In the 23rd Century, war is still hell....
Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle joined up to save lives and see the universe. Now he and Bravo Company's Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are en route to Bloodworld - a hellish, volatile rock colonized by the fanatical Salvationists who desired an inhospitable world where they could suffer for humanity's sins. Their penance could prove fatal - for the Qesh, a strange alien race detected but still mysterious for six decades, have made violent first contact.
Suddenly countless lives depend upon Bravo Company - perhaps even the fate of homeworld Earth itself - as the Marines prepare to confront a vast force of powerful, inscrutable enemies. And one dedicated medic, singled out by an extraordinary act of valor, will find himself with an astounding opportunity to alter the universe forever....
©2012 William H. Keith, Jr. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
When I downloaded this book, I expected battle-hardened bad asses fighting enemy alien species. However, I made it about 3 hours into the book, and the only violence involved a clumsy marine breaking his leg on a rock. The author seems more focused on brain chemistry than actual plot development. This book isn't worth your credit, I highly suggest trying a different series.
I should have read the reviews! It gets two stars only because the story line would have made a great book. The problem is, it was one very long lecture. After nearly every statement or question there would be 10 to 20 minutes of lecture of how this atom affects that one or how this muscle works with this blood vessell, etc...
Pass on this one!!!
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
IT IS TYPICAL IAN DOUGLAS, YOU CAN DEFINITELY RECOGNIZE HIS WRITING STYLE.
THIS BOOK IS LIKE TECHNOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SOPHONT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EVERY SCIENTIFIC CONCEPT AUTHOR USED IN EVERY OTHER BOOK OR BOOK SERIES.
IT HAS SO MANY INFORMATIONAL SIDE STEPS, THAT IT FEELS LIKE ENCYCLOPEDIA WITH ELEMENTS OF PLOT.
IT IS WORTH LISTENING!!!
This book was written too descriptive, if you could belive that. The Author kept using big words on mindless matters that clouded the storyline. Example : Solar flare: A solar flare is a sudden brightening observed over the Sun's surface or the solar limb, which is interpreted as a large energy release of up to 6 × 1025 joules of energy (about a sixth of the total energy output of the Sun each second or 160,000,000,000 megatons of TNT equivalent, over 25,000 times more energy than released from the impact of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 with Jupiter). They are mainly followed by a colossal coronal mass ejection also known as a CME. The flare ejects clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms through the corona of the sun into space. These clouds typically reach Earth a day or two after the event and so and so and so on...........Boring as can be....... Why not write more about the characters of the book than the rantings of a nerd topic go wild?
This is not a book,it read more like a research paper only a 2nd year intern would grade as he would just look at the 1st 2 and last 2 pages of the book to score!!
I would say that this novel would be a great cure for those suffering in (Insomnia), or sleeplessness, is an individual's reported sleeping difficulties. Yes a perfect answer for those in need!
Stopping the constant conversation about medical technology and medical jargon.
Nothing by Ian Douglas, He just phoned this book in. I cannot believe the publisher printed it.
Not to have done it.
I would cut the corpsman. The lead.
Better story, better narrator
never, this book was just awful.
No he was terrible. I couldn't stand listening to him.
Anger at how bad the story was, and frustration for spending my money on it.
The only part of this book I like is the cover.
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