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Stark's War Audiobook

Stark's War

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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".

Battle stations! Listen to more in the Stark's War series.

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

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    Josie 01-02-12
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    "Great Read"

    Great read, went though the whole series, can't wait to see what comes next from Jack Cambell.

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    Predrag Lyngby, Denmark 10-21-11
    Predrag Lyngby, Denmark 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable military story."

    A book starting a very interesting story of how wrong can it get. It reminds me a lot of George Orwells 1984.

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    One voracious reader Idaho 03-13-11
    One voracious reader Idaho 03-13-11
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    "Very whiney, interesting take on future history"

    Other reviewers have mentioned that there's a lot of whining, and oh boy, there is. That's the drawback. It's also sort of one-dimensional on the characters. At one point, Stark says he's a "have a beer, then have another beer" kind of guy when talking about the kind of women he would date, but that's not really how his character comes across, maybe because of how the narrator voices him (very bass and commanding). Stuff I enjoyed: some good humor, interesting take on how the future could play out if technology allows officers to ride shotgun and interact with any soldier during a battle.

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    Jesse Creston, NC USA 10-26-09
    Jesse Creston, NC USA 10-26-09 Member Since 2015

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "Not my cup of tea"

    Love the Lost Fleet series but I just cannot get into Stark's War. It just seems to lack any real dramatic force. I won't be getting the other's int his series but will be waiting for the final installment of the "Lost Fleet" Sorry Mr Hemry.

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    Randall L Jefferson 08-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Book One is... ok"
    Any additional comments?

    The majority of the first book is pretty boring. It gets interesting at the VERY end. BUT, it held my interest enough to make me get the second book. I'm looking at the entirety of the first book as a prologue for the second.

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    Morrison Mckenzie NC 01-30-14 Member Since 2016

    Potter in NC. Intense books allow for creative freedom. Busy hands+distracted brain=free forms.

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    "Not my Navy"
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    I spent my military service without ever meeting the brainless leaders inferred to by Mr. Campbell. His forward nailed the problem with this book--He was venting his feelings about his superiors rather than focusing on his story. Sorry, I couldn't bring myself to finish the book after the first hour. I have too much respect for our Military.

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    Temporal Singularity 11-02-13
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    "Too bland."

    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!

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    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 09-11-12
    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More like a rant than a story"

    I picked up this book looking for some old-timey sci-fi silliness but instead it was more like a man with a grudge against inflamed military oversight ranting through the whole book about how it will be the end of justice. Ultimately it was slow, predictable, ostentatious, and quite disappointing. Perhaps for people who have been under the thumb of military micro-management this will be a welcome story from a kindred soul but otherwise I'd steer clear.

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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-03-12
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The author really knew what he was writing about!"

    This is a great book. I spent 22 years in the military as an enlisted (E8) and retired in 1977. It really outlines the incompetence of some of the Officer Corps. I was amazed that the author was actually a retired officer himself. I remember the times after I taught some junior officers how to accomplish a task only to be told that I didn't know what I was talking about. Unlike Starks' situation other lives weren't involved. In my opinion the author should still be in the Navy teaching other junior officers what side their bread is buttered on. This book can be satisfying to previous enlisted by seeing that they are not alone in their beliefs. I recommend this story highly.

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-03-12
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Truly awful writing"

    The dialogue is ridiculously bad--it's so obvious that the author wants to make a point about the future of the military and decided that instead of writing an essay he'd make a clumsy attempt to force characters to awkwardly repeat his pet themes over and over again. Any sense of subtlety is entirely lost in this book. Painful to listen to. The only bright spot is that the battle scenes are exciting and realistic--the author obviously knows his stuff when it comes to describing war.

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