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One Good Soldier (Tau Ceti Agenda, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2010

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Tau Ceti Agenda Series

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About the Author

Travis S. Taylor—“Doc” Taylor to his friends—has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, has raced mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He has appeared numerous times on the History Channel’s series The Universe. He currently lives with his wife Karen, and their daughter in Harvest, Alabama.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134030
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first two books in the series were pretty good, a little jumbled and with a lot of characters, but pretty good.

This book finished up the story line. Way too many viewpoint characters for what was going on, but the first half was okay. Lots of over described simulated battles, but nothing too bad and a decent read. Then the wheels came off.

The second half of the book read like a college freshman picked up the assignment and took an overdose of ritalin. Just hyper jumping around and over doing every single thing. The technology turned into magic without any meaningful story limits.

It turns out the main driver for the series is revealed in the last few pages, the big secret for the entire world of the books. The one big bad girl's deepest reason for her actions.

And it was so stupid that I am not sure I will read Taylor again. Summary and stupid.
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I love the way this author tied up this series. So often SF series just die (usually a book or 2 before the last one of the series) and fizzle out in mediocracy. This one does not and I appreciate that.
For those who have read the previous 2 books this is a continuation of President Moore against his oh so deliciously evil mother-in-law on a galactic scale.
For those who have not read the first 2 books and like action Sci Fi, get them. They are worth the reading. This is the third in a series where terrorist separatists are dead set to destroy the established order headed by our hero - Moore.
The genius of the book and series are the action scenes (though I agree with a separate comment that the depiction of grunts, stomach tightening, etc to combat the G forces does get a bit wearying), character growth, and finally the emerging details of the society that the separatists live in. This is not a stereotypical depiction and I enjoyed this.
I very much like how Moore's wife emerged from the shadows to be a real person in this book.
Instead or depicting the details of the plot, I will say that it is action filled, the actions is well done, the character development is most enjoyable, and this is a great read. To repeat myself, if you like action Sci Fi get this book and prepare to be entertained.
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By Js VINE VOICE on November 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Minority view here. The problem I have is that there is action galore, which I like, but that much of it is the description of simulator battles. These may be informative, but I keep saying to myself: "dream sequence, who cares?"

Also, The "pretend" battles, and the real ones, are described minutely: But in the Doc's case, it is exactly as if he played 5 intense minutes of an online first-person-shooter session, and then went back over the recording and transcribed every bit of it in excruciating (or delicious, if you like it) detail with plenty of "oowaagh!" grunts to let you know high-g forces are in play. You get Every thumb-toggle of an alternate weapon system, spiral evasion move, excited slogan-laden radio communication and techy-sounding acronym. Even the deaths feel like gamer "deaths, kind of inconsequential.

I would have said it is better to spend two pages describing action, rather than one throw-away sentence such as "and then they advanced a click under heavy fire", But this is way, way too much.

I know,I know, if you like it, you like it, but to me it really needs to be edited down.

I loved how evil the villain was. Making her human instead of a cartoon made her actions even worse. I liked the characters. It's a good story. I did my own editing by skimming: "Hmm, battle action starting, skip ahead 1, 2, 3, 5 (!) pages". This David Weber level verbosity is hard to plow through.

Sorry to be negative when there is a gem of a tale pillowed in all the that cellulose verbiage.
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Format: Hardcover
One Good Soldier ties up the loose ends with practically all of our favorite characters surviving about ten years of war. Most questions are answered, with the possible exception of the political dynamics behind the civil war. Either because of limitations of space or disruption to the narrative flow, why so many people would go to such lengths to destroy the United States is not all that clear. Part of it may lie in the fact that the protagonist U.S. President is a Republican. Maybe the (far future) collectivist wing of the American Left decided to take what it could of the frontier states in space to create a utopia.

The book is an action story where, in the end, the principles of a 600-year old constitution ultimately prevail. However, I did appreciate the rough justice in the concluding chapter where certain people get what's coming to them in a fashion appropriate to the latest Vince Flynn novel. (He writes about the world of special ops and covert actions in our current war.)

I give it 5-stars because it accomplishes its intended purpose quite well. This is an action story with characters we care about and a moral center. Good vs. evil and "Duty, Honor, Country" may sound old-fashioned some time but those values are at the core of this story.
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An excellent military science fiction pick is Travis S. Taylor's ONE GOOD SOLDIER, which takes place six years after the events of THE TAU CETI AGENDA and offers a narrowed focus on a single critical day in the history of the U.S. of the Sol System, when Ross 128 secedes from the union and action must be taken to prevent an interstellar civil war. A top pick for libraries where patrons like military science fiction action.
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