The Earth died when aliens rained thermonuclear warheads on her cities and sprayed the surface with a bio-terminator. A deadly poison drifted to every corner of the planet, threatening the last survivors with annihilation.
For a soldier in Antarctica like Creed, there is only one way to keep breathing untainted air. He must bury his hatred of the extraterrestrials and join the Jelk Corporation as an assault trooper, leaving the planet for outer space. In return for his and other people's services, the corporation will house the last humans for as long as the assault troopers keep winning.
For the price of living and the chance to save humanity, Creed has to wear a shock chip in his neck - Jelk discipline is harsh - and he has to don a symbiotic battlesuit that feeds off his sweat. Human life is cheap in the vast alien war. The assault troopers are little more than suicide soldiers, but for humanity to escape extinction, they must survive. But Creed didn't agree to the bargain in order to remain a dog to the aliens. He has a plan, and he'll need all his cunning to beat these star born bastards and begin the road to freedom for the human race.
Assault Troopers is a tale of human extinction and ultimate desperation, written by bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.
©2013 Vaughn Heppner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Ranks in the high middle zone. How about 14.25 out of 20?
I will compare this book to The Battle of Heligoland Bight by Eric W. Osborne. They are totally different and have absolutely nothing in common except that they both concern humans and how they act in adverse situations. As I have said previously - Stupid question Audible!
Christian Rummel gives an edge to the main character that works well. Also, I dig his female character voices. When I heard Jennifer's voice I had a flashback and thought I was in Dauntless' bridge in Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. Rummel is a pro. He made a pretty good story into a solid good story.
No extreme reactions. I did get saddened when the main character and Jennifer, fresh out of the sweaty sack, travel into a German city. Buy book for more info. I laughed at least 9 times toward the end when one of the central characters opts out of the evil camp and fights the good fight. Solid dialogue.
Give this book a shot. Picks up nicely in the latter chapters.
One of my favorite genres is military scifi and I am constantly looking for stuff I haven't read before. I came across this story and I liked the plot summary that was described, and never having read the author before, I read the reviews, and seeing most were positive I got the book. How disappointed I was in this story. The action mainly consists of a lot of yelling, a lot of shooting or stabbing, and very little realistic descriptions of the battles. The main character is boorish, always angry and has no leadership skills what-so-ever other than to constantly yell ATTACK. He shows no intelligence, never has a plan that is fully explained, treats everyone around him terribly and is totally undeveloped as a character. And that is really the most disappointing aspect of this whole story, not one character is developed or allowed to grow. There are so many opportunities for witty dialogue, developing relationships, and intrigue that are simply bypassed. The characters that are presented are 2 dimensional and totally wasted because they are simply introduced and dropped, make cameo appearances later and are dropped again. The premise of the story is very good but ultimately fails due to a total lack of character development and adequate universe development. If you like this kind of story, the underdog vs everyone else story, I suggest looking elsewhere, such as the Troy Rising series and Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo, or the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. You will enjoy them much more.
This must be the first part of a new saga. The story in ok and has action with drama. It could have been better but well worth the listen. I'll be waiting for part 2.
An OK book made much better by the always talented narration of Christian Rummel.
This oft used plot of humanity, captured or recruited, by villainous aliens to be used as mercenaries is further enforced by holding the balance of mankind hostage to extinction.
This light read (or listen) is only slightly marred by the over the top, self-aggrandizing, oh so smugly superior alien villains. A writing style that creates antagonists that bring to mind those found in L Ron Hubbard’s Mission Earth series. As part of the plot line some of this fits in but too much tends to detract from the story.
If you’re looking for a light read or listen this one fills the bill.
I found the story to be very well written in the first person. I actually felt like I was there with him! I definitely have to get the rest of the series now....
Yes, I would because it kept me on the edge of my seat. Every day I would look forward to the next chapter.
when they were free of the bomb chip!
No I haven't
Our last line of defense for the human race
Can't wait to get the next e-book of assault troopers
Captain kirk meets starship troopers with a generous side of amphetamines. Commander Creed survives and saves the last humans against all odds, he serves payback in a brutal fashion and does not waste more then fifty words on seduction! Gear up space grunts, alien ass will be kicked... This is 12 hour drive material, you wont rewind to catch the finer points of nihilism or existentialism. The heroes are hard as nails and the bad guys deserve whats coming. If you are looking for mind numbing bang bang action this series hits the spot!
good diction. Right type of voice for the style
Bang Bang, boom boom! Run space fiends, commander creed is coming for you!
Its just good old mindless action fun!
I honestly don't know if Assault Troopers is a massive, unashamed knock-off of previous SciFi works or a subtle parody mashup of all of them.
Warning: Spoiler Alert:
What with a Forerunner artifact (Halo), Overmen Creed vs. Col. Riggs, select multicultural troops, e.g. Creed's Coterie vs. Riggs Pigs, untrustworthy/eccentric AI bots N7 vs. Marvin (Star Force Series parallels), hollowed-out asteroid allusion (Troy Rising) it would be easy to call this a knock-off and feel justified in doing so.
However, while there are similarities between Creed and Riggs there are also enough differences that leaves me scratching my head. Creed is a street smart ruffian whose prior life was traveled on a road leading to one violent experience to another; whereas, Riggs was that of a cultured farmer/professor. Creed's character is more crude than Riggs but, interestingly, more chivalrous than Riggs' womanizing predilections.
Then there is the plethora of movie references Get Smart, Avengers, Die Hard, &c, which are all examples of where protagonists just barge ahead recklessly against insurmountable odds much the same as Creed.
In all, though, I did find this an entertaining story and even eventually acquired a liking to many of the primary characters. As such, I plan to get the next two books to see when Heppner is really taking us.
Lastly, why did images of Independence Day (Mad Jack Creed vs. Russell Casse/Randy Quaid) when his dad approached the first alien ship?
it started off slow but you start to find your self getting into it before you know it. also the narrator does am amazing job work the vices and putting action into it.
"starts ok, gets better. Will be getting book 2 now"
not quite star force, but perhaps not a fair comparison. narrator takes a little getting used to, but definitely worth a go
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