- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2551 KB
- Print Length: 309 pages
- Publisher: The Electronic Book Company (1 Aug. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008S1VH5K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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C.R.O.W. (The Union Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book had me gripped the start and is very well written. It follows a new recruit joining the Dropship Infantry fighting on behalf of the European Union. In the future there are 3 Superpowers the Union who are allies with the Russians, the Chinese and the Indians. As Earth has got full the Superpowers have headed to the stars to colonise other worlds for their resources but inevitably the superpowers fight over them.
Trooper Andy Moralee is fresh meat in the section and we follow him from his arrival on his new ship and into battle from a young inexperienced trooper and watch him become a battle hardened veteran.
A good British Sci fi novel with some excellent battle scenes very well described by the author.
Yup. The British Army might well be a component of a fully fledged EU army in the 24th century but it still exists and in essence, not much has changed. I also think that Phil Richards goes someway to squaring this sometimes seemingly brutal reality with a civilians perception of it. For better or for worse it is character building. You toughen up because of it.
Superbly written, fast paced, gritty, realistic. Most superlatives apply because I am on the last chapter now and trying to slow things down a bit as I don't know where to go after I have finished this one. I have almost swallowed this one whole. Also I am looking for a sequel already and on my scale a book that does that deserves five stars.
One thing though. Please make your mind up. Is Andy Moralee from Portsmouth or Pompey? I'm confused about that.
The plot concerns Andy Moralee, a fresh conscript – though a volunteer for the dropshop infantry. His journey on a troopship to New Earth is a hell of bullying but that falls away when they make the shooting war starts. The Andy we know at the end of the book is not the same person we see at the start. And that’s a strength and a difference from many similar books. The characters are rounded, believable, and in the face of battle they change.
This is definitely a grunt’s eye view of future war. We’re aware of the wider picture, but rarely hear any detail of what is happening beyond company level. Mostly the focus is on platoon and section level action. And as the casualties mount and unit cohesion breaks down in the tunnel fighting it’s sometimes reduced to Andy and the soldier next to him. The situation becomes very confused. That’s not to say the writer is confused at all. In fact, one of the strengths of this book is the writer’s ability to clearly and concisely describe the setting and movement within each scene. For the fast-changing action scenes that comprise most of the book, that is a vital skill that is easy to overlook because the author does it so well. It isn’t easy though, believe me!
It’s refreshing to have a near future with contemporary nations taking part. Andy is part of the European Union assault to retake a planet from the Chinese. This gives it an interesting edge, but this isn’t China-bashing. Ultimately Andy’s attitude is one of a conscript fighting for his platoon comrades against Chinese conscripts doing the same thing. They’re too busy trying to stay alive to be concerned about politics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first in an amazing series of novels which mix the culture of the British Army from an Infantry solider's perspective with a future sci-fi enviroment. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Neil Harold
Purchased by mistake looking for a Richard Philips book. Gave it a go and loved it.Published 27 days ago by r m geeson
This book is reasonable. I recently read a Chris Ryan book (Strikeback novel 1 I think?) and found this one to be much better than Ryan's book in terms of descriptions of action,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Henry
From the get go you can tell this is written by someone who's been in the military and seen action! For anyone with a military background (like mine - squadie brat! Read morePublished 2 months ago by MattL
Brilliantly written. Nothing is missing from this novel, it is jam packed with male hormones just waiting to burst into action. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
It is a thrilling ride into the world of battle, hang on to your coattails because it doesn't let up for a moment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer