If I had a choice, I think I would have given this three and a half stars, but the last story was good enough that I'm willing to give a four instead of a three. While a number of stories in this collection are rather typical military shooters, there are enough that stand out for reasons of plot, character, or concept that I feel I need to recommend this book. Not all of the stories are worth your time, but enough that even if you skip through some of the entries, you'll be glad you spent the money
This is the book for you. I'm not making a critical review - analyzing the writing or characterizations, but it was a very fun read. The only complaint about the fun level is that I wish many of the stories were much longer.
Of Mice and Men this isn't, but for a solidly entertaining read, I give it 5 stars.
I'm a big fan of short story collections. Seems the older I get, the less time I have to read, so collections like this are truly wonderful. Granted not every story is a winner (Power Armor: A Love Story. I'm looking straight at you. Don't try to sneak out the back). But some of these are truly fun (Trauma Pod by Alistair Reynolds, and The Johnson Maneuver by Ian Douglas both look at the frustrations of soldiers at war, and while the technology changes the impact, it doesn't alter the fact the it takes brave men ready to wield the sword, or the gun, or the power armor to make the difference.) Buy this book, and enjoy this book. Read it and feel the bravery!