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Recruit (The United Federation Marine Corps Book 1) by [Brazee, Jonathan P.]
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Recruit (The United Federation Marine Corps Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in The United Federation Marine Corps (8 Book Series)
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About the Author

I am a retired Marine colonel now living and working in Thailand. I was born in Oakland, CA, but have lived throughout the US and the world, and have traveled to over 100 countries. My undergraduate degree was earned at the U. S. Naval Academy (Class of 1979), and I have attended graduate school at U. S. International University and the University of California, San Diego, earning a masters and doctorate. I am a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the US. Naval Academy Alumni Association. I have rather eclectic tastes. I have won awards in photography, cooking, and several sports, earning national championships in rugby and equestrian events. I love reading, writing, exercise, cooking, travel, and photography. I published my first work back in 1978, a so-so short story titled "Secession." Since then, I have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in book format in fiction, political science, business, military, sports, race relations, and personal relations fields. I write because I love it. I only hope that others might read my work and get a bit of enjoyment or useful information out of my efforts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2727 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Semper Fi Press (8 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LNFIWHO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This reads like it's written by a retired US marine colonel. Which of course it is. Apart from a green skinned hooker and people with slightly unusual names it could be a book about US marine experiences in any theatre from Vietnam to Afghanistan. The bar scene with the recruits discussing the current NFL season did it for me, I gave up then. Maybe the writing and characterisation matures with the follow ups but this one is too Uncle Sam centric for me.
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A bit clunky in parts and could have done with proof reading, I hate it when words are there which should have been deleted, normally you can work out that the author started along one line of thinking and then changed his or her mind but left an extraneous word behind, but there are just too many.
Also a grammar and spellcheck would have helped, indeed that alone would have got rid of the obvious problems.

That moan over it is a good yarn that gets over the gut wrench when you lose a friend, there one minute not the next. It gives a credible start and shows how the direction of a life can be changed from something as simple as being bored of waiting. In this case the hero was enlisting in one organisation but ended up in another because he had been left with no explanation for a long delay.
Written by a marine for marines it gives a good idea of the camaraderie in any service.
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I have read all Jonathan Brazee's books. They just get better and better. This book is the first of a great series. Well worth reading. The only issue I have is a slight tendency to place items in the future, with brand names from the past ( tank names etc.and references and speech is a little dated - but this is minor, and I guess relates directly to the first hand experiences of the author who is an ex-Marine Colonel...But it's all good, and his use females to be the centre of some of the books is great. As long as he keeps writing, I will keep reading his books.
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Just finished reading the final book in this series. I enjoyed them all so much I decided to write a book review for the first time ever. It seemed a good idea to put my review alongside the first one in the series rather than the last so anyone considering reading the series could see my recommendation. I have so enjoyed every single one of them and would highly recommend them. If you decide to read them - you are in for a treat! Enjoy!
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Pros: Interesting concept and good attention to detail.

Cons: I wasn't interested in any of the characters. I enjoyed the first half of the book... and then it gets lost in medical centres, parades and waiting for things to happen. And when something does happen the pace is too slow and there's no sense of urgency.
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By Jeff N.B VINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2014
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A first episode, good space yarn along the line of Starship Troopers although lacking some of Robert Heinlein's great style.

A simple story of a young man who joins the Space Marines, goes through Boot Camp and into combat. The plot is simplistic but that does not make it bad and it is told with feeling and humour. The characters seem real three dimensional people, if in some cases a little strange.

This book may not be a total page turner but I enjoyed it and look forward to episode 2.
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It should really be 3 and a half stars, because it's quite entertaining, but it's a tough read in that it jumps around a lot, and doesn't feel consistent all the way through. Worth a punt if you like military sci fi fun though
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Enjoyable read following a tried and trusted formula. Knowing that the author is a retired US Marine helps because the combat sequences are all the more realistic and the downtime very real.
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