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January 29, 2019 at 12:28 pm #2802
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Tony Roberts
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Yes it was quite a turn-up for the books to find out who it was.
I don’t think Casca knew and that the knowledge of who was the Elder was only for the reader’s benefit and not part of what Casca imparted to Goldman.

February 5, 2019 at 10:18 am #2803
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Bertin
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I’m in The Damned, now. Good story! I miss the Doctor, though. Bothered as I am by the long reach of the cursed Brotherhood, were they responsible for what happened to Helsfjord?

February 5, 2019 at 10:39 am #2804
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Tony Roberts
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Nope. Barry never inferred it and I certainly won’t change that.

February 5, 2019 at 10:41 am #2805
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Bertin
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I’m glad to know. Omnipresent enemies are hard for me.

February 5, 2019 at 11:08 am #2806
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Tony Roberts
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So I don’t do the Brotherhood all the time and later bring up an interesting opponent for them.

February 9, 2019 at 3:54 am #2807
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Bertin
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The Damned is a fine book. Every once in a while, reading these and of course my haphazard knowledge of history, I wonder how the human race made it to now. The story of Casca dying very quickly from the plague, and later freaking Atilla out by proving to be alive made me smile.

Things I expect to come back: Atilla’s treasure. Sleeping away years.

Question: Does Casca start telling women who want him that he can’t sire children?

I’m happily in Soldier of Fortune, now. I’m waiting to find out if Yu Li survives. They’re in what feels like the last firefight.

I love Casca’s two friends, and the reference to his buddy from Panzer Soldier. Loved the sky hooks.

February 9, 2019 at 7:07 am #2808
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Tony Roberts
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Sky hooks were from Fort Bragg and Sadler was there training so he knew them quite well. I liked SoF’s descriptive telling of the jungle temple scenes.

Answer to your question re: women. I sometimes have him infer that, I did so in the Lombard.

February 19, 2019 at 10:55 am #2812
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Bertin
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I’m in The Sentinel, now. Very early in, actually, Casca and Ireina are on their way down to the village. I have, unfortunately, caught wind of what’s going to happen with the Brotherhood in this book. I do hate spoilers, but they came with looking up how to spell Ireina’s name, as I’m listening to the audiobooks. I’ll be picking up the ebook for #2 soon.

Still unknown: How did Casca get the power to mesmerize another person and have them relive what he wants them to know of his life?

Since Jesus had the power to make Casca immortal, then unless he’s a monster himself, he also has the power to pass judgement on the Brotherhood. It would be nice to think that these filth end up in Hell for the evils they commit.

February 19, 2019 at 9:28 pm #2813
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Tony Roberts
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Sentinel is one of my faves from the Sadler era. I love that period of history and I enjoyed the fact Sadler had him entombed in ice for all those years. I was irritated at the couple of errors at the start with the time of events, but I suppose that’s me being OCD with history.

I have no idea where Casca got his power to mesmerise from but Sadler had Casca use it right from the word go.

I think the Brotherhood will be judged at the right time by the right people and end up in the right place.

February 26, 2019 at 4:04 pm #2814
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Bertin
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I am in The Conquistador. I often need a bit of time between books to digest them. They are each fantastic and very good to read, and I am learning quite a lot that I really didn’t know. I think I am, at any rate. This seems to be the first book in which Casca’s power to share his memories is starting to manifest, as yet he uses it unconsciously.

I’d like to read the poem Casca references in The Sentinel.

Before discovering Casca in a post in a Highlander FB group, I’d read Stirling’s Island in the Sea of Time. That book… was a bit hard to read. There were good bits, and a few interesting moments, but the villains are poorly written and is difficult to believe these men are successful. The writing is also hard with what I feel is its loathing for the native Americans, and its um… love for the people of England.

February 26, 2019 at 10:38 pm #2815
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Tony Roberts
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Conquistador I found to be an odd book – the first part I really enjoyed with the Seville torture chamber stuff and the ingenious way of escaping.

It was when it gets to Cuba that the books kind of changes and becomes too much a history text book. It loses that first person feel to it.

The end part is good, however.

Some books are a little biased I think you’ll find, and often they are a product of their time.

April 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm #2842
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richardwv
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pre-ordered #50 and it arrived in one week, read in one weekend, understand now why Casca hates the communists so bad.
I would like to see like to see one more adventure with Gus. Maybe after desert Mercenary and before Casca goes to Vietnam. in the Congo during the crisis in the early 60’s, they could work for ‘mad Mike’ Hoare

April 3, 2019 at 8:58 am #2843
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Tony Roberts
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Richard, yes I had to write that part of Casca’s backstory in, given that Barry Sadler had set it up specifically and that I had to find the right time and place for that to happen.

Don’t worry, there is space for one more World War 2 tale, in between the end of Barbarossa and the start of Panzer Soldier, and some time in the future that will come. Also, there is space for a tale in between the end of Legionnaire and the story of Desert Mercenary, which I’ve already given the title ‘Al-Kattel’, The Killer, as described in Desert Mercenary by the sheikh whom Casca had in his group.

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