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First good read. Coming from the direction of south America for story, nice. As expected there is a sinister political mission. Our poor, hero is caught up with enlistment, almost torture. Then told lies by just about everything. Still he believes. But after a wonderful opportunity he is once again lied to, mistreated. He still takes a photo of the stars. He is not a robot just yet. He is on a mission. But which mission and for whom is he fighting for. Gonna be a good ride. Makes a change from USA vs aliens.
I give a star to anyone that writes and publishes a book. Unfortunately that's all I can give for this work. Ridiculous body counts for no reason, they can accept and train people for months but can't provide ammo for their guns due to no resources, an orbital laser that can be fired only after ten minutes cool down time and in forty years no one has done a nothing to improve it. Oh yeah that's the most powerful weapon on either side but zero effort to build more. The entire book is full of silly contradictions. This is not a book for anyone that has served in the military or able to see the holes in the logic.
This book starts out with a grim dystopian future that I have normally avoided by choice. But it sucked me in with the depiction of basic training. While thankfully when I took Basic the cadre weren't shooting us, nor did they force us to beat each other unconscious there were parts that Were familiar. And as far as food was concerned the MRE's that many say mean "meals rejected by everyone" or "meals rarely eaten" would be Haute cuisine in comparison. Even the C-rats I started with (Vietnam era canned rations pretending to be food) would be much better. The ethos of always protecting your Battle Brother rang true as well.
The book makes a major change 2/3 of the way to become nearly a different genre. That part has some interesting aspects, but IMHO the author leaves you hanging with an incomplete finish. Especially since the protagonist points it out! I haven't decided whether to read the next book yet...
A mix of Starship troopers and several other classic war stories. The young recruit developing into the baddest killer in the world.
Filled with so many issues in the stories but it still rockets you along as the MC watches all his friends and comrades die one after the other and him becoming a sort of cyborg/super soldier
So many weird contradictions in the stories like how did any survive in the MC country when they ALL seemed to be dying of cancers?? His new army can make incredibly complex cyborgs and have nano tech but cannot make a drone anymore, very weird so of the things but I wanted to finish it. Feel free to make you own minds up about it but you may wish to grab a sample.
This book takes you on a quest from zero to hero. The next step can only be more of the same thing. Imagine escaping an oppressive regime, to fight against them, only to be told you've been lied to about everything. But you pull something up from deep inside of you and become a hero. You're still not considered anything by the group you joined to defeat the enemy until you do something even more heroic. Now, you're the savior of humanity and respected, lusted over even. So you save humanity again, only to be treated like a good little soldier and told to go sit in a corner until we need you again. It will happen....you can count on it!
Pretty much a ripoff of Heinlien's Starship Troopers, and about as satisfying as the movie version of ST. The author made the effort, at least, and got it published, which is more than a lot of people accomplish. Sequels are already out, but not sure I'd pony up the price.