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Knox's Irregulars Paperback – October 1, 2014
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J. Wesley Bush currently lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine, where he reports on economics. He has previously served as an airborne infantryman, military intelligence cryptolinguist, NGO worker, and historian. He also spent two years as a unicyclist in a circus. He is the husband of a lovely wife and the proud father of five boys.
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The protagonist of the story is Corporal Randall Knox, scion of a politically powerful family, who has entered the military of his nation, New Geneva, in order to escape a destiny in the halls of government. The events of the story, kicked off by the invasion of New Geneva's aggressive northern neighbor, drive the hero into an unsought position of high-pressure leadership as he finds himself establishing a guerrilla operation in the enemy's rear area. In many ways the book reminded me of Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (another fantastic book about partisan guerrillas).
Some reviewers have made note that this is Christian fiction, and I want to address that. The allegory between Wahhabism and western liberalism is apparent, but this book is no way an anti-anything screed. While I do not generally enjoy religiously themed books (I could barely make it through the first of the "Left Behind" series), more secular readers should not be put off as the religious content (what there is of it) enhances the story in terms of motivations and characterization.
Now for the long winded version. The main characters are believable and take on a life of their own, throughout the book they change and develop as the stresses of the war effect them. The background story for the world this is set in helps to paint a picture of why things are happening as they are. The action scenes are fun and while not pulling any punches are not over the top with excessive violence. There are no 'nude' or 'sex' scenes in the book so it's also suitable for younger readers, though it does contain some complex ideas about personal growth and conflicts between differing religious groups and very believable military tactics and strategies so us more mature readers are not left wanting. The main character didn't suffer from super hero syndrome and acted in a believable way.
The story really pulls you in and I felt engaged for the entire read, and since I couldn't put the book down I ended up reading to the small hours of the morning and were rather tired the next day at work due to lake of sleep, of course that didn't stop me from reading it in my lunch break.
I'm left wanting more.
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It is a shame cause it's pretty obvious the author could write some nice mil scifi if he put the effort.
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