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The First Casualty [Mass Market Paperback]

Mike Moscoe
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (31 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441005934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441005932
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forced to fight to preserve Earth, which they have never seen, an female asteroid miner and a male freighter operator confront the army of the United Colonies in a war where all are pawns to the profit motive. Original.

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How do you win a war you never even wanted to borrow?
Sergeant Mary Rodrigo and Captain Mattim Abeeb were happy mining asteroids and pushing freight across the stars. Then somebody threw a war and they got sucked into it. The whole platoon is hoping Mary can find someone to surrender to before the Lieutenant finds out. Mattim intended to do anything to keep his crew alive, but when he ends up half way across the galaxy, even he figures he's gone a bit too far. So what do you do, when all human space is at war, and you'd reather be somewhere else? You'll have to read to find out Mary and Matt's solution.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Kris 14 July 2013
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fans of military science fiction novels will probably be familiar with the Kris Longknife series, by Mike Shepherd.[ If not, see Mutineer (Kris Longknife Novels)]

Prior to the start of that series, though, the writer published a few other novels, under a pen name, that are also military science fiction, and which take place in the same future history setting.

This is a reissue of the first of those. It does feature Ray Longknife, better known from the Kris books as her grandfather. Since it takes place a fair few years before the start of her series, this is Ray back when he was a serving soldier and before he had children or got into politics.

It runs for three hundred and twenty five pages, and is divided into seventeen chapters. It's one of those books that is pretty much self contained, but leaves the door open for more involving the characters at the end. There are two more books in this particular series which follow it.

At the start of the book, Earth and it's colonies are at war. Earth is under the control of business interests. And the colony of Wardhaven is ruled by the Unity party. Who aren't much better.

Various combatants are caught in the middle of all this. Such as Mary Rodrigo and Mattim Abeeb, an asteriod miner and a pilot who have been forced to fight for Earth. Ray is a colonial major, and is in the middle of a relationship with Rita, a pilot.

Ray, Mattim and Mary are all viewpoint characters, and the narrative will jump between them for various scenes.

The book begins with them on opposite sides in the fight for a planet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good war story in space. 5 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Moscoe has a nice clean writing style that provides just the right level of detail to form his universe and the fighting situations. I enjoy a good sci-fi war story and the author provides it. The central characters are divided between a ground based marine fighting unit and a ship based "naval" unit, and the two story lines merge to climax a good tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 17 Jun 2014
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Brilliant story...good holiday read
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed "average" to me..... 4 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Good space battles between ships, but some of the physics involved seemed "wrong" to me. Maybe I shouldn't gripe about physics in a book involving FTL space flight, but when a ship accellerates at 3 gees for several days, it should have to decellerate at the same rate for the same time as well. Too often the ships just seem to come to a stop, or at least the author doesn't describe that several days of braking were involved. Minor gripe? Possibly, and I for one could have done without the sappy and cliche drama of Major Longknife and his wife as well. It's an okay book if you're just looking for some mindless entertainment, but thought-provoking, it is not.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good war story in space. 5 April 1999
By Sparta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Moscoe has a nice clean writing style that provides just the right level of detail to form his universe and the fighting situations. I enjoy a good sci-fi war story and the author provides it. The central characters are divided between a ground based marine fighting unit and a ship based "naval" unit, and the two story lines merge to climax a good tale.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The origin of "Those Damn Longknives" 27 April 2013
By James L. Gillaspy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I finished this before I looked on the copyright page: it is dated 1999, before the Kris Longknife series started. I originally thought this was written recently as a "back story" novel to that series. Apparently, it is the author's first episode in a series in that universe, one that he subsequently abandoned for the Kris stories, which are set in the same universe, but much later.

That would explain why the Kris stories are better written. This was very entertaining, if you like this type of science fiction, but not as good as the author's later works. I especially had a hard time distinguishing who was on what side in the conflict. Point-of-view switched back and forth without enough cues, for me, to know immediately whose events I was following.

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A nit about the battles on the airless planetoid that takes up about a third of the novel. It wouldn't have been the same story, of course, but why didn't the attacking force drop a nuke in the middle of the crater rather than land outside and attack the "walls?" Just saying.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to the Kris Longknife series 3 Aug 2013
By Icabod - Published on Amazon.com
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The Longknife series keeps referring to events that took place a number of years before the series. Moscoe wrote these before he became Shepard and wrote Longknife. Compared to the Longknife series the Jump Universe books are a bit simpler and lack the background of his later work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the Longknife saga 1 Jan 2014
By Hans - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Moscoe and Mike Shepherd is the same person and why Shepherd writes under the name of Moscoe in this new series called Jump Universe I have no idea. I love his novels about Kris Longknife and in this new novel you get both a very good story of military science fiction as well as a good start of the Longknife saga with background on persons like Kris' great grandfathers king Raymond and general Trouble. This novel however stands very much on its own as an excellent war story. I would even go as far as saying that its perhaps the best novel so far about the Longknifes including the ones about Kris Longknife. It also explains why many people say how dangerous it is being around the damned Longknifes. This novel is quite a bit darker than than the ones about Kris Longknife but it makes it more realistic. I can highly recommend it as a prequel for those who like the novels about Kris Longknife as well as very good milititary science fiction. As Always with Shepherd/Moscoe its easy to follow the plot, the language is correct and the balance between technology, action and talk is perfect.

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Hans
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it 18 Feb 2013
By margaret - Published on Amazon.com
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The book needs a little more character development. It is not quite up to his writing standards of today, but still a good read
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