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I Am Jade Falcon

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I Am Jade Falcon
Product information
Type Novel
Author Robert Thurston
Pages 288
Cover Artwork Peter Peebles
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 1 March 1995
ISBN-10 0451453808
ISBN-13 978-0451453808
Content
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 1 July - 31 December 3057

I Am Jade Falcon, by Robert Thurston, covers the investigation of a conspiracy within Clan Jade Falcon's scientist caste by the aging Falcon warrior Joanna. Its final chapters are set during the Refusal War and intertwine with events of the novel Bred for War.

The front page shows Joanna after killing Natasha Kerensky in the Great Gash on Twycross.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 6 March 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

For years, Star Commander Joanna has had to live with the shame of the Jade Falcon defeat at Twycross, and the nightmares of the heroic Aidan Pryde flaunting his bloodname in her face.

Now, with the arrival of the new Star Colonel Ravill Pryde, who will lead them against the Wolf Clan, Joanna must once again fight for her chance to recapture the glory of her victory at Tukayyid. But will her advanced age, bring her to defeat again, or will being a Jade Falcon be enough for her to take on the legendary Black Widow in a repeat battle at the Great Gash on Twycross.

Summary

This novel is a continuation from the Legend of the Jade Phoenix Trilogy. It follows Mechwarriors Johanna, Horse and Diana as they interact with new members of the falcon guard in the period after the battle of Tukkayid, in the run up to the Refusal war.

The novel starts with Johanna being characteristically harsh with some new mechwarriors, who all seem a bit off.

She is then introduced to her new commander. Ravil Pryde, who she deems to inexperienced to be a blood named warrior, and the two do not get along.

Johanna is then tasked to serve with a solahma unit as a spy trying to uncover a plot by the scientist caste. This is an excellent exploration of the third line clan units that are often spoken off with disgust, and the living conditions and morale matches expectations completely.

Johanna succeeds in her clandestine mission and makes it back to the falcon guard in time to take part in the fourth battle of twycross.

Here Johanna makes her name in the rememberance with an epic clash against another aged warrior. Natasha Kerensky. It is a somewhat lopsided fight in terms of equipment, Natasha in a Daishi, and Johanna in a Summoner. Johanna relishes the thought of fighting such a prominent foe. They both go down swinging, but Natasha never gets back up. This is the effective conclusion of Bred for War.

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Foreign-Language Editions

German

A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1996 as En Garde (ISBN 9783453085688).[1] This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2017 as BattleTech Legenden 26 : Ich bin Jadefalke (ISBN 9783957526809).[2]

Russian

A Russian edition, translated by I. Gavrilov, was published by Армада (Armada) in 1997 as Нефритовый cокол (ISBN 576320221X). [3][4] A reprint was published in 2002 (ISBN 5710766151) by Дрофа (Drofa) as part of a different series produced in collaboration with Армада-пресс (Armada-Press). [5][6]

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References

  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for En Garde
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 26 : Ich bin Jadefalke
  3. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Нефритовый cокол
  4. National Library of Russia description for Нефритовый cокол (1997)
  5. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Нефритовый сокол
  6. National Library of Russia description for Нефритовый сокол (2002)