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Recruit (The United Federation Marine Corps Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00LNFIWHO
- Publisher : Semper Fi Press (July 8, 2014)
- Publication date : July 8, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1161 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 215 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1945743441
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,181 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a story about space marines. I know! There have been a LOT of "Jar-Heads in Space" novels. I know that. But darn it, I like stories like this. I confess, I am not a Marine. I served with the US Army. Still this is a good read. It reminds me of classic Heinlein "Starship Troopers" (minus the political lectures). And this story is not about killing bugs. They are killing people: rebels, pirates, subversives, and the like.
It is a coming of age story about a farm boy, Ryck Lysander, who joins the space marines and succeeds in being a true-blue warrior, but he suffers a lot of bumps in the road along the way.
What I Liked:
Pretty much everything. The author has a military background (he is a retired Marine) and it shows. The focus on Ryck, his enlistment, boot training, his wars, all of it sounds authentic and believable. Brazee is a good writer. His story-telling and world building are both well done. The editing is pretty good. i saw a few comma mistakes, but not enough to detract from the story. It is a clean read. This is not a novel that insists on loading every paragraph with obscenities.
What I Did Not Like:
The book is too short. I would have liked a bit more backstory. It was hard to figure out what was going on. I wanted more about the big picture.
This is a perfect read for someone who likes the military science fiction genre. I liked it very much.
And what did I find? A good story, but more. Although I did not know him, I was 2 years ahead of Col Brazee at Annapolis.
And then... the hero of the story, Ryck Lysander, was in Golf Co., 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. Guess what company I was assigned to as a brand new 2nd Lt. in 1978? You got it. G/2/9. Holy crap.
The Marine Corps development was excellent. The use of footnotes helped, but I knew or could figure out most of them. It was a good idea, whether it was from the author or his editor.
Some characters were too shallow, but Ryck did show development, just not as much as I expected. This kid had a lot to learn about the world and himself. The details of what the world threw at him felt real, but his reactions did not show how he internalized the drama and grew from it.
I hope that in Sargent, we get to see his core being. Excellent work, Sir (my dad worked for a living 😊).
I've now read all of the books in this series. Ryck Lysander progresses from raw recruit all the way to... well... you'll find out. It's quite a career arc. I enjoyed it all, but if I could have wished for anything I'd like to have seen a little more hard action in space. But, as he's a marine I can understand why the scope in that area doesn't offer quite the same opportunities as if he was a pilot and came up via that route. Pretty much a page-turner all the way.
Top reviews from other countries
and have not read anything by this author .
i highly recommend you read this book
if you have Kindle Unlimited , then i would be surprised if after reading this book
that you had not continued on with the series until the end of the story in book 8
if you don't have Kindle Unlimited
the books are well worth paying for on kindle
although i would not buy them in paperback @ the prices they cost
its light reading at its finest.
fast paced & yet detailed enough to draw you in & get you cheering for the heroes & booing the bad guys
never gets too technical , just enough explanation to please the geeks & nerds .. but not so much that it bores or sends the casual space opera/sci fiction fan to sleep
in total the 8 books in the series adds up to approx 1800 pages
and there is very little fluff or filler
story moves quickly through the life of the main character "Ryck Lysander"
i picked up this book .. Recruit / book 1
on a Saturday , and found myself so engrossed with the story i finished book 8 on the following Tuesday
Highly recommend the series
( Semper Fi Press is a boutique publisher so i understand why the printed versions cost so much but i could not recommend buying the paperback editions )
Probably less than 10% of the book contained action, and even that was a struggle to read as partway through a battle it was take pages to describe and discuss the weapons and armour being used.
Clearly woman’s role is to cook, have babies, wait at tables, nurse invalids or become prostitutes.
An incredibly narrow world perspective. I know there are many more books in the series but I’ve been thoroughly deterred from reading any more by this author.