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LANCEJACK (The Union Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1617 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: The Electronic Book Company (22 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZODJZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Chichester, southern England. Not long after my seventeenth birthday I signed up to join the British Army, opting for service within the infantry. Since then I have served my country for thirteen years, completing a series of tours in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and instructing at an infantry training centre in northern England. I am now an infantry platoon sergeant, and spend my free time- when I get it- pursuing my childhood passion, writing science fiction.

In light of the positive response to my first two ebooks, I have recently completed and published a third! EDEN is the follow up to LANCEJACK, and takes Andy Moralee to a new world where enemies lurk around every corner...

You can follow me on twitter @PhilAuthor for updates on the production of future titles, as well as hearing me moan about the ups and downs of life as a Platoon Sergeant!

Feel free to email me at the address below. I welcome all ideas, comments and constructive criticism, and I always make an effort to reply.

phil_richards@hotmail.com

Or find me on my dedicated facebook page;

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This book is an excellent insight to small unit warfare and the psychology of those units. The author has been there and done it and stared the elephant in the eyes. The characterisations are blinding and the future kit used by the squaddies is well thought out.
Its a great second book in the series and i am waiting baited for the next instalment. If you like Mil sci fi with a humanist approach these books are for you. They remind me a bit of "Starship troopers" Or the "Falkenburg legion" books in the way the relationships are handled.
If you want to get a real feel for what our guys are going through in Afghanistan these books are a good reflection of that conflict.
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This follows on from the first Union Series book, which I also enjoyed, though I think Lancejack works perfectly well as a standalone book.

Lancejack has the same strengths as its predecessor: strong characters who change, great skill in writing clear fast-moving action scenes, and believability. His bio says the author is a serving platoon sergeant. That shows. In the book, our protagonist from book1, Andy Moralee, is newly promoted as a lance corporal and has to establish himself in a new unit, though he does come across an old friend (or maybe two…). It’s a different set of challenges to being a new recruit. Andy makes mistakes but learns and improves and changes. He has some tricky choices to make. Maybe he botches them, but I’m not sure I’d do any differently.

In this book the Union are fighting an insurgency in a heavily populated planet, which makes the fighting messier. This isn’t a thinly veiled Afghanistan or Iraq. The scenes we see are in a domed metropolis. To the English and German conscripts the insurgents are higher tech than they are and fabulously wealthy. But it isn’t as simple as colonial military stamping down rebellion – there are more factions and complications here.

Definitely recommended. While drawing on its predecessor’s strengths, I felt Lancejack was different enough that I didn’t feel I was reading more of the same.

I am annoyed with the author, though. I finished C.R.O.W. in the early hours of yesterday morning. I’ve done a full day’s work and read Lancejack since then. If he didn’t write such good books, I would be able to get to sleep earlier.
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The first book in this series `CROW` was a very well written observation of the brutality of war and how it shapes the men and women who find themselves caught up in it.
It would be obvious that the author has a wealth of personal experience to draw on even if we were not told up front. This, the second book in the series develops those themes and, now the protagonist is no longer a new recruit we also get more insight into how soldiers motivate themselves and each other. Although this is an excellent action story the psychology is just as well handled. I especially liked the way we see everything from Andy`s point of view, even though he is part of a unit his isolation and loneliness are almost claustrophobic.
The background of small unit tactics in the context of a counter insurgency is, of course very current and reflects the author`s own experience, albeit transposed to another planet, but it could just as easily have been set in 70`s Belfast, 50`s Malaysia any of countless other theatres through the years and in any nation`s army.
Former or current servicemen will see a lot here they recognise and, like the best military writing, those who have not served will get a better understanding of how their lives shape those who serve.
Keep them coming PLEASE Sgt!
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I read the first book...C.R.O.W......and bought this one straight away. Took me a day to read it, couldn't put it down.
The mood changes from the first, darker just like the main character 'Andy'.
You can really relate to the character as the sheer brutality of war changes him. The action sequences are so descriptive and 'real' that you find yourself fighting with the section.
Just about to buy the third book 'Eden'.
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Well seldom have I read the sequel to a book, that I have enjoyed more than the original and I loved the crow
After I had finished the crow I found out that Phillip Richards was writing a sequel and I couldn't wait for its publish .
The lance Jack definitely did not disappoint me what a excellent bit of skilful writing I only hope we see more from this series and author.
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Where to start – I have written the same review for all three of the books in this series (so far there are three….)….because I really want to comment on the three books together…..
Wow…..Phil writes with an intensity and style suited to the fast paced action sci-fi novels that these are. I can see and feel the drawing of his military experience and can also balance it against my own. The environments he develops, the situations that arise and the actions and reactions are all so real life like that they really did work for me in the novels…..
Good characters and believable story lines, with well worked plots, sub-plots and an overall story that can develop way beyond the three books that exist….
I am hooked, and want more – which has to be the best recommendation a reader can give…..
If I can say one thing – and that is I would love to read, at least, part of a story where the main character is on garrison duty/or qualification training…..because it’s also a part of the world that Andy exists within…..
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