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Iron Dragoons (Terran Armor Corps Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Roland Shaw lost his parents when the aliens invaded the Terran system, and the aliens were stopped through the supreme sacrifice of the Terran Armor Corp. The final ten warriors sacrificed themselves to take down the alien general, but not before most of Earth was destroyed. Roland, now grown up, has to choose his service, and he chose the Armor Corp as a new recruit to honor the sacrifices. Now, he has to survive the training, and understand if he is truly worthy of the Corp.
The military aspects are quite nice, with combat in large 30-50 ton robot suits with full neural interface. But a lot of training was done out of the suit similar to how special forces train their cadets. There is a lot of talk about tradition, sacrifice, and backstories. Though it is a bit America-centric, and the religious overtone can be a bit heavy. I think it also ended at a weird place to setup for volume 2. But it's still an interesting tale.
I’ve never read Richard Fox’s work before and I have developed a healthy dose of skepticism regarding indie authors and marketing. When I saw he had won the Dragon Award, I decided to give it a shot, having long sice bought it on sale based on the stunning cover alone.
As I dove into the book, I realized I was wrong to doubt. This book is excellent. Seriously, a great example of the military sci-fi genre, and a real showcase for the good that happens when a soldier decides to write what they know.
The powered armor concept shown in this book (and, I understand, also in the Ember War books, which this is a sort of sequel to) is very well thought out and executed. The training scenes, both the rigors of the qualifying evolutions and the action they contain, is top notch.
This is the first book in a series, and I think it speaks volumes that I’ve already bought the second book.
Final Verdict: Highly Recommended.