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Galactic Corps: Book Two of the Inheritance Trilogy Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Ian Douglas is the author of the popular military SF?series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, and The Inheritance Trilogy. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0015DROD2
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (October 16, 2008)
- Publication date : October 16, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 693 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #310,167 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love his details into the technology and into the strategy of the battles, both in space and on the ground. His insight into science and of the galaxy is very good and it lends realism into the storyline. His imagination is spectacular and his ability to put it all down into words has kept me intrigued for many hours of enjoyable reading. His Marines have moved into using gear much like that of the book Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.
I just purchased the ninth book of the series and I hope it continues with a good storyline. This book is a four star rating and it could have been a five star except for a few things.
* Let's stop going to Marine boot camp in every book.
* Do all the characters have to be related for almost 800 years?
* If all of the government officials are such idiots in the future, maybe the Marines should take them out after they finish with the Xul.
These three items as listed above make the books too repetitive and it is just so much filler in the books. Please don't get me wrong, I would still buy the books and read them as I did enjoy them all but the entire series so far has been a four star and it could have been a five star.
I will certainly be looking for more books written by this author and spending more money on his books. I recommend this one to you.
The characters are carefully and faithfully portrayed, no easy feat, but there is an undercurrent of implausibility in some machinations of character situations (suddenly Ramsey is an officer and an experienced fighter pilot? Warhurst comes out of retirement in a Caligula-worthy fleshpot--to reemerge on the front lines with 1 MIAF?).
And the off-duty hedonism spills over the borders of sci-fi and into soft porn ("Garroway could read a book by the glow of her breasts") with obligatory three or four way orgies that Douglas envisions as normal 26th century human sexuality (can we just get back to the story, please?), but which really don't add to the epic tale.
Nonetheless, the Xul threat is credibly spun and resolved and overall, this is a must-read for fans of epic sci-fi and space tales.
BUT, as a Christian, I take exception to the condescending and twisted view that the author has of faith. It is not that he simply slides in an unintended reference to his own atheistic (or naturalistic?) viewpoint; he goes to great lengths to first create his own alternative story of creation, and then use his fictional history to prove the idiocy of those who believe in a Christian God. He does also explore the beliefs of wickens and other pagan belief systems, but those, he seems to feel, are reasonable in that they make the character feel good about their world.
I don't expect science fiction to support or encourage belief. This author, though, consciously ridicules belief and presents a corrupt and twisted church. As a scientist, I am often amazed at how many "intellectuals" assume that science disproves Christianity, or even that to pursue science requires one to first deny the existence of God. Yet I know so many physicists, biologists, and engineers who are among the most brilliant men and women I know who are convinced our faith and scientific pursuits are totally complimentary.
Why then, do I still give the book four stars? Because it is a very well-written space opera.
1) Training of Marines. I don't want to hear about it and read it for the 8th time.
2) Fighting on the ground - Boring and the same in every book. The fighting decisions from the ships are more interesting.
3) XUL - Why just focus on them. We've met other races ... took their technology and now we don't include them? Boring. And the XUL are just too easy considering their technology.
These could be all great books but he puts too much repetitive filler in each one of them.