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In many of Piper's stories the failure to unleash overwhelming military force and slaughter the masses at the slightest provocation is usually met with disaster, as other, less morally challenged, individuals ruthlessly use those same masses to further their ends at the expense of those in power foolishly believing in restraint or moderation. It makes for a good read, but, when you actually consider the likely consequences of such a policy, you generally understand that in the history of Earth certainly, such harsh tactics usually only creates a vast sense of martyrdom that often hardens those who are undecided, driving the vast majority of moderates into the camp of the more radical elements. The instances of ruthless, organized, repression creating the very sort of unified opposition that generally precedes the fall of governments has been all too common to really believe it works out well in the end to pursue so radical a course. However, for the sake of the story, it does drive the narrative with a considerable impetus that carries the story well.
For free on Kindle. A really fine read.
So many aspects of this book are repeated again and again in works by Pournelle, Weber, Drake, etc.: The story is told from the point of view of a dedicated military officer. Military hardware and methods are presented in convincing detail. Military rites and customs, the implicit trust and comradeship between military people, and the natural distrust between military and civilian authorities -- all are implicit to the plot. Military ways of thinking are forever contrasted to their civilian counterparts, so that the civvy ways of thought are shown to be hopelessly fuzzy-minded and soft-hearted, incapable of handling a crisis. Sexuality is repressed to the Boy-Scout level -- well, perhaps that's because it was published in the 1950s.
And above all, aliens are gorily slaughtered in numbers. Much of the fun and the punch to this narrative lies in the fact that it's OKAY to wreak bloody mayhem on enemies, if they are nonhuman and attacked you first. John Ringo is a recent author who uses exactly the same method to add "kick" to a narrative. Ringo's books seem always to be asking, how inventively can we waste a battalion of lizard-headed gooks?
Piper showed how to ask and answer that question first, here in ULLER, where you will find the original pattern for the plot styles of Ringo, Weber, Drake, et al.