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Stark's War | [Jack Campbell]

Stark's War

To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.
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Publisher's Summary

The United States of America reigns over Earth as the last surviving superpower. To build a society free of American influence, foreign countries have inhabited the moon, taking advantage of the natural resources to earn their own riches. Now, the U.S. military has been ordered to wrest control of Earth's satellite from their rivals. Sergeant Ethan Stark must train his squadron to fight in an airless atmosphere at one-sixth normal gravity against a desperate enemy. Ensuring his team's survival means choosing between which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Jack Campbell.

Stark's War was originally published as "by John G. Hemry".

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©2000 John G. Hemry; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Sherry Casperson Houston TX 04-23-13
    Sherry Casperson Houston TX 04-23-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Good fun with our Moon as a backdrop"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stark's War to be better than the print version?

    Reading or listening, this book is just fun. The listening experience gave an increased sense of fun to a light read. It extended the pleasure over a longer period than I would ordinarily have experience. I read quite quickly and would have ripped through this book in an evening. The audio version gave me more time to savor the story. Even a light story can be enjoyed this way. This is one of the primary selling points about audio books.


    What other book might you compare Stark's War to and why?

    This book is similar in tone to the Honor Harrington or John Ringo. It has a fast pace with one problem after another. It differs in that the enemy is never really shown or defined except as perhaps the Establishment. Characters are sketched and too often killed. There is no love interest, sex, any sort of objectionable reference., It does have a definite political overtone as do many of the books in the genre. It is lighter than Honor Harrington and less violent than Ringo.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with his narration. He had a good pace, voice, and diction.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War in Low gravity is the New Frontier for the Corps. One where Stark leads one shot at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good series, light and funny, I recommend it on that basis.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 03-08-15
    Joki Helsinki 03-08-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Villiains from the movie Idiocracy"

    I am greatly enjoying the Lost Fleet series and similarly enjoyed the JAG in space books. But with Stark's War, I could very clearly see that this was a rough introduction to someone who would be a great writer. Most of the plot is forced, unrealistic, and full of ideas without a necessarily compelling story holding them together. I only made it half way through before bailing.

    Story: Stark is a Sergeant dealing with a military whose officers are shuffled around too frequently to be competent and whose superiors issue orders from afar and with media approval as a main goal. It means Stark's companions are being needlessly killed through incompetence and apathy. So he decides to take things into his own hands.

    The main problem with Stark's War is that Hemry wishes to take the core point that the military will eventually be an incompetent, bureaucratic, self aggrandizing mess - and then push that thought to the nth degree. Every word, action, sentence, dialogue, and character action is to make that point. It gets silly very early when grunts are constantly asking Stark, "Why would they do that, Sarge?" for every idiotic and dangerous decision by the military leaders. From cost cutting leading to faulty equipment, to war maneuvers solely for the point of televising to gain civilian approval, to officers issuing orders from far away and clearly not aware of the actual situation. The book is in serious danger of becoming a parody of itself due to the absence of any intelligence.

    The characters are very unlikeable - surprising from a writer known for his engaging everyman. Stark spends most of the time emoting self righteously or completely disobeying orders. We're supposed to cheer him but really, it just makes him look really stupid to have been dumb enough to enlist in the first place. Ayn Rand did this point of view much better with Atlas Shrugged - at least you rooted for the main character.

    Honestly, if there is one thing I really dislike in a book, it's when all the characters are stupid. Especially the antagonists - a really cliche moustache-twirling set of villains (read: military officers) only serve to make the protagonist seem equally dumb. At least give him something to really outsmart - not military personnel taken right out of the movie Idiocracy.

    I listened to the Audible version of this story and only made it half way through. The narrator did a decent job with the material, especially considering it must have been difficult not to roll eyes all the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 11-29-10
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 11-29-10
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    "good stuff"

    jack campbell is just very good at military stuff.
    interesting book. Nice narrators. Soft Sci-fi

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Goldsboro, NC, United States 08-19-10
    Jonathan Goldsboro, NC, United States 08-19-10
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    "Nookie"

    Good Book! Worth the time to listen to. Great story plot. A real attention getter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ramona Whelchel pa 05-24-10
    Ramona Whelchel pa 05-24-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Any time in the line and you will LOVE THIS BOOK"

    too much like real life if or if you every wanted to know what war really is like get this book
    ME?
    Gulf war
    Southerner watch
    Bosnia IFOR
    IRAQ freedom

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Stafford, VA, United States 09-04-12
    William Stafford, VA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There was too much separation between the enlisted and officers. The author did not sell me on the fact decisions were made on made up numbers. A good author would have developed the story line the was remotely believable.


    Has Stark's War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Summerer?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stark's War?

    The briefing


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Mackenzie, QLD, Australia 06-24-10
    Dean Mackenzie, QLD, Australia 06-24-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    This was a great story, realistic and sticks it to the system!

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    Jim McMullen 02-26-15
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    "Other Jack Campbell books are much better"

    I like the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell, so I hate to say anything negative, but this book is just... not very good. The characters are 2 dimensional at best. The plot is pretty standard "soldiers go where they are ordered and fight who they are told to fight" books, and the dialog is incredibly repetitive. The characters have the same conversations over and over again about how stupid the officers are, and how civilians don't understand the military, and how stupid the officers are and so on. The combat is not very well written either. The physics of fighting with projectile weapons on the Moon isn't addressed, And the logistics of fighting that far away from the factories on Earth seem to be an afterthought. It is a very early book for Campbell, and it really shows. Listen to anything else by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 01-25-15
    James 01-25-15
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    "Noisey Author"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Summerer?

    The author wasn't bad but he kept making swallowing noises the whole time. It was very...off putting.


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    Randy 08-21-14
    Randy 08-21-14 Member Since 2015

    blind guide dog handler, voracious reader, favorite authors: Jack Cambell, John Flanagan, BV Larson, David Drake.

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    "Rollicking Sci-Fi"
    Where does Stark's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is difficult to rank Stark's War against the Other Jack Cambell Books I've read, but it is among my favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The quick pace, humor, excellent story telling and plot with believable characters and situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That is a toss up between when when Stark covered the retreat of the Platoon and the confrontation between Sgt. Reynolds and Stark after he "fragged," their captain.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot and Jack Campbell, also caused me to think while I was laughing about the possibility of this becoming reality and not fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was excellent with a variety of voices that stayed consistent. hHe brought the story to life with good delivery and timing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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