The people on Earth no longer remember how the human race was nearly obliterated centuries earlier during the terror visited upon them by the merciless Xul. But the Star Marines, 30,000 light years from home, know all too well the horror that still lives.
In the year 2886, in the midst of the intergalactic war that has been raging nonstop for nearly a decade, the unthinkable has occurred. Intelligence has located the gargantuan hidden homeworld of humankind's dedicated foe, the brutal, unstoppable Xul. The time has come for the courageous men and women of the 1st Marine Interstellar Expeditionary Force to strike the killing blow. But misguided politics on an Earth that no longer supports their mission could prove the Marine's greatest enemy - as they plunge bravely into the maelstrom of conflict . . . and into the heart of a million-year-old mystery.
Listen to the first book: Star Strike.
©2008 William H. Keith, Jr.; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I really enjoyed the first in the series (Star Strike) for what it was: a military sci-fi with cool and interesting aliens, where we stick it to the bad aliens, and with lots of details and blowing up stuff and whatnot.
This one still has the pro-Marines focus and is somewhat detailed (though in this book he sticks to make, model, and serial number details - leaving out the ancestry, color, size and number of buttons that were included in the first).
So, why didn't I like it? Because the aliens are no longer fresh or interesting and there was no wondering 'what will they do next' AND there was a huge portion of the book given over to political discussions (bad politicians, bad govt system, bad decisions) and details of the effects of 'global warming'.
You don't pick up THIS story to hear about failed political systems, or environmental degradation - it's like tuning into Battlestar Galactica and watching a interview with a political figure on why the local river is polluted.
The narration is good though.
I stumbled across the Inheritence Trilogy and thought they might be some good books. It started out with Star Strike and now Galactic Corps. I have been entertained and carried along in the battles and deeds of the main characters. I highly recommend the books to anyone who likes great battles and good entertainment.
Satisfyingly spectacular raising of the stakes from the first novel with the appearance of the Dyson sphere. Like the first book, very vivid combat sci-fi with a cast of dozens. The dronelike impersonality of the hegemonic aliens mitigates any guilt the reader may feel about the vicious pasting that they receive at the hands of the marines....
The best thing about this novel is it's not just entertaining, it truly entertains you. Listening to this is like taking your mind through a very complex, exciting and vigorous video game. From the individual Marine, to commanding huge starships, interplanetary and galactic battles, to politics and more. It's a ride you never want to stop. Mike Resnick wrote that science fiction authors should write at least one galaxy or eons spanning novel, and Galactic Corps is just such a novel. I strongly recommend this for all listeners.
Although still a good book, I did not feel it was of the same quality as the 1st book. There was a lot of repetitious explanations throughout the book which got a little boring and frankly a little irritating. It made me start wondering if the author was trying to meet a publisher's page count requirement. Did the author find himself short pages for just the real story and needed filler? Marc Vietor was excellent as usual.
Admirer of science.
It was interesting the concept of how the the universe works was presented.
Got a little too political and waaaay to pro marine bravado.
i was okay with star strike. but i would fall asleep 5 or 10 minutes in. the good news is that i never quit a book. so my credits are up after a month of trying i just gave up. i feel bad seems that other listeners enjoyed it. i just didnt.
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