The Sharp End

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Baen, Dec 1, 1994 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The gangs ruled Cantilucca. Guns were the only law, and there was no lack of guns. It was hard to imagine matters getting worse.

THEN THE SURVEY TEAM ARRIVED

Major Matthew Coke knew his job was to sell the services of Frisian Defense Force mercenaries to the highest bidder. He wasn't a squeamish man, but he was human -- and the state of affairs on Cantilucca turned his stomach.

Captain Sten Moden had made a mistake on his previous posting. His huge body was scarred, but that wasn't the worst damage he'd received.

Lieutenant Robert Barbour gathered information. He'd been proud of his skill, until the morning he watched while howitzers and a line troop converted his data into action.

Lieutenant Mary Margulies had survived because a friend saved her life at the risk of his own. If she'd been lucky, she never would have met him again.

Specialist Niko Daun was young, cheerful, and as skilled a technician as anybody in the Frisian Defense Forces. He'd sooner have died than serve again with native troops on a backwater planet.

Sergeant Johann Vierziger said he had a purpose in life. To those around him, that purpose seemed to be to kill as often and efficiently as humanly possible...assuming that Vierziger was human.

They were professionals of violence, and with an instinct for good craftsmanship. In the end, they'd learned that they could defeat anything but their own consciences....

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User Review  - DaveOliver - LibraryThing

I loved the construction: the first chapters show each of the main characters reaching a crisis, of conscience or just professional, that shapes their personalities going forward. Then the main story ... Read full review

THE SHARP END

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Another of Drake's military sf yarns about Hammer's Slammers, the expert mercenary troops of planet Nieuw Friesland. A small, handpicked team of specialists, led by Major Matthew Coke, arrives on ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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David Drake was born on September 24, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa. He attended University of Iowa, where he graduated with a degree in History (with honors) and Latin. He then attended Duke Law School. He was drafted out of law school, served in the army for two years and then returned to school. He worked as an Assistant Town Attorney of Chapel Hill and then part-time as a city bus driver before he became a full-time writer. Drake is considered a master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Hammer's Slammers, military science fiction, was his first published series. His other titles include Northworld series, The Dragon Lord, Starliner, Ranks of Bronze, and Redliners. In recognition of his work, he won a World Fantasy award in 1976. He currently resides in North Carolina.

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