Test of Vengeance

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Test of Vengeance
Product information
Type Novel
Author Bryan Nystul
Pages 269
Cover Artwork Doug Chaffee
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 12 June 2001
ISBN-10 0451458362
ISBN-13 978-0451458360
Era Civil War era
Timeline 30623064

Test of Vengeance, by Bryan Nystul, follows ristar Elemental Jake Kabrinski during the Combine-Ghost Bear War, and the sudden assault by Clan Hell's Horses.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 02 April 2011 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[edit]

The warrior Clans created the Elemental to be the ultimate infantry soldier. Genetically engineered to be bigger, stronger, and tougher than mere humans, and equipped with advanced power armor, Elementals can stand toe-to-toe with BattleMechs. Among this elite breed, young Jake Kabrinski is a fast-rising star who has never known defeat.

The Draconis Combine and Clan Ghost Bear, bitter enemies during the Clan invasion, have coexisted in peace for a decade. But that peace is shattered when a renegade faction of the Combine military invades the Ghost Bear capital of Alshain. Honor demands a reprisal, plunging both powers into a brutal conflict. On the front lines, Jake will learn his toughest lesson: Some enemies cannot be bested...


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The book centers on ristar Jake Kabrinski and his service with Clan Ghost Bear during the onset of the FedCom Civil War.

It begins with a battle between Clan Hell's Horses, Clan Snow Raven, and Clan Ghost Bear on the planet Bearclaw. Khan Malavai Fletcher of Clan Hell's Horses is ambushed by Ghost Bear Elementals led by Jake Kabrinski. Fletcher uses his Gnome battle armor's superior range to kill the Ghost Bear Star Commander, but the Ghost Bear Elementals are able to use their superior mobility to stall the Gnomes until Snow Raven air support drives them into a retreat.

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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 2002 as Mein ist die Rache (ISBN 9783453213210).[1]



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for Mein ist die Rache