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Product Details

  • Series: Starfist (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345425278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345425270
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"CAUTION! Any book written by Dan Cragg and David Sherman is bound to be addictive."
--RALPH PETERS
   New York Times bestselling author of
   Red Army

From the Inside Flap

Through three centuries of interstellar travel, intelligent alien life- forms had never been encountered . . . until now.

When a scientific team exploring an obscure planet fails to make its regular communications check, the Marines of third platoon are sent to investigate. They prepare for a routine rescue operation, but what they find on Society 437 is a horror beyond description. Only a handful of ragtag pirates who were in the wrong place at the very worst time have survived, and there is little trace of the scientists.

What happened to the scientists? Why have the pirates been spared?
Gunnery Sergeant Bass and the men of third platoon are about to find out,
and the answer carries a terrifying implication for the Marines--and the entire human race.


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Customer Reviews

The last book was alright but nothing too memorable.
John A Lee III
I have read the previous 3 books and was looking foward to the latest in the series.
Indred Cold
Well told stories with a continuing believable cast of characters!
Donald Turos

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the first Starfist novel, the 34th FIST went up against a bunch of nomadic, "low-tech" tribes. Next, they trained a puppet-police force to stand against rebels. Then, they spearheaded an invasion against an entire mechanized army. What's left for the fourth book, you ask? Heck, ALIENS!
A remote research outpost on a planet a bit too far gone to be accurately called "remote" suddenly disappears. True to form, the bureacracy (sp?) diddles around before deciding to send a single FIST platoon and the Navy's most embarrassing rejects to investigate. Of course, L platoon, 34th FIST, draws the short straw...probably the best thing the powers-that-be could've done. *g* So, how do you makes heads and tails of a planet covered by swamps and impassable mountains, littered with corpses, full of gigantic lizards (some of which want to melt you), and all the while encumbered with the only human survivors, a rag-tag band of pirates? Just put Charlie Bass in charge!
This novel was non-stop from the beginning! Old comrades, new friends, mysterious pasts, enigmatic genocides, and a diabolically sentient race that's next to impossible to track, mindless in its persuit of the destruction of all things human, and simply ingenious in its tactics all add together to make a truely original read! Not your typical "slimey alien drooling on floor grunts a few gutteral noises then whips out a super-advanced weapon and blows the sun up" cookie-cutter beastie, these are coldly calculating commanders with hordes of mindless minions to do their bidding.
This is a very highly recommended book! I couldn't find anything to tick on it for, except maybe Dan Cragg and David Sherman's continual downplay of the Navy forces...which, as an ex-Navy man myself, I can totally understand. All in all, I can't wait for book five and six to come out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward C. Stalker on December 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What can I say? These guys have been there, done that, wore out the T shirt long time ago...it shows in their writing. My pet peeve with Mil-SF, or anything in military fiction, is characters that just don't make sense. That isn't a problem here - The characters in this book - well, if anybody thinks Dr Lydia Bynum is a *completely* fictional character, well, I know a real-life counterpart - "Dragon Lady" - who made O-6 on the last promotion list. Her ethnic mix isn't Greek-Liberian, but otherwise, her physical description and mannerisms are very similar...right down to the fact that she's as good with a 9mm as Dr Bynum is with a blaster. Bottom Line - There are no "Buck Rogers" heros in this story - that's why I like it. No unbelievable handsome or beautiful people that make great decisions and get all the lucky breaks. If that's what you like, go somewhere else. Change the technology gimmicks, make the aliens human, and this story could be a US or Royal Marine landing party going ashore to rescue scientists trapped in some Third World hotspot...My guess is, there's no legal reprecussions if you set the story centuries in the future, on some other planet, with aliens standing in for some economically disadvantaged ethnic group. This is no bright and shining future vision - think of the difference between, say the "STAR TREK"(tm) universe and the future presented in, say, the "Aliens" universe, "Babylon 5" or "Enemy Mine". I've got 24 years in the military, and my experience ranges from wading the surf in a Marine Rifle platoon, to being a "staff puke" on several expeditionary operations. This stuff rings true...Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beez on Books on January 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found the book to be a good story that doesn't bog down the reader with a bunch of psyhcological garbage that you usually find but instead provides nonstop action that makes for fun reading. It does tend to be a bit predictable but still good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2000
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The fourth installment exceedes the first three in gripping action and adventure. This is by far the best book in the series. Though the authors do leave some questions unresolved, they create great anticipation for the next book in the line, and in no way do the authors leave us with the artificial "forced & cheesey" plot resoloution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on August 22, 2005
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In this, the fourth of the StarFIST series, the story improves once again in terms of interest. The last book was alright but nothing too memorable. This one is.

The marines are recuperating from their hard fought campaign when they get work of a scientific outpost which has fallen silent. A single platoon is sent to investigate. What they find is what no one expected. Hostile aliens have taken over the place and killed everybody. These are the first intelligent aliens to be encountered in these writer's universe and they are strange. There is no negotiating with them. They are fanatics who fight to the end and immolate themselves rather than let the jarheads take any prisoners, dead or alive. The marines have their work cut out for them and are not helped by the glory hound naval officer who accompanies them.

It is a good read from start to finish. It is not as well polished as some series but it keeps the interest and it portrays the men and their leaders as they should be portrayed. Semper Fi!
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