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Title: The Ramal Extraction
Series: Cutter’s Wars
Author: Steve Perry
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Cutter, leader of a group of mercenaries, hires out to find a kidnapped daughter of a powerful leader on an out of the way world.
Cutter and Co must navigate local politics, galactic military law and a hidden enemy’s agenda.
And nothing is at it seems.
I really, really, really enjoyed this book. I am not a huge fan of military SF most of the time, mainly because the authors get all A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.’y and totally gun porn’d and both of those things annoy the bejabs out of me. Perry does a little, just enough to make it feel Military, but not so much as to annoy me.
The plot was fast, furious, twisty [well, it was meant to be twisty but I think we all see the reality a klick away] and just the right amount of character and adventure.
Characters got me confused as to who was who, except for the alien. But considering that the military terms for people ALWAYS confuses me, no matter the book or series, I simply gloss over the names and enjoy them doing things. Background was given to the main characters in story form, as they each recall the first time they killed someone.
Plot was simple Rescue Kidnapped Princess while being Screwed by Somebody. Once you realize that things aren’t on the up and up, it is pretty easy to see who the mastermind is, even if you’re not sure why. And he gets his in the end.
Honestly, I’m not sure this deserves 4.5stars, but I enjoyed it enough that this time around it gets that from me. When I re-read this in a couple of years [5 to 10 in all probability] we’ll see if the like’ability was just my initial impression or something longer lasting.