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4.0 out of 5 stars Corporation America goes to war and broadcasts it live on TV
Corporate America has forced the US Army to go to war over who owns the moon. Army officers spend as little time as possible with the fighting units, indeed combat is micromanaged from command bunkers by officers who have no experiance.
Starks War focus's on a Platoon Sargent and his experiances of combat and small unit politics. Oh yes and to finance the war, they...
Published on 23 Oct 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars The invasion will be televised
This is an earlier work from the writer of popular military science fiction series The Lost Fleet: Dauntless (Book 1 Lost Fleet 1) and it's the first in a trilogy of novels about Sgt. Ethan Stark.

It runs for a little over three hundred pages. There's a short prologue which sets the scene for the future history in which the story takes place. And it does this...
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Paul Tapner


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corporation America goes to war and broadcasts it live on TV, 23 Oct 2000
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Corporate America has forced the US Army to go to war over who owns the moon. Army officers spend as little time as possible with the fighting units, indeed combat is micromanaged from command bunkers by officers who have no experiance.
Starks War focus's on a Platoon Sargent and his experiances of combat and small unit politics. Oh yes and to finance the war, they are feeding virtually live the whole war to the American public via TV. The officers are more concerned with ratings than the ground offensive.
An interesting scenerio which is both very gripping and a little predictable but that is ok. Well worth a read allthough fans of graphic combat novels will not be satisified, this is more a human interest story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The invasion will be televised, 18 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Stark's War (Book 1) (Stark's War 1) (Ethan Stark 1) (Paperback)
This is an earlier work from the writer of popular military science fiction series The Lost Fleet: Dauntless (Book 1 Lost Fleet 1) and it's the first in a trilogy of novels about Sgt. Ethan Stark.

It runs for a little over three hundred pages. There's a short prologue which sets the scene for the future history in which the story takes place. And it does this very nicely in little more than a page.

Then there are three parts of approx one hundred pages each. Each part is basically one long chapter, the only breaks in them being the occasional line break between scenes.

This came out a little over ten years ago originally, and the setting is quite interesting as a result because it gets some things right - a post millennium financial crash - but is wide of the mark on others because it has America avoid most of that and become a dominant world force as a result. Corporations in other countries thus looked elsewhere for new markets and so they went to the moon.

But now American politicans have decided they want the moon. Given that they were there first. And Stark and his squad are amongst the forces sent to invade it. They battle on the lunar surface in special armour. And they also have to deal with the war being televised, and politicans and officers who will do anything to ensure it's a ratings success.

Stark is just an ordinary sergeant doing his best to survive the battle and protect his troops. All of which pushes him towards some tough choices. And having to deal with the resulting consequences.

This does take a little while to get going and to get used to, and after the interstellar battles and setting of the lost fleet, it never feels quite science fictiony enough at times. The battle scenes don't quite give the feel of the lunar surface.

But it's very readable, it takes it's time to make Stark a fully three dimensional character. And it's all about the soldiers rather than any flag waving patriotism. Thus as it goes on you do find yourself getting into it. A few strong science fictional elemens do come into play.

And the events of the final forty or so pages are involving reading because they force you to think about what you might do in a similar situation.

Also they make you want to know what will happen next.

For that, go to the second book in the trilogy Stark's Command (Book 2).

So whilst this isn't quite on a par with the Lost Fleet series yet, it's not a bad start to the story. And fans of this kind of thing should be well pleased with it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sun Tzu's Ghost!!!, 27 Jan 2010
This is a great way to introduce yourself to military scifi if you haven't tried it and, if you already like it, this is a classic example of why it is so popular. Hemry now writes as Jack Campbell, author of "The Lost Fleet" series (another wonderful miliscifi series), but the "Stark's War" trilogy seems to be where he earned his spurs. Sergeant Ethan Stark is a fully realised character, with an inner demon driving his self-deprecation and devotion to his troops. Set on earth's Moon, it is a tale of bloody battle, what makes a hero and why, in the end, most fighting is futile. It neither lionises soldiers nor advocates pacifism. It is gritty, tragic and deadly realistic. It needs reprinting, because to get hold of a copy of any of the trilogy is likely to set you back 10-20 each!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, no brainer SCI FI with strong military theme, 23 Dec 2013
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I got this as a present on a whim and went onto buy the remaining two books of the series. The concepts are simple enough, in a truly free market capitalist future even the military has to fund itself - what better way than televising conflicts and setting up mass battles against an undeserving enemy. The long and short of it is this is conflict Science fiction - all the usual elements are there and the technology tends to sink into the background as conflicts get resolved. The only criticism I have of these books is characters tend to be a bit paper thin - you never really develop a strong love or hate of any character. They come, go or stick around - some get heroically sacrificed but it makes little difference to you as the reader. This is popcorn sci-fi - so as long as you are happy with this lightweight read you could probably plough through all three books in a 1 week holiday.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 20 May 2013
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Good set up but seemed a bit slow. Overall enjoyable and I will read the rest of the books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars futuristic soldiers, 19 May 2013
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Sgt. Stark leads his men against the enemies of the US, but find that his officers are very poor and try to micro manage all that he is ordered to do, he howver does everything he can to protect his men and complete his missions. I did not put this book down until I had finished at which point i started the next book in the trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good military type book, 16 Mar 2013
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I could really recommend this book to everyone who liked Tom Clancy's and other Black series military books. It is full of action and in depth of military thinking, ready for easy reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable read, 6 Mar 2013
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I expected the same level of reading I had enjoyed with the Lost Fleet series but unfortunately I have been spoiled. others may find this series more to their tast as it is more realistically based on current military and world politics, for me there was not the escapism of the previous series. Just as descriptive and detailed though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Readable but felt it was very flawed, 16 Feb 2013
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i finished the series but did not really feel it was worth my time. not up to the standard of Lost Fleet
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starks war by Jack Campbell, 5 Feb 2013
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Good science warfare, a bit naive, but I enjoyed it so much that I bought the entire series.
Jack does not let you down. wysiwyg.
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Stark's War (Book 1) (Stark's War 1) (Ethan Stark 1) by Jack Campbell (writing as John G Hemry) (Paperback - 9 Sep 2011)
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