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PELGRAFF [Kindle Edition]

D.A. Boulter
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On a planet peacefully and harmoniously populated by both humans and the gorilla-like Pagayans, civil war has broken out, fostered by a third species, the Damargs. None of Earth's ex-colony worlds want to hear about it, much less get involved. But one member of the space-based Trading League, Colleen Yrden, is raising an Interplanetary Brigade to fight on Pelgraff.

Alan McLean left the New Brittain police service under a cloud: he killed a man under questionable circumstances. His need to belong to something, anything, drives him to accept Colleen's offer of employment--to help train the Interplanetary Brigade--despite his natural disgust at the endeavour and his dislike for the Pagayans. It doesn't hurt that she believes in him where all others have turned their backs.

Though he signs on to train men in weapons and tactics only, he finds himself drawn into the conflict and his growing hatred of the brutal Damargs--as well as his unrequited feelings for Colleen--holds him on Pelgraff even as politics makes the prospect of eventual victory increasingly unlikely and his bigotry towards Pagayans makes equally unlikely a relationship with Colleen. Others may leave, but McLean is determined to stay to the end, however it turns out.

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D.A. Boulter hates talking about himself in the 3rd person. Finds it annoying.

Since my early school days, Science Fiction and Fantasy have intrigued me, starting with Heinlein, whose Starship Troopers I read in the middle 60s, long before I knew about the social and political themes it carried. My seminal year, though, came in 1974 when I got my hands on a copy of Frank Herbert's "Dune", which fascinated me with its depth and breadth. At that moment I knew I SF&F had hooked me.

However, it took another ten years before I seriously considered writing my own material and another ten after that before I began writing in earnest. Now, with the advent of e-readers, I find myself in the very strange position of being a published author, rather than someone who wrote for himself only. It gratifies me that many have read and enjoyed my works. Thank you.

I've worked as a cook, a first-aid attendant, weather observer, radar operator and tech. I've worked in the city, in the woods, and in the Arctic. Just now, I find myself on the West Coast of Canada, with my feline companion -- one of a line of cats who have shared my writing moments (and interrupted them as well).

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5.0 out of 5 stars xenophobic hardass 24 Feb 2013
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I really enjoyed this book, I have read a lot of Sci-fi & Fantasy novels and I can honestly say that the main character in Pelgraff is easily one of the more interesting I have come across! I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stunning read 23 April 2011
By Scorpio
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Although I am not very good at writing reviews, I do know a dam good read when I got one and this is another excellent book by Mr Boulter. I have now bought all five of his books and enjoyed the first four. What is wrong with the last one? Nothing at all I am just about to start reading it. A very talented author don't take my word for it download a sample I know you will agree with me if you do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still can't beleve how much I loved this.... 9 Feb 2011
By julie mcmillan - Published on
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I've never written a review before but, as I couldn't get this little gem out of my head, so I decided to do it. I usualy only read romance and bought this because I thought it was one, but it was so much more. The main character is an unwitting hero who grew from being a narrow minded bigot, to the hero of the planet he was willing to die for-including the aliens he had hated. All along he never seems to understand that he is loved by the people(human and alien) of this inbattled world and has become a symbol of hope for them.

I immediatly bought all this authors books and He/She? did not disapoint. From the slightly disturbing to the awe-inspiring I have loved them all and can't believe these are not getting more attention. I believe they should be on the best-sellers lists. I hope to see them there soon, and I hope this author is a quick writer!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War on a distant planet... 11 Mar 2011
By Nathan Lowell - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase many times has *this* been done?

Tally another one and this is a winner.

Boulter brings the classic trope down to the personal level with his main character - Alan "Mad Dog" McLean. Starting with being drummed out of the police force on his home planet, McLean undertakes a journey of redemption on the battle field of a distant planet. The view from the ground blends personal with political, technical with tragic, and even manages to add a pinch of humor.

The story does have a couple of things that bugged me.

The Foreword didn't do anything for me and nearly made me put the book down before I got to the first chapter. If I hadn't already been a Boulter fan from reading Courtesan, I might not have pushed thru and that would have been a mistake. The story starts at chapter one. I thought the book should as well. I think I know why that foreword is there, but I don't think it's needed. Just my opinion.

McLean - as a character - is flawed, and that's cool, but he's also stupid and that's not supposed to be his flaw. Yes, he's a testosterone poisoned male at times, and I'm ok with that, but he hangs on to his bias and bile long after it seems appropriate. The change, when it comes, is abrupt and, while perfectly logical and handled well at that point, it jarred. McLean is also not a terribly reliable narrator - the limitations of first person point-of-view notwithstanding - or perhaps it's the "stupid" part of him that insists on missing the clues to the relationships changing around him. In any case, I found myself saying "Oh just get over yourself, ya putz!" to the character more than once. Eventually I realized that the only time I do that is when I care about the characters ... and that Boulter had sucked me in very thoroughly.

So, in spite of the problems I had, I still rate the book 5-stars. It'll be one that sticks with me for a while and one that I enjoyed a great deal.

This is a darn good "military sci-fi" yarn that focuses more on the people than the weapons, but works very well indeed. If that's your cuppa, then this is worth a shot. Grab a sample and see if you like it.

But.. I'd skip the foreword.

Thanks, Mr. Boulter, for another great read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A John Wayne-moment 14 Feb 2011
By geoff thomas - Published on
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I like everything Doug Boulter has written.
And most of it is slightly different from the others.
Courtesan is great.
But I like this book the best.
It is about a man's man.
Mad Dog McLean.
If you enjoyed the movie Gunga Din or any John Wayne movie, you will like this book. The tone is "right". McLean is unjustifiably hounded. And looks for redemption. But a hero he is.

I love the quote that the author uses when he describes the book:

"I have often been asked, had I the chance to do it again, if I would. I have never answered that question and have ignored those who asked. But I answer it now. In a heartbeat. For her. I pay my debts. If she were to call I, and all the others, would answer that call. But she will not call; for she knows we have given enough.

Alan (Mad Dog) McLean"

Just read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid action tale 19 Sep 2012
By Sparta - Published on
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Boulter brings Alan "Mad Dog" McLean to such a personal level I was drawn in with complete interest. The man character is removed out of the police force after a tragic event becomes too politically correct not to punish him. McLean is recruited to become a tactic weapons trainer to help a poor farming planet from an external threat. The author creates a wonderful personal attachment to the main character. The political element enhances your feelings of a tragedy. Lots of nice fights to warm a military sci-fi lovers soul.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tale, absorbing writing style 8 Mar 2012
By Kris James - Published on
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~~From Red Adept Reviews~~

I received PELGRAFF, by D.A. Boulter, as a review copy submitted to "Red Adept Reviews" by the author.

Overall: 5 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

The plot of this novel wasn't quite what I expected, based on the blurb. Pelgraff is a first-person war novel. It's all the wars of Earth rolled into one on a faraway planet, in an age where war is unthinkable. If you like war stories, you will love Pelgraff.

The novel begins with a bang; a lot of characterization and setting were crammed in the first twenty pages, without seeming heavy. The first act of the novel introduces more characters and sets up plenty of tension, between various sets of characters as well as with the war itself. The rest of the novel is nonstop action, but the author tucks these excellent moments in between battles, revealing character, letting plot details emerge, painting the world of Pelgraff with yet another vivid hue.

As I said, this is a war novel, but it's not a fairy tale. Never having been in war, I can only compare it to books and movies I've seen, but it compares favorably. There is gain and loss, there is attrition and unexpected aid. In an age where war is extinct, McLean and his troops fight because it is the right thing to do.

The end of the novel was not a surprise, but it was still entertaining. The open ending left me eager to believe that McLean's story carried on without me.

Character Development: 5 Stars

The novel is told from Alan McLean's POV, but the other characters are all well-developed too.

McLean suffers nightmares that adapt organically to the new horrors of war, giving insight into his deepest fears; he's very aware that he's a flawed person. His racism toward the Pagayans softened organically as time went on; I really enjoyed how that was handled.

Colleen's on a mission, as is her son, and nothing can distract her from it; I didn't expect her to have such a deep character. Reporter Moira James has already clashed with McLean, but on Pelgraff, she experiences more than one change of heart. Tro Cirret was an excellent character, tough but fair, and rightly suspicious. Other minor characters, of which there were many, did a fabulous job of filling out McLean's world: Tro Prenon, Danner, Talbot, Tra Telmi, Jane Tammerin, even Sophie the cat. Pelgraff felt real because the characters felt real.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

I love the way Alan's personality colors the tone of this first-person POV novel. Hard-boiled and crisp, with an old soldier's wry humor and a mastery of saying much with few words. I couldn't put the book down; I read it straight through, and a lot of my interest was because of the engaging writing style.

Weapon names, troop movements and strategic locations pepper the text without obscuring the action. Dialogue was short and to the point. The level of description was sufficient without being overwhelming; the characters were the stars, and the settings played excellent backdrops.

Editing: 4 3/4 Stars

The only issue I noticed was a regular use of run-on sentences.
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