“Dark Paths (Liberation War, Book 4)” by John Walker

Dark Paths

The Earth’s only starship, the Leviathan, has just returned home from a very successful mission. They are anxious to get back out and meet with General Atalis who is now consolidating his forces and situation on the cathedral planet. They have a short meeting with Colonel Jack’s who tells them a little bit about a terrorist group known as Icarus Rising led by a man going by the name of Phoenix. So far, this group hand only taken over a telecommunication station which he used to broadcast his message in hopes of gathering more recruits to his cause. This group was opposed to the exploration of space and therefore against the Agency and all it stood for. They believed the Agency had brought the terrible destruction by the Collector ship upon Earth through it’s space program. They wanted Earth to quit all space exploration and go back to hiding from the galactic community.

Now this is where the book diverges from previous books. Usually, the author, John Walker, will only write about the mission assigned to the leviathan and that’s about all. What happens on Earth while the ship is gone isn’t usually of interest and it makes the story-line pretty easy to follow. But, now we have a seond thread beginning and that’s with this terrorist activity. Of course, this is a problem of Colonel Jacks since he’s in charge of the Agency. So, I think we’ll now be following two separate stories, but I don’t know how involved we’ll get with the Icarus Rising part. Of course, if they try and attack the Leviathan directly, then that would merge the two story lines, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Continue reading ““Dark Paths (Liberation War, Book 4)” by John Walker”

“Revolution Rising (Liberation War, Book 3)” by John Walker

Revolution Rising

5 Stars out of 5

Ok, now back to a good story. For some reason I kept wanting to skip this book and go straight to book 4. That’s what I get for grabbing multiple books in a series at the same time. I read about two or three chapters in book 4, “Dark Paths”, before I realized they were talking about people and places that I hadn’t read anything about! So, I got back on track and read this book in a very short time.

These books are known for their straight up approach to one mission and one mission only. That’s how John Walker, the author, writes most of his books. Oh, the Leviathan goes a lot of places, but it’s only in pursuit of a single mission goal. This time they are after additional allies; hopefully military allies with some additional resources. That partially happens, but the defense of Earth is still in serious jeopardy. Continue reading ““Revolution Rising (Liberation War, Book 3)” by John Walker”

“Lucky Universe, Lucky Legacy (Lucky’s Marines, Book 1 – 2)” by Joshua James

Lucky's Marines

3 Stars out of 5

Well, this is another 4 in 1 book. I’m not really a fan of cramming four books into one; it doesn’t seem like you’re getting your monies worth when you read them like this. I’d prefer single books so I could finish one and then write a review for it and then read the next one or some other book. But, since I’ve got this one started, I’ll just review them as I finish them. Hopefully they’ll be short reviews!

Lucky Universe

This is a strange book. There wasn’t much introduction to the story even though there was a Prologue at the beginning. Lance Corporal Lucky Lee Savage is our main character. He’s an Empire Frontier Marine doing what he’s told as any good Marine should. Yet, I don’t think you could qualify Lucky as a “good” Marine. he’s been in way too much trouble for that label to stick. He’s also been in a lot of hypersleep cycles which is how Frontier Marines get from one mission to the next. Only Lucky was not long ago in hypersleep for some fifty-one years! That was extraordinarily too long and should not have happened. It’s a miracle that he survived and is also the reason for his first name “Lucky”. Continue reading ““Lucky Universe, Lucky Legacy (Lucky’s Marines, Book 1 – 2)” by Joshua James”

“Assault (Liberation War, Book 2)” by John Walker

Assault

Earth is recovering from the devastating attack by the Collector ship. It took thousands of humans aboard using small atmospheric aircraft and some kind of transportation device. These humans were then processed to recover their “essence” which seems to be a valuable commodity for the galactic community. Human essence is used to enhance and extend other aliens bodies at a great expense to those who use it. Obviously, this makes the harvesting of humans are real profitable venture. Except, this time the humans fought back. That was all in book one.

Now, after recovering a ton of technology from the wrecked Collector ship, humanity have began to reverse engineer a lot of this new tech. It has pushed Earth two or three centuries up the technology ladder and has now placed them on the brink of experiencing FTL travel via a wormhole device. All the Earth scientist believe it will work, but they need to test it first. The Earth’s only starship, the Leviathan, was scheduled to conduct that test in the very near future. That schedule got change quickly when a distress signal was found suddenly activate within the debris field of the Collector ship. All the signal translates into is that someone outside the Solar System needs help. Continue reading ““Assault (Liberation War, Book 2)” by John Walker”

“Starship Liberator (Galactic Liberation, Book 1)” by David Vandyke and B. V. Larson

Starship Liberator

After having gone through a number of seemingly short books, I’ve now latched on to one that is just the total opposite. This book is very long, but it is exciting all the way through. I really like that kind of book and it’s the start of a new series, a military science fiction story just the way I like them.

Assault Captain Derek Straker is a mechsuit warrior, in fact, he’s the best mechsuit warrior in the entire Hundred Worlds Alliance. And he’s also part of the best mechsuit unit , the First Mechsuit Regiment, in the Hundred Worlds Alliance. He and his warriors are about to drop on the capital city of the planet Corinth. He’s almost sure they are going to be annihilated!

So, not a great start to a long book. While preparing for the drop from Flight Lieutenant Carla Engels’ drop-ship, he contemplates how he got to this position. The story goes back to when he was a young boy. He was genetically engineered to someday be a mechsuit warrior. The war with the Hok had been going on for so long and the Hundred Worlds was desperate for some kind of edge to their fighting capabilities. The mechsuit became that edge, but only a few could actually control one in combat. So, Derek and a number of other kids were altered and groomed to be mechsuit pilots from the very beginning. There were other youth who were also genetically altered, but they were developed as brainiacs, super smart kids who would grow up to be super smart soldiers going into intelligence and command positions. Continue reading ““Starship Liberator (Galactic Liberation, Book 1)” by David Vandyke and B. V. Larson”

“Sojourn (A Silver Ships Novel, #13)” by S. H. Jucha

Sojourn

Thirteen books in this series so far. That’s fantastic. S. H. Jucha is a wonderful writer and very different from what I normally read in science fiction. Oh, this is a military science book, don’t get me wrong on that, but his treatment of war and warfighting in general is really magical. Led by Alex Racine, a former New Terran heavy worlder, his gathering of Omnians, Harakens, New Terrans, Dischnya and just about any other species he has met, have gathered around the planet Toral. They are now deciding what to do and when to do it.

Meanwhile, a group of Omnians that did not go with Alex and his fleet, have found a new water world that they initially explore. While the planet seems benign, it’s below the surface that they get in trouble. A traveler ship has been swallowed by a gigantic almost transparent sea monster. It has gone to it’s cave to digest its food and the traveler has no idea how to get out of their situation.

Back aboard the Sojourn, a Haraken explorer ship, Captain Azasdau and Willem, were in charge of the expeditionary mission and responsible for any and everything happening with the expedition. Yet, they were at a loss on how to rescue the “eaten” traveler with seven of their crew aboard. Even the Trident Captain, Adrianna Plummer, had no idea how to extract the traveler. They didn’t even have a good location for the traveler since it had dived to a depth that was out of communications reach. Still, there was no thought to abandon the traveler.

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“The Martian Incursion (Outcast Marines, Book 4)” by James David Victor

The Martian Incursion

Solomon Cready is back on Ganymede at the Outcast Marines training base and seems to have mostly recovered from his recent gunshot wound suffered on Titan. And that’s a good thing since Warden Coates doesn’t tolerate slackers even if they had been shot.

He’s kind of rudely awoken by Malady in the early morning, not to do some more training, but to listen to the latest news headlines concerning Mars and the Confederation. Since the Confederation has held the Imprimatur of Mars, Dr. Valance and the spokeperson for the First Martians/Chosen of Mars, Father Ultor, Martian colonist are in an uproar. They have taken over and destroyed several Confederation corporate assets and now the Confederation has to respond.

That response is going to come via the Confederation Marines including the Outcast Marines. So, once again into the breach goes Gold Squad led by Specialist Commander Solomon Cready. All is not well with the squad right now. Combat Specialist Jezzie Wen is in a deep depression due to the recent run in with a Yakuza operative. He had told Wen that she still have a job to do for Boss Mihashi when she had thought she was done with all that. Wen decided that she couldn’t kill Solomon Cready and that put her father in jeopardy. Since she had killed the operation at the end of their last mission, she was expecting to hear word that her father had been killed by the Yakuza in retaliation for her not doing the job assigned. Solomon finds her ready to commit suicide and talks her out of that for a while anyway.
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“The Titan Gambit (Outcast Marines, Book 3)” by James David Victor

The Titan Gambit

Another short, but very good story. Solomon Cready is still not getting any slack from Warden Coates. The man just doesn’t like him and makes it known in the most painful ways. But, apparently, the strange “DNA Complex-strand variant 21” that Solomon has been receiving in large doses, seems to be helping him recover from his injuries and he’s able to think much clearly now. Solomon was always pretty sharp, but now he seems to be thinking faster also. His days are still one constant bruise after another, but he and his fellow Outcast Marines are getting used to the grind.

Well, those that are still alive anyway. It seems that “variant 21” can cause convulsions and death in some people. Solomon and the rest of the Outcast have witnessed this when one of their members crashed and died while working out on a treadmill. There wasn’t much that could be done for the guy; he just started convulsing and foaming at the mouth and before anyone could get to him, he was dead! Pretty bad way to go, but at least it was quick.

As if Solomon didn’t have enough to worry about, Squad member Jezzie Wen has clammed up with something on her mind and won’t talk to Solomon about it. Little does he know that she’s still debating whether or not to kill him. She then gets another message from the Yakza handler disguised as a Marine staffer, subtly telling her that they know about her Father and if she wished him to stay healthy, she needs to get her job done! But, how can she kill Solomon and not get blamed for it which would definitely send her to the mining prison on Titan or have her executed immediately? And, she realizes, she doesn’t want to kill Solomon. Continue reading ““The Titan Gambit (Outcast Marines, Book 3)” by James David Victor”

“The Kepler Rescue (Outcast Marines, Book 2)” by James David Victor

The Kepler Rescue

First off I have got to comment on the book cover art work, it’s terrible! I can’t believe that Solomon Cready looks as bad as that guy on the cover. It’s just seems off. Even Jezzie Wen isn’t that great a drawing. And, to complete my complaint, how in the world can Malady fit into anything the other Outcast Marines are doing. He must train all by himself every day and then recharge while not training. If the hits one of the Outcast Marines, it would be all over for them! And lastly, how come just these three characters are shown on every book cover, I mean, change it up a little and not by just moving two of the characters from one side or the other. Ok, that’s all my complaining about the art work.

Again, I have to say that this book seems short. Having already read book three now (review coming later), I noticed they are all short books. I’m not a speed reader, but I can start reading at 11:30 pm and I’ll finish one of these books by 2:15 am. Yeah, I know that’s a strange time to read, but it’s what I do. I finished the third book in the one night of reading.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like these books. The characters are very interesting and what they’re going through is interesting also. They have to deal with Warden Coates in every book and he’s not a fan of Solomon Cready. Yet, Solomon is holding his own and getting to become a pretty good Specialist Commander. Continue reading ““The Kepler Rescue (Outcast Marines, Book 2)” by James David Victor”

“Return (The Resistance, Book 3)” by Nathan Hystad

Return

I think this was the most exciting book of the series. There’s a lot of action and a lot of things get completed in a good way. That’s not necessarily a spoiler, it’s just that thing happen to work out even though the didn’t appear to be going that way. Strangely enough our main characters, Flint Lancaster, Dr. Wren Sando, and Charles all get left out of the major battle for Earth, but they do get in their final licks!

Now that the Eureka is back in the Sol System, they have a lot of catching up to do. It has been thirty years for the humans on this side of the Rift while only about a year has passed for those aboard the Eureka. They find Serina, yeah, the same cadet Serina that Ace had a crush on before he dived through the Rift, now known as Grand Admiral Serina. She is leading the Earth Fleet as did her month twenty years before. Right now, it’s a desperate stalemate between the Earth Fleet and the Invaders (Watchers). While the Invaders have gained footholds on Mercury, Jupiter’s moons, Europa, and Saturn’s Titan, they haven’t directly attacked Earth. Neither has the Earth Fleet been able to amass enough forces to dislodge the Invaders from their holdings. Lots of Earth Fleet personnel have died over the past thirty years yet here was Ace, now returned looking only a year older. Grand Admiral Serina was just about worn out. Continue reading ““Return (The Resistance, Book 3)” by Nathan Hystad”