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David Griffin
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I'm not sure I'm going to play the tabletop game but I liked the intro in the game manual and the book. I thought it was well written and interesting and gave a good idea of how the world works behind the game.

I tend to be a fan of "game fiction" and loved the Renegade Legion Centurion books, especially "Damned if we do" and "Frost Death". That was a great game and the game fiction made it a bit more fun by giving us some idea of the characters behind the scenarios. I thought they were even better than the Hammer's Slammer books, and there isn't a "good" game for the Slammers (just an obscure one that I don't find is very good).

I wonder if they will do a book about the Recon game? Though, their raid on the other con's base is kind of like that.

I miss the old 80's and 90's style of creating scenario books with lots of in-world fiction surrounding each scenario along with nice art on the characters.
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Whats the book about?
What does it tell about the Merc world?
 
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There's a short blurb in the front of the big black Mercs book about a Mercs team that recovers a piece of tech for Kemvar. That same team (The Lucky Hand) is a guest star in the book. The actual hero is a team leader for a security team in Kemvar who was a pretty "fast mover" in Kemvar till he went beyond the spirit of his orders to avoid a brutal strike breaking. Then he gets a new job as a liaison to the FCC for a joint mission. He wonders if it's a payback or a reward.

So we learn about this corporation, Kemvar who is on the cusp of this mercenary team thing that Mercs Recon is all about. The Lucky Hand is the first such team and is being pretty overworked. The protagonist is then sent on a mission against another corp with the FCC being escorted initially by the Lucky Hand. The FCC is revealed to be a "non corp" entity in the "lost margins" which are territories not controlled by corporations. In those lost margins are "houses" -- a cross between a terrorist cell and a corporation -- who work at their own aims (and the aims of their people).

So we learn something about the FCC houses and their role in the "modern" world, about the birth of the mercenary elite team, and about how the "worker citizens" think of their own existence.

It's pretty well plotted, the characters are interesting, and you get at least a quick background on what is going on in the world. It works as a novel, and as a bit of exposition for the tabletop and the recon board game. Very nicely done. I hope there are more novels.

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