The story is centered around Israelis in space, one of whom, the main character is an inspector general sent to solve a problem.

  • Ok. One of the characters is a general needed to fight a war against me – David Myers Mar 9 '19 at 1:59
  • Menonites i could swear the author was rosen berg but i may be wrong – David Myers Mar 9 '19 at 2:00
  • Sadly, I don't recall anything as specific as Mennonites; just a generic low-tech patriarchal (but martial) society that the mercenaries must fight using equivalently low-tech weapons. IIRC, that extends even to high-quality steel, though not "shelter halves." :) – DavidW Mar 9 '19 at 3:58
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    @user14111 -- you said "Some of the people here are pretty good at story identification, but they're not that good." You should have a little more faith in us! :-) DavidW got it, and even before I read his answer, I had also gotten it as soon as I saw the words "the main character is an inspector general" in the original post. I've only read one military SF novel in which the main character is an inspector general from a Jewish culture. – Lorendiac Mar 9 '19 at 5:23

Specifically, the book you're remembering is "Not For Glory" (on Goodreads) by Joel Rosenberg. Tetsuo Hanavi is the protagonist of this book, and holds the (mostly ceremonial) rank of Inspector General. He isn't the real IG; he admits to the reader that his chief subordinate does all of that work. Being IG gives him a cover story to move freely around for his real job as assassin/trouble-shooter.

Not For Glory North American mass market cover

The main plot of the novel deals with finding and retrieving his missing uncle Bar-El who has sent a cryptic message "The Freiheimers are riveting their tanks" on the eve of negotiations with said Freiheimers for a mercenary contract. In my memory the book is very episodic; a section introduces the readers to Metzada and Tetsuo's family, a section involves extracting Bar-El with the help of some retired relatives, a section involves a neat trick that Bar-El dreams up to get around tech restrictions on a low-tech world...

Goodreads says that this is a 4-book series, but really only this book deals with Tetsuo. "Ties of Blood and Silver" and "Emile and the Dutchman" don't really deal with the Metzadan mercenaries at all, and while Tetsuo appears in "Hero," the main character is Tetsuo's nephew Avi.


Finally found it: The Matzadan mercenary corps. 4 books.

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    Sorry. Still finding my way around the intwedace – David Myers Mar 9 '19 at 23:18

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