- File Size: 4361 KB
- Print Length: 311 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1091824290
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Cannon Publishing, LLC (April 1, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07PQZJKBY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cannon Publishing Military Sci-Fi / Fantasy Anthology: Spring 2019 (Cannon Publishing Military Anthology Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This one will keep you up at nights! Don't read it in a poorly lit house with thunderstorms raging outside.
Once you start you won't be able to put it down.
You also run into the issue, as a writer, of knowing that your work will be set beside others of lesser or greater skill and imagination. I am pleased to see that in this anthology there is no lack of imagination. From wartime perspectives seldom explored in depth, to dark moments of anxious excitement this anthology made it worth reading every story.
The writers played to their strengths and knowledge, they used troupes rather than having he troupes rule their writing and I t mixed together to make for an enjoyable read. From Gun Geeks, to Gear… fanatics, you get a full dose of military science fiction that was clearly written by people who either lived it, or know what they are talking about.
Like a lot of Anthologies this one has a mixed level of skilled writers. Some are craftsmen who have clearly been in the business, some are still honing their craft, but are blessed story tellers. I’d certainly take this one on a trip, or holiday, as a pleasant way to fill in the gaps.
There were three stories, in particular, that I enjoyed more than the rest. First, Barry Ireland's story about an ex-Nazi scientist and an old secret was quite impressive. The characterization shone, and I cared about what happened to the characters even when the ex-Nazi scientist talked about some of the things he'd believed, once upon a time, that were repugnant. (Fortunately, he lived and learned.) Second, Jason Cordova's story with two scientists (one a mother) and a problem they must solve or humanity is doomed was one of his best. The humanity here was stark and compelling. And while it still had way too much "grimdark grimdarkness" for me, there was at least a little bit of hope here found somehow...maybe that the scientists were willing to go to extreme lengths to save us all, perhaps, is why I felt that way. (It gives me hope that Jason will step back from the storytelling abyss one of these years. Certainly his craftsmanship has never been better.) And third, J.F. Holmes' bittersweet short at the end made me smile in a very weird way, as it's about vengeance. (I don't want to say more about this, except "well done, J.F.!")
I enjoyed all the stories here, and appreciated them very much. Excellent representations of various aspects of SF and fantasy, and the military elements, as always, were well-drawn and essential to the stories at hand.
Five stars. Highly recommended.