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Starfist: Flashfire [Kindle Edition]

David Sherman , Dan Cragg
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Packed with hard-core action written by battle-savvy combat veterans, the explosive Starfist series has become hugely popular across America. Now the saga of the courageous Marines continues in Flashfire, as the 34th Fleet Initial Strike Team (FIST) ventures to the edge of Human Space to fight a number of enemies . . . some on their own side.

Tensions erupt between the Confederation and several frontier worlds when civilians are shot dead at an army base on the planet Ravenette. Enraged, the Ravenette government and nine neighboring planets form a coalition, and their first act of secession is to overrun Ravenette’s Confederation garrison. With the armed forces of ten worlds seizing the brutal upper hand, the embattled troops need help–now–and they need it bad.

Enter the Marines of the 34th FIST. As the nearest ready-to-deploy unit, the team is sent to Ravenette with orders to hold the line until reinforcements arrive. The upcoming operation promises to be no picnic, for while sophisticates may ridicule the backward ways of the uncouth frontier folk, no one scoffs at their fighting ability.

Charlie Bass doesn’t mince words for his men in Company L’s third platoon. Two army divisions–perhaps thirty thousand soldiers–are being overwhelmed, and somebody expects a thousand Marines to save the day. As pompous Confederation generals wreak even more havoc than the enemy, there are those who call the mission suicide . . . but not the Marines.

Of course it sounds hopeless, but for Marines like Charlie Bass and the rest of the 34th FIST, accomplishing the impossible comes with the territory.

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of military SF who appreciate down-and-dirty ground action will enjoy Sherman and Cragg's hyperrealistic look at the infantry combat of the future. The marines of the 34th Marine Fleet Initial Strike Team (FIST) face a more conventional, and perhaps more deadly, opponent than they did in their last outing, A World of Hurt (2004). Secessionist forces on the planet Ravenette—forces as well trained and equipped as themselves—resent the Confederation's preparations against the alien Skank threat. Since the existence of the secessionist threat is classified, the marines' efforts to deal with it are mistaken as an attempt to subvert local autonomy. The authors, both combat vets, draw on the U.S. Civil War's Peninsula campaign as a model, while emphasizing the small-unit leadership as much as the grand strategies. The tension builds as the marines realize that the fight will leave them weakened against the real enemy lurking over the horizon. This book not only entertains but makes the reader reconsider the costs of government secrecy. (Jan.)
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Sherman and Cragg's justifiably popular Starfist series continues with a vivid depiction of ground combat worthy of ranking with Heinlein's classic Starship Troopers (1953). The planet Ravenette has seceded from the Confederation, and this threatens to reveal the secret of the alien Skinks. The 34th FIST (Fleet Initial Strike Team), which already knows about the Skinks, gets the job of suppressing the rebels and finds, somewhat to its dismay, that they are a well-armed and -trained infantry. Charlie Bass has his first experience of leading in combat as an officer, and the marines of the 34th face what can only be described as a slogging match. The development of respect between the opponents recalls the American Civil War, as does the development of disrespect on both sides for their governments. At this high level of accomplishment, Sherman and Cragg can keep the Starfist series going as long as they please with no fear of ever displeasing military-sf fans. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345460553
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 31, 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OYF03E
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars General Fancypants in Command October 19, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Flashfire (2006) is the eleventh Combat SF novel in the StarFIST series. The Coalition of Worlds consists of a dozen frontier planets that have accumulated a huge trade deficit with other planets of the Confederacy. Under the leadership of Ravenette -- the most wealthy member -- the Coalition worlds have decided that the solution to their problems is secession from the Confederacy. The Confederacy would have let the Coalition go to perdition in their own way, but there is always the problem of the alien Skinks.

With the Skinks probing the frontier, the Confederacy has beefed up its forces on the Coalition worlds and others in the vicinity. This additional military presence hasn't improved public relations on those planets, but everything about the Skinks is classified at the highest level. Various critics have pointed out the problems with withholding such information from the affected worlds.

In this novel, a mob of 300 Ravenette men, women and children forms in front of the main gates of Fort Seymour, a recently reinforced supply deport. The mob throws firebombs and other objects at the 30 soldiers facing them, although most are falling short. Suddenly a brick takes out the officer of the guard and a shot is fired at the soldiers.

After the shooting dies down, the vid cameras record the carnage from this incident and the Ravenette government distributes copies of the vids to news agencies throughout the Confederacy. The official reports reach the Confederation government central offices well after the vids appear on local networks. The President of the Confederacy -- Madam Chang-Sturdevant -- is quite irritated at the delays in the official reports, but has to face a full session of Congress with little more than the information in the vids.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened? March 22, 2006
First, let me just preface this to say that I have read all of the rest of the books in this series and they were excellent. This one, even though the plot was different than the rest and it had great potential failed on several counts.

It was dis-jointed. What do I mean by dis-jointed? It seemed as if several chapters and paragraphs were out of place. For instance, in Chapter 27 Brigadier Sturgeon gets into it with the overall commander and dumbass, General Billie in "yet and another commanders meeting". In the following chapter, they are about to have a commanders meeting AGAIN and Brigadier Sturgeon is asking another General what he can tell him about their new commander and if he has what it takes. One would think that Brigadier Sturgeon, having already had an opportunity to take measure of the idiot in charge would already know and not have to ask.

There are quite a few of these places where it just doesn't seem to flow well in the timeline. And then, then there is the ending. What a weird place to let the storyline go. It just quits. Not even really a cliff-hanger, it just dies.

For the first time since I started this series, I have to say I was extremely disappointed. I enjoyed all of the others and would recommend any of them to friends and family.

Thanks for your time in reading this review.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fresh exhilarating military science fiction February 1, 2006
During a violent independence protest at the main gate of Fort Seymour army depot on the remote planet of Ravenette, civilians toss bricks at the soldiers hitting a Lieutenant; the untrained in civil disobedience contract workforce fires at the crowd killing several people. The local populace and that of nine nearby worlds blame the military for overuse of force. Thus what started as a nasty trade dispute has turned bloody.

Those demanding independence from the Confederation rally everyone to their cause. Soon the combined strength of ten orbs assault Fort Seymour. The Confederation sends it battle hardened 34th Marine Fleet Initial Strike Team (FIST) to put down the insurgency on Ravenette, which the leadership assumes would end the revolt on all the planets. The marines lack critical Top Secret information that a well trained secessionist force is prepared for combat. Learning on the job the error of their ways, the FIST force adapts to fight a strong adversary while the real enemy, known to be waiting for the right moment by the pompous brass, the alien Skank prepares for its assault on the "winners".

Though the series is approximately a decade old and has had ten previous novels, this is a fresh exhilarating military science fiction that centers on conventional warfare. The story line is action-packed from the moment the brick hits the unsure Lieutenant Ios and never slows down as the troops on the ground realize how costly the secrets of their superiors are in lives. David Sherman and Dan Cragg provide a highly entertaining tale that carries a deep warning label about hiding needed information from the front lines fighting any war, past, present, or combat in a future outer space environs.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming March 9, 2006
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An excellent extension of the StarFIST series. I hope the authors can keep the series going with the same quality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Action packed but not as classically sci-fi as most in the series (there's a big section about an impending IG inspection, for example). Despite that, I found it an entertaining and captivating adventure. The authors do a great job of showing how easily things can go awry when you put soldiers into an environment for which they've not be adequately trained. Their real-life military experience helps everything remain believable. The political scenarios also draw from current events. The characters remain true to prior books and the action remains fast-paced. I'm not so thrilled about the "cliffhanger" ending, particularly since it appears to be a case of one large book made into two small ones yet it was good enough that I'll be pre-orderig the next one. Not as good as many in the series but certainly better than most run of the mill sci-fi. An entertaining read.
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I enjoyed all the Starfist series books.... I just wish they would end them vice stopping the series without finishing. PLEASE... PLEASE FINISH THE SERIES!!! Read more
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Well told stories with a continuing believable cast of characters! I liked the whole concept, enjoyed the reading and bought them all.
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Published 15 months ago by Amcorley
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid sci-fi military.
Very good read, using today's technology gave us a good sc-fi military action. Main character Jason Wander is a rebel, but buckles down as any good GI and does his job,
Published 17 months ago by David M. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but frustrating at some points....
This book was really good, but I felt that there was more squabbling than necessary between characters. I really hated the main antagonist, as I see it, in this book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jwb52z
3.0 out of 5 stars See my Firestorm review
I thought this book was half of a book and wished I bought both books at the same time. Together I give them 4 stars. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Great Pyr
5.0 out of 5 stars Starfist--human space----Marines
Military SCIFI at it's best. 14 books in the series. Must read for any Marine or future war scifi action hunter. Found myself standing in formation all over again. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ronald Eugene Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good entertainment
It is really terrible news that Del Rey decided to cancel this series with David Sherman. The stories and characters are very believable and entertaining. Read more
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