THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE EPIC SAGA OF FUTURE WAR...<br /><br />Thirty meters tall, 70 tons of quick-striding death and destruction, the armored war machines called BattleMechs are the fighting arms of the crumbling star empire locked in the horror of the Succession Wars. Their pilots are MechWarriors, 31st-Century knights riding armored machines powerful enough to take a city apart.<br /><br />Grayson Death Carlyle had been training to be a MechWarrior since he was 10 years old, but his graduation came sooner than expected. With his friends and family dead and his father's regiment destroyed, young Grayson finds himself stranded on a world turned hostile. And now he must learn the hardest lesson of all: it takes more than a BattleMech to make a MechWarrior...<br /><br />To claim the title of MechWarrior all he has to do is capture one of those giant killing machines by himself... If it doesn't kill him first.