Section 2. Section 3. Section 4. Section 5. Section 6.
Section 7. Section 8. Section Section 9. His readers recognize that he can take them where no one else can, with gut-wrenching description that puts them face-to-face with the enemy, and in the midst of the action right on the battlefield. He helped create the audience for mercenary military science fiction with his best-selling "Hammer's Slammers" books.
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Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Drake has a wife, a son, and various pets. Bibliographic information. Section 1.
Wagner Support SF Reviews. SF Reviews. All rights reserved. Book cover art by Paul Alexander. Reviewing David Drake's Hammer's Slammers can be a tricky affair, as the work has been reshuffled and repackaged so many times, it's hard to keep track of where each story appears, and in what sequence. For this review I've gone back to the original Ace paperback release, which was reissued by Baen before they went repackage-crazy under Drake's own guidance.
It's quite likely that the more recent editions present the stories in this volume in a more satisfying context; Drake prefers the continuity of the newer books. This initial book publication of the earliest batch of Hammer stories has a choppy feel to it. The stories here were published mostly in Galaxy throughout the mid's.
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The way they're sequenced here doesn't offer a consistent story continuity. So it can often be hard to warm up to the characters, who aren't given enough space to become three-dimensional; Col. Hammer himself suffers most from this. The Hammer stories were Drake's way of coming to terms with his own Vietnam experiences.
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If anything the man's ever written has been deeply personal to him, it's these stories. Action-packed as they are, they're most definitely not meant to be "fun". Individually, they are among Drake's best work, with moments of unflinching dramatic authority.
But this particular edition, which attempts to scotch-tape seven of them together into a faux novel with linking material giving us background on various aspects of the series' universe, doesn't really turn its disparate elements into a convincing whole. Though the linking material does offer good speculative material about future weaponry. Again, I suspect the reprints now available from Baen — not to mention the Night Shade volumes — are preferable.
Alois Hammer is introduced in this inaugural story but not the earliest written , in which his mercenaries are double-crossed by employers who learn quickly to regret their decision. The story here is little more than a shooter.
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