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|Author||James D. Long|
|Cover artwork||Boris Vallejo|
|First published||01 May 1993|
|Era||Clan Invasion era|
|Timeline||3054 – 3055|
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.
From the back cover
|“|| 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.
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 Solaris VII to get a mech. Pilots a Shadowhawk for Carstairs Stables. Description on p. 115. Upgrades to a Charger, recruits Sol 7 team members to go to Outreach. They win a practice match against Wolf's Dragoons by forfeit.
Accepting a garrison contract on Borghese (details of planet on p. 196. Notes on F-C/Merc troop deployments p. 217.) The Thorns are double-crossed by a faction that wants to turn the planet over to Clan Jade Falcon believing that doing so will save lives. 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.
- The short-story in the 1991 Update Flyer By Any Other Name... by the same author is largely an abbreviated and altered version of Chapters 10 thru 12 of this novel - Rose's disabling of O'Shea, his meeting with Carstairs and Esmeralda, and the duel itself. The fact it predates the release of Main Event indicates it actually be the prototype or that the story was expanded to become the novel.