The staples of military science fiction don't really fit my tastes. This I discovered while reading yet a third author who included the very same pet The staples of military science fiction don't really fit my tastes. This I discovered while reading yet a third author who included the very same pet peeves that had me lambasting the last two authors I'd read in the genre. I should have known when I read Captain "Warhurst" going over battle plans inside his head computer that I was in for more of the same. The action shifts starts out on a distant battlefield then shifts to Earth where the protagonist is exchanging the high life for a role in the underrated, unappreciated marines.
Upon arrival at basic training four-eyes discovers every marine knows of this legendary ancestor of his. This works well to the protagonist's advantage because after completing his training he is punted off into space...with no space-borne training. Sealed inside a cryogenic chamber the antagonist speeds off towards his rendezvous with the feared Xul. Victorious in battle he ascends a hill, casting a spell over his fellow marines.
Apparently humans have long been the slaves of an alien master, blah blah blah, Earthlings somehow escaped only too be found by their former masters. Many human slaves exist in the galaxy and the marines must go free them. Oh and the pyramids are somehow involved. Hmmm...sounding a little familiar? Yeah it's the Stargate movie. (which despite what some may say is not the same as the pissed on television show that was more interested in copying Star Trek than originality and...)
Douglas copied his story wholesale from Emmerich and Devlin. Not that there's anything wrong with that but the fact that he didn't bother change anything suggests a lack of interest that negated the whole back story. I wasn't impressed with Star Corps but I would recommend it to hopeful authors as an example of what not to do.
P.S. While digging through some storage boxes I noticed to my displeasure that I'd reviewed the wrong book. Star Strike was the novel that I'd read; it's part of the Inheritance Trilogy. ...more
I wanted to love this book. After reading some real garbage I really wanted to like this book. This was supposed to be my military-science-fiction salI wanted to love this book. After reading some real garbage I really wanted to like this book. This was supposed to be my military-science-fiction salvation...but it wasn't. I gave this book three stars and I truly believe it deserves no less. No, it didn't blow me away but it was a entertaining and that's nice. The downer here is the prose and characterization. Stereotypical in almost every dimension, reading this book is like listening to a wannabe Marine brag about "teh Corps". First of all, as known to anyone ever in the military, even the grunts don't curse as much as the servicemen and women in "One Day On Mars".
And it sure doesn't help that the dialogue is so cliched and gung-ho it makes for reading that compares to attempting to swim in peanut butter. In a few centuries, when humans are colonizing Mars, I really doubt the nations that exist today will exist then. So calling your fictional nation The United States Of America is not so good an idea if your going for believability. Artificial Intelligence is not too big a deal with me unless it takes the form of a microchip implanted inside pretty much everyone. Putting aside the fact that there is no practical reason to have a companion intelligence inside your brain (much less a computer) the implications of a brain dwelling AI computer if not fully explored tend to make a novel rakish.
Despite the annoying details "One Day On Mars" still managed to captivate me but as soon as I read something like "The seppie motherfuckers surrounded the Captain of the Warboys leaving him no place to go but Hell" it knocked me back to frustrated. There are elements of this book that make for what could have been a knock 'em to the floor read and for those reasons I wish I could give it four stars but I won't. What bugs me most about Taylor is that I can tell that he is capable of doing so much better...or maybe I just picked up on someone who edited the book. In any case the book was good, better than some in fact but the writer doesn't articulate the story into a masterpiece even though it was so close to being one. ...more
Had this book not already been produced in the form of a comic I would have been much more impressed than I am. Karpyshyn's pacing is enjoyable but thHad this book not already been produced in the form of a comic I would have been much more impressed than I am. Karpyshyn's pacing is enjoyable but then one has to wonder exactly how much of the book he's actually responsible for. A solid read and very well done as far as licensed fiction goes. ...more
Although I really liked the first book in the series I was not surprised with the quality of this book. While the first book clearly set the stage fo Although I really liked the first book in the series I was not surprised with the quality of this book. While the first book clearly set the stage for another installment I was expecting something with better flow. The first chapters are rakish at best and they failed to capture my attention. Unfortunately I dropped twenty bucks for this book in hardcover. Had that not been the case I wouldn't have returned it however I doubt I'd have finished the novel.
I could spend all night writing about what made this book bad but it will suffice to say that Tau Ceti Agenda compares in creativity, depth, and originality to an "Sy-Fy" original movie...only worse!
Taylor did a poor job of putting the story together and I firmly believe I would have been better if he'd taken more time and maybe run it by an editor or two....more