Semper Mars (Heritage Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Feb 2007
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About the Author
Ian Douglas is one of the pseudonyms for William H. Keith, New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, Star Corpsman, and Star Carrier. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not a Marine, but I was US Army Airborne Infantry for the better part of a decade. The tactics, strategies and some of the military details are a bit silly, but that's okay. It's only a fictional novel. The characters are fairly interesting. I just wish that Ian Douglas hadn't have to wave the banner a little bit too much. I understand that he wants to portray the Marines as a gung-ho, can-do outfit and all that stuff, but it's even much by USMC standards.
As a weapons enthusiast, I do like the little details like HK Laserkarabiner and SIG-Sauer pistols.
For realistic portrayal of Marines in combat, it's hard to beat Dan Cragg and David Sherman with their 34th FIST series books.
But I'll read the second part and probably the third part of this trilogy. It's entertaining if nothing else. It's not a mental or intellectual exercise.
Oh yes, the stupidity of characters: the US and it's Russian ally have a monopoly on space transport. Which NASA general would then be so stupid to ship 25 Marines to Mars, after 50 "hostile" UN troopers have already gone there? Which chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wou! ld allow a transport of hostile forces in the first place ??? Another scene: two Marines sit in a foxhole guarding the US embassy in Mexico City during a crisis situation. Two Mexican armored fighting vehicles appear on the scene and open fire. The Marines don't know how to defend themselves. Of course I don't know the Marine Corps of 2040 (when the story takes place), but in 1982 when I left active duty, all fox holes had at least a bazooka or similar armor piercing equipment. And there wasn't even a crisis situation in 1982. Oh man, this is hard to stand. Best of all: the guard performance of the Marines. USMC are elite troops, right? Picture this: two Marines stand guard, while the rest of their platoon is asleep. The guards come under fire, one of them is wounded.Read more ›
As for the plot. The politics were belivable for the situation. Do I think a lot of it is plausable given the book's telling of it's plot's history: Yes. Do I find it believable in our OWN world: No. Then again, it's science fiction, the laws of reality go flying out the window. End of story.
All in all, if you like the Marines, the good 'ol USA, Mom, Apple Pie, and want to kill a few good hours, read the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story line with side lines that lead to a good ending, will keep you reading till you finish and looking for more.Published on 4 Jun. 2014 by steve batchelor
I enjoyed the story, it won't win any prizes for literature but it is a really good page Turner, if you like military Sci Fi that is.Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by Mr. R. Davies
A good read, will be getting the next one in the series & will try some of the other series as wellPublished on 15 Feb. 2013 by Sicknote
All round good read so nothing much else top say without giving away the plot and spoiling it for othersPublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is the start of a great series. Just waiting for more to be published. A great read One of the better books to enjoyPublished on 9 Nov. 2012 by Amazon Customer
Purchased the book on a whim and have been pleasantly surprised with it. While Douglas does lay it on a mite thick with the "Good Old US of A" flag waving it doesn't ruin... Read morePublished on 9 April 2006 by Wookiee