The Company by K. J. Parker

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Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island. They take with them everything they could possibly need - food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives.

But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one. The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together. Only then do they begin to realize that they've brought with them rather more than they bargained for.

For one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of the company. And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over.

With masterful storytelling, irresistible wit, and extraordinary insight into human nature, K.J. Parker is widely acknowledged as one of the most original and exciting fantasy writers of modern times. THE COMPANY, K.J. Parker's first stand-alone novel, is a tour de force from an author who is changing the face of the fantasy genre.
 

About K. J. Parker

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K.J. Parker is a pseudonym.
 
Published May 27, 2009 by Orbit. 432 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A stand-alone military fantasy from the pseudonymous Parker (The Escapement, 2007, etc.).

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Long after the war has ended, General Teuche Kunessin returns to his home town to seek out his four comrades and fulfil a pact made in the thick of war that they would find a new land and set up a community.

Sep 25 2009 | Read Full Review of The Company

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The novel alternates between telling the story of recently retired General Teuche Kunessin and the other four surviving members of an elite combat unit known as A Company as they try to establish an island colony and flashbacks that help explain the characters' complicated motivations and backsto...

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The Bookbag

The Company is a book I would recommend to those not particularly fans of genre writing, which is something I enjoy doing when the material deserves it, but I would temper that recommendation with the feeling that the book remains a little woolly at times, and could have had a crisper, more acces...

Nov 07 2009 | Read Full Review of The Company

Grasping For The Wind

Don’t read this book on a rainy day, but do read it.

Oct 21 2008 | Read Full Review of The Company

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