The Ruins of Power

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The Ruins of Power
Product information
Type Novel
Author Robert E. Vardeman
Pages 295
Cover Artwork Ray Lundgren
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 1 April 2003
ISBN-10 0451459288
ISBN-13 978-0451459282
Era Dark Age era
Timeline 3 April - 12 May 3133
Series MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels
Preceded by A Call to Arms
Followed by A Silence in the Heavens
(The Proving Grounds trilogy)

The Ruins of Power, by Robert E. Vardeman, is the third novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series. It was first published in April 2003 by Roc Books and was later republished in April 2021 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.

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The destruction of the interplanetary communications net has isolated planets across The Republic of the Sphere. On the world of Mirach, a widening schism in the military between those who would remain loyal to The Republic and those who would break away threatens the peace and prosperity that have lasted for generations...

Once a formidable MechWarrior, Mirach governor Sergio Ortega now believes that diplomacy will win the day. His sons, Dale and Austin, are also stalwarts of The Republic and aspiring MechWarriors. Against growing civil unrest, they urge a military show of force before events spiral out of control. But Mirach has no military equipment up to BattleMech status. And the pacifistic governor is slashing military spending.

Marta Kinsolving's Mirach Business Association has been converting IndustrialMechs into fighting machines. After putting down a civil uprising, MBA could field a force in the imminent civil war and split Mirach three ways. Although Austin believes that Marta may be complicit in murder, she may turn out to be the strongest ally the Ortegas have when open warfare erupts.

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