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Schall gives us plenty of hints that something bigger is going on, but wraps up the immediate problems and initial story arc in a satisfying way. While I've never been a Marine, I'm a vet, and the military culture as portrayed didn't strike me as wrong, as sometimes happens. I don't know if Schall has military experience or not, but if not, he's paying attention, so that's good. There were spots where I'd have made different technical choices and I did get the giggles when I read where "Angel" got her call sign. But there is an important bottom line here and it's this...
I opened Vengeance from Ashes at bed time just to check out how the Kindle cloud reader worked... I read a few pages... and finished the book at 3:30 am.
When a story keeps you up all night, all else is pointless nit-picking.
I do recommend this space service story that have some parallels to the Honor Harrington stories. I am headed out to Amazon to buy the next 2!
Niggles: It reminds one of the Honor Harrington prison sequence some. I also had difficulty placing the story in time and space. It takes place in a planetary system that sounds a lot like Earth but isn't, and there isn't enough explanation of the differences to really place the story. The evil villains aren't described, either. Are they human or alien?
But all that aside, it is a well-done story with excellent characterization and pacing. I'd read it again, and I'm buying the sequel.
If there are any negatives, it is that after being dealt a really tough hand, the protagonist seems to be handed some things on a platter. OTOH, she is competent to deal with what she's been given, and deserves them after what she's been put through, so this is really a very minor quibble.
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