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Duty, Honor, Planet [Kindle Edition]

Rick Partlow
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  • Length: 516 pages
  • Series: Duty, Honor, Planet (Book 1)
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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 a mission to sabotage the invaders' efforts to loot the resources of Aphrodite. The small group of commandos also attempts to learn more about the true identity of the their enemy, who may not be as alien as they believe.

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

Look for the next two novels in the series, Duty, Honor, Planet: Honor Bound and Duty, Honor, Planet: The Line of Duty 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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  • Print Length: 516 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FD1YMU
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82 of 90 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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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work August 31, 2011
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Space Opera February 21, 2012
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This novel is an excellent find, especially for 99 cents. Unlike some similiarly priced novels Duty Honor Planet is both well written and well editted. The pacing is perfect, the characters are well drawn ( for an sci fi adventure novel), the plot is engaging, and there are no distracting spelling, syntax, or usage errors to distract from the story. Like other reviewers, I couldn't put this novel down and am definately looking forward to reading more of Rick Partlow's work.
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32 of 37 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading May 10, 2012
By Maurice
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The story holds your attention from the start. Plenty of action which is sometimes presented from different characters point of view. It's almost like reading two different stories. Each describes the battles from a different angle. Although a SFI book, it is not cluttered with futuristic descriptions of weapons and space travel issues. Very entertaining with a good action plot from start to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Military-Oriented Sci-Fi! October 23, 2011
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This was well-written, nicely paced, and difficult to put down. It was also a much better novel than many I have paid ten times more for. I hope the author gets noticed by traditional publishers so he can earn more money for his efforts.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel! November 21, 2012
By rrv
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I took a chance on this book figuring it was just a dollar, and I was very pleasantly surprised. This book is first class military science fiction on a par with the big names in the field. Actually, it's better in some ways as Mr Partlow seems to be able to edit his work rather than suffering from the Jordan/Clancy disease where they take chapters to describe a few minutes worth of action.
The characters came to life on the page and by the end I was just hoping none of them got killed off. I honestly think this book would be worth the full price that the big publishing firms charge for e books. At a dollar, it's a steal. Buy it! You'll thank me later.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Pace Page-Turner December 30, 2011
By sunglow
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great, edge of your seat suspense and action. I'm not big on military science fiction but a friend loaned me the book and told me he thought I'd like it. He was 100% right. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone that enjoys military science fiction will love this book
Duty, Honor, Planet is an incredibly entertaining science fiction novel. The characters really come to life and the science is believable and consistent. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I have ever attempted to complete
One of the worst books I have ever attempted to complete. I say attempted because I could bring myself to finish it. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Duty, Honor, Planet
This book could have used an Editor to tighten up the plot and some not really believable situations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dennis J. McCarn
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it, could have done without the love interest ...
it was fast paced read, enjoyed it , could have done without the love interest but over all it was a good book
Published 4 months ago by Wayne Derrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Duty, Honor, Planet was an interesting read.
Duty, Honor, Planet was an interesting read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't read it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars screw beautiful women and only fight when you want to
Now I know why Amazon was giving this out for free. They were trying to promote some wannabe amateur fiction writer. Read more
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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 also have an author blog at:

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.
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