BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Jack Campbell.
Stark's Command was originally published as "by John G. Hemry".
Battle stations! Listen to more in the Stark's War series.
©2002 John G. Hemry; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Me.. nuff said
Fan Smegging Tastic. Just like Jack Campbell's other work, Starks Command doesn't fail to disappoint. The intriguing story line and colourful cast of characters helps brings Starks universe to life.
By a far margin, Stark is by far the best character. His ability to command his troops while keeping a cool head on the moon.
My favourite scene is when Stark and his army are attacked by infiltrators.
There are a few parts of this book that made me laugh out loud.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book 2 in the series and you need to have read book 1 to understand what is going on in this book. Looks like a series you MUST Read in order. Sgt Stark is now in the leader of the military on the moon after the mutiny. In this book he must bring control and motivation to the military and improve the relationship with the civilians in the moon colony. It is interesting to watch how Stark gains leadership of large groups and understands the politic in the negotiation with all the parties on earth, i.e. the corporation, the military and the government. There is military action both army and naval as well as suspense and a hunt for a spy. Great book in the tradition of the Lost Fleet. Eric Michael Summerer does a good job with the narration.
If you really liked the first book, this one is not a complete waste of time. The narrator did a great job without as much to work with.
Only if the first book left you really wanting more. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't inspired.
It made me want to listen to Campell's Lost Fleet series again.
The author is not as at ease with the concepts in the Stark series as he is in his Lost Fleet series. He understands a rigid societal structure, and the concept of infighting with some espionage, but he ignored the potential of political or non-hostile military interactions with factions outside the Mil. Many opportunities were passed up by the author in this book, making it feel like an interim episode, and not a story of worth in-and-of-itself. It's possible the next book may pick up, but I won't know until I need some straight shooting near-future sci-fi.
This review is about the entire series:
I am a big fan of John G. Hemry, and I realize that this is his first series. My major objection to this entire series is that the language is too clean. John is censoring the language and it takes away from the realism of the combat. Why does he do this? I do not know. I find it frustrating that language is more offensive than describing people getting their limbs torn off.
Let’s face facts. Combat is a dirty, ugly business. Combat soldiers swear, and call their enemies some of the most racist, ugly names you can imagine. This series lacked the grit that would have made it exciting and believable.
The only redeemable thing about this entire story is the underlying messages. But it is simply not worth putting up with the oatmeal blandness. I want gumbo!
Descriptions of combat on the moon and how real the issues and concerns would be. Innovative weapons and armor systems to protect troops.
The Lost Fleet series. Same author, similar character issues and interactions, different setting.
Yes. This was on par with the Lost Fleet series
When your leaders can no longer lead, and you find yourself all alone on the moon., Stark will be there.
Jack Campbell continues the story about Stark and it is exciting to see how military force can possible cope with those circumstance that they are in.
Good story and thoughts but is slow paced in some places where the author is explaining the environment at the moon again in same words as in the first book, especially after you have read the first book. The characters are well defined and have good background.
The book that I would compare Stark's Command is Swarm by B. Larson that is based on fast paced military thoughts in space.
Can't wait to finish the third book.
Executive Recruiter 20+ Years, father to six, spouse to one, grandfather to 4; specialist in Bipolar 2, Panic, Anxiety (OCD) & Addictions.
I wrote a pretty ordinary review of the first volume, Stark's War - but this story really underlined the story-telling skills of Jack Campbell and the narration was excellent. I understand that the three novels in the Stark's series are the first written by the author under the pseudonym of Jack Campbell.
The underlying theme of this novel is a world where the US has taken control of the moon's mineral resources and corruption in the military and the corporations is widespread.
Stark has a strong sense of ethics and demonstrates ability to motivate enlisted soldiers operating on the surface of the moon to follow his lead - he has the rank of sergeant combined with exceptional leadership skill.
I was so engrossed by this volume that I went straight on to Volume 3 and again was very glad I had done so.
A Christian, Husband, & Geek - in that order!!
Good story but for a "WAR" book - not much war in it - a LOT of behind the seines look into a military command though - this would be an officers must read book.
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