Europa Strike

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The Heritage Trilogy #3

Ian Douglas

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

This was boring for 99% of the book, then ends in such a way that I had to go read the next book in the series, the first in a ‘new’ trilogy.

There are just too many instances of military fanservice. If I was interested in the details about guns, military vehicles and maneuvers, I might love this series. But I am not. I want marines killing and awesome space action scenes.

Oh well.

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Semper Mars

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Semper Mars by Ian Douglas
Heritage Trilogy #1
Ebook, 384 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

When I first started this, the profanity/obscenity word count was so high that I wondered if I would be able to finish the book.
Then it just dramatically dropped off, for no reason. I am glad it did, but I wish the author had started that trend earlier, like at page 1.

Anyway, if you like the military, hate the U.N., think the United States, Great Britain and Russia are the cat’s pajamas AND think aliens are cool [whether they be benevolent or malevolent], then this book is FOR YOU!

Many instances of the author going into detail about something [a gun, a maneuver, some world politic idealogy] that didn’t really interest me. Just tell me the gun shoots caseless bullets. I don’t care that it can shoot XXXX number per second and go through XXXX in XXXX minutes. And I really don’t care about the details of how you fight on Mars [lower gravity] or a Space Station by using your gun as a weapon AND a propellant. Just tell me you do it and I am satisfied.

Now on to why I actually liked this.

This was a setup book. We are introduced to a world that many Right-wing Americans [me included] foresee and fear.

Mars is the new frontier with the discovery of an ancient civilizations ruins.

And it all comes down to: are United States Marines as bad ass in space and on Mars against corrupt United Nations bootlicking soldiers as they are on Earth?

The answer is a resounding YES!

From multi-week hikes across the Martian desertscape to Beer Bombs [and those made me laugh out loud], nothing can completely beat down a United States Marine. And don’t you forget it.

Thankfully there are several main characters that are family, so it looks like the series will be about a family, which provides nice continuity. Looking forward to the rest.