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Rally Cry

The Lost Regiment, Book 1
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Series: The Lost Regiment, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Boarding a transport ship after the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Andrew Keane and his 35th Maine regiment are swept into an alternate world. The first human civilization they encounter on this planet resembles medieval Russia, with boyars and priests ruling over the peasants and townspeople. Soon Keane and his regiment learn this world's terrible secret: that cannibalistic hordes of large, fierce Tugars circle the planet and demand tribute - including humans to be devoured. And the hordes will be arriving sooner than expected, with several hundred thousand warriors on horseback.

Using all their 19th century know-how, Keane and his men build a new society with railroads and ironworks, and with skill, cooperation, and courage, the regiment and most of the Russians work together in hopes of defeating the horde.

A great story of survival and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. First novel in the acclaimed Lost Regiment series by the author of One Second After, One Year After, and Day of Wrath.

©1990 William R. Forstchen (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant book

Read this book over 20 years ago. it was brilliant as an audiobook. We'll performed and easy to listen to. time flew.

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  • The Zombie Specialist
  • 09-08-2017

Where have you been hiding?

I feel like I need to say, 'forgive me father for I have sinned... I have ventured away form my usual zombie genre again'. Truthfully, I am glad I did. I took a punt on this one. There were no real detailed reviews. I was running low on cash and needed a title which was long enough to make certain I could see the end of the week out.

This one took me an hour to really get into it. At first I was thinking this is just a simple army transported back in time deal. That in itself isn't a bad story line. But as the story went along it really developed into so much more. The author needs to be congratulated for the great ideas which were gradually introduced in this one. Actually, this kind of summarised my thoughts of the whole story, wasn't expecting much, but as the story went it gradually grew on me, to the point that I have purchased the next in the series.

Narration: not the best in sound quality more static than usual. The breathing of the narrator is more obvious. Speed was acceptable and could easily be listened to at normal speed. The slightly less quality might be due to the fact that this is a old release... I think 1990. The benefit of not needing to be sped up like so many titles these days is that you get full value dollar per hour wise. And at over 15 hours it is excellent value!

The story is similar to 'Destroyermen' series by Taylor Anderson, or is it the other way round? Destroyermen is similar to Rally Cry The Lost Regiment??? Either way it doesn't matter. I loved Destroyermen and now I am hooked on this one!

What I found very pleasing is the ending of this one. I won't give away any details. However, I will say this one does end well and it is not one of those stories which forces you to buy the next in the series to find out what happens. The reality is that you will buy the next in the series because you won't want it to end!

PS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

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  • Glenn Orr
  • 29-02-2020

I could not finish the first one

I was sadly disappointed in this book. After reading One second after series I was expecting the same quality of story, I was disappointed. The performance of the reader was tiresome and uninteresting. I got through about half before I could not take anymore. Very disappointed

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  • james sweeney
  • 13-02-2020

I’m that guy- “I never write reviews but...”

I seriously never take the time to do this but this entire series is one of my all time favorites. I found this book on a discount rack back in 1994. I read it all without stopping to sleep or eat. Went back to the book store the next day and bought all the books in the series that were available at that time. Read them all in less than 2 weeks. Even wrote the author- William R. Forstchen, to thank him and beg him for more books in the series. Have been a huge fan ever since. I read this entire series over and over until the covers fell off. I bought them all again and turned my friends on to them. I’ve read them all from cover to cover 5 different times. THE most enjoyable series of books I have EVER read and I read a ton of books. When I signed up for audible, these books were the first ones I bought. Was so much fun listening to them from another readers perspective. I cannot recommend them enough.

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  • Alex Drake
  • 09-08-2020

Great story, Bad narrator

I have every intention of buying the rest of the books gradually despite my preference for a different narrator. The guy just didn't have the weight and gravitas for this book. The main protagonists are 8 ft tall, eat human beings and look like devil's as the book itself describes them. It really needed to be a deep base voice like a baritone. It's not the narrators fault. Someone else should have been selected.

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  • Gazza
  • 05-07-2020

Great story about a fight for freedom

The book started a little slow and initially i was not sure i would finish it but i pushed on and i am glad i did as it ended up being a really good story. The story deals with the plight of a regiment of yankees soldiers that find themselves in a strange land ruled by barbaric hoards that prey on humans flesh. The barbarians have the numbers but the yankees have modern weapons and are prepared to fight to their death for their freedom.

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  • Christopher Velez
  • 16-03-2020

very well written

I absolutely enjoyed this book, it is well written and excellently performed. it was a very enjoyable listen!

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  • D. Freeman
  • 23-01-2020

a fun story indeed

this is not like one second after at all but a great story. I thought this was going to be about the Civil War but instead is a Sci-Fi with the Civil War as a backdrop

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  • Craig Hurley
  • 17-11-2019

Phenomenal

Great narration for a treasured gem in my library. One of my favorite series on my shelves, I jumped at the chance to revisit this fantasy world when I found it on Audible. The narrator was an absolute pleasure to listen to; enthusiastic, sincere and varied with tone for the many characters. I will be looking into more narration opportunities from both the author and narrator in my immediate future.

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  • Marsha Gentry
  • 20-08-2019

price of freedom

A great story of the conflict and struggle associated with men who would live free.

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  • George Dennis
  • 23-03-2019

What a “mosquito bite”book! Keeps u scratching

This book starts out much different then any of the other Forstchen books. Within a few chapters I wasn’t sure I reading the same book. But, hang on, it takes you to points of creation that keeps you riveted till the final page. Wonderful book.

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  • P. J. Bell
  • 11-11-2017

harry turtledove like with a Civilation game feel

I wasn't sure about this title but i'd say if you like Harry Turtledove, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series or the Civilization games by Sid Meier; then you will probably enjoy this!

I have a fondness SF Alternative history combos so was already its target audience but its look at religion, the task high speed industrialization and civil war battle tech and tatics really made this book enjoyable.

Also its nice to have a book where a Quaker is one of the main character and their struggle with non-violence principles in a barbarous world.

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  • carl
  • 08-08-2017

Great

Thought this was going to be a bit crappy and it did have a crappy seeming start but I loved it and would suggest to anyone