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Star Soldier: Doom Star, Book 1 | [Vaughn Heppner]

Star Soldier: Doom Star, Book 1

It’s survival of the fittest in a brutal war of extinction! Created in the gene labs as super soldiers, the Highborn decide to replace the obsolete Homo sapiens. They pirate the Doom Stars and capture the Sun Works Ring around Mercury. Now they rain asteroids, orbital fighters and nine-foot tall drop troops onto Earth in a relentless tide of conquest. Marten Kluge is on the receiving end. Hounded by Thought Police, he lives like an ant in a kilometer-deep city.
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Publisher's Summary

It’s survival of the fittest in a brutal war of extinction!

Created in the gene labs as super soldiers, the Highborn decide to replace the obsolete Homo sapiens. They pirate the Doom Stars and capture the Sun Works Ring around Mercury. Now they rain asteroids, orbital fighters and nine-foot tall drop troops onto Earth in a relentless tide of conquest.

Marten Kluge is on the receiving end. Hounded by Thought Police, he lives like an ant in a kilometer-deep city. The invasion frees him from a re-education camp but lands him in the military, fighting for the wrong side. Star Soldier is the story of techno hell in a merciless war, with too many surprises for any grunt’s sanity. Star Soldier is a full novel, 82,000 words in length by Vaughn Heppner, Writers of the Future winner, Vol. IX.

©2010 Vaughn Heppner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Taylor Pasadena, TX, United States 08-23-13
    Taylor Pasadena, TX, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book and the series only gets better!"

    Cons:
    While I give this book a 3.5 I would highly suggest getting it! The series overall is an easy 4 or maybe a 5 (on the last 2 hours of book 6). The problem with this book is the story seems hopeless and there are quite possibly too many characters and a lot going on. Eventually towards the middle of the book and in all the others it focuses mostly on the main character.

    Pros:
    The narrator does a decent job in this book, as I've seen much worse, but he becomes top notch in book 2 and only gets better. You can tell every character apart without a problem; even the ones that don't talk much. This book as well as all others don't take much time getting into the action. The story isn't predictable and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the hell the main character and humanity go through. It has quite a bit of strategy (which i like the most) and more action and space battles than any book I've read.

    If your into science fiction, space battles, and hand to hand combat; I would highly suggest getting this book and the rest of the series. I rank it up there with the star force and lost fleet series (so readers know where i stand), but the books are quite dissimilar. It is much closer to the star force series, but in a much crueler world where genetic superiors claim themselves as the rulers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 07-03-13
    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Different favor but action pack series"

    I'm in book 4 and this series is good. It took me a while to get into the storyline but it grew on me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    GT Doc Memphis, TN 03-13-14
    GT Doc Memphis, TN 03-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Professor of Civil Engineering, eclectic, scifi, history, and Joseph Campbell buff, Pratchett buff.

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    "SciFi at its worst."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Only by not listening at all. This was written for a nine to ten year old and even at that it was not a good read.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to history for a while.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Probably nothing could have helped such a thin plot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Soldier?

    I would have rejected it.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to be so harsh but alternating this book with a Polity book just made this book even worse.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 09-22-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 09-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story"

    The story it self is very good. The narration takes a bit to get used to. After awhile you get used to. It almost seems to be a computer gen. voice but it's not. I will check out the next book!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew ALLEN, TX, United States 06-10-13
    Andrew ALLEN, TX, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't Click for Me"

    I gave a three because while this was entertaining, it didn't quite click for me. Very much, "close but not quite", and I might give the second book a try. If you like this genre, you should give it a try and see if you like it better than I.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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