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So...we meet a mysterious stranger with genetically enhanced powers and military skills, trying to escape his vicious past and who gets involved in a civil war scenario. Not that much revealed yet of his back history, maybe more will be revealed in the trilogy, which I do have. With that said, it was a good SciFi Civil War yarn, enjoyed the problems faced by Blackhawk who basically wanted to leave his somewhat mysterious past behind, and is forced to 'PICK UP HIS GUN AGAIN'. I liked Lucerne, appreciated his problems, trying to be honorable in a war situation where that could mean disaster. Blackhawk is a total warrior with suppressed emotions and he was trying to leave that behind, but he finds himself in the position of letting suppressed emotions possibly affecting military judgement. I thought it was a pretty good book.
Jay Allan does a great job describing the harshnes of battle, courage and grit, the longing for home and family - as a reader, I get a true sense of the weight and responsiblity that is on the shoulders of each soldier as they endure the fields of battle. The near repitition of what soldiers - NCOs, officers and privates - have to endure is a hallmark of Allan's writing that some may find annoying, but for me, it drives home the pain, blood-lust, weight of responsibility, grit and courage of those that choose a military career. War is hell at the end of the day, but soldiers are human and like us all they long for the simple comforts of home and family. Jay Allan aces giving the reader a true picture of the soldiers life. Overall, Blackhawk offers both insights into the Far Stars universe and knowledge about Blackhawk himself. There is plenty of action and intrigue which will keep any reader engrossed in this new story set some 25 years before the events in the Far Stars trilogy.
This is a prequel to the Far Stars series of books and I have read all three of that series. Jay Allan have become one of my favorite authors in recent years and I have purchased and read about 23 of his books. This is a good story that helps provide some background on Blackhawk and General Augustin Lucerne who are the main characters in the Far Star series of books. The story line is pretty good and there is a lot of action but for me the story slows down too much and drags at times. The story is about a civil war on the planet Celtiboria and for a large part of the book the most common weapons are knives, swords, pistols and rifles. You can almost envision reading about the American Civil War and then every once in a while you can toss in a few planes, advanced weapons and communication equipment.
I liked the details about the characters and learning about their past but even after a book that focuses on Blackhawk and his dark past, you still don't learn a lot about him. He is quite a character and his genetically engineered body and mind make him an ultimate warrior but most of his past is still unknown. I rated this book at 4 stars. There are many of Jay Allan’s other books that are 5 stars and this one was for me just not quite as good a story.