The Lost Regiment: Rally Cry Book Summary and Study Guide

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On their way to fight in still another battle of the War Between the States, Union Army Col Andrew Keane and his men board a transport ship with several other passengers. They're "diverted" by a space/time warp to either an Earth of a different timeline or a very Earth-like planet where humans are bred as food for an alien race of beings.
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Actually, I never quite decided who were the aliens, the "aliens" or the humans since neither may have originated in this space/time or on the planet. Col Keane, his command and she who may become his lady bring something different into this world: the unique American way of thinking and the Yankee ingenuity necessary to effectively change the lives of all they encounter -- even the aliens.

The violence is part of war and intrigue. There is also some torture. The title has much to do with the idea of "Rally 'round the flag, Boys" which was not only a song but a way of life, one which we may need in this nation again today.

The review of this Book prepared by John McCoy

A civil war regiment is transported to another world, where ancient human civilizations are living in constant fear of torture and a horrible death at the hands of the Horde. This band of americans are now battling against slavery for a planet, thousands of mounted man-eaters called the Horde, the lives of their regiment...and justice for all.
The review of this Book prepared by Jim Fields

This book and its seven sequels are along the lines of de Camp's "Lest Darkness Fall" and Stirling's "Nantucket" trilogy. In 1865, a regiment of Civil War soldiers is accidentally teleported to a far-off planet, where low-tech, Mongol-like aliens lord it over medieval human peasants. The newcomers, unwilling to take any bunk from the arrogant ETs, set out to modernize the world by introducing industry, gunpowder, and the American way. There is excessive violence (the aliens have a taste for human flesh...), but it does nothing to detract from this compelling tale of warfare, science, and the power of the human spirit.
The review of this Book prepared by Jeffrey "Jeph" Gord

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   19th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   unfriendly aliens    -   primitive aliens    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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