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Starfist: A World of Hurt Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2005
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Just after gunnery sergeant Charles Bass is promoted, his unit the 34th Fist goes to Maugham's Station because of the recent deaths by acid of colonists there; Skinks use acid guns as part of their weaponry. While exploring the valleys of death, the marines come under attack by acid, but no reports of Skinks have surfaced. While they seek the truth, an armada from the planet We're Here is traveling to the beleaguered station because they believe that an illegal mining operation has occurred on The Rock and the planet believes it is part of their empire. They think Maugham's Station is behind that operation and a trigger happy admiral is willing to go to war to stop them from mining that uninhabited, mineral rich planet.
Fans of military outer space science fiction will find action-packed STARFIST: A WORLD OF HURT fascinating. Surprisingly the hero is not featured doing solo deeds as the encounter scenes involve groups not individuals. Maugham's Station is described in vivid detail so that readers can picture the planet almost as much as filmgoers can mentally see the cantina scene of Star wars. Though in some ways all over the galaxy, David Sherman and Dan Cragg provide a terrific tale that makes military enterprises seem plausible in the deep reaches of space (see STAR WARS: JEDI TRIAL A CLONE WARS NOVEL - also released this month)
Although there are constant tie-ins with the “Skink” story arc this book is really a bit of a detour from that part of the Starfist series. Personally I think that is not a bad thing since it creates a bit of variation in the stories. A large part of this book is more of a exploration mystery story than the previous marine deployment stories. I quite liked this. Naturally, the marines have a tendency to use their blasters when “exploring” so a good chunk of the countryside gets shot up.
The author throws in a side-story just for good measure which takes over in the last couple of chapters just when the marines thinks that they are about to go home. The book would have done well even without it but it does not hurt the book either even though one of the characters in these parts of the book is so unbelievably stupid that it is sometimes a wee bit annoying to read.
Anyway, the famous bottom line is that this is a quite enjoyable book to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the series...sorry to hear it was cancelled and I'll never find out what happens...Published 13 months ago by keith
I enjoyed all the Starfist series books.... I just wish they would end them vice stopping the series without finishing. PLEASE... PLEASE FINISH THE SERIES!!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chris Lochman
Excellent Book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in miliatry science fiction. David Sherman happens to be an ecellent writer.Published on June 4, 2014 by Maxine K. Winston
Well told stories with a continuing believable cast of characters! I liked the whole concept, enjoyed the reading and bought them all.Published on January 9, 2014 by Donald Turos
Great product, great description, great shipping. What else could i ask for? Anyone who hasn't read this series and enjoys military (particularly marines/navy) sic fi this series... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Amcorley
Military SCIFI at it's best. 14 books in the series, so far. Must read for any Marine or scifi action future war story enthusest.Published on July 3, 2013 by Ronald Eugene Hood
Very well written and makes you wonder who the enemy is right up to the last. It is a shame that Del Rey cancelled this series after only 10 books. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Bill Hatcher
Although this can be a less than memorable entry in the series, the plot involving the We're Here navy was somewhat amusing. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by D. Brown
A WORLD OF HURT (2004) is the tenth book in the STARFIST series of Military SciFi stories, covering the exploits of a company of Space Marines, who are sent to various planets to... Read morePublished on June 5, 2008 by Stewart Teaze - Safe AI developer/Global Warming Debunker-don't believe the commie agenda