He should have stayed dead. Another of Rosenberg's ""Guardians of the Flame"" (paperback) series (don't ask who Guards what particular Flame), bloodthirsty, slice-'em-up sword & sorcery in an alternate world. Various characters from Earth have arrived in Rosenberg's fantasy world where magic works, bringing with them improvements like gunpowder, railroads, and breech-loading rifles. Young, inexperienced Jason Cullinane struggles to take charge of his kingdom following the death or disappearance of his ferocious warrior father Karl. But rumors persist that Karl and his companions are still alive, raiding and harassing the slave-takers that Karl and Jason loathe and despise. Jason, therefore, must search for his father to learn the truth, and also to prove his own warrior abilities. And that is pretty much that: a gory, mindless coming-of-age with no plot, limited action, lots of casual brutality and chat. Disturbing, not so much for the paucity of the imagination on display here as for the sheer callousness of the underlying assumptions.