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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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  • Tripp
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • 05-24-17

Good, but preachy

Kudos to Campbell for admitting in his prologue that this a "if this goes on" story. That takes some of the sting of the preachy nature of some of the monologue and dialogue, but not entirely.

A story that clearly has its roots in several of my favorite Heinlein books: If This Goes On, Starship Troopers, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, at least that's how I see it. It also has the ring of Tim O'Brien's books based on his Vietnam experiences.

Admittedly this was his first book, and he states he would change things if he was writing it now.

An easy listen though, on to the next one!

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I LOVE THIS BOOK

I love this book the only thing I wish is that there was more books about Stark. he is a great writer and the people in the book feel real. it makes you feel like you get to know everyone as a real person. I tell everyone I can to read it. you can believe that its happening its not to far fetch. great syfi with out going over the top like some books that you are like really sure. he follows the rule of the rule that he sets. the tactics in the books are fun and smart.

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Noisy narrator

Narrator seemed to be dehydrated while narrating. He would make swallow noises at random which sort of ruined the flow of the story. Interesting take on what the future could hold. Highly unlikely though. Will purchase sequels to see where the story goes.

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Classic ... nicely read and always love scifi mil

easy to listen to. well read at a good pace. the Stark series is awesome

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Intriguing

This story was intriguing and unique it's presentation. It's an idea that almost all in the military has dealt with when dealing with officers or senior enlisted wanting to make the next rank. I found it to be a great story the way how it played out because of how Stark is allowed to develop. I really did find some of the conversation very visual as it went on because I could see people really saying some of the responses. I did find it a little odd that I didn't see any curse since enlisted or just infantry in general likes to curse from what I have seen of them.



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Some you win - some you lose

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are fond of war stories set in a space environment, this is a good start. In the introduction delivered by the writer, he gives his reasons for the why the writing style is what it is. So yes I will recommend it with a big caveat - it is not exactly what you expect ...

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Great story

The story is great but the acting was a little buggy.... Can't wait to listen to the next installment.

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  • Joki
  • Helsinki
  • 03-08-15

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.

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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.

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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.