The Hunters

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The Hunters
Product information
Type Novel
Author Thomas S. Gressman
Pages 336
Cover Artwork Bruce Jensen
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 01 December 1997
ISBN-10 0451456246
ISBN-13 978-0451456243
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 12 August 3058 – 3 January 3060
12 August, 30583 January, 3060
Series Twilight of the Clans
Preceded by Grave Covenant
Followed by Freebirth

The Hunters, by Thomas S. Gressman, is the third book in the Twilight of the Clans series.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 27 October 2009 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]

"Carry the fight to the Clans!" has become the rallying cry for the armies of the Successor States. Now, as the Great Houses launch an offensive against the Clan Occupation Zone, a combined armed task force, drawn from across the Inner Sphere, begins its own desperate journey.

Following the road marked out for them by a Clan defector, Task Force Serpent sets out to strike a blow at the heart of the Clans, at their home worlds. For so many years, the Inner Sphere has been the prey of the Clans. Now, in a war to end all wars, the hunted have become the hunters.


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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1999 as Die Jäger (ISBN 9783453139886).[1] This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2021 as BattleTech Legenden 40 : Die Jäger (ISBN 9783963317965).[2]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Zseli Ferenc, was published by Beholder in 2003 as Vadászok.[3]


A Russian edition, translated by I. Gavrilov, was published by Дрофа (Drofa) in 2003 as Охотники (ISBN 5710769614) as part of a series produced in collaboration with Армада-пресс (Armada-Press). [4] [5]


A Spanish edition, translated by Jaime de Marcos Andreu, was published by Timun Mas in 1999 as La caza de los jaguares.




The novel's author Thomas S. Gressman, a native of Pennsylvania, appears to poke fun at his neighboring state of New Jersey by taking the opportunity to have a minor portmaster character describe Jerseyville, the capital of Defiance VII as "the ugliest, hottest, smelliest, and all around-nastiest post I've ever had." To which Kasugai Hatsumi replies "What did you do to get yourself assigned to this garden spot?" It is a running (though not necessarily true) joke in America, particularly in the states surrounding New Jersey, to describe the state as having all of the qualities mentioned by the portmaster (in part due to its industrial ports), despite the state nickname being "The Garden State."


  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for Die Jäger
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 40 : Die Jäger
  3. Beholder product page for Vadászok
  4. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Охотники
  5. National Library of Russia description for Охотники