tainting the story sometimes slighty too much for suspension of disbelief, the story is excellent. I do recommend reading this series if you like military sci-fi (the world building is excellent) and don't mind slighty self-indulgent worldview. Don't take this wrong, though. The writing & the book is pretty damn good.
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9. Jay on 2/20/2008, said:

If you're looking for a 'progressive' author to tell you a story about how wonderful things will be once we all learn to get along and 'share', then this is NOT that book, and Tom Kratman is NOT that man. Thank God. This is his best solo effort to date, though the sample chapters of Caliphate look to be just as good or better. This is the continuation of the epic started in 'A Desert Called Peace', and reads like a cross between a Tom Clancy techno-thriller and a kind of an alternate history where most of the nations and many of the characters and events have a strong correlation to the recent past and the current War On Terror. Thus these two novels serve as Kratman's thoughts on 'one way' the War on Terror might have been fought differently. It will make you think, regardless of whether you agree with the way the War has been fought, wish it had been handled differently, or think it shouldn't have been attempted at all. It will also make you think about where mankind is headed irrespective of the War on Terror.
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10. Daniel on 1/6/2008, said:

I gave the first book in this series, A Desert Called Peace (love that title by the way) 4 stars, but only because it was so violent and shocking in places that I wanted to warn the faint of heart. If you made it through that first one and are thinking about tackling this second one than faintheartedness ain't likely to be a problem, so I'm giving 5 stars. This novel is superb and I am genuinely hooked on this series (I hope there are many more to come). It is every bit as thought-provoking as the first novel, filled with action, drama and even some laugh-out-loud humor. Ironically I thought this novel would be based mostly around the aircraft carrier and naval battles, and I didn't think that would be as interesting a setting. I was wrong on both counts. There are parts of the story that are centered on the naval battles, but the vast majority of the story takes place on land... and the naval battles are every bit as interesting, fun, and exciting as the rest of the story (if not more so).
Tom Kratman is fast becoming one of my favorite authors (also I wish someone like him was running our military, but that's a separate issue).
This book is fun, thought-provoking, interesting, and if you're at all like me you won't be able to tear yourself away from it.
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