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Duty, Honor, Planet [Kindle Edition]

Rick Partlow
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Former Marine Jason McKay thinks his first assignment as a Military Intelligence officer---as the head of a protection detail for a Republic Senator's daughter on her humanitarian mission to the star colonies---will be a boring waste of time. Until Aphrodite, the agricultural colony they're touring, is invaded by an inhuman enemy that may threaten Earth, and McKay and his people are trapped far behind enemy lines.
Separated from his team during the attack, McKay has to try to keep Valerie O'Keefe, the idealistic daughter of a powerful politician, alive in the face of threats from an alien menace and a more mundane revolutionary front that is working to free the forced exiles from their servitude to the MultiCorps that run the colonies.
Meanwhile, McKay's second in command, Shannon Stark, leads the remainder of the special operations unit in an effort to sabotage the invaders in their effort to loot the resources of Aphrodite and to learn more about their true identity.

Together, these two officers fight to survive, to protect the civilians in their charge...and to do their duty.

Look for the second novel in the series, Duty, Honor, Planet: Honor Bound now available on Amazon for Kindle.

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About the Author

Rick Partlow was born in Tampa, FL, attended Florida Southern College, served in the US Army Infantry as a platoon leader and is currently a teacher, photographer and writer. He is married with two children.

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  • File Size: 1496 KB
  • Print Length: 654 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466414243
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FD1YMU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duty, Honor, Planet August 3, 2011
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Duty, Honor, Planet is a rousing military science fiction novel in the tradition of David Drake and David Weber, with a touch of Doc Smith space opera thrown in and the mix works very well. The characters have depth, even the minor ones that could easily be cardboard cutouts in the hands of a lesser author, and I found myself very involved with them. The action is very well done, it draws you in and never becomes rote and boring in the manner of some military SF...I felt I was on the edge of my seat and the flow was very much like watching a (good) movie. This is a superior effort and I recommend it to all fans of military science fiction.

Just wish I had this in Iraq and Afghan to take my mind off things.
just get it and read it.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work August 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was very impressed with this book. Most of the time when I download 99 cent books on Kindle, I am not expecting much. They're generally written by amateurs and it usually shows, particularly with genre fiction. But this book reads like something I would find in a brick-and-mortar book store. I can't imagine why it hasn't been published in hard-copy as it's better than most of the dreck I see in the science fiction section nowadays. The story is tight and coherent and the action is well written---I felt like I could see it happening, almost like I was watching a movie and it never seemed boring or tedious, the way some military science fiction novels' action sequences do. It was a fun read and I really enjoyed it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hugely Fun Ride. August 8, 2011
By Junie
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a rousing, fast-paced and inventive take on the Space Opera framework. There's a good through-line of military thinking, both in the tactics and in the reactions and personalities of the central characters, a strong sense of the better sci-fi concepts, and a truly original twist on the source of the conflict at the center of the plot.

I'd be more descriptive, but really, the twist is worth not being spoiled.

The writing (and the story) have a feel similar to John Ringo or Tom Kratman, or really a variety of the Baen stable, but honestly, this book read better than more than a few of the published tomes Baen has gotten me to buy. "Duty, Honor, and Planet" is well more than worth the $0.99. It would be more than worth a standard paperback price.

If you like rip-roaring planet-spanning invasions and politics and ass-kicking, you will enjoy this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rousing military sci-fi adventure September 7, 2011
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First, this author needs encouragement, because he is damned good. I want to see more titles and a series based on this storyline. There are a few flaws, which may or may not bother some readers, but they fall mostly in the typo category--words that a spell check can't differentiate between, like borne versus born--or the rare grammatical gaffe. These are things that editors are paid to catch.

If you like reluctant heroes who overcome impossible odds; if you believe that there are people who serve in the military who will perform their duty in the face of impending doom; If you've ever read a Robert A. Heinlein story and found yourself choking up over an example of the ultimate bravery--then this is a book you should read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wishing it was a series September 27, 2011
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I enjoyed this book very much. Great characters, good plot, good storytelling. A few holes here and there but nothing you wouldn't find in ANY piece of Sci-fi. All in all I found myself wishing that this was "book 1 of XX" so that I could go on and read the continuing story. I noticed that not ALL questions are answered and that he left it open for another book. Here's one buyer that he can count on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Pace Page-Turner December 30, 2011
By sunglow
Format:Kindle Edition
Duty, Honor, Planet is a fast-paced page-turner of a book with well-drawn characters that get you invested in them from the beginning. The story is very solidly plotted and reminds me of the better military sci fi authors. I very much enjoyed this book and I recommend it highly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! November 1, 2011
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This is a great read! The story is interesting, with engaging characters. This is a well-written eBook, easily as good as anything from a regular publishing house. Many eBooks are amateurish, but this one reads like a high-quality effort from Baen Books. Kudos to the author; I hope to read more stories from him.

The plot itself is fairly straightforward--Marine gets assigned interstellar escort duties to the spoiled daughter of a Senator, only to get caught up in an interstellar war. What sets this story apart are the more realistic actions and emotions of the characters when compared with many other stories.

A great value and easily 5-stars. Don't miss this entertaining read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant surprise October 24, 2011
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Usually one finds a lot of grammatical errors in a $0.99 book, in this one I remember just one. This is an excellent book. I'm giving it 4 stars only because of two howlers that caught my attention and dragged me out of the story. Both concerned the electric motorcycles. There should be no reason to kick start an electric motorcycle. You turn it on and drive. And since they are electric, the motor is not turning when parked so it should not be vibrating against the leg of the person sitting on it. It seems the author described the motorcycles as electric then forgot, and described the behavior of gas driven motorcycles. I think the fact that everything else is so good made me a bit angry that the author could make a mistake like that.
Never the less, I'm buying his other book Birthright. I'm looking forward to more from this writer!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I've found this series to be quite enjoyable. Reading the third one now, believe it was released on June 8
Published 24 days ago by Rehtona
4.0 out of 5 stars Implausible surprise attacks
<edit> I first gave this book 2 star review, and put the book down. I intended to search for something else to read. But, the characters and the story drew me back in. Read more
Published 28 days ago by W. R. Pedler
2.0 out of 5 stars Unappealing book
Flat and cliche. The usual "smart soldier, stupid civilians" construction for as far as I read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by News Guru
4.0 out of 5 stars Duty, Honor, Planet
Great story and characters. The pace is fast and so is the action in this story. It's hard to put down once you start reading and you just don't want the story to end. Great story.
Published 1 month ago by NJacques
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun start to a new series
You have to love the future. All of the new things that have changed. Politics, Mega-corporations controlling everything (or wanting to) and a violence free... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ram-Z
5.0 out of 5 stars nice read have a good time
very good, keep going, keep the series moving, military SF in a traditional setting, you will have a good time
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I got what I paid for.
I am not certain if this is the authors first work; but it sure felt like it. There was in interesting story told passably well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shane C. Pruyne
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Action Filled
This book and it's sequel are well worth reading. The story is exciting and unpredictable. The main character is humanly flawed, but driven to succeed, for Earth's survival. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Inger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good SCFI
Well written in his own universe. Description and depth Mckay is great. So easy to get lost in it. As action pact as his other books. Recommend his other two books as well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Phillip Goodnight
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD BOOK
Published 11 months ago by Alfred Bourdelais
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More About the Author

I am that rarest of species, a native Floridian. I was born in Tampa in 1966, the son of a Baptist preacher. Dad was in his early 40s when I was born and had been the nose gunner on a B24 bomber in WWII---he had been shot down over the Ploesti Oil Fields, bailed out of his bomber and spent nearly a year in a POW camp.

Needless to say, his stories had quite the effect on me as a child, as did the tales of Robert Heinlein, whose "juvenile" novels shaped my adolescence. I fell in love with science fiction early.

I attended Florida Southern College on an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a BA in History and a commission in the Army. I served as an Infantry platoon leader with the 25th ID in Hawaii before getting out and bouncing around from one job to another for a while before settling on teaching.

And through that whole time, I was writing. I wrote my first novel (a wretched espionage thriller/action story) in 10th grade, my second (a wish fulfillment adventure story) as a senior in high school. They were both horrible and both written longhand on notebook paper and I threw them both away at some point while I was in college.

It was in college that I began writing my first science fiction novel. I began writing a story I called Rituals, which later, after many, many years and many revisions became Duty, Honor, Planet. At the same time I came up with a plot for a book that would later be the basis for the characters of Birthright.

After getting out of the Army, I finished the books and got a literary agent, but couldn't break into the genre so I shelved them and gave up on getting published.

Then came the advent of e-books and the opportunity to self-publish on Amazon. And I figured, what the heck? What was there to lose?
And the strangest thing happened...people BOUGHT the two books, lots of people, and they liked them!

That lit the fire under my butt to write even more, and 14 months later I finished the sequel to Duty, Honor, Planet, titled Honor Bound. It took another 15 months to finish the third and (for the moment) last book in the series, The Line of Duty, which just came out in June of 2014.

I am currently working on Northwest Passage, a sequel to Birthright.
Follow my progress on my Facebook page at:

or follow me on Twitter @RickPartlow66

I live in central Florida with my wife of 20+ years, our two children and a willfull mutt of a dog.

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When's the third book due out?
It took 14 months for me to write Honor Bound. I am hoping that the third book won't take quite as long. It will likely be no earlier than next Winter though.
Mar 18, 2013 by Rick |  See all 3 posts
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