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Decisively Engaged (Warp Marine Corps) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 28, 2015
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I deprived this one of five stars because the author could have done a better job weaving the overall theme of the novel into the battle at hand. Essentially, 90% of this story is about an American outpost on a primitive planet getting hammered and attacked by the local primitives, who are being equipped by another advanced race that is hostile to mankind. But in this novel we see very little of the Galactic politics that gives rise to this conflict, and almost the whole book consists of action scenes that frankly are often hard to follow.
This has the potential to be a really good military SF series if the author will watch out for too much technobabble and instead focus more on plot, characters, and storyline. RJB.
This book was recommended by a friend who's opinion I trust. I had a rare day off and started it. I could not put it down, it was that good. The action starts right off and does not let up. While some of the characters were based on stock war movie tropes none of them were cardboard, they seemed lifelike.
Another pet peeve of mine is dialogue, it has to seem real. The dialogue in this book more than met that hurdle. None of it was made up of cliches as so many other military fiction and science fiction titles seem to be. All in all well worth your time.
This is not a friendly universe and the USA that has gone out to explore it is not a gentle US. The US of this universe was forged by first contact. Two warring alien races stumble across our star system in the middle of a battle and one of them immediately tries to exterminate every human on the planet, setting up 'force field domes around major cities, starting with the biggest ones and essentially slagging everything and everyone inside in an hours-long, merciless process that killed everyone in the most populous twenty-odd US cities. The rest of the world got hit even harder. Before they can complete the destruction, the genocidal alien ship is destroyed. The other alien race gets what remains of the human race back on its feet and gives us some degree of ability to defend ourselves.
The genocidal bunch keeps coming back, forcing the remnants of humanity to build their own interstellar forces and expand into the universe. How do you deal with a species that tried to wipe you out to the last person? Tough choices there and this novel doesn't shrink from them.
The pacing is good, with the danger ramping up and holding my interest well. The writing isn't bad, though it could have been tightened and sharpened a little in a few places--nothing that impaired my enjoyment of the book and nothing I would have noticed ten years ago.
If you like military science fiction, this is worth reading.
The battle scenes are extremely well done, and the background is fascinating. I look forward to reading a lot more stories set in this universe.
I gave it as many stars as I did because the action scenes were well-written, there were several engaging quirky characters, there was some humor admit the blood and guts and the writing was clear and engaging. Write something _else_ CJ