Main Event

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Main Event
Product information
Type Novel
Author James D. Long
Pages 352
Cover artwork Boris Vallejo
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 01 May 1993
ISBN-10 0451452453
ISBN-13 978-0451452450
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 30543055

Main Event, by James D. (Jim) Long, is the first story of the Black Thorns mercenary unit.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 05 February 2010 as a PDF file (text only, without cover, pictures or any other interior artwork except for the usual BattleCorps frame graphics). The PDF copy includes a disclaimer stating that it was created from a pre-final edition text that might differ from the printed version and that canon-wise, the print edition trumps the PDF edition.
(Unlike other BattleCorps publications, the PDF versions of print novels are not available for purchase.)


From the back coverEdit

Dispossessed in the battle of Tukayyid, former Com Guard soldier Jeremiah Rose wants nothing more than to strike back at the Clans who destroyed his 'Mech and his career. Dreams of swift vengeance turn to nightmares when every effort he makes to rejoin the fight to protect the citizens of the Inner Sphere is rejected.

Forced to win a new BattleMech by fighting on the game world of Solaris VII, Rose recruits other soldiers from the arenas to create a new mercenary unit and take his grudge back to the invaders.

Unfortunately, Rose is long on battle experience and desperately short on business skills. Turning a band of mismatched MechWarriors into an elite fighting unit becomes harder than he imagined when Rose is forced to fight his fellow MechWarriors in order to fight the Clans.


Jeremiah Rose fought on Tukayyid, left ComStar, went back to Northwind to petition for formation of a new 'Mech merc group under NWH, was rejected. Goes to Sol7 to get a mech. Pilots a SHD for Carstairs Stable. Description on p. 115. Upgrades to a CGR, recruits Sol 7 team members to go to Outreach. They win a practice match against W's D by forfeit. Accept a garrison contract on Borghese; details of planet on p. 196. Notes on F-C/Merc troop deployments p. 217. Thorns are double-crossed by a faction that wants to turn the planet over to the Jade Falcons. Thorns defeat the underbid clan forces as they fight their way into a ComStar HPG; get a message off to F-C and drive off CJF.

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