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Kingdom's Fury (Starfist, Book 8) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2003

Book 8 of 14 in the Starfist Series

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A few good Marines beat the fierce, fanatical aliens once before. But that was a skirmish?not a full-scale invasion.

The truth is out. No longer are the Skinks just a horrible secret haunting the Marines of Company L. Now the aliens are all-too-real invaders whose savage attacks have devastated planet Kingdom, a world of squabbling religions where the men of the 34th FIST confront a desperate situation. Cities that haven?t already been reduced to rubble are under siege, while starving refugees roam the land. And still the Skinks come, rising from stinking primordial swamps to slake their thirst for slaughter, armed with an uncanny ability to locate the enemy and with weapons so deadly that a single blast can drop a warplane or a decimate a squad.

It?s painfully evident that 34th FIST is no match for these near-invincible killers, which is why third platoon?s been ordered to whip the citizens of Kingdom into fighting shape. With their backs to the wall and time running out, there?s only one way the Marines can turn these timid, quarrelsome men into warriors: Take the battle to the enemy. It?s a brilliant strategy, sure to succeed?if it doesn?t get them killed first. . . .

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David Sherman is a former United States Marine and the author of eight previously published novels about Marines in Vietnam, where he served as an infantryman and as a member of a Combined Action Platoon. He is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and worked as a sculptor for many years before turning to writing. Along the way he has held a variety of jobs, mostly supervisory and managerial. Today he is a full-time writer. He is also the author of a new military fantasy series, Demontech. He lives in Philadelphia.

Dan Cragg enlisted in the United States Army in 1958 and retired with the rank of sergeant major twenty-two years later. During his army service, Mr. Cragg served more than eleven years in overseas stations, five and a half of them in Vietnam. He is the author of Inside the VC and the NVA (with Michael Lee Lanning), Top Sergeant (with William G. Bainbridge), and a Vietnam War novel, The Soldier’s Prize. In real life, Mr. Cragg is an analyst for the Defense Department. He and his wife, Sunny, live in Virginia, where honest citizens are allowed to pack heat.
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Product Details

  • Series: Starfist (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345443721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345443724
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great story telling, well developed characters.
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A good chunk of the latter part of the book appears to be setting the stage for the next one so I assume that the next one will take off from where this one ended.
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Editing should have caught that as well as just some odd word usage and wrong usage.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edward C. Stalker on February 12, 2003
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It's the 25th Century, Humanity has settled dozens of worlds. The most dangerous species in explored space is other humans. The Confederation Marines are the descendents of the US and Royal Marines of our time. They keep order among the worlds humans have colonized. Life is good. The Religious Wars of the 21st Century resulted in Kingdom. Essentially, it is a reservation, where all the Religious Fundamentalists of all Religions have been "persuaded" to move.
It's a pesthole of constant religious war, but at least all the nutcases are in one asylum. The Confederation watches to make sure they can't escape from the planet.
And then come the Skinks - a bunch of xenocidal humaniform lizards who think that killing humans is great fun - and the survivors make good slaves.
The Marines show up, and the Skink Commander decides that he not only wants to defeat the Marines, he wants to humiliate and intimidate them. Trouble is, somebody forgot to tell him something - you can defeat Marines. It's difficult, but possible.
You can humiliate Marines. Difficult but possible.
But INTIMIDATE them? - that is a leetle bit closer to impossible...
This is a book of sweeping realistic vistas, from the Infantry "Line Animal" Grunt slogging in the mud, to Space Battle between 10 KM Starcruisers, to the internecine political wrangling on Capitol Hill.
The characters are three dimensional and highly believable.
Enjoy...and go back and get the rest of the series. It's worth it.
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KINGDOM'S FURY(2002) is the eighth book from the STARFIST series of 25th Century Military SciFi stories, about a company of Space Marines, who are sent to various planets to quell uprisings, or battle aliens.

This book, is basically a continuation of Book 7, in which the Marines of the 34th FIST have been sent to a backwater world dominated by religious sects, to repulse and invasion by the merciless aliens known as the "Skinks". The Skink technology is roughly equivalent to Human 25th Century tech, although some of it is way ahead, and some of it is behind.

Amazingly, this book is a standout in the series... there is interesting dialog or action on every page, and the subplots are quite detailed and interesting. The first few books in the series were quite good, but suffered from some obvious and serious (yet easily correctable) faults. Indeed, it was somewhat frustrating reading the first STARFIST books, because I knew they could have been much better... and some of the middle books from the series were actually below par - books 3 and 6 especially so. However - KINGDOM'S FURY avoids all the faults and stupid mistakes, and "knocks it out of the park". I'm happy to give this book a rare 5 star rating. BRAVO.
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This is a good solid read in the Starfist series. This book is pretty much what you would expect from the authors and this series without any major surprises.

The book takes of seamlessly from the last book, Kingdom’s Swords, in the series. The book blurb states that “the truth is out” which is somewhat true at the end of the book but this doesn’t happen until General Aguinaldo, one of the more likable characters in the book, have bypassed a bunch of useless desk generals, and gone straight for the president about half way through. Near the end of the book Ambassador Spears does the same thing with a equally useless diplomat and bureaucrat. I quite liked these parts of the book where the pencil pushers, caring more about promoting each other’s careers than doing a real job, got their behinds whooped. This, we must keep the aliens a secret (even from those who really needed to know) attitude bugged me quite a lot in the previous book.

The useless desk generals and diplomats are not the only ones getting their behinds whooped. The FIST finally manages to kick some Skink behind as well although the religious fanatics on the planet are, of course, no real help. I’m not sure I really enjoy these bits of the book. Sure, it is fun when these complete morons are taken down like they deserve but it is clear that they are modeled after existing religious fanatics of our present day and their very existence today is depressing enough. Reading about them in the future is not something I really appreciate, at least not at any great length.

The humans also finally start to get some solid intelligence on the Skinks, including some understanding of their technology. Emphasize on “some” here.
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I really liked this book, but I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did after I was finished. I still don't like the whole religious zealot planet idea. The way this book ended changed that for me. I won't bore you with a plot summary as I know other reviewers are fond of doing that. I appreciate that this book has chapter demarcations because that makes it easier for the reader to know how close he or she is to the end of a chapter and find a stopping point if he or she needs to stop reading for a while. My main problem with this book is that there were some misuse of word choices in this book as well as different names referred to a place within the same chapter. One place, if I remember correctly, was given 3 variants of its name and only 1 was correct from the previous books mentioning it. Editing should have caught that as well as just some odd word usage and wrong usage. If you loved the previous books, or even liked them, I think you should read this one. Not everything is perfect in this book, but I think most characters get what they deserve this time, with one exception you'll see when you read this book. Have at it because I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's quite a ride even if some parts might be frustrating to some readers. I can't wait to read the next one.
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