Sixty young trainees of the Planetary Survey Service disappear, along with their instructors and ship, as unknown aliens with advanced weaponry attack the settlement of New Finland.
©1985 Roger MacBride Allen (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This book is really fast paced and it jumped around from space to planets side to atmospheric air combat, and this actually turned out to be just right to grab my attention and hold it for 90% of the book. All of the battles are very well described and you can tell he in very interested in physics just like a lot of great Sci-Fi writers.
I had picked this book up on a whim because Roger Macbride Allen's Star Wars books are some of my favorites and this book didn't disappoint. Even tho i wouldn't say it is as good as the "Corellian Trilogy", but it is still a good action packed military Science fiction adventure.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
In the Preface, Allen goes on to explain how he went back to these two older classics of his and did a minor rewrite of both books in the series. I think his words were something like he wanted to keep the story the same, but fill in the literary potholes that as a more experienced writer, he easily solved and simply smoothed things out.
Like a lot of classic Sci-Fi, you can see how the genre has improved.
I loved the book(s). A solid story, plenty of military Sci-Fi, a love story, tactics, and futuristic "idea" on how to travel faster than the speed (called C squared). Fun, solid, and a great example of classic work. In fact, if you did read the preface, you would find the book only slightly dated.
Well worth the credit(s).
The book is not boring but the story is very light and naive. The bad guys are stupid and useless, the good guys are super intelligent strong and smart.
The science is more in domain of fantasy, with almost no explanations at all
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