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Star Soldier (Doom Star 1) [Kindle Edition]

Vaughn Heppner
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It’s survival of the fittest in a brutal war of extinction!

Created in the gene labs as super soldiers, the Highborn decide to replace the obsolete Homo sapiens. They pirate the Doom Stars and capture the Sun Works Ring around Mercury. Now they rain asteroids, orbital fighters and nine-foot tall drop troops onto Earth in a relentless tide of conquest.

Marten Kluge is on the receiving end. Hounded by Thought Police, he lives like an ant in a kilometer-deep city. The invasion frees him from a re-education camp but lands him in the military, fighting for the wrong side.

STAR SOLDIER is the story of techno hell in a merciless war, with too many surprises for any grunt’s sanity. It is written by bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.


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7 AUGUST 2346 A.D.

Father and son floated swiftly, silently, with purpose, through a seldom-used maintenance shaft. They refused to sell their souls to Social Unity. Three years of hiding like rats proved that and culminated tonight. They had just placed thirty-six bombs onto the space habitat’s outer skin and had eleven minutes to go.

Father and son looked nothing alike. Marten Kluge was nineteen, lean and had a blond-haired, handsome face like his mother. He cradled a stubby tangler against his vacc suit and had a high-tech kit on his belt. The old man, Ben Kluge, was massive and hard-eyed, with a needler attached to his silver suit. In the last half hour, he’d killed four men, two with his hands. No one had heard or missed the men so far. The Sun Works Factory circling Mercury was vast beyond any space habitat in the Solar System. The corpses were left to float in dark shafts. Father and son now donned helmets, activated oxygen tanks and opened a hatch for the next phase of the operation.


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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Soldier October 5, 2010
By G. Nolf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book difficult to rate. It has its good points and its bad. Ultimately, I felt like this was an enjoyable sci-fi failure.

First of all, the editing of this book is absolutely ATROCIOUS. I do not remember ever reading any published work with so many errors, many of them painfully obvious. This was very noticeable throughout the entire book, and sometimes I had to re-read passages several times in order to get the intended meaning. Normally, a work this poorly written would be tossed aside by me, but I found myself enjoying the story and the world enough to power through this annoyance (and from the view of an avid reader, insult).

The world and story are the redeeming qualities of this book. An interesting and "realistic" view of future incarnation of humanity. If you're looking for a "Star Trek"-like utopian view, keep looking. This world is dark and rife with dangers and injustices. The story is interesting, although not always well written. It follows a few main characters and their companions, but not always with the effectiveness that is needed to convey a clear storyline.

The characters in this story are one of its weakest points. They never really come to life, nor does the reader ever grow to care one way or another about them. The lines drawn between protagonists and antagonists are unrealistically defined and obvious. Their thoughts and feelings are sterile and as you read, you never feel anything any character is feeling, you are simply being told what is going through their mind and heart.

Despite the drawbacks of this book, I enjoyed it thoroughly until the end. The world seemed alive, which was the most redeeming quality about this book.
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93 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL SF, and well edited July 2, 2010
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Hard SF is hard to find these days. This is the real deal. We learn how much more radiation one is exposed to on one side of Mercury's orbit vs. the other in the first few pages, for example. But it isn't all technobabble, the characters are very human and having a very hard time of it.

What's even more unusual about this book is it's military Hard SF, even more rare. We are taken into a grim, not-so-distant future where Earth is in the hands of a single political party and those who complain are harshly abused. Much of the book concerns a civil war/rebellion and different groups of genetically-built supermen and who shall rule over all.

Plenty of cool tech ideas, plenty of combat, and what sold me right off was finding only a single slight error in the entire sample (see if you can find it). Some of these cheap books are not of pro quality, but this one did it right, as if the author truly cared.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What could have been January 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, this is a difficult review to write. Not only because I'm typing from the kindle, but also due to the fact that this novel is rich with excellent ideas yet very poorly executed. The author in question appears to be pumping out books fairly often, and I would advise him to take a step back to proofread and further analyze his writings. Now, I'm a pretty big fan of scifi and if you enjoy scifi then go ahead and purchase the entire series. I say this because while this one is riddled with obvious and fairly embarassing typos, it gets much better with the next two books. That's not to say this one isn't an enjoyable right because is. However, when I purchase a novel I expect minimal, hidden typos at most. Some typos in here seriously hinder the reading experience and make me wonder if he typed it all on a kindle. If you can live with some fairly blatant typos then buy it, it's an enjoyable book and only $1
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh, but a cool kind of meh February 21, 2014
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A solid 3-star book and series.

The concept is very entertaining: Solution A becomes problem B, and solution B becomes problem C for both B and A. Martin Kluge seems to lead a very charmed life, coming out of impossible situations, all while his companions bemoan their imminent doom and Martin assumes a 'well, whatever, let's try anyway' attitude. That seems to be a recurring theme.

I'm not an astrophysicist. I'm not even going to call out details on interplanetary travel. However, I'm not an idiot. If you ballpark the speed of light, you don't have to keep doing it. Vaughn seems to feel that need exists.

Basic spell-checking. Look, typos happen, grammar is not always perfect, sometimes a homophone slips through. It's a fact of life. And not everyone can run around paying professional proofreaders to try to avoid that, fair enough. However, doesn't whatever word processing software the author uses have any basic spell-checking, or more important, that the correct spelling of the word is used? I can't immerse myself in a story when my eye trips on someone spelling weather when they meant whether (I don't think this happened in the book, but it's a perfect example). This isn't a 'one or two' kind of thing, this is a constant given throughout the series.

I know the author uses word processing software, because entire paragraphs or sections are copied and pasted throughout the series. Look, I know when you're writing a series, sometimes you have to spell out what happened in a previous book because some people may have jumped in at part 2, or part 3, or part 4. However, for the sake of the faithful readers who were there for each part in sequence, could you not bother to take an extra 10 or 15 minutes to re-word that section?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark dystopia at war with itself and others
Our hero moves through a seriously dysstopian universe where normal humns wage repression on each other while battling genetically enhanced new men. Read more
Published 10 days ago by James lange
3.0 out of 5 stars I would not purchase Book 2
I do not agree that this book is "hard sci-fi". I did not find the plot believable. Took a chance on a dollar book, read it cover to cover. Read more
Published 14 days ago by HAL
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
confusing does don't hold
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 15 days ago by Hugh Conwell
2.0 out of 5 stars if you like war stories that explain all the bad thing that ...
Not my kind of book. Too much on blood and gour..if you like war stories that explain all the bad thing that happen maybe you will like this one
Published 20 days ago by Ernest Dorsett
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the characters and I know it is building up ...
Enjoyed the characters and I know it is building up to the next books in the series. Will be reading the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars complex and up close action.
An interesting study of the depravity of man. Neither side has any redeeming feature. But quite possibly this could be the future of humanity if there are no checks and balances. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Earls58
4.0 out of 5 stars fun to read
Cons: too many editorial mistakes. Pros: fun to read, SciFi at it's best by an obviously seasoned writer. Easy read for vacation or when you need to clear your mind.
Published 1 month ago by LAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars A brutal future world..
feels like a inevitable progression of our own societies on this planet. a little heavy on murder,killing and war..it kept my interest, wasn't boring.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Martin's life
Martin and his parents are stuck working for a corporation that uses up people as slaves. They work in the gravity well of Mercury. Read more
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You can visit Vaughn at www.vaughnheppner.com

I was born in Canada and remember as a small boy crawling in my snow-fort. I closed my eyes, and when I tried to open them, they were frozen shut. I didn't panic, but wiped away the ice crystals, unglued my eyes and kept on building my tunnel. Those were great days! I moved to Central California before seventh grade and couldn't believe I lived in a land where oranges grew on trees and you could pick grapes from the vine.

I used to wonder what I wanted to do with my life, what kind of work specifically. I was miserable not knowing and bordering on desperate. Then one day a friend gave me his typewriter. I began working on a novel. A different person told me it was much easier on a computer, so I bought one and began getting up at 4:30 A.M. each morning before work, writing for three hours. My eyes were unglued once again as the pang of misery left my gut. I knew exactly what I wanted to do: write. So now that's what I do, I write, and write, and write, and I love it.


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