The Year is 2040.
The Marines have landed on Mars to guard the unearthed secrets of an ancient and dangerous alien race: Ourselves.
Scientists have discovered something astonishing in the subterranean ruins of a sprawling Martian city: startling evidence of an alternative history that threatens to split humanity into opposing factions and plunge the Earth into chaos and war. The USMC -- a branch of a military considered, until just recently, to be obsolete -- has dispatched the Marine Mars Expeditionary Force, a thirty-man weapons platoon, to the Red Planet to protect American civilians and interest with lethal force if necessary.
Because great powers are willing to devastate a world in order to keep an ancient secret buried. Because something that was hidden in the Martian dust for half a million years has just been unearthed . . . something that calls into question every belief that forms the delicate foundation of civilization . . .
Something inexplicably human.
©1998 William H. Keith, Jr. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
If you like space opera this one is fun. Douglas puts an interesting twist on the future as the US gets a substantial dose of its own real politik. There are a lot of classic plot lines and good characterization for this genre. Definitely worth it.
Always in the first book of the series it takes time to get all the players down... About midway through the book I was into the story... Thanks for the adventure and I will be downloading book 2 and 3
Yes, this was a great listen. I just finished listening to Star Marines from the ???third??? series in this storyline and wanted to listen from the beginning as it had been so long. I'm glad I did. It is an excellent story and the narrator is very easy to listen to.
Major Garroway was the primary character and well done. His character was interesting and not so narrow in nature as some book characters are. A bit irreverent, a caring father, a dedicated marine, has his failings, but tries to work past them.
It's going to be a bit of work to go back through the Heritage, Legacy, and the first two books of the Inheritance trilogies, but I think it will be worth it.
The publisher probably should have had a real Marine ghost write it for William Keith (aka Ian Douglas)
Maybe, but I will not listen to anymore in this series.
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)
Because of audible's strange politics I already listened to "Star Carrier" Series and "Inheritance" trilogy.
Inheritance Trilogy events occur in the same universe as this series but years later, and all of the main events of this series are listed as historical facts in the first book "Star Strike".
I hoped I would have a bit better quality than Inheritance Trilogy, but it was on the same level maybe even worse.
I dropped the book after 1/4, Ian Douglas kept the style of writing and the same formulas all over "Star Carrier" Series, "Inheritance" trilogy and heritage trilogy, It gave the feeling like he cloned all this books and just changed some of their names.
Maybe I will finish it on some rainy day but I doubt it !!!!
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