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cooey2ph10 Nov 2012 11:01 p.m. PST

I was given a set of these books written by James Rouch by a friend recently. The series The Zone is about a a contaminated wasteland/battleground in central Europe during World War III and the missions of a multinational combat unit in a hovercraft/tank. I haven't stated reading the books and have only found one review. Anybody read the series? Inputs? Thanks

Grey Ronin11 Nov 2012 1:25 a.m. PST

Read all of them. Pulp near future style military action. I think James Rouch wrote WW2 tanker fiction too.

Don't expect literary genius but I thought they were a fun read. Some interesting scenario material for games too.

rick32 Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2012 4:51 a.m. PST

Fun read, has blood, sex, gore etc… Thank god my parents never looked into them when I read them as a teen… I still recall the rolling BTR bordello…

Hacksaw Inactive Member11 Nov 2012 6:17 a.m. PST

That was a fun series, worth a reread I think…now I have to go dig mine out and see if I have them all.

GeoffQRF Inactive Member11 Nov 2012 7:49 a.m. PST

I've got most of them. The last two or three reach an absolute fortune on the second hand market now.

We actually have rights to produce an associated figure range, through Ian Taylor who publishes the PDF versions of the books and holds full marketing rights to them. We've just never had any drawings to work with…

Geoffrey Sponge11 Nov 2012 9:48 a.m. PST

I've always liked these. For years I thought only five books had been published until I found out that another four had been published in the States. They were a swine to track down. Then a tenth was published as an E Book a couple of years ago. Now it seems they're being published on kindle.

I always found the background interesting – it was based on a theory that was thought possible but unlikely – that if NATO could halt the Warsaw Pact but neither side used nuclear weapons or were willing to end hostilities, a stalemate similar to WWI might occur as both sides reinforced and built up stocks of supplies. In the books it is mentioned that aircraft are being sent into action straight from the production lines, repair facilities are crucial to halting offensives and that NATO is only able to launch Divisional-sized counterattacks – all this after two years of fighting.

john lacour Inactive Member11 Nov 2012 4:03 p.m. PST

a also loved the series. i always thought the last printed book ended weird(the unit went out to become merc's). wish i had an e reader. great books.
if you can find them, get "the guardians". its about a team of us soldiers(one from each branch) who guard the president after ww3. great PA reads. i love the idea of road gypsies".

cooey2ph11 Nov 2012 7:27 p.m. PST

Thanks all, will be starting the first book tonight. Question, are his equipment real-world stuff or sci fi invented?

GeoffQRF Inactive Member11 Nov 2012 11:09 p.m. PST

Bit of a mix of both. The Iron Cow is a soft of hovercraft version of the Warrior, the T-84 is a T-72 or T-80 with missiles added.

Fatman12 Nov 2012 5:08 a.m. PST

Did you like Sven Hasell? If so you will be coool with these. And at least R+ouch admits his are fiction. ;-p


evilmike Inactive Member13 Nov 2012 3:09 p.m. PST

I read them a long time ago. I always thought that Rouch should have been the one to write books in the OGREverse; all that seemed missing from The Zone series were Mark V Ogres…:)

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