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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (3 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380788284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380788286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I've read the comments of most reviewers and it seemed like there is a bit too much flag waving here. Hey, it's a decent book, but it's not a study in patriotism!
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.
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This is an average read. It fulfills the basic requirement of a good book - it is entertaining. Unfortunately that is about it. It portrays America against the rest of the world. It tells us how great the good old US of A and especially the US Marine Corps is. It is definately a B - grade book. If you want to read a decent Sci Fi/War book go no further than James P. Hogans Voyage from Yesteryear.
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I am sorry. I had to give up 1/3 throught the book when I hit a detailed history of why marines used a greeny colour for their helmet. I was so disinterested I cannot remember the colour and I only read it 2 minutes ago. Mr Douglas has obviously a great love of the military and all things concerning muzzel velocity etc of armaments. Unfortunately I don't unless the detail helps the story along.Please keep to the plot, let the story flow. If you want to write a army technical manual don't dress it up as a scifi story.
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I didn't buy this for quite a while because I was put off by some reviews which referred to the jingoistic, pro American and pro marine tone of the book. I hate Independence Day for a number of reasons but mainly because of the toe curling, vomit inducing uber pro Americanism that runs all the way through it. However,I really enjoyed Ian Douglas' other books and thought I'd risk this series. I'm glad I did. It's a terrific story, well written and not at all offensively pro American.
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If there was an award for the most stupid characters in sci-fi novels, Ian Douglas's heroes of "Semper Mars" would certainly win it. It's bad enough that the background situation is a bunch of pure humbug: Israelis and Arabs have made peace, Bosnians and Serbs have made peace, Indians and Pakistanis have made peace etc., even the French have given up their independence. All under the heading of the United Nations. Only the US is left, all alone in the world, with no other than Russia as it's only remaining ally. This setting deserves to be called "a strike of genius". It either reveals the author's total ignorance of politics, or a cheap shot at exploiting liquor-store level militia sentiments.
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.
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It's a rare thing to find a new story, and here, Mr Douglas has done us proud (again). A few common ideas about the character of the Marines, which provides a nice basis and "family" to hinge the trilogy on. It's a good read and I certainly hope the author keeps up the fine work that we can all enjoy.
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As an active duty Marine, I picked up this book expecting a good sci-fi read with an average to good depiction of the Corps. What I found, though , was that most of the details about the Marines was well researched and well implimented. From the numerous (and relevant) invocations of the history of the corps, to the way the characters acted, I found myself nodding my head as if the Actions of the fictional Marines mirrored those of Marines I know. The only real nit-picks I could come up with was on the uniforms, but then, I'm a stickler for the dress code. Marine Embassy Guards wear Dress "C" or Dress "D" uniforms (no such thing as the designation "Class A's"), and Marine Officers' Rank insignia is shiny silver or gold on the utility uniform (the other 3 services wear matte black insignia). OK, enough ranting from the PFC.
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.
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