The Jungle (Seas of Venus #2)
by David Drake
The planet Venus, after the terraformers finished work and life on Earth ended, was a hell of aggressive mutations, the land and seas turgid with ragingly lethal lifeforms.Humankind lives in domed undersea Keeps--and only the mercenary naval troops called FreeCompanies venture to the surface to wage the Keeps' proxy wars.Ensign Brainard and his men, their flitterboat wreck...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Tor Books
(first published November 15th 1992)
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Drake builds on the world created by Henry Kuttner and has a lot of imaginative fun with an ecosystem mutating out of control from the sun's harsh radiation. Since the chances of survival for Ensign Brainard's hovercraft crew seemed slim, I had to know how it was going to turn out. I didn't like all the flashing back to the histories of the stranded crew. If you can keep track of how it all fits together, you can enjoy a uniquely dangerous jungle adventure.
If you can keep focused on what's going on in the jungle, it's a great military survival adventure. If you get confused by the flashbacks and backstory or lost in the different characters...well welcome to the club, we have hats and jackets.
David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.More about David Drake...