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A Small Colonial War

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the 22d century, when the Japanese ruled an interstellar empire from the Earth, an imperial task group was dispatched to put down with minimum bloodshed the three-way colonial revolt on a factory world the rebels called Suid Afrika.
Interstellar warfare is expensive, so the task group was considerably undergunned, a mix of orbiting ground-attack craft, light infantry, an
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published January 14th 1990 by Del Rey
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Steven Vaughan-Nichols
This is not your usual military SF novel. It's the story of brilliant solders fighting for an empire and cause they don't believe in against increasingly poor odds. It's the characters, not the action, that make this novel. This book reads best for someone who knows history and isn't phased by Freeza's mix of Finnish, Japanese, and Afrikaans characters and language.

I think this is one of the best military SF novels I've ever read. For many, I know it's focus on difficult characters and the prob
Robert Frezza's A Small Colonial War and its follow-up books have become lasting favorites of mine, books among a very few that I re-read every year. They tell the story of an infantry rifle battalion in the service of an interstellar hegemony sent to put down a revolt in a distant, backwater colony.

The book is not conventional gear-porn or gung-ho military sci-fi fare. It is a milieu that abides by the reality of relativistic travel, material scarcity, and the economical unsuitability of transp
Michael Burnam-fink
A small colonial war is an under-appreciated gem of military scifi. In a genre characterized by right-wing rhetoric and planet destroying super-weapons, this is a story about an under-equipped light infantry battalion on the ass edge of space trying to eke out victory against an entire continent of Afrikaner through intelligence, the surgical application of brutality, and Clausewitz's adage that "war is fought by human beings."

That said, this book felt cramped, too many characters not enough cha
Tim Clouse
Nice variation in the SF-war genre. A Finnish battalion of the Japanese Army has to put down a revolt by former South African farmers. Not as much bloodshed as in other books of this type.
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An American writer who began publishing SF with "Max Weber's War" for Amazing, January 1987.
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