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by Robert Asprin

eBook The Cold Cash War epub
  • ISBN: 0441113826
  • Author: Robert Asprin
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ace (September 1, 1992)
  • ePUB size: 1148 kb
  • FB2 size 1767 kb
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The Cold Cash War (1977) was Robert Asprin's first book. Asprin was later to establish a name for himself with humorous fantasy - the Myth Adventures series probably being his most impressive and longest-running contribution to the genre.

The Cold Cash War (1977) was Robert Asprin's first book. However, in 1977, Asprin seemed to have a much more grim look at things. In The Cold Cash War, corporations are using military operations as a bizarre way of settling contract negotiations. Armies - all wearing special suits and using non-lethal weaponry - muck around in the wilderness (mostly Brazil).

The Cold Cash War. -1-. Tom Mausier was a cautious ma. Even though it was known that their own agents roamed the far corners of the globe, they still dealt with him and probably other information brokers. Whether this was to obtain new lines of information or to check on data sent them by their own agents no one knew, but they were steady customers.

The Cold Cash War is a 1977 science fiction novel by American writer Robert Asprin. Based on an earlier short story of the same title, it is set in a dystopian future. In this future, corporations, referred to as Zaibatsu, have moved some aspects of their competition from the economic to the military. The action takes place among mercenary soldiers. At times, the conflict is under rules of engagement where "killsuits" are used.

Robert Asprin The Cold Cash War 1 Tom Mausier was a cautious man. Despite his daydreams of bravery and glorious deeds, he had to agree with his friends that he was one of the most cautious of people

Robert Asprin The Cold Cash War 1 Tom Mausier was a cautious man. Despite his daydreams of bravery and glorious deeds, he had to agree with his friends that he was one of the most cautious of people. As such, while it surprised everyone that he left his comfortable corporate job to open a business of his own, no one was surprised when it succeeded. Had success not been almost guaranteed in the beginning, he would not have made the move. Still he had his dreams.

I've been pretty tied up on this war thing. It seems to indicate you aren't developing as fast as we hoped, or you hoped, for that matter," Wolfe continued as if he hadn't heard. You'll understand, sir, if I don't shake your hand?" "Frankly," Wolfe's eyes were cold, "I hadn't planned t. He strode through the common corridors, head high, ahead of his guard. He had a disembodied, unearthly feeling, like he was walking in a dream.

The Cold Cash War book. Robert (Lynn) Asprin was born in 1946. While he wrote some stand alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu and The Bug Wars and also the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories, Bob is best known for his series fantasy, such as the Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve, the Phule’s Company novels and the Time Scout novels written with Linda Evans.

Robert Asprin wrote his first novel, The Cold Cash War, which was an expansion of. .Due to many financial and personal problems, Asprin ceased writing in 1990’s

Robert Asprin wrote his first novel, The Cold Cash War, which was an expansion of one of his early short stories with the same title. It was published in 1977. It’s a science fiction novel set in a dystopian future where a corporation known as Zaibatsu competes from the economic to the military. Due to many financial and personal problems, Asprin ceased writing in 1990’s. Two of his books were on the New York Times Best Seller list that aroused the interest of his fans and the IRS. However, he could able to write any novels for the time period of seven years.

Contains The Cold Cash Wars, The Bug Wars, and Tambu. The Cold Cash War International conglomerates plot a complete domination of the free world, facing off against world governments in a calculated and vicious battle of wits and blood. The Bug Wars The reptilian Tzen have battled their way to dominance in a hostile environment, honing their skills as fierce warriors and master strategists. They will need these abilities and more when the Enemy swarms toward the planet of Tzen

International conglomerates plot a complete domination of the free world, facing off against world governments, who want only freedom, in a calculated and vicious battle of wits and blood. Original.
Comments: (7)
Butius
Great story with real world political and economic undertones, written in the superb Robert Aspirin way.
JOGETIME
The corporate wars were on! They were sophisticated games played with all the subtlety and skill technology could devise. Until saving costs became more important than life itself. At the corporate negotiations table, beautiful Judy Simmons announced the change in rules. Beneath her tough exterior she was shaken – shaken enough to confide in Fred Willard, her most dangerous rival. They would come to share the horror of what lay ahead. But even they had never heard of Steve Tidwell. He had been picked from the world’s best fighting men and given an offer he couldn’t refuse. What began as an exercise in tactics leapt out of control, as a mercenary army trained for the ultimate confrontation between the corporations and the rest of the world! (from the back of the book)

Review: I picked this up for $1 because of the cover. It looked so ridiculous. Turned out, the story was intriguing, with odd twists and turns. The idea is simple: corporations battle in simulated conflict, with a pre-negotiated agreement of what winning means and what the winner gets. As two corporations, a Communications firm and an Oil company battle it out, the outcome has repercussions for the entire world.
First, the tech is awesome. The idea of kill-suits and time-stamped bombs – war without bloodshed. The characters, each active in a part of the whole, collide in the end, and see the whole for what it is. For some, it means wealth and power – and for others, it means death.
Fast-paced, with lots of turns, it kept me hooked. The characters are bit shallow, but defined enough, and there isn’t enough time to really develop them. The story moves quickly and some of the details are left out, but given this is based on a short story, it makes sense. I recommend as a fun read, with some depth. The book is slightly terrifying in that it could happen - someday our corporations could take over the world, issue their own currency, and make governments obsolete. It’s not unthinkable…
JoJogar
The Cold Cash War (1977) was Robert Asprin's first book. Asprin was later to establish a name for himself with humorous fantasy - the Myth Adventures series probably being his most impressive and longest-running contribution to the genre. However, in 1977, Asprin seemed to have a much more grim look at things.

In The Cold Cash War, corporations are using military operations as a bizarre way of settling contract negotiations. Armies - all wearing special suits and using non-lethal weaponry - muck around in the wilderness (mostly Brazil).

By employing armies of mercenaries to zap one another in this advanced form of lasertag, the corporations resolve their disagreements without having to deal with things like 'courts' or 'laws'.

The book starts with a conflict between a communications conglomerate and an oil company, but its focus quickly expands. A negotiating tactic results in non-military personnel (e.g. 'Jan in Corporate') becoming fair targets. Fake warfare immediately becomes real assassination. It doesn't take long for the government to notice the sudden spate of dead executives, and fake warfare soon becomes dangerously real...

There are other players involved as well. A Japanese zaibatsu - for no discernible reason - is preparing to get involved. Information brokers and spies flit around the outskirts of the conflict, trying to figure out what's going on. And most ominous of all - the Communist nations (the "C-Block") squat silently in the background, biding their time as the capitalists kill one another off.

The story is told through a half-dozen disparate points of view. A corporate negotiator, an information broken, a mercenary commander and even one of the marketing team assigned to 'sell' the war to the public. Although some of these characters are only tangentially related to the story, Asprin does an excellent job of making these (thumbnail sketches of) characters interesting, if rarely empathetic, through the old-fashioned use of cinema-style smack-downs. I'm not sure I ever cared very much about Captain Tidwell, but his ability to punt a knife into a charging samurai is pretty cool, and certainly kept me reading.

The book concludes with a bizarrely improbable resolution that neatly ties everything together while still managing to leave the reader slightly dissatisfied. The first half of The Cold Cash War is far superior - mercenaries blundering around in an adult version of Ender's Game is much more interesting than the vaguely Dystopian preachings of the inevitable corporate-government conflict.
Kanrad
There are some interesting ideas in this brief satire of business, war and politics. Unfortunately they get overshadowed by the poor mechanics of the plot. Along with the interesting ideas are also some hoary cliches Asprin should have been ashamed to have included. We have the elite ninjas, we have the grizzled and competent mercenaries.

What seems to be at first an anti-corporate screed as we see corporations warring with one another by the use of simulated combat and slowly escalating this combat to real combat and assassinating executives of other corporations soon turns to an anti-government screed as the governments go to war against the corporations and lose badly. At the end we have joint rule by corporations and a Russia-China communist consortium presented as a good thing!?

I am normally in favor of shorter works given today's prediliction towards 1000 page books full of filler, but in this case the book was too short to fully develop the plots of double-crossing and to develop his characters.

So though it was interesting and a quick read, the oddness of the conclusions and shifting of villains and the lack of development leave this only average.
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