- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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LANCEJACK (The Union Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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...
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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'.
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.
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…..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't think that the first book in this series could be improved upon, how wrong I was. The style of writing by this author chains the reader to the story. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
What a great book I simply loved it and could not put it down. I am now going to start the next one in the series thank you.Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
A good read from Phillip Richards, only the second one in the present series, but his writing gets better, if your into military Sci Fi and even if your not, then give this series... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Many authors try to get inside the head of the squaddy on the ground. Most make a so so job. This author has been there. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MZ Rider
Enjoyed this one as much as the first novel, same main character but different slant in the troopers viewpoint. Well recommended, off to buy the next instalmentPublished 9 months ago by R. Nicklin
This is an interesting tale spoilt by the number of grammatical errors that seem to have escaped proof-reading. Read morePublished 12 months ago by nebul7
Read book one so was hooked!! Great work which shows the front in all its foibles. Highly recommended for all sf/mil fans not too techie an loads of action. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Duncan Holland