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  • Series: Starfist (Book 12)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1ST edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034546057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345460578
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the exciting 12th military SF novel to feature the Confederation Marine 34th Fleet Initial Strike Team (FIST) from Sherman and Cragg (after 2006's Starfist: Flashfire), former gunnery sergeant and now ensign Charlie Bass and his platoon of Devil Dogs are pulled out of the quarantine to which their knowledge of the alien Skink menace condemned them, to participate in a campaign against a coalition of worlds that wishes to secede from the Confederation. Bass and his platoon have the misfortune to end up in a situation similar to the U.S. Civil War's Peninsula Campaign, under a Marine-hating army general who makes McClellan look like Rommel. The authors continue to excel both at showing the cruel randomness of war and at affectionately portraying the military subculture and ethos. Readers looking for accounts of futuristic combat that depict realistically the psychology of men in battle need look no further.
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On the planet Ravenite, Confederation Marines face rebels reminiscent of nineteenth-century Confederates and a commander who hates marines to the point of treason. Fortunately, an army general becomes an ally willing to defy their own hateful general. The marines have better training and intelligence than those of their opponents, and they will need it because the alien Skinks are going to be back in the next Starfist volume, in which series devotees can expect more, too, of Charlie Bass. More of the usual good stuff for military sf buffs from two master depicters of grunts at war, which Sherman and Cragg themselves once were. Roland Green
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The stories and characters are very believable and entertaining.
Bill Hatcher
As Sherman and Cragg had done in a prior book in the series, they have brought to life very authentic and familiar human characters with very human conflicts.
HJKessler
Lastly, I'd like to say that I am glad this book had chapter demarcations.
Jwb52z

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on November 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Firestorm (2007) is the twelfth SF novel in the StarFIST series, following Flashfire. In the previous volume, the Coalition of Worlds had seceded from the Confederacy. Coalition troops drove the Confederate troops into Bataan, a hastily fortified storage area near Fort Seymour.

General Billie was sent to Ravenette to defeat the Coalition troops. But he has not yet started a counteroffensive. Aside from raids by the marines and defense of the peninsula, the Confederation troops are only marking time.

In this novel, Jason Billie is a General in the Confederation Army. He has been a staff officer during his entire career. Now he was promoted and placed in charge of the defense of Ravenette. He doesn't listen to advice and doesn't like Marines.

Alistair Cazombi is a Lieutenant General in the Confederation Army. He had been commander of Fort Seymour. Now he is Deputy Commander of the Confederation forces on Ravenette.

Balca Sorca is a Major General in the Confederation Army. He is now Chief of Staff for General Billie.

Kyr Godalgonz is a Lieutenant General in the Confederation Marine Corps. He has been recently promoted and is now being shipped to Ravenette in provisional command of two Army divisions and two Marine FISTs.

Theodosius Sturgeon is a Brigadier in the Confederation Marine Corps. Ted is commander of the 34th Fleet Initial Strike Team.

Lewis Conorado is a Captain in the Confederation Marine Corps. He commands L company within the 34th FIST infantry battalion.

In this story, General Billie decides to breakout of Bataan. He chooses the 34th FIST to attack the center of the Coalition position.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward Carter on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An excellent addition to the STARFIST series - my only regret is that the authors do an excellent job of writing which means it takes so long before each new story is available!
I recommend that the series be read from the first volume forward - it isn't necessary as the books are able to stand alone, but the details carry forward from one novel to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene C. Walworth on May 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Simplistic but thorough as to the Corps and its growth technologically. But, the Marines themselves never seem to change. They are the spearhead, a force that will never stop until the job is complete or until some dunbass politician sticks his/her nose in for political attention.David Sherman's Marines are individuals with their own assets and shortcomings but no matter what, they are "Semper-Fidelis".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dark Jedi on July 13, 2013
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Not only is the current story arc dragging on and on and on but, as I mentioned in my post about the previous instalment in the series, it is bogging itself down in political BS which are not only uninteresting to read but it is a pain to have to dig through. The current commander is an unbelievable a--hole that have no qualms whatsoever to sacrifice his own men. Not only that, he is ready to do so because he want his competition out of the way. Needless to say he is a tactical dimwit totally unfit for command. A typical product of assignments and promotions made for political reasons.

Sure, there are a fair amount of marine action but it is pretty much the same stuff that we have now read in a number of books rehashed and it really takes a back seat to the political nonsense and manoeuvring. The only redeeming fact is that the a--hole General do, finally, get what he deserves in the end but it is a meagre reward for having had to slug through the entire book.

So far I have read 12 out of the 14 available books in this series. The first half, even a bit more, of the series have been very good indeed. Now, I am hesitating whether I will be able to build up the force to read the remaining two books. The author claims that it was the publisher that took the decision not to publish any more books after the 14th one. If the last two are like this one I would have to agree with that decision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gaylord on August 16, 2007
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I haven't missed a single Starfist book yet and have not been disappointed either. Always a lot of excting and fast paced action.

You can't go wrong getting any of the books in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Redbeard on March 28, 2009
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This book was about average for the Starfist Series. It's excellent space opera and a good read.Starfist: Firestorm
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Nicolosi on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this latest addition to the Starfist universe. I think it contained some of the best action sequences, yet. It was also rewarding to see the Ravenette campaign wrapped up- and all of the hanging threads- since it spanned previous books, including a Starfist: Force Recon book. Incidentally, I thought Force Recon book #2 Pointblank, added a very nice secondary viewpoint of the conflict.

I'm really looking forward to my favorite Marines next adventure, which was alluded to in the final pages of Firestorm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Nowak on August 6, 2007
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The comes under the heading of a cracking good military adventure. The author's did a damn fine job with the characters and the battle the marines have to fight. This leads into and ongoing battle with aliens that have showed up in other books of the series and this leading to a major war.[note; the Starfist recon books also leave wanting more. I have it from one of the authors that STARFIST;Recon number 3 is going to be out soon and sometime next number 13 of STARFIST will out.
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