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3.0 out of 5 stars The invasion will be televised, 18 Oct 2011
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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