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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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    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 2014
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    "Awesome!"

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

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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 2013
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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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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 02-08-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 02-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Too much focussed on the politics"

    Don't get me wrong, the underlying message and premise of this story was solid. Unfortunately, the author repeatedly slapped his audience in the head with his messages. Nothing subtle here, and it did the story a disservice.

    The book did entertain me, but it could have been much more nuanced. The narrator was pretty good, but was a bit deadpan when not doing voices.

    So, if you're interested in seeing what one author thinks of what military / civilian/ governmental relationships will look like in the distant future, give this one a listen, but don't expect too much.

    Of note, the author does indicate this is his first novel, so you must take that into consideration. I'm assuming his writing style has matured since then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 12-07-13
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Officers bad, Enlisted good-Pretty much sums it up"

    Okay to be fair, the author of this book is one of my favorites military Sci-fi writers, and with the slew of bad military hero worship books out there (Honor Harrington series for example), anyone who is able to put together a decent series like the "Black Jack" series of books deserves to have their other works considered. So with some trepidation and thought hesitation, I cautiously gave this book a try as it is the first in a series of earlier books by the Author.

    And ..it shows. The author though does warn the reader that this is an earlier work, done under a pseudonym while he was still in the military. But, despite the warning, I was quite unprepared by the treatment given to the officer ranks in this book. Clearly John G H had an axe to grind with the officers he encountered in the navy during his time in the military, as it comes across clearly in this story.

    But...it comes across a bit too vindictively, intentionally or not, I am not entirely sure, but its there. The officers are all one dimensional, self absorbed butt kissing incompetent malcontents whose only purpose is to manipulate a makeshift political process of promotions at the expense of the lives of the enlisted who are all more competent than their superiors.

    The book made me quite uncomfortable with its treatment of the officers, being a USMC Veteran with experience on both sides of the command structure. I started as enlisted and ended my career as an Officer. And while I identified with some of the authors bluntly written in concerns about the officer corps, the depiction of the officer in the story was just too unrealistic to allow me to enjoy this story. The depiction of the enlisted in contrast was also even more unrealistic.

    As an allegory it just doesn't work. As a cautionary tale, it also doesn't work. Either way I listened through the entire story as I believe there was some valid (if not so salient) points being made about the unchecked allowance of political gamesmanship in the selection of promotions within the ranks. But uncaring, unfeeling selfish egomaniacs that the book literates officers as was too far from reality for me to absorb, which made the book very difficult o take seriously.

    I will try the next book, simple because I know this wasn't JGH best and was one of his first works, I predict I will see an evolution in the writing as these books progress. I am not sure if this would be helpful to anyone. Its just my opinion after all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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