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Kingdom's Swords (Starfist #7)

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The Marines were told it was a simple peasant rebellion–
but the mission proved to be far deadlier. . . .

Gunny Charlie Bass isn’t the only Marine mystified by the order sending the entire 34th to put down a few seditious serfs on planet Kingdom. Rumors swirl of a deadly alien invasion. But few believe that such sentient beings exist. Except Gunny Bass and the Marines of t
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 29th 2002 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2002)
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Per Gunnar
As usual David Sherman’s books in the Starfist series are solid books making for some good reading. The marine grunt theme of these books is not really my favorite subject but I have nevertheless found the Starfist series quite enjoyable. I like the way Sherman & Cragg writes and you cannot say anything else than that these books are fairly action-filled. This book in the series is no exception to that.

The official book blurb above actually only speaks of a part of the events in the book. Su
Al Datum
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this book, we see the marines of the 34th FIST at their best. They are sent to a swamp planet where they encounter the Skinks, an alien intelligence that no one believes exists. The Skinks are decidedly hostile, and combat breaks out, with some excellent military action.

The thing that becomes obvious in this book, and carries over to future books featuring the Skinks, is that the authors were both in Vietnam. The Skinks are very obviously the North Vietnamese (down to their cultural practices
Brian Turner
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Another good entry in the Starfist series.
Lew Conorado is called back to earth to face court martial for his part in the incdent on Avionia.
Elsewhere, the Skinks that 34th FIST encountered previously start attacking a planet that is run along religious lines.

As usual, any non-Marine that is encountered is generally a self-centred, useless idiot. This book ramps that up with the various religious groups seeing the Marines a bunch of heathens (but secretly using that to hold on to their own power
Scott James
I'll admit, with this 7th book in the series I nearly jumped ship. the second part of what I now know to be a tightly written 4 book arc, Kingdom's Swords finally gets into the messy stuff, as the 34th bogs down in some of the worst action they've ever seen.

Part of why I like this series is the authenticity of the characters and their military lives. but for the first time, the book felt like just another iteration of a formula, and there's only so many times I can read the same book before gett
David Dail
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I can't put this series down. I bought the first 5 books at thanksgiving and received some for christmas and ordered others online and they have been pretty much my exclusive reading material since then. A must read for any fan of military fiction science or otherwise.
I.F. Adams
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Each one in the series is a bit better than previous ones. Definitely not high literature but starting to crawl its way out of forgettable action-pulp (which to be clear, I love that category.... it is what it is however)
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Once again, I could've lived without the skink PoV chapters, didn't really add any value to me...
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