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Solaris VII is home to the ultimate sporting event -- where Mechwarriors from every corner of the Inner Sphere come to make war. Michael Searcy arrived in dishonor, but worked his way up in the ranks to become one of the game's most accomplished players. But now, ancient grudges have reached beyond the arena. And Michael is caught in a championship match where the winner i Solaris VII is home to the ultimate sporting event -- where Mechwarriors from every corner of the Inner Sphere come to make war. Michael Searcy arrived in dishonor, but worked his way up in the ranks to become one of the game's most accomplished players. But now, ancient grudges have reached beyond the arena. And Michael is caught in a championship match where the winner is the last man alive...

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Solaris VII is home to the ultimate sporting event -- where Mechwarriors from every corner of the Inner Sphere come to make war. Michael Searcy arrived in dishonor, but worked his way up in the ranks to become one of the game's most accomplished players. But now, ancient grudges have reached beyond the arena. And Michael is caught in a championship match where the winner i Solaris VII is home to the ultimate sporting event -- where Mechwarriors from every corner of the Inner Sphere come to make war. Michael Searcy arrived in dishonor, but worked his way up in the ranks to become one of the game's most accomplished players. But now, ancient grudges have reached beyond the arena. And Michael is caught in a championship match where the winner is the last man alive...

30 review for Illusions of Victory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brian Turner

    This was the first Battletech novel I got, and have been hooked on the series since. Actually a very good place to start, set in the arenas of Solaris VII which are a microcosm of the whole Inner Sphere, so you get a good grounding about what is going on and the main groups involved.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Randall Wolfe

    I grew up playing the Mechwarrior PC games and that's where most of my previous experience with Battletech came from. I enjoyed all of the action sequences because I could say to myself "I've piloted that Mech before!" or "Hey, I've shot PPCs before! I know all about that heat and recoil!". Sadly everything that didn't involve Battlemechs blowing each other to hell was cliche and boring. I expect all Battletech books are like that and I've heard that this is actually the best one so I don't know I grew up playing the Mechwarrior PC games and that's where most of my previous experience with Battletech came from. I enjoyed all of the action sequences because I could say to myself "I've piloted that Mech before!" or "Hey, I've shot PPCs before! I know all about that heat and recoil!". Sadly everything that didn't involve Battlemechs blowing each other to hell was cliche and boring. I expect all Battletech books are like that and I've heard that this is actually the best one so I don't know if I'll bother with any more of the novels.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Bishop

    I read it because I'm getting back into playing Battletech and wanted a refresher on the universe. It was definitely rough, but worth reading once.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This was one of those Battletech books that asks you to remember who is who in regards to the galactic civil war. If you're like me an gloss over maps, names, etc then you'll be a hint challenged. That said, this one didn't go according to the script in my head. I felt like it really had two climaxes, which was great because I love reading about what happens after a climax. I would also like to say that I didn't know how to respond to the main character. He was 'colorful' with his persona, yet t This was one of those Battletech books that asks you to remember who is who in regards to the galactic civil war. If you're like me an gloss over maps, names, etc then you'll be a hint challenged. That said, this one didn't go according to the script in my head. I felt like it really had two climaxes, which was great because I love reading about what happens after a climax. I would also like to say that I didn't know how to respond to the main character. He was 'colorful' with his persona, yet the real person was hard to see. Therefor you dont know if you should enjoy him or not. Overall this was a pleasure to read. I wish I kept a better tab over the events between 57 and 62 as it's a little fuzzy, and this book leans heavily on the events between there.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Doc

    Hands down the best in the series. Mech fights, intrigue, politics, gambling, spies, and lots of explosions! But seriously, this story moves so well and keeps you glued to each page. This is one of those reads that has you staying up late at night and saying “Maybe just one more page.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dale (Aus)

    Middle of the road book in the series. Nothing leaps off the page from it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zaphied

  8. 5 out of 5

    Russell Jones

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Medrano

  13. 5 out of 5

    the dread pirate roberts

  14. 4 out of 5

    I

  15. 4 out of 5

    Edward Becerra

  16. 5 out of 5

    Red Alexandria

  17. 5 out of 5

    brett

  18. 4 out of 5

    Juha Kettunen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jubatajuno

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nuno Silva

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wesley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Shaw

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Binford

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dino

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jing Jie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric Marty

  29. 5 out of 5

    John Soleimanian

  30. 5 out of 5

    Papal Bull

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