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On the good side, description of the AMP battle suits and weapons shows some ingenuity but the portrayal of leaders as egomaniacs misses the mark when it comes to what makes combat units tick. I will not invest in any more works by this author.
When I was a kid, the toy to play with was “Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots”. I can still hear the noise it made when you knocked the other robots block (head) off. Then, in the 80’s I got my hot little hands on “Battletech: A Game of Armored Combat”. Yes, I love the idea of piloting a huge robot in combat.
The reason I mentioned both games in my intro is in Metal Warrior: Born of Steel, James David Victor gave me the best of both worlds and a massive trip down memory lane. Dane Williams is a mech fighter in a wrestling arena. When a fight goes wrong, he finds himself in a hospital, infected with an alien virus and in incredible amounts of pain. He is given a choice, live out the rest of his life in a hospital bed, or join the Marines and get back in a mech, relatively pain free. He jumps at the chance to join the marines, but finds that this decision maybe harder that just living out his days in a hospital bed. He does not fit in, and there is another recruit who is determined to prove that Dane does not belong among the marines. When the doctor who is helping him control his pain goes missing, it is a chance for Dane to prove himself worthy, but the question is is if he can survive his first mission out.
Now, this book moves fast. In the first night, I knocked out the first half, and if it wasn’t so late when I went to sleep, I would have finished it. If you are a fast reader, you might want to consider getting the next couple of books in the series. If you are familiar with books dealing with mechs, this one will be a bit formulaic to you, and my initial gut reaction is that it is written for young adults; for a book dealing with marines, there is no foul language. Sure this is unrealistic, but it is also refreshing.
I would like to say I enjoyed this book, not going to happen. My first problem with this book is the Blanton disregard for what really happens in the marines and how they watch out for each other. No DI would allow someone like Olsgod to bully others and since when can a sergeant field permote a private to acting LT. , not happening. Make it real if this kind of books are to written. Then us nit pickers will love to read these stories.