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The Excalibur Alternative ***SIGNED***

David Weber

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ISBN 10: 0671318608 / ISBN 13: 9780671318604
Published by Baen, Riverdale, NY, 2002
Condition: Near Fine + Hardcover
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First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Signed, without inscription, and dated 7/2/10 by author on the FULL title page. Unread Near Fine Plus book with bumped spine ends in Fine dust jacket. All our books are bubble wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box with Delivery Confirmation. NO remainder mark, NO previous owner markings or inscriptions, NOT price clipped, NOT a Book Club Edition, NOT an Ex-Lib. Dust jacket covered in protective clear wrapper. Please check our inventory for additional signed David Weber titles. Bookseller Inventory # 005040

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Title: The Excalibur Alternative ***SIGNED***

Publisher: Baen, Riverdale, NY

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Patrick Turner

Book Condition:Near Fine +

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed and Dated By Author on the Full Title Page

Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.

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Lying helpless during a raging storm in the North Sea, a fleet of medieval ships finds sudden rescue in the arrival of a powerful group of aliens, who offer salvation in exchange for eternal bondage fighting as star soldiers.

From Publishers Weekly:

In the latest SF adventure novel from the creator of Honor Harrington, Weber (On Basilisk Station; Ashes of Victory; etc.) expands a short story, "Sir George and the Dragon," which appeared in the David Drake anthology Foreign Legions (2001), to good effect. The novel adheres to the story's basic plot: aliens of the Federation abduct 14th-century Englishmen to serve as mercenaries on planets where only low-tech weaponry is legal. But the author extends these events in several directions, with his usual mixture of apt characterization and historical sophistication (here regarding medieval weaponry and tactics). The Englishmen liberate themselves with the aid of the "dragon-men" (the Ternaui) and "Computer" (renamed Merlin), as well as the obstinate stupidity of their opponents. The narrative then leaps ahead several centuries to an ending that surprises both humans and aliens as they learn of the Empire of Avalon. The slam-bang action leaves little room for developing subplots beyond tantalizing hints, though this approach also means a streamlined story, in contrast to Weber's normally rather sprawling narratives. Newcomers to the author's work will do fine without having read previous books in the series. This novel makes an honorable companion to the late Poul Anderson's classic The High Crusade, which uses a similar plot idea.

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