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Swept through a time-space warp at the height of the Civil War, the 35th Maine found themselves stranded on an alien world. Now William R. Forstchen has written an all-new "Lost Regiment" adventure with an even more treacherous adversary.

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Swept through a time-space warp at the height of the Civil War, the 35th Maine found themselves stranded on an alien world. Now William R. Forstchen has written an all-new "Lost Regiment" adventure with an even more treacherous adversary.

30 review for Battle Hymn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol Storm

    This is the fifth novel in the series, and the original concept, "Union Army heroes fighting hordes of aliens in space" is starting to wear a little thin. There are several problems. By this time, the hordes are all giving up horseback and swords for rifles and cannon. Thus the excitement of the combat is limited. And the hordes themselves are getting more and more colorless -- this book has none of the mystic rituals, the intrigue, or the glamor of the first couple, when the Qar Qarth and his Sh This is the fifth novel in the series, and the original concept, "Union Army heroes fighting hordes of aliens in space" is starting to wear a little thin. There are several problems. By this time, the hordes are all giving up horseback and swords for rifles and cannon. Thus the excitement of the combat is limited. And the hordes themselves are getting more and more colorless -- this book has none of the mystic rituals, the intrigue, or the glamor of the first couple, when the Qar Qarth and his Shield Bearer had a complex relationship, and the hordes had rituals and a rich, unique culture of their own. The new leader of the Bantags, Ha'ark, just is not a powerful enough character. He doesn't have the classic warrior dignity of Muzta in the first book. And he doesn't have the sinister backstabbing style of Tamuka in book four. He's like a geeky nerd who thinks he can do anything just because he knows about machine guns and cannons. Frankly, I never believed Ha'ark would have been ruthless enough to take over the Bantag horde. Also, we keep stirring in more and more human races, Chinese Zulus and so forth. Forstchen has no time to really make us care about these people the way he did about the Rus in the first book. The only time the book comes alive is during the great escape and locomotive chase. This is powerful and exciting action writing. The running fight is powerful and told in gripping detail. I just wish Hans Schuder did not chew tobacco, I find that really annoying to read about as a positive habit. I also wish that just for once Forstchen could write female characters who do more than make babies and stare at the men folk adoringly as they step into combat. Overall, not as good as the first four books, but still okay.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenton J.

    The lost Regiment series is a fabulous story set in the days of the American Civil War. It is basically the Civil War meets Planet of the Apes. It is one of those refreshing stories that no on has done before or since. The writing style is smooth and easy to understand, and the plot moves just right. A great series is one where the reader gets to grow with the characters and this one does just that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Bains

    Ugh! Even if u had found biok1 the preface and the first page of the prologue and preface are just unmitigated anticlimactic

  4. 5 out of 5

    James

    More good adventure As behind on reading as I am I suppose I must now buy the next book and delay my others yet again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Baker

    This entry is a refreshing change of pace from the formula of the previous four novels in the series. Once you get past the ridiculously long preface you are thrown into non-stop prison break action.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    If you like the "displaced person in another world" stories then this is the series for you. Now we get an entire regiment of people on another earth. Fantastic story and awesome characters. Highly recommended

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    The Lost Regiment series is probably my favorite SF series, as opposed to fantasy. Forstchen is great with the historical aspects of the series and knows how to tell a good story and introduce sympathetic and realistic characters. I like this series very much.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    like another reviewer said, the premise is wearing a bit thin. I could not take the epic chase seriously and only focused in on discussions about how all these races came to be on this world together.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bookbrow

    Another quality book in the Lost regiment series. This book does not depict a battle in a sense but the lead up to one, that said it is an exciting tale with prison camps, trains and blimps giving the story some weight.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Hans Schuder, Andrew Keane's mentor, leads a Great Escape from the Bantag Horde.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josh Bowen

    Best lost regiment book since Rally cry!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Wonderful. Each book is better than the one before. I'll be sad to read the final book in the series. This writer is very talented.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Cox

    great alternate historical science fiction series. feel the read is similar to Destroyermen series from Taylor Anderson

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard Orris

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helge Ƙdegaard

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rob Kibbe

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Seidl

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lyons

  21. 4 out of 5

    Br1cht

  22. 5 out of 5

    Orhux

  23. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  24. 5 out of 5

    Roark

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dave Denny

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Gluck

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alister Mcdonald

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  30. 5 out of 5

    David

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