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The Price of Glory, by William H. Keith, Jr., is the third book of the Saga of the Gray Death Legion. An established mercenary command by now, the Gray Death Legion suddenly find themselves framed for atrocious war crimes and in the end forge an unlikely cooperation with their old nemesis, Duke Hassid Ricol.


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The Price of Glory, by William H. Keith, Jr., is the third book of the Saga of the Gray Death Legion. An established mercenary command by now, the Gray Death Legion suddenly find themselves framed for atrocious war crimes and in the end forge an unlikely cooperation with their old nemesis, Duke Hassid Ricol.

30 review for The Price of Glory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I thought this was a pretty solid book - definitely built on the previous installments in the trilogy, but it moves beyond some of the cliched plot points and elements we saw previously. While it still suffers from adequate character development, it still makes for an enjoyable read. Grayson Carlyle and his mercenary company are betrayed and set-up as outlaws. They try to run to their home base, but find that local authorities have already destroyed it and taken their comrades and families captiv I thought this was a pretty solid book - definitely built on the previous installments in the trilogy, but it moves beyond some of the cliched plot points and elements we saw previously. While it still suffers from adequate character development, it still makes for an enjoyable read. Grayson Carlyle and his mercenary company are betrayed and set-up as outlaws. They try to run to their home base, but find that local authorities have already destroyed it and taken their comrades and families captive, or killed them outright. Carlyle and his soldiers must fight for their very survival as they try to figure out why they were betrayed. This provides for a very dramatic and exciting story with several good action sequences, but more than that, it is able to add to the very fabric that is the Battletech universe. We're introduced to House Marik for the first time as well as the mystical organization called COMSTAR. These have far-reaching potential that really starts to flush out the entire universe and introduce conflicts above and beyond that of one mercenary company. Overall, this has been my favorite Battletech novel so far. Unwrapping the betrayal conspiracy was interesting and fun, and the detailed action made for some exciting moments. Definitely recommended for ALL Battletech fans!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Lupa

    omg that cover art. Anyways, rereading this series reminds me of how much I miss these books. Like all other "world books" (star wars, star trek, etc.) they probably aren't well matched for people who weren't partaking in the Battletech universe at some point in their life, but right now, for me, they are a nice bit of nostalgia. This series in particular is quite good. omg that cover art. Anyways, rereading this series reminds me of how much I miss these books. Like all other "world books" (star wars, star trek, etc.) they probably aren't well matched for people who weren't partaking in the Battletech universe at some point in their life, but right now, for me, they are a nice bit of nostalgia. This series in particular is quite good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This is the third book in the Saga of the Gray Death Legion by William H. Keith Jr. a.k.a. Ian Douglas. This book is also part of the classic Battletech series. In this one, the Gray Death Legion has been betrayed! After taking a contract to subdue a planet for House Marik, the warriors of the Gray Death Legion return home to find their town in ruins, their families scattered, and their reputations destroyed. They are accused of destroying the planet they just left and killing millions of innoce This is the third book in the Saga of the Gray Death Legion by William H. Keith Jr. a.k.a. Ian Douglas. This book is also part of the classic Battletech series. In this one, the Gray Death Legion has been betrayed! After taking a contract to subdue a planet for House Marik, the warriors of the Gray Death Legion return home to find their town in ruins, their families scattered, and their reputations destroyed. They are accused of destroying the planet they just left and killing millions of innocent civilians. They are declared outlaws and are being ruthlessly hunted on Helm which was given to them as a new base of operations and a home for their support staff and families. They will soon discover the hidden reasons they have been set up as they fight for their very existence. A great addition to the Gray Death Legion Saga.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    "The Price of Glory" is the third installment for the Gray Death Legion and this is by far the best book in the series. I thought this book was awesome. At the start of the book I thought William H. Keith Jr. was getting a bit overly predictable with his story format (to a certain degree he is), but then he throws this twist in around the 100 page area and the book just took off for me. After that I couldn't put the book down. The prior two books are good books for their style, but this one real "The Price of Glory" is the third installment for the Gray Death Legion and this is by far the best book in the series. I thought this book was awesome. At the start of the book I thought William H. Keith Jr. was getting a bit overly predictable with his story format (to a certain degree he is), but then he throws this twist in around the 100 page area and the book just took off for me. After that I couldn't put the book down. The prior two books are good books for their style, but this one really captured the whole feel of the BattleTech universe really well. Despite the above paragraph, you have to remember this is a book written in the 80's and part of the first round of stories to expand on the new BattleTech game at the time. The BattleTech universe wasn't nearly as fleshed out as it would eventually become and I think some people are reviewing it through that lens a little bit. RoC's republishing of these early books didn't make matters any better by listing them after Thurston's series, which is patently out of order with the BattleTech timeline. This, singlehandedly, is one of the reasons I was so confused when I first tried to engage this series and only recently twenty some odd years later am I finally going all in as I've sorted out the publishing timeline! In the prior BattleTech books we've gotten to know Carlyle and his team fairly well, so a lot of character development has been built up since then. This book is definitely not meant to be read as a stand alone, because even though Keith tries to recap elements of the first two books, you just can't fill it in with a couple paragraphs and do the stories justice. There are new people added into the Legion, but we never really get to know them, and I imagine they are really just canon fodder names for battles. Basically, the redshirts of a BattleTech book. In this regard BattleTech books are predictable, but as with any large franchised book series readers should kind of already walk in expecting this. I find it pretty rare for main characters to get killed off in series unless the author is ready to call it quits so no one can use their character. In that regard, sci-fi is generally fairly predictable... but I still love it. The only thing that I will say has gotten terribly predictable is with Keith's format. The Legion is always the massive underdog fighting an overwhelming force. While I'm sure this makes for an exciting story, it does get a bit harried by the third time around, especially when it's not an ongoing fight. Instead an entirely new overwhelming force is created etc. and naturally the Legion prevails, as I expected them to do. It's not like Star Wars where there is an ongoing fight with an overwhelming force, which, to me, is a bit more reasonable in format because that's the point. But whenever Carlyle and crew prevail they walk away much much stronger than they were before, so Keith has to go find a different bigger force for him to fight... However, despite this Keith setup a massive underlying intrigue story rife with political machinations that was far more exciting than in any of the other books. Sure, this aspect of BattleTech showed up in his other stories, but none of them were this big and just outright fascinating to read about. The smart thing Keith did was not make the Draconis Combine the enemy to be faced again. This time Carlyle is facing off in a different region of the world and the books start off with a campaign in Laio territory while the Legion is under contract with Marik forces. So, already the players are quite different and we get to delve a little bit deeper into the realms of BattleTech. The coolest part about the whole story is the dealing with ComStar and the secretive Word of Blake. Their obsessions with old Star League tech made for a complex wrench thrown into the whole story and made it one of the more fascinating things to read about! The political intrigue subplot really made this book great in my opinion. The Mech battles were well written, as they usually have been in Keith's books, so I have no complaints there. Carlyle's battle prowess seemed a lot more reasonable this time around, sure he's overly lucky in his survival, as we expect, but he's not constant headshot lucky like it felt like he was in the last book. Personally, I think Keith's writing has steadily improved over the series and I think he did a great job laying the foundations to expand the stories of BattleTech. After this I'll be delving into a new author in this series, but I do know Keith wrote more books about the Gray Death later on and I'll experience those in time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jake Oberly

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Gray Death Legion Saga (Decision at Thunder Rift and Mercenary's Star). This one leads up to a more involved ending that was very satisfying both in breadth and depth in regard to the overall universe of which is Battletech. (Yes, these books originated from a board game. However, the novels are intricate and rich with character, life, and story.) I understand some people skip right to the "Warrior" series (the next trilogy, this being the first in I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Gray Death Legion Saga (Decision at Thunder Rift and Mercenary's Star). This one leads up to a more involved ending that was very satisfying both in breadth and depth in regard to the overall universe of which is Battletech. (Yes, these books originated from a board game. However, the novels are intricate and rich with character, life, and story.) I understand some people skip right to the "Warrior" series (the next trilogy, this being the first in the universe), but I would highly recommend reading this set first. They read as more of an off-shoot adventure which is more personal in nature - filled with sacrifice, loss, and heroism. It gives life to the universe via empathy the author generates for the characters... with a glimpse of what's to come, of course. I believe these personal stories helped me become more entranced in what the rest of the Battletech world has to tell.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric Lawson

    The Price of Glory is the third in the Gray Death Legion series. Grayson Death Carlyle is fighting for Marik and has been given a landhold on the planet Helm. So they now have a permanent home. There are forces plotting though to discredit the Gray Death Legion and take control of Helm. Something is hidden on the planet that if found will change the universe forever. The series is starting to become predictable. For Grayson the regiment is his home and his people are his family. All three of the The Price of Glory is the third in the Gray Death Legion series. Grayson Death Carlyle is fighting for Marik and has been given a landhold on the planet Helm. So they now have a permanent home. There are forces plotting though to discredit the Gray Death Legion and take control of Helm. Something is hidden on the planet that if found will change the universe forever. The series is starting to become predictable. For Grayson the regiment is his home and his people are his family. All three of the series so far follows the same script. His people are threatened or killed and he fights back and wins against overwhelming odds. It would be good to have some variation in the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cooper Robertson

    Honestly, one of my favorite books in the past year. This series has always been a subject of interest to me, as I am an avid Battletech player (the board game). I really liked this book, as it was able to keep me very interested for the whole time while I was reading it, so much so that I finished it in a single day. I couldn't find anything about this book that I truly disliked or was disappointed in. Probably my favorite part of this book, and the entire series, is how accurate the books are t Honestly, one of my favorite books in the past year. This series has always been a subject of interest to me, as I am an avid Battletech player (the board game). I really liked this book, as it was able to keep me very interested for the whole time while I was reading it, so much so that I finished it in a single day. I couldn't find anything about this book that I truly disliked or was disappointed in. Probably my favorite part of this book, and the entire series, is how accurate the books are to the game, and how they can provide new insights into how certain aspects of the Battletech universe were formed. In my opinion, it is also interesting how the storyline changes and adjusts to show new things about the characters, how they live, love, and work. Additionally, I like how the stories throughout this series show other sides of the main houses, specifically **SPOILER ALERT** how Kurita can be not so evil, and how Comstar is actually not neutral whatsoever, but very close to becoming the 6th great house, furthering only their own goals and doing only what they wish, not caring about neutrality when something they want is in danger. **End of Spoilers** Overall, my opinion is very high about this book, and therefore I would definitely recommend this to any fans of the Sci-Fi genre. Specifically recommended to Battletech Players, both the online game and the board game.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Workman

    A worthy end to the first Gray Death saga I'm a longtime fan of Battletech. These books, while not literary masterpieces, are always worth a read. In this book, Grayson Death Carlyle and his still relatively young mercenary unit are accused of perpetrating a massacre and are branded as outlaws. As the twists of treachery and intrigue are slowly unfurled, the odds seem to stack higher and higher against Grayson and his people. In the climax of the story, you see arguably some of the most human mom A worthy end to the first Gray Death saga I'm a longtime fan of Battletech. These books, while not literary masterpieces, are always worth a read. In this book, Grayson Death Carlyle and his still relatively young mercenary unit are accused of perpetrating a massacre and are branded as outlaws. As the twists of treachery and intrigue are slowly unfurled, the odds seem to stack higher and higher against Grayson and his people. In the climax of the story, you see arguably some of the most human moments in this spectacular series. I highly recommend starting Battletech with this book and the two before it. If you're not hooked by the end of this one, then the series probably isn't for you. If you do enjoy it, though, you'll find more political intrigue, tactical maneuvering, and human conflict awaiting you in abundance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Bishop

    I tried, but I couldn't do it. I've been reading some of these Battletech books because I loved (still love!) playing the computer, tabletop and role-playing games, and it's a nostalgia trip. But the writing! It's so bad. So, so, so bad. I got 40% of the way through, set it aside for a long time, tried to pick it up again and couldn't make it through the chapter. I'm not going to give up on Battletech books in general - heck, they just came out with some new ones. And they have a bunch of differen I tried, but I couldn't do it. I've been reading some of these Battletech books because I loved (still love!) playing the computer, tabletop and role-playing games, and it's a nostalgia trip. But the writing! It's so bad. So, so, so bad. I got 40% of the way through, set it aside for a long time, tried to pick it up again and couldn't make it through the chapter. I'm not going to give up on Battletech books in general - heck, they just came out with some new ones. And they have a bunch of different authors. But I think William H. Keith Jr. is on my "don't even try" list now.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scott Quiggle

    Delatiled and interesting world building. Multi-layer conflict. Unpredictability. Characters are not very deep. I have a love/weakness for the Battletech universe. I think about writing in it myself... and can imagine a complex and intriguing series like Game of Thrones if someone ever put talent and money into it. Keith does a good enough job of it that I enjoyed all three books, each a little more than the last and if there were more, I would buy them end enjoy them too. I was convinced the Scots Delatiled and interesting world building. Multi-layer conflict. Unpredictability. Characters are not very deep. I have a love/weakness for the Battletech universe. I think about writing in it myself... and can imagine a complex and intriguing series like Game of Thrones if someone ever put talent and money into it. Keith does a good enough job of it that I enjoyed all three books, each a little more than the last and if there were more, I would buy them end enjoy them too. I was convinced the Scotsman would end up in a Highlander with a gauss cannon... but not to be.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Bennett

    The Gray Death Legion has been cast as outlaws and must overcome all odds. This story finishes the Saga of the Gray Death Legion and is well written. Characters continue to develop as they face new struggles. This book seems to have more battles and yet less battle details.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Koriel Lambson

    Solid "shoot-em-up" book, which should really be the main thing you're looking to get out of any Battletech book. I enjoyed it more than Mercenary's Star, but I think Decision at Thunder Rift is still my favorite of the trilogy. Solid "shoot-em-up" book, which should really be the main thing you're looking to get out of any Battletech book. I enjoyed it more than Mercenary's Star, but I think Decision at Thunder Rift is still my favorite of the trilogy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brady

    It's Battletech. It's a wargame IP (albeit with incredible depth of lore, units, factions, history etc) but hot damn if it doesn't read like Die Hard with mechs. A fun read if you remember the buy-in is 80s shtick and stompy mechs. It's Battletech. It's a wargame IP (albeit with incredible depth of lore, units, factions, history etc) but hot damn if it doesn't read like Die Hard with mechs. A fun read if you remember the buy-in is 80s shtick and stompy mechs.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robbie

    This book is the conclusion of the Gray Death trilogy and gives an excellent send off to our mercenary group. This has been a great series and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Book 4 of The BattleTech series and Book 3 of the Gray Death Legion origin Trilogy. This trilogy has less intrigue and is more of a Military Sci-Fi feel. Enjoyable read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Another good Battletech story Another good Battletech story about the mercenary unit Gray Death Legion. It gives good background on Comstar and the Word of Blake.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jürgen

    It ist a solid reading experience, but its sad to experience the decline of the saga book by book. After this one I stopped reading Mechwarrior storys. The characters are - especially in this book - wooden. The story could have been that much darker, facing utter failure and staring into the maw of death. Instead its "line after battle-scarred-but-still-holding-out-because-so-enthusiastic line" of soap opera. It ist a solid reading experience, but its sad to experience the decline of the saga book by book. After this one I stopped reading Mechwarrior storys. The characters are - especially in this book - wooden. The story could have been that much darker, facing utter failure and staring into the maw of death. Instead its "line after battle-scarred-but-still-holding-out-because-so-enthusiastic line" of soap opera.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian Turner

    Another episode in the saga of the Gray Death legion. Betrayal and secrets abound in this one,as the Gray Death find themselves marked as outlaws. This was a good story, the subject matter has been alluded to in several other Battletech novels, it was nice to see the story behind it. Davis McCall (one of the most annoying characters in the whole BT universe) thankfully manages to keep his mouth shut for most of this one, although he does get a few lines of gibberish to show he's still alive. Another episode in the saga of the Gray Death legion. Betrayal and secrets abound in this one,as the Gray Death find themselves marked as outlaws. This was a good story, the subject matter has been alluded to in several other Battletech novels, it was nice to see the story behind it. Davis McCall (one of the most annoying characters in the whole BT universe) thankfully manages to keep his mouth shut for most of this one, although he does get a few lines of gibberish to show he's still alive.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clint the Cool Guy

    I suppose I'm just not a fan of the writing style. Boring, with way too many characters introduced, all of them kind of flat. In my youth I thought this book was awesome. I guess I've become a grumpy old man. I suppose I'm just not a fan of the writing style. Boring, with way too many characters introduced, all of them kind of flat. In my youth I thought this book was awesome. I guess I've become a grumpy old man.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan LaRue

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luis Reynoso

  22. 4 out of 5

    Greyspid

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Carter

  24. 4 out of 5

    Martin Murd

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ubay González

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Kelly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Damien Palmer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Andrew

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Shen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Greg

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