Star Soldiers - Andre Norton

Star Soldiers

By Andre Norton

  • Release Date: 2013-01-30
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 300 Ratings


Andre Norton-Grand Mistress of science fiction-presents a grand tapestry of the far-flung interstellar future, in which the first starships from Earth have burst out into the universe . . . only to run straight into the restraining grasp of the stagnant alien federation known as Central Control.

Only as interstellar mercenaries can humans go to the stars; the aliens who already dominate the galaxy allow no other recourse. But when Swordsman Third Class Kana Karr and his comrades-in-arms are betrayed and abandoned on a hostile world by their alien masters, the warriors from Earth begin a desperate but glorious march across a planet whose every sword is against them. Their actions may doom humanity's future . . . or lead the way to an empire of their own!

Four thousand years later, galactic civilization is collapsing, and the underfunded crew of an exploration starship is forced to set down on an uncharted planet: a mysterious, abandoned world that is achingly beautiful-and hauntingly familiar. Ranger Sergeant Kartr, telepath and stellar Patrolman, searches with his crewmates for the source of a beacon which may mean escape for them all. What he finds is far stranger: the first clue to what may become the greatest revelation in galactic history!

The defining events of future historyas only Andre Norton could tell them!

Publisher's Note: Star Soldiers has been previously published in parts as Star Guard and Star Rangers. This is the first unitary edition.

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  • Covers a lot

    By Actoresse
    A good read that has action, humans & aliens working together and humans who reject aliens. Crashed and no hope of escape the story propels you through a tale of survival and surprise.
  • Star Soldiers

    By Hdcr2
    I read this book when I was about nine or ten . I loved it then , I love it now ... a half century later ... The concepts of loyalty , honor , pride and duty were borne in me , from stories such as this ... And led me to a lifetime under arms ... And also , a reverence for ancient places , the bravery of men , in the past ... Traditions that make brothers , even though we do not share the same appearance , language , or heritage ... The fallen have bought us our place together , paid in full ... We will remember ... We WILL remember ... We shall NEVER forget .
  • Star Soldiers

    By Me meeks
    Keeps you reading
  • Enjoyable Read

    By TreeCat56
    I was pleasantly surprised that this two book compilation written in the 1950s was still a good read. Got a few chuckles out of the descriptors used for some of the equipment and personnel, but all in all enjoyed the stories.
  • Star soldiers

    By Holgergleim
    Two great stories. Climb aboard.
  • Star Soldiers

    By Backroad Rider
    The first of the two books is better than the second with better plot and characters. The second seems too preachy and too pat a happy ending. They provide light, escapist reading. Norton was one of the best of the mid-twentieth century science fiction writers. During the 1950s most SF readers were youngsters and most of those boys. She wrote for that market. Action with little romance was what the readers wanted. Norton, who many thought was a man at a time when women SF writers were not acceptable, followed the SF conventions but had an excellent imagination and was a cut above many of her competitors.