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Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2021 6:09 p.m. PST

Hi, I'm still very new to Battletech, I would like to know where to start for the novels.

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2021 6:44 p.m. PST

AH! Another thing you're posting about that I'd love to lay, but I don't get upstate much since I stopped working for the paper! maybe when the SWA starts back up…

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2021 7:13 p.m. PST

I'm still slugging through the rules, I'm much better at playing and reading.

Stryderg02 Jan 2021 7:13 p.m. PST

Not a direct answer to your question, but:
There's Sarna Net (a wiki for all things Battletech):

Some fan fiction available for free: link

And a list of official novels:

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2021 8:04 p.m. PST

Grey death legion was my favorite series of novels

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2021 8:21 p.m. PST

+1 Wackmole9
I bought the three back in the mid 80's when first published. W.H.Keith (a.k.a Ian Douglas and some other names) can be replied upon to turn out a decent yarn.

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2021 10:34 p.m. PST

The 1st one I read was "the sword and the Dagger" it was the 1st book in the franchise but I think it was not canon as they say. But it is what got me into Battletech. You can pick up a copy on Amazon for $599 USD, a mere pittance. Then "Decision at thunder rift" 1st of the Gray death legion. I remember reading a bunch in the 80s but really can't remember all the stories There was also a Gamebook called Shrapnel that was a bunch of short illustrated stories. That was good too.

Ferbs Fighting Forces03 Jan 2021 8:20 a.m. PST

+1 Grey death legion

Sargonarhes03 Jan 2021 9:58 a.m. PST

The Grey Death Legion is still considered the best? Well yeah I read them a long time ago, they were among the 1st novels written for Battletech. That they're considered among the best should speak volumes about them.

ordinarybass03 Jan 2021 3:53 p.m. PST

I've got them all and have read almost all of them.

Alot depends on where you want to start in BT History.

For Pre-Clan,
Grey Death was a good series and the first real BT novels.

Sword and Dagger was written before the BT universe was fleshed out and is kind of crap. Skip it.

Except for Sword and Dagger, I enjoyed all the original FASA novels and they will take you right up to the first appearance of the clans

If you want to jump right into Clan invasion, the Jade Falcon Trilogy is a good place to start. It was printed as an omnibus too.

I recall enjoying the Twilight of The Clans series too.

I'd probably start with the Grey Death Saga and when you finish that decide where to go next.

chuck05 Fezian05 Jan 2021 6:58 a.m. PST

Just finished the Grey Death Legion books. They were great. Quick reads with god characters and lots of action.

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