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Rally Cry

By: William R. Forstchen
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
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Publisher's Summary

Boarding a transport ship after the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Andrew Keane and his 35th Maine regiment are swept into an alternate world. The first human civilization they encounter on this planet resembles medieval Russia, with boyars and priests ruling over the peasants and townspeople. Soon Keane and his regiment learn this world's terrible secret: that cannibalistic hordes of large, fierce Tugars circle the planet and demand tribute - including humans to be devoured. And the hordes will be arriving sooner than expected, with several hundred thousand warriors on horseback.

Using all their 19th century know-how, Keane and his men build a new society with railroads and ironworks, and with skill, cooperation, and courage, the regiment and most of the Russians work together in hopes of defeating the horde.

A great story of survival and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. First novel in the acclaimed Lost Regiment series by the author of One Second After, One Year After, and Day of Wrath.

©1990 William R. Forstchen (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Where have you been hiding?

I feel like I need to say, 'forgive me father for I have sinned... I have ventured away form my usual zombie genre again'. Truthfully, I am glad I did. I took a punt on this one. There were no real detailed reviews. I was running low on cash and needed a title which was long enough to make certain I could see the end of the week out.

This one took me an hour to really get into it. At first I was thinking this is just a simple army transported back in time deal. That in itself isn't a bad story line. But as the story went along it really developed into so much more. The author needs to be congratulated for the great ideas which were gradually introduced in this one. Actually, this kind of summarised my thoughts of the whole story, wasn't expecting much, but as the story went it gradually grew on me, to the point that I have purchased the next in the series.

Narration: not the best in sound quality more static than usual. The breathing of the narrator is more obvious. Speed was acceptable and could easily be listened to at normal speed. The slightly less quality might be due to the fact that this is a old release... I think 1990. The benefit of not needing to be sped up like so many titles these days is that you get full value dollar per hour wise. And at over 15 hours it is excellent value!

The story is similar to 'Destroyermen' series by Taylor Anderson, or is it the other way round? Destroyermen is similar to Rally Cry The Lost Regiment??? Either way it doesn't matter. I loved Destroyermen and now I am hooked on this one!

What I found very pleasing is the ending of this one. I won't give away any details. However, I will say this one does end well and it is not one of those stories which forces you to buy the next in the series to find out what happens. The reality is that you will buy the next in the series because you won't want it to end!

PS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

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I’m that guy- “I never write reviews but...”

I seriously never take the time to do this but this entire series is one of my all time favorites. I found this book on a discount rack back in 1994. I read it all without stopping to sleep or eat. Went back to the book store the next day and bought all the books in the series that were available at that time. Read them all in less than 2 weeks. Even wrote the author- William R. Forstchen, to thank him and beg him for more books in the series. Have been a huge fan ever since. I read this entire series over and over until the covers fell off. I bought them all again and turned my friends on to them. I’ve read them all from cover to cover 5 different times. THE most enjoyable series of books I have EVER read and I read a ton of books. When I signed up for audible, these books were the first ones I bought. Was so much fun listening to them from another readers perspective. I cannot recommend them enough.

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Fun Introduction

A fun introduction to an interesting new world. The narrator is, however, rather bland. Making it difficult to tell who he is voicing at times.

Story wise, it is enjoyable enough. The only major annoyance being the writer clearly can’t write women, and as a result their is only one female viewpoint character and she regularly is just pinning about her romantic angst for the Captain of the brigade. More annoying that anything else, but the rest of the characters are written well enough.

By far the best writing has to go to the cannibalistic Tigard, whose viewpoint chapters are exceptionally engaging as we get a look at their alien culture.

If you like ISOT stories, then this will scratch that itch pretty well. Definitely good enough for me to eventually pick up the second one.

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Amazing book. Fantastic narrator!

Rally Cry by William Forstchen and read by Patrick Lawlor is a match made in heaven. Lawlor makes the characters come alive with an amazing array of voices, you'd think it was multiple people performing on this book. The story by Forstchen is a beautiful, enthralling, blend of historical warfare and science-fiction. The 15 hours that this book took to finish flew by and sets up for bigger things to come! Do yourself a favor and get it as it's worth every cent. ENJOY!

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Great story, Bad narrator

I have every intention of buying the rest of the books gradually despite my preference for a different narrator. The guy just didn't have the weight and gravitas for this book. The main protagonists are 8 ft tall, eat human beings and look like devil's as the book itself describes them. It really needed to be a deep base voice like a baritone. It's not the narrators fault. Someone else should have been selected.

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I could not finish the first one

I was sadly disappointed in this book. After reading One second after series I was expecting the same quality of story, I was disappointed. The performance of the reader was tiresome and uninteresting. I got through about half before I could not take anymore. Very disappointed

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A budget version of 1632

if you like 1632 this is basically the same thing but done worse. it's a mostly enjoyable read with an ending that relies a bit too much of deus ex machina.

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I might’ve enjoyed it when published in 1990 and I was 5.

I was going to give this 3 stars but the last 1.5 hours where really not great and while I did have to stop the audio book multiple times I was able to finish so 2 stars. I like this kind of story generally. You know the whole person/people get transported/trapped to a different world/time. But not this one. It may have inspired other authors who wrote books I did like, so that’s good? The MCs romance is ridiculous. It reminds me of an old western movie where the guy and girl have 5 or 6 lines between each other and somehow are madly in love by the end never mind the girl saying multiple times she isn’t interested in having a relationship with the guy. Seriously at one point the guy mentioned he hasn’t talked to her in 4 months. The writing is simple, nothing is deep or interesting. Situations come off as cheap and not organic, like something needs to happen to justify or set up later events. Things happen in the background and just mentioned like, this thing happened, because it needs to for other things in the story to make sense. Like how they have an entire industrial revolution starting from nothing and ending with steam locomotives in about a year. It just kind of happens, because it needs to. Feels forced and unrealistic. This is the kind of thing I could see a 10-14 year old boy enjoying. Also the Civil War stuff is Lincolnite, yankee abolitionist propaganda, and the real words to the song are “Down with the eagle and up with the cross”. It would probably make a half descent move as most of the things I dislike would most likely get cut. Also the phrase “they charged/fought without heed to their casualties/losses” something along those lines is repeated several times, more so near the end, to the point I was asking myself why is this even being mentioned. I mean everyone is doing it, it’s not out of the ordinary at this point. I purchased the second book about halfway through the fist book before I really lost interest. And it doesn’t get better. If feels like I’m listening to a B movie or old tv show sometimes because of the voice actors line delivery. I half expect a laugh track at times.

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amazing I was on the edge of my seat

read whole series please write more ! enjoyed the books so much I wish there was more

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Read series 25-30 years ago.

Read series when it first came out in print. Gave books to library. Glad to listen to again; rehearing the fine details that I didn’t recall. Author still active writing recently One year later.

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  • P. J. Bell
  • 11-11-17

harry turtledove like with a Civilation game feel

I wasn't sure about this title but i'd say if you like Harry Turtledove, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series or the Civilization games by Sid Meier; then you will probably enjoy this!

I have a fondness SF Alternative history combos so was already its target audience but its look at religion, the task high speed industrialization and civil war battle tech and tatics really made this book enjoyable.

Also its nice to have a book where a Quaker is one of the main character and their struggle with non-violence principles in a barbarous world.

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  • carl
  • 08-08-17

Great

Thought this was going to be a bit crappy and it did have a crappy seeming start but I loved it and would suggest to anyone

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  • Jason G Cody
  • 11-17-21

a great story

an interesting take on a story, thoroughly liked the story, the characters and the reader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-20

Brilliant book

Read this book over 20 years ago. it was brilliant as an audiobook. We'll performed and easy to listen to. time flew.