Heed the Slammers Battle Cry! A warrior's truth: "In the long run, everybody's dead. So screw the long run!" Patriotic hoo-ha may be well and good for recruitment parades, but David Drake's battle-hardened mercenaries know it takes tanks, guns, and grit to win when the real fighting flares. Yet peace brings its own problems to old soldiers - for killing potential enemies in battle is self-limiting, but once the killing starts in peacetime, there may be no end to the madness. Two new "Hammer's Slammers" adventures crown this masterful collection of hard-hitting SF tales from legendary military SF action-master and best seller David Drake.
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Solid Stories Plus New Hammer's Slammers!
I have no idea as I only have the audio version. Therefore the audio version, with Christian Rummel on the mic, is at least 12.5 times better than me listening to my inner voice droning on and on inside my head as I read the book.
I forget the guy's name at the moment, as there are a bunch of separate short stories in this audiobook. He was one of the Slammers hover tank commanders in one of the Hammer's Slammer's stories. What set him apart was his cold blooded proficiency when things hotted up at that spaceport he was attacking. When his tank scuddered into a depression where four enemy armored cars were laying low he did not panic, he did not waver. He systematically turned each one of those vehicles into unrecognizable piles of smoking scrap in less time than it took me to type this sentence. And yes, cyan blooms of vaporizing titanium, a staple of Hammer's Slammer's explosion descriptions, was in the offing.
What? Didn't I just answer this question? As far as I recall, Christian Rummel didn't run out of the booth and someone else hopped in and took over. Come on Audible, work with me here!
I don't want to sound redundant, but as soon as I heard Christian Rummel begin a new story and in the middle of a sentence he said..."something something Hammer's Slammers ......" I immediately and somewhat involuntarily sat up in my chair, raised both arms over my head, clinched my fists and let out a "YES!" I loved that series, bought every audiobook and keep them on a standby transfer status. It has been a while since new audiobook material has been produced for that series, and I for one am happy that more of this series has been made available.
If you like to listen to an audiobook that gets you strapped into the commander's copula of a 22nd century armored fighting vehicle that is fully engaged in a high intensity and target rich environment on some god forsaken, sun scorched outer planet somewhere far away from here, then finish reading this review, give me a well deserved helpful review click, and purchase any and / or all of David Drake's Hammer's Slammers audiobooks. You will not be disappointed. Stefan Rudnicki's narration is masterful throughout the series.
Get this audiobook. There isn't a throw away short story in it. I bought it yesterday and just finished it. Solid action, Christian Rummel is one of the best narrators in the history of everything everywhere, especially when he is narrating a fast paced military science fiction zorchfest like this audiobook. Drop the dime, it's worth your time!
- Paul L. Vasquez