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Starfist: A World of Hurt Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2005

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Book 10 of 14 in the Starfist Series

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From Publishers Weekly

In Sherman and Cragg's 10th superior military SF novel (after 2003's Starfist: Lazarus Rising), the long-suffering troops of the 24th Marine Fleet Initial Strike Team (aka FIST) take on their alien nemesis, the malignant, acid-spewing Skinks, on a planet whose colonists have left most of it unexplored. Unbeknownst to the FIST team, a local system government, whose military chief decides that it's immoral to have all these warships and never use them, decides to invade the planet at about the same time. The results are unexpected, to say the least. There are basically two types of military SF: the first realistically depicts the horrors of war, while the second explores (usually affectionately and often in an idealized way) the sociology of the military unit. Most writers in the subgenre do one or the other well, but Sherman and Cragg, both retired career noncommissioned officers, excel at uniting these two approaches. Injecting freshness into a situation that was clichéd even in the days of Hugo Gernsback, they show how training and esprit de corps can overcome the most terrifying encounters. In contrast, the authors treat the stupidity of the book's comic-opera human antagonists with Swiftian invective. You don't have to be a military SF buff to appreciate this entertaining and instructive exercise.
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The best-selling military sf series Starfist continues with a volume less intense than Lazarus Rising [BKL N 1 03] but in its own way intelligent and agreeable. The planet of Maugham's Station reports an alien life form that uses jets of acid as weapons, which is the hallmark of the deadly Skinks. The 34th FIST is sent out, with Charlie Bass still commanding a platoon, though, as a newly commissioned ensign, with a certain amount to learn about how to lead as an officer instead of a gunnery sergeant. Meanwhile, the navy of the planet We're Here decides that Maugham's Station is involved in an ore piracy scheme that they intend to suppress as quickly and fiercely as possible. It turns out that Maugham's Station is a base for neither pirates nor Skinks, and Charlie Bass is likely to be as good as a junior officer as he was as a senior NCO. Meanwhile, We're Here's armed forces resemble the Keystone Kops on a bad day, which keeps the body count low. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • Series: Starfist (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345460537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345460530
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When mankind went into space, it thought that it was the only sentient race, but soon found worlds with intelligent species just none as technologically advanced. The 34th Fist of the Confederation encountered intelligent and hostile space faring Skinks on two orbs and defeated them in battles, the war continues. The human populace remains unaware that the 34th Fist is under quarantine on Thorsfinni's World until humanity learns about the Skinks and other species.

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)

Harriet Klausner
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This is another enjoyable book in the Starfist series. With few exceptions I have enjoyed most of the books in this fairly long book series. They are generally quite well written books by an author that knows his “marines stuff” well enough. The only real gripe I have with most of the books is the authors’ tendency to pick really really ridiculous (childish) names for a lot of the places and ships in the books and this one is not an exception to that.

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.
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I quite liked this book, especially because it was a tad more peaceful than the other previous books in the series for a change. The only real problem I had with this book is that the editing was not done quite well enough for publication to me. For example, a character was given 2 different names in the same page in the same chapter. Any editor should have caught that if they knew the characters at all. I would like to say that I was happy to see that the chapter demarcations are back in this book, unlike the last one which didn't have any for some reason. It's much easier to see how close you are to the end of a chapter so you can find a stopping place if you need to with chapter demarcations. If you liked the previous books in the series, I think you might like this one, but it is quite different. Think of it as a "day in the life of" type story instead of the general "Let's see how much we can blow up and kill this time" type of story. I won't bore you with a plot summary as I know other reviewers are fond of doing that. Have at it! I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Four TENACIOUS Stars. The spirited, spunky, military world of the Fleet Initial Strike Teams (F.I.S.T.), here defined as the 26th and 34th F.I.S.T.s, is written by real-life combat veteran authors David Sherman and Dan Cragg. “A World of Hurt” is an engrossing military Sci/Fi read that covers alot of ground. With 2 simultaneous story threads brewing, the authors ramp up the action, after giving us ample backstory and mysterious premises, then finally working the storyline around to the main plot. It's the humans versus the nastiest bunch of aliens this side of "Starship Troopers", with thorny politics 'on the side' threatening to take center stage. So it is the “skinks” hunkered down out there or something else? On the military front, the authors have it down pat: the military jargon, the barracks 'trash talking', the acronym-laced world of the military, sometimes translated item for item from the real military to this expertly created military and civilian space world in extensive chapters and there are some advancements for characters from previous editions of "Starfist". Very Definitely Recommended for military science fiction fans. (Del Ray publishers. Kindle edition. 370 pages/843 KB. Neither Text-to-Speech nor X-Ray is enabled, unfortunately, but a 10 page preview is allowed.)
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