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By Other Means (Defending The Future Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

James Chambers , Bud Sparhawk , Andy Remic , Danielle Ackley-McPhail , Patrick Thomas , James Daniel Ross , CJ Henderson , Jack Campbell , David Sherman , Mike McPhail
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Book Description

This Is No Longer A Standup Fight! Suit up! The war is far from over in fifteen new Defending the Future stories.

Fight alongside old comrades with tales of the Roosevelt, Cybermarines, DemonTech, Alliance Archives, Radiation Angels, and the 142nd Starbourne. Or explore new visions of Military Science Fiction from the leaders in the genre.

Featuring the works of: James Chambers, Bud Sparhawk, Jeff Young, Mike McPhail, Andy Remic, Charles E. Gannon, Peter Prellwitz, Jeffrey Lyman, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Robert E. Waters, James Daniel Ross, Patrick Thomas, C.J. Henderson, John G. Hemry (Jack Campbell).

DAVID SHERMAN - "Delaying Action" (DemonTech)
JOHN G. HEMRY (a.k.a. JACK CAMPBELL) - "Dawn's Last Light"
JAMES CHAMBERS - "Mother of Peace"
BUD SPARHAWK - "CyberMarine" (Shardies)
JEFF YOUNG - "Blankets"
MIKE McPHAIL - "Sheepdog" (Alliance Archives)
ANDY REMIC - "Splinter" (SPIRAL)
CHARLES E. GANNON - "A Thing of Beauty"
PETER PRELLWITZ - "Alone and Afar" (Shards Universe)
DANIELLE ACKLEY-McPHAIL - "True Colors" (Alliance Archives)
ROBERT E. WATERS - "Devil Dancers"
JAMES DANIEL ROSS - "The Oath" (Radiation Angels)
PATRICK THOMAS - "The Children's Crusade" (142 Starborne)
C.J. HENDERSON - "A Meal Fit for God" (The Roosevelt)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Quest Books (21 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TAWQ40
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok - could have been made more enjoyable 15 Jun. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
a couple of good stories
but it just reeks of cheap - a bit more love into the presentation and selection of some of the stories would have made this a much better book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warriors and Units 6 Jan. 2014
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on
By Other Means (2011) is the third combat SF anthology in the Defending the Future series, following So It Begins. The initial volume in this sequence is Breach the Hull. This volume contains original fourteen stories, a novella and the author bios.

- "Mother of Peace" by James Chambers compels an aging and injured woman to search for a survivor.

- "Cybermarine" by Bud Sparhawk exposes a rift in the ranks.

- "Blankets" by Jeff Young solves a problem by an ancient method.

- "Sheepdog" by Mike McPhail joins a mixed team looking for survivors.

- "Splinter" by Andy Remic traces a Spiral agent as he searches for a rogue.

- "A Thing of Beauty" by Charles E. Gannon builds a work of art and liberation.

- "Alone and Afar" by Peter Prellwitz strains the abilities of a talented woman.

- "Hunger" by Jeffrey Lyman follows an independent food trader.

- "True Colors" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail confronts a unit with infiltrators.

- "Devil Dancers" by Robert E. Waters sends Apache warriors to fight in space.

- "The Oath" by James Daniel Ross takes a soldier to a left behind companion.

- "The Children's Crusade" by Patrick Thomas presents a lone soldier with a problem.

- "A Meal Fit for a God" by C. J. Henderson brings an Asian god to dinner.

- "Dawn's Last Light" by John G. Hemry visits the far future.

- "Delaying Action" by David Sherman puts the refugees between two enemy forces.

These tales generally look for alternatives to war. However, most find different ways to apply force and violence. Diplomacy and peace are not very effective in these stories.

Some of these stories are continuation of others in the previous volumes. Only three authors -- Young, Prellwitz, and Waters -- are new to this series. They also will be in future anthologies in this series.

The last tale is a continuation of the Demontech chronicles. This is the second Demontech novella in this sequence. Another -- Get Her Back -- is a sequel to this story.

The next installment in this sequence is No Man's Land.

Recommended for fans of combat SF. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 25 July 2013
By M. Maitzen - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Most of these stories were a good read. I also enjoyed the few which continued story lines from the other books in this series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good variety 17 Feb. 2013
By Trev - Published on
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A good choice of short stories with no repetition. A mixture of science fiction with some fantasy. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars By Other Means 18 Dec. 2012
By BNSF244 - Published on
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An interesting story. Hard to put down. The anticipation for the next book kept building thru the story. Volume 2 should be great. Can't wait to start reading it.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... as a few of the stories I very much like, but some are just your standard futuristic military ... 11 Jan. 2015
By Jonathan Gawne - Published on
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I'm torn as a few of the stories I very much like, but some are just your standard futuristic military blah blah blah stuff. I figure as the authors of the good stories know who they are, the rating here is more for the editor in including good with so-so.

I probably should rate this higher, given that it is so much better than 90% of the dreck out there today, but I prefer to ignore the 90% independent dreck. Oh what the H I bump it up a star as even if half the stories in the book amused me it should be a 4 star.
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