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Old Marines never die.... They just become Space Marines.

I thought the hard part of helping the Helta defeat the rampaging Tevynians would be the fighting. How wrong I was.

To the Helta, we Earthers look just like the Tevynians, their mortal enemies. And convincing their government to ally with humans may be even beyond the crew of the starship James Bowie.

But the clock is ticking, because the Tevynian fleet is bearing down on the Helta homeworld. If we can’t talk the Helta into accepting our help to fight them off, then Helta Prime will fall....

And Earth will be next.

©2020 Rick Partlow (P)2020 Pramantha Publishing

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Fantastic!

Maybe better than the first book. What a wild ride! Just not happy the author killed me.

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This series is pretty good.

I been having some problems with reading Rick Partlows books due to all his stories is all about how the US is above the rest of the world in everything. And all outside US is lower class of people. Now this book is a little bit better but still it’s the US how control the space ships and if you surrender to the US you can join the space fleet. But otherwise this is a pretty fun and action packed story. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
Scott Aiello really does a amazing job and delivers first class of narration!

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Exceptional Mil Sci-Fi

The second book in the Earth at War series was just as exciting, action packed, and at times, brutal in the intensity of the combat scenes, but also exceptionally intelligent and perceptive with the dialogue and emotional state of each of the characters, especially the Main Character Andy Clanton who suffers from PTSD after his first tour as a Marine in Venezuela.
This is an amazing series, as we have an ex-Marine, Sci-Fi writer, who was in space on board a small space vehicle with a billionaire inventor, Daniel Gatlin, as well as their pilot Julie Nieves, and a Scientist Dr Patel, for an experiment, when Aliens suddenly appear just off the Moon, telling Humanity, that the first to reach them, gets their tech.
Why? They are a bunch of pacifists, (who look remarkably like Koala’s, but are actually descended from Sun Bears, having been taken from Earth, and genetically manipulated thousands of years ago by a Master Race – along with several other species, and then transplanted to different suitable terraformed planets in the Galaxy). The Pacifists (the Helta), however, have been kicking their butts kicked by another of these races, the Tevynians – who look exactly like Humans, (drum roll….), because they are. Tevynians were taken from Earth during the time of Alexander the Great, they are an early Warrior Culture of Humanity, and have gone from having basic weapons (spears, basic swords), to starships and laser blasters. They are highly tactical, but have no engineering capability. And thus the Helta, are being smashed by them.
The Helta, in desperation, have come to humanity as a last hope, breaking several sacred laws.
And so, Andy Clanton, along with his long time friend and Delta Force Master Sgt, James ‘Jambo’ Bowie, start to lead a special ‘Space Force’ of a small team of Delta Team Operatives, along with a larger team of Rangers (Yes, there are lots of jokes about Space Rangers), in missions to help the Helta.
I don’t want to give away spoilers, as this book is just too much fun, and too good a story to wreck with spoilers, you have to read it yourself!!
I will say that the world/galaxy building is just extraordinary, Partlow has put in an incredible amount of depth and detail into the story to make sure that as a reader, you get fully immersed into the story, and really feel like you are on the page with Andy and Jambo, performing each of the operations. It gives it such a realistic feel as you read.
As with the first book, the crew are again trying to help the Helta, but there are several major and minor plotlines running through this story. The obvious one is the conflict between the Helta and Tevynians, and our intrepid Space Force trying to intervene. To do this, they need resources, not just ‘People’, but also weapons, ships, and the special Svalinn Battle Armour. All these things take time, money, and resources to either make or in the case of the ships, to steal.
This book, being book 2 in the series, covers aspects of these operations, but it also covers some of the more personal aspects as well, in that we get to learn more about our main character (characters).
Book 2 takes the time to delve into Andy’s life more, and as a result, we get to see more of his wife, Allie, as well as his son, Zack. This is a really interesting dynamic, as it not only allows us to meet these characters (and some others – I don’t want to give away spoilers), but it also allows the Author to go into Andy’s past a bit, and let us know about his history with his PTSD, and we get to learn more about his character this way, which is a really interesting part of the story. The Author has been incredibly clever in what he has written, and also very sensitive to those who have had any history with PTSD.
The technology in this book is just brilliant, there has been a lot of thought and time put into the design of all aspects of the weapons (from all races, Human, Tevynians and Helta), including the M900 KE Rifle the Humans use, the battle armour that the Humans are using, the Svalinn armour, which is just glorious, and is named for the Norse mythical Svalinn Shield. And of course, there are the ships that the Helta use, that everybody is either borrowing, or have stolen.
The Author has put a lot of effort into each of these items, so that there is a level of realism and believability, even given the Sci-Fi nature of each of them, making the story that much more interesting.
This level of thought and time has also gone into the world (or galaxy) building, providing this rich, detailed, and in-depth environment for our Main Characters to tell their stories in, and although most of these stories are told in ‘Alien’ environments, on other planets, aboard shuttles, ships etc, the detail is such that you can really see and feel it, and know what you are looking at, and you really feel like you are there. Again, as with the tech, it lets you believe you are part of it, and just gives you an extra edge in the story.
Overall, this is an exceptionally well told, fast-paced, adventure, with outstanding Characters, brilliant tech, and beautiful world building, all culminating in an extraordinary story, that is not only thrilling, and captivating, but a lot of fun to. This is one of those Mil Sci-Fi/Space Opera’s that you don’t want to miss!!
Scott Aiello is one of the truly gifted Narrators, effortlessly able to create both Male and Female voices that are clearly distinctive, clear, crisp and concise, either Alien or Human.
He is able to tell the story from the Main Characters point of view, and totally captivate you, from the opening line, to the last sentence, he has such an easy voice to listen to, but he is also able to create, with such consummate ease, the emotional state of his characters as well, letting you know how each of the characters feel, from a distressed Male, to a barking Female Colonel, pulling her troops into order, to the suave voice of a Delta Operator, cool, calm and collected, even though he is under fire, telling a story about another operation, and at the same time, giving orders, that everyone in the room, even the Colonel who outranks him, follows without question. Aiello covers all the voices so easily, he is a true master at narrating, and he was perfect as Andy Clanton, the ex-Marine Sci-Fi writer, you absolutely believed he was just telling his story, that this was an actual recording of Clanton on Mission etc. Outstanding!!!

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Okay filler to the series

I’d recommend you wait until all the books in this series come out and read them in sequence. This book seems to just be preparing the way for the next one. Beware, a very big cliffhanger at the end!

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  • 12-12-20

OMG

What a cliffhanger ending !!! when is the next book out I may even read it just so I can find out what happens sooner