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A Galaxy At War [Kindle Edition]

John Fitch V.
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Captain Ryann Germayne, son of the legendary Jaxson "Hot Shot" Germayne, has been living up to his late father's reputation. He is the best pilot the Galaxy of Free Systems "GFS" has. His equally talented first mate gunner, Joslyne, happens to also be his wife. They feel secure in the knowledge that should the end come during battle, they would perish together.

Some believe that the GFS has grown too large, too bureaucratic for the regular person across the galaxy. This small group of rebels is slowly, but steadily, growing in numbers. Brit Hyram, the overall head of the Rebellion, is the public face of the secessionist movement. Though idealistic, neither he, nor any other within the Rebellion, has any real understanding of military tactics. The simulators used to train new recruits are woefully outdated. Therefore, the GFS pilots have little trouble winning the skirmishes on land or in space. But then the Rebellion suddenly has a blast cannon on their side.

President Greensteen and Admiral Zephyr send Ryann to lead a strike team on a ground assault to destroy the cannon. Ryann has extra orders to secretly assassinate a certain individual while there. Having to kill someone face-to-face and in cold blood does not sit well with Ryann. So when he is later asked to assassinate another, Ryann and Joslyne defect.

The Rebel Secessionist Movement is thrilled to have the best GFS pilot and gunner team join their cause. The new duo will have to earn the trust of Hyram and the other leaders, but they are put to work immediately. Joslyne's expertise is used to update simulators for target practice and the like. Ryann begins teaching military maneuvers to the pilots and updating the equipment on all the ships.

Joslyne still has doubts about what they are doing. As Ryann rises in rank and power at lightning speed, he begins to change. Even personally executing former friends and comrades no longer seems to bother Ryann. Joslyne soon wonders to what lengths her husband would go, how low he would sink, and how cold blooded he would become for his new beliefs. And can she continue to stand beside the man he is morphing into?

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Involving story 14 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A Galaxy at War is an involving story of military battles in space, with the unusual twist that two of the main protagonists - Ryann and Joslyne, who met in flight school - are married to each other. The sexual chemistry between them is obvious, with Joslyne the quicker, cleverer, more mischievous of the two, and Ryann steadier; determined to carry out his mission whatever the cost. And there is a cost.

During the course of the book, Ryann's relationships with the people he loves - including Joslyne - are put to the test. By the end of the book, he has paid a terrible price for what he believes in.

I liked the relationship between Ryann and Joslyne, and the details Fitch puts into the story to bring it to life and make an imagined future world seem believeable - the holoconferences, for example, and (horrible thought) the techno-chains. The names for the characters and the objects/locations in the world also appealed to me: Admiral Zephyr, Firespray, Ozonacropolis.

There was a good balance between battles and human relationships which made this a very readable story with a surprisingly moving ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive. 21 Mar. 2010
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Captain Ryann Germayne, son of the legendary Jaxon "Hot Shot" Germayne, has been living up to his late father's reputation. He is the best pilot the Galaxy of Free Systems "GFS" has. His equally talented first mate gunner, Joslyne, happens to also be his wife. They feel secure in the knowledge that should the end come during battle, they would perish together.

Some believe that the GFS has grown too large, too bureaucratic for the regular person across the galaxy. This small group of rebels is slowly, but steadily, growing in numbers. Brit Hyram, the overall head of the Rebellion, is the public face of the secessionist movement. Though idealistic, neither he, nor any other within the Rebellion, has any real understanding of military tactics. The simulators used to train new recruits are woefully outdated. Therefore, the GFS pilots have little trouble winning the skirmishes on land or in space. But then the Rebellion suddenly has a blast cannon on their side.

President Greensteen and Admiral Zephyr send Ryann to lead a strike team on a ground assault to destroy the cannon. Ryann has extra orders to secretly assassinate a certain individual while there. Having to kill someone face-to-face and in cold blood does not sit well with Ryann. So when he is later asked to assassinate another, Ryann and Joslyne defect.

The Rebel Secessionist Movement is thrilled to have the best GFS pilot and gunner team join their cause. The new duo will have to earn the trust of Hyram and the other leaders, but they are put to work immediately. Joslyne's expertise is used to update simulators for target practice and the like. Ryann begins teaching military maneuvers to the pilots and updating the equipment on all the ships.

Joslyne still has doubts about what they are doing. As Ryann rises in rank and power at lightning speed, he begins to change. Even personally executing former friends and comrades no longer seems to bother Ryann. Joslyne soon wonders to what lengths her husband would go, how low he would sink, and how cold blooded he would become for his new beliefs. And can she continue to stand beside the man he is morphing into?

**** FOUR STARS! A terrific science fiction tale that begins in the fighter cockpit and later takes on the flavor of high military leadership with some power hungry sycophants. My only real problem with this story is that there are a few strategy plans that are repeated too often. If I, as the reader, hear the plan when it is made, then there is no reason for me to hear it explained one or two more times as other characters are educated about it. Simply knowing the plan is told to the other character(s) is fine. But having to hear it retold within a few pages or chapter becomes boring and annoying. However, this problem only seems to happen for the first one-third (1/3) of the book.

All-in-all, I am very impressed with the creative imagination of John Fitch, V. Though not as focused on in-depth military strategy details (such as with David Weber and Dan Abner novels), this author shows a keenness in understanding how power can corrupt even the best of people. It also makes one wonder just how far some would go to fulfill their sense of duty. Highly recommended! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It sneaks up on you... 12 July 2010
By JOA - Published on Amazon.com
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Have you ever read a novel and gone through about a hundred different opinions of it before you finished? Have you ever started out disliking something, grew to appreciate it, then loathe it, have it grow on you once more, become ready to throw it away, and finally put it down, wait a few days, and then say, "I'm not sure what I read, but it just might be brilliant?"

This, in a nutshell, was my experience reading "A Galaxy At War" by John Fitch V.

"A Galaxy At War" is the story of Ryann Germayne, a pilot for the GFS (Galaxy of Free Systems). It seems that the GFS rules its universe with a sort of aluminum fist. It makes demands on the planets under its control and will not let them govern themselves, and yet though most of the book they seem a bit weak and pathetic for what is portrayed as a powerful political entity.

Long story short, the Rebels are fighting back against the cruel rule of the GFS, and Ryann and his wife, Joslyne, who is the gunner on their ship, The Tub, traverse space, trying to hold back the Rebels any way they can.

At first, I thought this book was a parody. There are so many clichés throughout the first third of it. You have the witty banter between Ryann and Joslyne ("hotshot" and "flyboy"?), a robot assistant who can speak hundreds of languages, and political intrigue that really isn't that intriguing. Add to this the humor that comes from the overuse of the term "photonics" (why is it red and green and what does that mean?) and the fact that everyone's favorite drink is "stimu-tonic" (what, coffee's not good enough in space?) and you have the perfect ingredients for satire.

However, after a while, those elements disappear and the tone becomes muddled. Allegiances flip-flop for seemingly no reason at all. There are severely over-explained plans that are far from complex and yet presented as such. During this time, I seriously considered putting down the book.

Come the end, I was glad I didn't.

Something strange happened along the way while I was rolling my eyes at the text. All of a sudden the tone became dark and serious, and the writing reflected as such. The characters' previous actions began to make sense. It all came upon me quickly, as if I hadn't been paying attention the whole time and it only just then popped into my brain and screamed at me to look closer. It became more than a space opera, turning into something meaningful, something that would make the 9/11 conspiracy theorists proud.

So I didn't write my review immediately afterwards and sat on the book for a few days. In that time, it's gained greater notoriety in my head. The themes make sense, and the humor does, too. I think I finally understand what Mr. Fitch was trying to accomplish with it, and in the opinion of this reviewer he pulled it off.

In other words, try out A Galaxy At War. By the time you're done, I think you'll have enjoyed it...though it might take a while to figure out why you did.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Sci-Fi is not just Sci-Fi 19 Nov. 2010
By New Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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I finished John Fitch V's A Galaxy At War several months ago and wasn't sure how I felt about it. I knew it was well written but some of the plot twists struck me as unbelivable and maybe even disturbing. However, since then I have found myself thinking back on this book and considering the story from all perspectives.

What I have concluded is that I liked this book very much. I am a big sci-fi fan but even more so I love books that are entertaining while providing a real "human perspective". If a book can make me question my preconceived notions it is well worth the read.

This is not a serious dark book but it does present an question that is relevent to today: How far would or should you go in service to your country (or in this case Galaxy)?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Involving story 14 Dec. 2010
By Helen Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A Galaxy at War is an involving story of military battles in space, with the unusual twist that two of the main protagonists - Ryann and Joslyne, who met in flight school - are married to each other. The sexual chemistry between them is obvious, with Joslyne the quicker, cleverer, more mischievous of the two, and Ryann steadier; determined to carry out his mission whatever the cost. And there is a cost.

During the course of the book, Ryann's relationships with the people he loves - including Joslyne - are put to the test. By the end of the book, he has paid a terrible price for what he believes in.

I liked the relationship between Ryann and Joslyne, and the details Fitch puts into the story to bring it to life and make an imagined future world seem believeable - the holoconferences, for example, and (horrible thought) the techno-chains. The names for the characters and the objects/locations in the world also appealed to me: Admiral Zephyr, Firespray, Ozonacropolis.

There was a good balance between battles and human relationships which made this a very readable story with a surprisingly moving ending.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read... 11 Dec. 2010
By Cindye1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First let me say that I am not big on leaving reviews, however I was asked so here goes....

While this was not my first book by this author, it is certainly my favorite to date. I loved the story line, the author's ability to create, maintain and develop multiple subplots and kept it all flowing nicely.

I have read other reviews that were all up in arms about red vs green weapon fire...sheesh get real. I found it easy to follow - one is the "good guys" one isn't. I'll leave it to you to figure out which is which when you read the book.

I especially liked the ending - not your typical, run-of-the-mill shut down. I really wish the author would consider turning this into a series, at least for one more book (it is a space opera after all, lol).. but seriously, it is worth your time and money.
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