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The Military Form

(The Vang #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Eons ago, a war was fought to the death between the parasitic and ferocious Vang and a gifted but doomed race. As a last resort, these gentle beings were forced to use the Starhammer to smash the Vang spacefleets and homeworld, leaving only a handful of survivors. For a billion years a silvery shape drifted through space. More than three thousand years after humanity first ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published February 12th 1988 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1988)
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Mark Lawrence
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
The better of the two books I've read in this trilogy. More hard-edged violent and pretty gruesome Sci-Fi.

Here we get to meet the race that the star hammer in the previous book was designed to deal with. A relentless parasitic alien species that will rapidly destroy man's empire and any other they can reach. The Vang are a quality antagonist and I had great fun reading about their efforts to reassert themselves from a single long-dormant seed while humanity does its best to eliminate them. Like
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second in "The Vang" series. The Vang is an aggressive militaristic species that was supposed to have been exterminated by a race, now long dead. This story starts some thousands of years after the last Vang sighting. They are almost considered a myth by this time and so an illegal prospector is unprepared for what he finds on an old derelict in a remote asteroid belt. The Vang is a race of "Omni-Parasite" capable of taking over any human host. Naturally he (the illegal prospect ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
The middle book of a very loose trilogy (Starhammer, The Vang: The Military Form, The Vang: The Battlemaster), and also the best of the three. Crazy alien infestation runs wild from a single mistake. Intense, quick read.
the book is good and I like the writer style. From all the reviews I read I was expecting more horror and battles but the first half of the book is just introduction to the characters, not less interesting of course. I find the way he portrays the Vang just beautiful, it made me feel empathetic toward "it".

Edit: 27/07/2017. Just watched Oats Studios - Volume 1 - Zygote and thought of this book. The creature reminds of the Military Form.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, the alien invasion book to end all alien invasion books. It is awesome. I rec it to everyone who likes SF.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holds the distinction of being the only book to induce nausea as I was reading it. To parse these words is to undergo a form of PTSD, I'm certain. Afterwards, I slept with the light on. That's not a joke. That happened.

I really just wanted to flag this with a content warning; it's super difficult to find a copy (at least in Australia) Amazon has a few, but it's otherwise out of print; I needed to hunt through countless second-hand bookstores. Regardless, I'm sure other people share my fetish for
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imaginative and horrifying!
Love this series! Right there on the same shelf as Saberhagen's "Berzerkers".
Phil Kozel
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Seriously nasty aliens in a fast paced romp. Not much character development for sure, but great story and brutal imagery. Not for the weak of heart.
Jason Bradley Thompson
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This weird, pulpy little book is the kind of sci-fi "action-horror in space" that was popular in movies in the '80s but not so much in prose. Several thousand years in the future, asteroid miners discover an ancient alien probe containing one of the Vang, a race of deadly parasites capable of reshaping their hosts into various monstrous, tentacled, clawed forms to better spread the contagion. After most of the crew are killed, the invasion spreads to a nearby frontier planet (possibly modeled on ...more
Sean E Britten
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's great! I wrote a super unnecessarily long review about it!
Alex Stockdale
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read this in my teens, and found it both terrifying and gripping. Reread it recently, and it's still amazing. If you liked the film "Alien", try this book. The sequel (The Vang: The Battlemaster) is also good, but I didn't find it as scary as this one.
Brett's Books
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread, fiction
Hard to believe I read this pulpy and extremely violent book as a child. I enjoyed it again a second time, but was shocked as I reread it that I had been allowed to read this book at all; I need to provide better oversight to my kids for sure.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Затея интригующая: тварь из The Thing подминает планету. Если прорваться через ненужную первую треть, то затянет своей отвратительностью. Но в целом написано плохо, а перевод вообще ниже плинтуса.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
gratuitous violence
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Pretty scary and brutal. A great scifi novel. Reminds me of Aliens and the things.
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A surprisingly fun bit of science fiction. The middle book in a trilogy, I find out 20 years later!
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1991 grade C+

series book S2

Note = Too Violent
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Christopher Rowley is a prolific writer of both science fiction and fantasy novels. He was born in 1948 in Lynn, Massachusetts to an American mother and an English father. Educated for the most part at Brentwood School, Essex, England, he became a London-based journalist in the 1970s. In 1977 he moved to New York City and began work on The War For Eternity, his first science fiction novel. He curr ...more

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The Vang (3 books)
  • Starhammer (The Vang, #1)
  • The Battlemaster (The Vang, #3)