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LANCEJACK (The Union Series Book 2) by [Richards, Phillip]
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  • File Size: 1617 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: The Electronic Book Company (March 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZODJZS
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By Charles F. Kartman on May 1, 2013
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Mr. Richards has continued the story of dropship trooper Andy Moralee, now promoted to "lancejack", which apparently is something like a sub-corporal, and returned to New Earth. This time around, he is less inside his own head with his fears and doubts (a particular strength of CROW), and more in control of his tactical decisions, which are very good.

"Lancejack" is far more story-driven, but I will not reveal any of it except to say that it involves old friends, and again contains some fine small unit combat scenes.

There is at least one more story coming, and I suspect that the continued professional and personal growth of Moralee will make this series better than its parts, which aren't too bad. I'll keep reading it.
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Just like crow, this book will not disappoint. It's gritty and mature for a science fiction novel, not at all trite and unrealistic. The author really knows his stuff, the characters are dynamic, there are no cliches or stereotypes. There's none of the usual half-baked asinine banter that makes a lot of mil-sci-fi read like a bunch of 14 year old gamers wrote the dialog. I have a new favorite military sci-fi author.
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This is becoming a great series. I enjoyed this book just as much as C.R.O.W. I have to say I liked the transition to a more modern battlefield in this book. The introduction of Insurgency tactics and EW was a great addition(I am a Signals guy so I may be biased). This book highlights the complexity of modern warfare by someone who has been there. I am looking forward to Eden!
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As my title says, this one is even better than the first one. I really liked "CROW," the first book in this series about a young and innocent Dropship Trooper, but I hesitated to try "Lancejack" as it is more about an insurgency than a straight-out war. The straight war novel kept me involved in the story but I feared this one would be more boring. Boy was I ever wrong! This book is just as gritty and exciting as CROW, but I swear it's even better.

If you like military sci-fi then I'm betting that you'll love "Lancejack" (..though you should read "C.R.O.W." first). I highly recommend both, and now I'm going to order the 3rd in the series to see what happens to Andy next.
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I hardly ever buy books anymore since I acquired a Kindle, if not for them I probably would have never read CROW and Lancejack. Thanks them I I discovered the indy world and writers like Richard Phillips, and am never without something to read. In fact I would never even taken a second look at his stuff. Phillips may not as polished as Cussler, Griffin or Coontz et.al. but he does have a pretty good offering with his writing. While not very imaginative with futuristic weaponry ( biotech and HUD's are a reality not scifi ) he does tell a good story. CROW the first in his Union series starts off on good footing, giving the protagonist good background that brings you into the picture to the point that you feel you know him and empathize with the changes he goes through. The story also recognizes, very graphically, (picking up body parts or guts hanging out for example ) ,the horror and futility of war and its effect on a person. Except for Phillips annoying and frequent use of "tens of" as a descriptive of a numerical value the story flows along very well. But as a writer he should expand on his vocabulary to avoid repetitiveness. All things considered I found this book entertaining and worthy enough to shell out a few bucks for the rest of the series.
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The clearly evolving depression of the main character early in the book set me back somewhat to begin with .... but the book picked up the pace later and eventually restored any concerns. I rated the first book in this series a 4-Star as well.
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In the continuing story of Andy, his character starts getting more flushed out. He goes from being a scared green recruit into someone with a little bit of experience and training. With this though the author starts to delve into the characters motivations more and brings some real problems into his life for him to confront. I really enjoyed this second book quite a bit.
The combat moves from the trench like warfare of the first book to a more modern urban warfare. The pacing is faster and the action is more spread out.
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Many times an author finds it hard to write a worthy sequel to the original story. Well, let me assure you Phillip had no such problem. Even though Moralee is fighting a different type of warfare, he learns that his excellent tactical sense serves him just as well in a guerrilla warfare setting as it did in a conventional war told in the first book. In fact, I believe both books are strong enough to each be a stand alone novel if need be. There's very few people, even combat vets, that can adequately convey the feelings and reactions of a combat soldier in a manner that keeps your attention and the only reason he can't give combat scenes or dialogues that actually make you feel like you're in the middle of a fight, is a lesson I learned from my Dad. I talked to him before I left for The Nam and asked him about combat. He said he would be glad to share his WWII memories for as long as I wanted to listen. But, no matter how long I talk about it, or show you pictures, I will never be able to prepare you for the vicious, violent, sometimes insane world that is combat. Sadly, he was right. There's no doubt, when I read these books, they are written by a man who has seen the elephant. If you want to get as close to understanding how one man, in hand to hand combat feels as he fights, then read his books. I haven't said that B...S... at all reading his books.
If you like combat oriented books, I most highly recommend his books.
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