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Douglas Niles is a famed author and best known as a fantasy author, while Kevin Dockery has written exclusively fiction books about Navy SEALS, both on his known as well as a series with real-life Navy SEAL co-author Dennis Chalker. The blending of these two authors is both intriguing and exciting.
Starstrike: Task Force Mars starts out a tad slow with a bit more detailed equipment checks and descriptions then a sci-fi-actioner should. But once it gets going, the action and adventure we were expecting exploded upon the pages. Starting out on a space station built mainly by alien technology, the newly-created SEALS team, (acronyms now mean Sea-Air-Land-and Space), are then dispatched to go to Mars, where a distress call from their outpost is plunged into eerie silence from a martian attack force.
Led by Lieutenant Stonewall Jackson, the SEALS team races into a trap created by one of three alien races that all have their separate agendas. Then what ensues is a sci-fi action adventure read that is filled with blazing guns and high-tech heavy armor that is sure to please readers of such writers as Ian Douglas and David Weber.
We look forward to the next book upcoming: Operation Orion.
If the authors decide to write another book in the series hopefully it will be better than the first two. They should stop trying so hard to set up background information and actually take the time to deepen the characters already introduced. Maybe present the characters with problems that can't be so quickly and easily solved with a little thought and a lot of muscle? Lastly they should read and reread though their work for the typos that haunted the first two books in order to avoid them in their next one.
The plot is made up of one convoluted event after another, which the SEALS get through because a.) SEALS are most awesome-est! b.) Oh look some "thing" just happened to get us out of this mess. c.) Hey, look these aliens have mastered interstellar travel, but are really dumb.
Anyone who is interested in this type of novel (military SF) would be better served taking a look at: March Upcountry, Old Man's War, Clone Republic, Gust Front, Starship Troopers, The Voyage, etc.
I slogged through the entire book, hoping it would redeem itself. It never did.
If you like StarFist series and given the sales of that series many people do, then you will find this a bit more "logical and believable". A fine new series for these that like pulp science fiction.
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