Product information
Type Novel
Author James D. Long
Pages 288
Cover Artwork Boris Vallejo
Interior Artwork Rick Harris
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 1 May 1994
ISBN-10 0451453662
ISBN-13 978-0451453662
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 1 October 3056 - 3057
Preceded by Main Event

D.R.T., by James D. Long, continues the story of the Black Thorns mercenary band.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 21 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. Within the PDF edition, the title is given as "DRT" (without the periods).

From the back cover[edit]


Jeremiah Rose and the Black Thorns, flush with their success against the Jade Falcons on Borghese, head to Harlech to draw a new assignment. Their only requirement: Their new job must let them face off against the Clans.

They find more than they bargained for. Their assignment: Garrison duty on Wolcott—a Kurita planet deep in the heart of the Clan Smoke Jaguar occupation zone. Wolcott is besieged, but protected from further Clan aggression by the Clan code of honor.

Wolcott makes a useful staging area for Kurita raids on Smoke Jaguar-occupied territory.

The pay is good. The advance is unbelievable.

But they have to live long enough to spend it.


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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Christian Jesch, was published by Heyne in 1994 as Black Thorn Blues (ISBN 9783453079922).[1] The book had several printings, including a third printing in 1995 under the same ISBN.[2] This was also republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2017 as BattleTech Legenden 23 : Black Thorn Blues (ISBN 9783957526786).[3]


A Russian edition, translated by I. Gavrilov, was published by Армада (Armada) in 1996 as Список потерь (ISBN 576320137X). [4] A reprint was published in 2002 (ISBN 5710763675) by Дрофа (Drofa) as part of a different series produced in collaboration with Армада-пресс (Armada-Press). [5][6]



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for first printing of Black Thorn Blues
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for third printing of Black Thorn Blues
  3. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 23 : Black Thorn Blues
  4. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Список потерь
  5. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Список потерь
  6. National Library of Russia description for Список потерь