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Luna Marine (The Heritage Trilogy, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999
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Ian Douglas is one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith, New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, The Star Corpsman series, The Star Carrier series, and The Andromedan Dark series. A former Navy Hospital Corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.
- Publisher : Avon Eos; Reprint edition (June 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380788292
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380788293
- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.04 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #890,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marines are now being sent to the moon to reclaim US science bases captured by the enemy UN forces. In addition the UN forces include archeologists who are digging at several locations on the moon. It is believed that they have discovered a crashed alien spaceship that has been there only for eight to ten thousand years. The US not only wants to reclaim their bases but to stop the UN from claiming potentially advanced and dangerous technology for their use in the war against the US......
This is a very good military Sci-Fi book that goes into great detail of the battles on the moon to gain the lost technology of the aliens. The detail of the battles and the strategy is well done and the Marine Corps leads the way, OOH-Rah! I enjoyed this book, especially the last 1/3 of the story. My only limited complaint is that I wish the background and discussions of the aliens would come more often and in more detail. It is a Sci-Fi book and I feel we are being feed just enough information to hold our interest but not enough to satisfy your curiosity. That being said I still enjoyed the book and I have already purchased the next book in the series, Europa Strike.
Europa Strike will be the sixth book I have purchased and read that was written by this author and I can assure you that I would not be doing this unless the stories were good enough to hold my interest. This author writes a good story that will entertain you and keep you buying more of his books. I recommend Luna Marine to you as a good book.
The shear creativity coupled with his captivating techno-science infusions into the story line makes for great Sci-Fi reading.
In the early 2040’s, a war between the US and its allies versus the UN is not only fought on Earth, but also on Mars and the Moon. As the title Luna Marine, insinuates, this book revolves around the battle for control of the Moon.
Most books have an epilogue that ties up the loose ends of the story into a neat knot. After Luna Marine’s heart stopping climax, its epilogue shatters all belief systems of the Human race.
If you’ve never read Ian Douglas, The Heritage Trilogy is a good place to start.
Book 1 of the trilogy covered MARS-based battles and Millenia old alien artifacts uncovered on the Red Planet. This book covers Moon-based battles, and additional old (8K years) alien artifacts uncovered on the far side of The Moon.
I have the same praises and criticisms for this book, that I made regarding the first book... the biggest criticism is the Global Warming angle to the story - it is much more prevalent(and obviously misguided) in this book vs. the first book, and makes it hard to imagine the story as being something that could actually happen 30 years in the future.
In the first volume, we have a US government, with few allies Russia and the UK facing Hispanic invasion from the South to claim "Azlatan" and the Quebequois threatening from the North. The UN is now the arguably most dominant power on Earth and intent on one-world government- the staple diet of right-wing conspiracy theorists and Bush-haters on the net. The US government is looking to disband the US Marines, naturally against their wishes. The UN seizes the International Space Station and facilities on Mars, using the French Foreign Legion as shock troops.
The Marine counter-attack on Mars and in orbit succeeds but now the USMC has to seize Lunar facilities held by the UN and Lt Kathleen Galloway, daughter of a USMC hero in Semper Mars, plays a leading part. The Luna Marine is totally dependent on the the first volume which makes it hard to criticise as a standalone - it doesn't work that way. For those who enjoy the genre, Ian Douglas looks promising, even to the older reader. I wish him well - Semper Fi!
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The only reason I did not give this novel a 5 is the occasional proofreading error which I would have hoped to have been corrected by the time it came through printing to be available on Kindle.
Many and well presented characters - nice t see them again from the 1st book.
I am guessing the writer is Marine mad! :0) (not a bad thing)