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"A few good Marines beat the fierce, fanatical aliens once before. But that was a skirmish-not a full-scale invasion.
The truth is out. No longer are the Skinks just a horrible secret haunting the Marines of Company L. Now the aliens are all-too-real invaders whose savage attacks have devastated planet Kingdom, a world of squabbling religions where the men of the 34th FIST confront a desperate situation. Cities that haven't already been reduced to rubble are under siege, while starving refugees roam the land. And still the Skinks come, rising from stinking primordial swamps to slake their thirst for slaughter, armed with an uncanny ability to locate the enemy and with weapons so deadly that a single blast can drop a warplane or a decimate a squad.
It's painfully evident that 34th FIST is no match for these near-invincible killers, which is why third platoon's been ordered to whip the citizens of Kingdom into fighting shape. With their backs to the wall and time running out, there's only one way the Marines can turn these timid, quarrelsome men into warriors: Take the battle to the enemy. It's a brilliant strategy, sure to succeed-if it doesn't get them killed first. . . .

About the Author

David Sherman is a former U.S. Marine and the author of eight novels about Marines in Vietnam, where he served as an infantryman and as a member of a Combined Action Platoon. He is also the author of the military fantasy series Demontech.

Dan Cragg enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958 and retired with the rank of sergeant major twenty-two years later. He is the author of Inside the VC and the NVA (with Michael Lee Lanning), Top Sergeant (with William G. Bainbridge), and, The Soldier’s Prize. Until recently, he was an analyst for the Defense Department.
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Product Details

  • Series: Starfist: Force Recon (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034546060X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345460608
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric Tangen on January 8, 2009
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Another solid effort from Sherman and Craig.
I am looking forward to the next book to see how this all turns out.
There are plenty of worse ways to be entertained or waste an evening.

The only problem that I am having with this series is that time doesn't make sense. We're told that a starship can take several weeks to arrive yet drones and ships and messages seem to arrive almost instantly. Other than that the book is excellent and the action exciting.

I am grateful that the authors do not hesitate to kill off characters. This allows room for others to develop.

I really enjoyed some of the commentary on pentecostal worship. A different spin in the series.

Continues to surprise.
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I have enjoyed the StarFist series since I stumbled on it 5 years ago. The Force Recon series has been decent so far but this book really put it over the top.

The story dovetails nicely with the main series without detracting from it. The characters are well written but the names can sometimes be off putting.

If you have read any of the other Force Recon series, this is a definite read for you. If you are new to the series, you could read this standalone and still be able to get what is going on.
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Recoil (2008) is the third SF novel in the StarFIST Force Recon series, following Pointblank. A StarFIST novel -- Firestorm -- covers the intervening period. In the previous volume, General Lyons learns that the riot at Fort Seymour was a setup. He has Colonel Raggel interrogate the informant and then sends orders to the Seventh MP battalion for the arrest the responsible parties.

Lieutenant Colonel Cogswell cancels all scheduled activities and throws a beer bust for the troops. Puella wins a bet with her top sargeant about ingestion of chocolate covered slimies. And Charlette is rescued by the marines.

In this novel, Jak Daly is now an Ensign and has been assigned back to his old outfit. It is very unusual to assign an newly commissioned officer to the same unit where he had been a noncom. But General Indrus wanted him back in the Fourth Force Reconnaissance Company.

Jimmy Jasper is a lay preacher in Tabernacle on Kingdom. He had been abducted by the Skinks during the war, but showed up after the Skinks left. He seems to believe that the Skinks are Angels of the Lord.

Puella Queege is a corporal in the Seventh Independent Military Police Battalion. Puella had been a clerk in one of the MP companies and had been awarded a Bronze Star for warning the Coalition forces of the attack by Confederation Marines. She had also won a shootout with the Mayor and two flunkies, who were robbing a bank during that attack.

Moses is a young skink. He had been found in some bulrushs near the river, hence the name.
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This book was OK. I have really enjoyed the Starfist series, but this book seemed to drag a little. There wasn't really an ending. It was aimed more at setting up the next book than having it's own story.
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Well told stories with a continuing believable cast of characters! I liked the whole concept, enjoyed the reading and bought them all.
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David Sherman is an excellent sci-fi writer. I would recommend any and all of his books. Once you start reading, you can't put it down
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Have been reading Sherman's book for a while and have enjoyed everyone so far . You will love it too
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