It has been quite a few years since I last read a work of science fiction, not because I dislike the genre, but I just sort of wandered away from it for no particular reason. So when Rodney Smith, ably supported editorially by his wife, Regan, produced Scout Force, I decided to give it a spin. I'm glad I did. It was a fun, fast paced read.
The author, with a successful career as an Army civilian behind him, proved to be very much at ease and conversant with military culture, terminology, and manners of expression. That was a big help. The novel depends heavily on the military dimension, and a weak background here would be hard to conceal. Regan, with a similar professional background, provided capable and expert editorial support, I am sure.
This is a first novel, and I would not hesitate to tell the author that he should be encouraged by these initial results. I look forward to his second effort.