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Product Details

  • Series: Starfist (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345435923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345435927
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,765 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, and this is the first in what promises to be a great adventure series. First to Fight is rousing, rugged, and just plain fun. The authors have a deep firsthand knowledge of warfare, an enthralling vision of the future, and the skill of veteran writers. Fans of military fiction, science fiction, and suspense will all get their money's worth, and the novel is so well done it will appeal to general readers as well. It's fast, realistic, moral, and a general hoot. First to Fight is also vivid, convincing--and hard to put down. Sherman and Cragg are a great team! I can't wait for the next one!"
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   Red Army

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Six agents have died hideously trying to penetrate the crime families behind a vast empire of pleasure and debauchery--
Now it's up to the Marines to break the circle.

Most people will visit Havanagas only in their dreams, for few can afford the exclusive resort planet that recreates ancient worlds and caters to every taste. Witches are burned at the stake in medieval towns while riotous hordes fill Rome's Coliseum to watch gladiators battle. Even the basest of human lusts are satiated by deadly sex acts and a thriving slave trade.

The crime bosses' control of Havanagas and its people is brutally effective. Now three Marines from Co. L's 3rd Platoon--masquerading as discharged military buddies on holiday--are going in to break the kingpins' bloody stranglehold. From bordellos and rebellious enclaves to the very pit of the Coliseum filled with deadly beasts, Corporal Pasquin and Lance Corporals Claypoole and Dean face certain death with only their wits and skills as weapons. But they're Marines, built to survive. . . .

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Military SCIFI at it's best.
Ronald Eugene Hood
Not to mention that it has an ending that just promises a seventh book to come, possibly an eighth or more.
Well told stories with a continuing believable cast of characters!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edward C. Stalker on April 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's the 25th Century and the Confederation spans over 70 worlds. For those who enjoy such things, there is struggle, danger and adventure on the frontiers, but for the majority of the Confederation's citizens, there is peace and prosperity. But all is not well - there are Barbarians massing in the spaces beyond the frontier...and there are criminals hiding in the cracks of Civilization. The Mob has moved in on a colony world, subverted the government, and runs it to their liking. Havanagas is entire planet given over to enormous Disney-esque theme parks and resorts. Normally, the Confederation would not interfere in the actions of member planets, but rumors of criminal actions have brought Department of Justice Investigators. But Investigators are disappearing without a trace, indicating a high-level penetration of the Confederation Government. So the Minister of Justice mounts an ultrasecret, no-written-records operation, using a Marine Fire team with covert ops experience. They soon find out where the agents have been disappearing - many of the "historical re-enactments" involve torture or death. The tourists assume that "witches" burned in the Medievel village, or the "Christians" eaten by the lions in the Roman ampitheater are realistic animatronic special effects - and they usually are...but sometimes the Families use them to dispose of enemies. In the meantime, out on the fringes of the Confederation, aliens are raiding the colony worlds. The colonists attempt to fight back, but they are overwhelmed. And so, the Marines of the 34th FIST are heading out to settle their third brush with sentient, hostile aliens. I rarely give a "5" to any book, but I'd certainly give this a 4.5.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sig94 on July 4, 2001
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This is one of my favorite series and I always eagerly await the next book. The authors do an excellent job of capturing the camraderie and esprit de corps that vets such as myself fondly remember. Additionally, the science of the series is logical and well thought out. The combat descriptions are intense and vivid. I also love the subtle humor: a 25th century religious leader named Bishop Ralphy Bruce Preachintent who wears a pompador wig and a sharkskin suit! If you are looking for a fun and intense book that makes you cheer for the good guys and rejoice when the bad guys get their just reward, this is it. Plus, you might gain an appreciation for those who choose to put on a military uniform. Keep 'em coming Messrs. Sherman & Cragg!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Eason on April 26, 2001
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Hangfire is the 6th book in the StarFist series and I often wonder how I got here... as the Title of the series would not normally attract my attention.
Once again the authors present the Marine Protaganists of the 34th FIST as believable military figures and keep our pulse pounding page after page...
The science is believable and the military is as realistic as it can possibly be. This book,however stands out in the series as the precursor to something begger to come...
I think we are on the threshold of what will carry this series for years... Galatic War.
Kudos Gentlemen... I anxiously await book #7
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2001
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Wow! Most series frankly begin to play out after several books, but authors Cragg and Sherman seem to not only keep each other fresh, but to prod each other on to ever greater accomplishments. This novel can be read simply as an engaging, what-comes-next, wonderfully-thrilling sci-fi adventure--but it also offers a great deal of depth and demonstrates a wide range of knowledge about mankind's foibles and human possibilities. Likely, their status as military veterans has given Cragg and Sherman insights denied to those writers who never served, but, whatever the reason, I'm just knocked out by the freshness and quality of this novel--well into a series I hope will long endure. Great to see familiar characters continue to develop, and to meet new ones. Horrific, convincing fighting, with some timely moral warnings stirred in. And any book that manages to combine gladiatorial combat in the distance future and a mention of John Singleton Mosby, the "Gray Ghost" of the American Civil War can't help but intrigue. Not only worth reading, but worth keeping on the bookshelf to read again in the future!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on September 12, 2005
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Even "cushy" assignments have a way of turning out harshly for the men of the 34th FIST. They can't seem to catch a break from the higher brass, their Justice Department, their politicians or even a resort world.

HANGFIRE actually consists of several plotlines, most of which will presumably be hashed out in later books.

The first plot concerns the way the normal duty rotations of the 34th out of the unit (a hardship post) seem to have come to a complete halt. The CO takes it upon himself to investigate this matter for the good of the morale of his men and no one will like the answers. The main thrust of this one is of a senior CO looking after his men. He learns the reasons but it will be left to later books to see how he handles the situation and how his men react.

The second plot concerns the alien "Skinks" first encountered in the 4th volume, BLOOD CONTACT. We see the skins gearing up for some major nastiness against humanity but this is almost entirely independent of the real story being told in this book. Again, it seems to be a matter of setting things up for stories to come. What is incredible is the amount of space dedicated to setting it up since it does nothing to advance the main plot of this book.

The third but main plotline concerns an independent assignment given to 3 marines seconded to the justice department. They are to infiltrate an exotic and expensive resort world run by the mob in order to gather evidence for the feds. Since the Justice department is calling the shots, we are guaranteed that things will be set up so as to put the 3 marines into as much hot water as possible with too little regard for the lives of the marines in question. In that respect, its pretty realistic.
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