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Virtues of War

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Winner - CBR Cygnus Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Virtues of War offers a glimpse of humanity’s possible future, of our expansion into space and the cultural and emotional baggage that we will take with us. Within an action-packed, high-tech setting with cutting edge science and fantastic worldscapes, the story explores the effects of physical and psychological warf
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by
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A sci-fi thriller of physical and psychological combat, Virtues of War sends readers hurtling through space to find that our warlike nature has survived intact into the 26th century. This is no Star Trek mission of exploration, and there are no aliens: only long-established colonies in the Centauri system rebelling against Terran rule. Humankind’s technological evolution may have continued at breakneck speed, but social evolution has yet to catch up.

Lt. Katja Emmes, fast-attack strike leader of
Bennett Coles
Apr 06, 2012 Bennett Coles rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm the author, so obviously I love the book. But I thought I'd take this opportunity to share a couple of early reviews that Virtues of War received.

From The Times, 26 November 2010, by David Kyle:

This first book is a promising beginning to a new military SF series. Set several centuries into the future, it pits Earth-based troops against the largest colony. The roots of the conflict are murky and may well be explained more satisfactorily in future books but the small cast of fleet office
Colin Mallard
I read “Virtues of War” followed by “Casualties of War,” and since the reading was a single event, this review covers both books.

It took me a while to get into the first book as military science fiction was not something I’d explored before. When I stopped trying to remember what the acronyms meant, I slipped into the story. There was a shift from laws governed by gravity to laws, different laws, operating in space.

Time and distance were immense and there was a sense of a universe so large it w
Dusan Milatovic
"Virtues" may be categorized as a blend of Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" and Clancy's "Red October" submarine warfare transposed to deep space. Ben Coles, the author, has put his experience in the Navy to good use describing strategy between space armadas as well as the tactics of hand-to-hand non-nuclear combat.

The "good guys" are led by the initially inexperienced female protagonist set out to prove herself. After surmounting a series of nail-bitingly lopsided odds, she ends up with nothing l
Kevin Cawley
I won a signed copy of Virtues of War as a first reads winner.

This book was very well written. I am not traditionally a sci-fi reader, but Virtues of War has great characters to sink your teeth into and a fast-paced plot line that kept me turning pages. The scientific explanations, which I find plodding and boring in most of the other books in the genre that I have read, are brief and concise. The plot is concerned with a military expedition force in another solar system and the intricacies of a
Val Walton

I don’t often read science fiction but I enjoyed this book a lot. It was very fast paced and the action flowed into more action so quickly it was hard to find a time to put it down. I kept thinking I’ll stop at the next chapter.

Although it happened somewhere in deep space Katja reminded me of Hornblower in the way she learned to grow as a leader and fight battles in ways that were totally unexpected both to their enemies and her own side. Only in deep space the maneuvers were easier to underst
Howard Breen
Engrossing read, taut writing, vivid detail and futurology. Believable characterization and beautifully crafted. The ending was solidly suspenseful. To be honest, I was surprised, as this sic-fi military sub-genre, isn't usually my first grab. That said, having read Ben Coles breakthrough novel I'll read his next without hesitation or reservation. I expect to take along an oxygen mask for what I hope will be another breathless quantum leap into increasing military action in zero-g, and resolutio ...more
Heather Westing
All I can say is: wow! Sci-fi isn't usually my genre, but this book just grabbed a hold of me and swept me along for the ride. The military terminology was just detailed enough to make me feel like I was wearing a helmet myself, but not so over-the-top as to be overwhelming. Katja Emmes is one of the most powerful, vulnerable and believable heroines I've ever met, and the cast of characters around her brought this far-future world vividly to life. I can't wait for the sequel!
Mike Toth
Good first novel with good character development. For some, the inner workings and personal maneuverings might be too much; if you want more battles and less conversation. Because of the character development it is easy to develop strong opinions of the main characters and at times, I found myself utterly disgusted with several of them. Good writing. I look forward to the next effort to see where things go from there both in the story line as well as with Cole's authoring skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The action sequences were superbly written and the visuals were also well described. The world the author created was completely believable. Well fleshed out characters made it that I had trouble putting the book down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!

I can't wait for the sequel...
Excellent! Engrossing and leaves you wanting more. I am not a fast reader by any stretch of the imagination, but I wasn't able to put this down and finished it in a week (probably close to a record for me!!!)Bennett R. Coles
Chris Overes
Great read and recommend to anybody who likes Sci-fi. Working in the military field the lingo and detail was realistic and easy to understand.
Characters were complex and beleivable and didn't know if I should love them or hate them
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