- File Size: 3286 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AIGC31E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is an absolute gem. It has all the cliche story lines; a soldier on leave gets caught up in an alien invasion, the soldier fights back, the Earth is saved by another alien race, the soldier signs up to go fight the invaders for their new alien friends. Ho-hum. yawn, been there read that, but wait...suddenly totally new, never before scenes start to pop-up. You get an inkling when Barney (yes the horrible purple dinosaur from childrens TV) makes an appearance.
From there you are taken along on an hilarious ride of non-stop action, jokes, impossible situations, prison breaks, stealing a spaceship; etc; etc. All fun, fast paced and well written.Then there is Skippy....'nuf said!
Be cautious though, if you have a problem with the F word, skip this book. Same thing for anyone who cannot deal with coarse language, some gutter humor and are looking for hard science. But, for anyone that has been 21, and/or been in the military and been in situations you didn't understand, but just went with the flow, this book is for you.
Thanks for a great book Craig and for putting it on Kindle Unlimited, I probably wouldn't have read COLUMBUS DAY otherwise..
Get a copy editor, Craig, and it will really help tour work. The stories and characters are fun and well-donr but if the copy editing isn't cleaned up, eventually you'll lose readers.in the meantime, hang onto your wonderful audio book reader -- he's a gem who helps immensely by his fantastic voice characterizations!
The core story about Earth being invaded, liberated, and then sending human soldiers to fight for the supposed "good guy" alien army in space is well developed and interesting. I felt the action scenes were pretty well written. Lots of the military jargon, details or minutiae described in the book felt pretty realistic, especially as we are always in the mind of the main character who is simply an ordinary Army grunt (who just happens to be in the right place at the right time) and relates to everything with a simple ground level grunt viewpoint.
Yet other aspects of the military details feel to me like the author only knew of military life & structure from having watched too many B grade action flicks. When a Sergeant (U.S Army, E-5) is facing a "political" promotion, why does he feel that he's going to be promoted to First Sergeant? The next rank would normally be SFC (Sergeant First Class, E-6) ... so did the author (or a well meaning but ignorant editor) confuse the two simply because they both have the word "First" in their titles? There is a lot of futzing of ranks in this story ... as far as enlisted personnel are concerned there seemed to be 2 and only 2 ranks represented ... "Enlisted troops" (presumably Privates) and Sergeants. No Corporals or Specialists or senior NCOs. Perhaps there were senior NCO's present in effect but the author arbitrarily referred to them all simply as "Sergeants"? Oh well, not that big of a deal I guess. The story is still generally entertaining even if it gets unrealistically goofy at times.
If you can easily suspend disbelief for a while, you should be able to be entertained by this book. It's military sci-fi and can be measured against those tropes easily, and is definitely not hard sci fi super futuristic speculative fiction, and neither is it complete bubble gum kiddy pop writing either. It definitely leans to the juvenile but should still be worth a try if you really like military sci fi.