- File Size: 703 KB
- Print Length: 266 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC.; 3 edition (January 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B6F3B40
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Soldiers! A Chronicle from the 31st century (Part One) Kindle Edition
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Somebody please convince this author that there's nothing wrong with normal names like Bob or Charley or Susan.
Also, where's the rest of the Terran Empire's military? One Army of New Jerusalem soldiers to retake a planet isn't any where realistic. Anyone know how many Armies we have on this planet? It's a very big place. And the Terran Empire has already lost 22 entire planets!
Well, this is science fiction and bordering on pure fantasy, but it's entertaining if nothing else. Now, if I only knew who I was reading about!
Oh, yeah. My name is Jim!
The story is a bit dated although not extremely so-- as one would expect, as it is based on an original novel released some time ago. Apparently the rights reverted to the author and he split the novel and published it in two parts on Kindle. I like that the first part is cheaper than the second, so you don't feel the sting of having half a story quite as much. Also, if you just don't like the story line, the investment is less.
I bought the whole novel, used, as a paperback for less than buying Volume 2-- hopefully, I won't miss much updating that the author might have done.
First let me say, if you're looking for gripping combat novel...this ain't exactly it. Some have given this lower reviews because of that. I find the story, which is about the beginning of the war, detailing the build up, training, and weapon development (none of it very technical though) to be believable on certain levels. The interaction of the protestors is a little wooden but their motivations are believable. What's funny is one person who rated this 3 stars said he found how a pacifist society jumped into a military training program and it wasn't very believable. I actually found it more believable because they did go about it in the way someone who has no experience with the horror or true cost of war would. Their build up is all about transports, warships, logistic, and combat training. Which the reader is reminded several times, is discussed, planned, and carried out by people with no combat training. There are also several first person mental debates by characters over what is right and wrong in war. The author even gets into the minds of the characters, showing the internal debates and thoughts. Though I will freely admit the book IS a little on the touchy-feely side (which is sometimes counter-intuitive in a war series) but this is the first book (there is a book 2 out already) and without reading the 2nd one I can't decide if it's his regular writing style or a lead up to the rest of the series. I read tons of kindle books and, like many, I used to pan 1st-in-a-series book as being long winded or for over explaining but I have since come to appreciate the foundation that authors can use later.
The book is a good read. Well worth the price and I would easily suggest this to a friend...
If you want a little more action look at some of the other series I have reviewed. (Crimson Worlds, Lost Fleet, A Galaxy Unknown...are all great series which build the action well).
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