A Library Journal Best Books of 2018 pick!
--“PLANETSIDE is a smart and fast-paced blend of mystery and boots-in-the-dirt military SF that reads like a high-speed collision between Courage Under Fire and Heart of Darkness.” – Marko Kloos, bestselling author of the Frontline series
--“Not just for military SF fans—although military SF fans will love it—Planetside is an...more
As far as a series page, I have no clue how to do that. Sorry. I barely figured out how to do the answer questions thing (I basically randomly stumbled over it).
Planetside was originally written to stand alone, so there was no planned series when I started writing, and certainly no intent to deceive. I think there has been mixed reader opinion on whether Planetside stands alone well or not, and I really don't want to comment because I think all readers are entitled to their own opinion of a work. It's meant to stand alone, even though there are obviously questions left, and even though there is a sequel. (less)
Planetside was a very impressive military sci-fi debut.
I’m actually surprised that so few people I know (close to zero) are talking about Planetside this year. Seriously, Harper Voyager and reviewers really should’ve advertised this book more, it’s a fantastic debut and if it weren’t for my friend, Niki Hawkes, I wouldn’t have heard about this gem at all.
The plot in Planetside revolves around Colonel Butler, a war hero in semi-retirement as he received a mission from an old and ...more
Everything about it hit the spot. It’s about a semi-retired Colonel who gets recruited to investigate circumstances surrounding a missing lieutenant. Right off the bat I loved the main character. He had a very no-bullshit approach to things, and his dry humor cracked me up constantly. In some ways, he reminded me a bit of both Avasarala (Expanse – she’s the bomb) and John Perry (Old Man’s War), to give you an idea the type of character ...more
Sticky Patch: "Planetside" by Michael Mammay
Once upon a long ago writers who wanted to try something different would put books out under an alternate name to distinguish them: Fred Bloggs, writer of sundry detective novels, would flirt with being Annette Wilkins, purveyor of steamy romances. Trouble was that if Ms. Wilkins didn't sell as well as Mr. Bloggs, some bright spark in marketing would then decide that the books should be ...more
When Colonel Carl Butler, the “bald and angry” hero of Michael Mammay’s debut milSF thriller Planetside, arrives at Space Command, he is approached by an aide of General Serata, whom he once served under and is there to meet. While observing the aide, Colonel Butler privately notes that Serata inspires a “fanatical loyalty” in his underlings. Butler’s awareness of this comes from personal experience, but it doesn’t inoculate him from ...more
Planetside is a fast-paced tale of military investigation that reads like a blend of Jerry Pournelle and NCIS. Our hero is a semi-retired colonel sent back to a warzone he'd rather forget, to investigate the disappearance in action of a senator's son. What starts out as an MIA ...more
And this is before the action heats up. The enemy is cunning, everywhere, it it's not entirely clear if the most dangerous foes are wearing ...more
Butler is a man on the edge of retirement, a little world ...more
by Michael Mammay
R.C. Bray (Narrator)
This is going in my favorite folder! This has everything a good sci-fi needs! A mystery or two, a space adventure, lots of weapons, aged military personnel having to do what no one else will, aliens, a good conspiracy, death threats, and lots of action! This book has that and more! Super exciting, never boring, lots of twists and turns, and a surprise ending!
Narration was perfect because it had RC Bray! One of my favorites! I
Can't wait for the next ...more
Although it's not as explodey and far out as I tend to go for, it's a solid debut from a real military guy, with a main character who has the snarky voice I always enjoy.
Dear God, this was intense. It was if Mammay knew all the things that I love: science fiction, military, mystery, snarky characters, three dimensional ...more
No spoilers: I am not well read in the military sub-genre of science fiction, having prefered space operas and hard sci-fi, but this was an exceptional story from my personal perspective. Having retired from the military myself after 24 years, I could appreciate Mammay's accurate depiction of officers and enlisted and the interactions between them and between elements. With an exception here or there, the military sci-fi I have ...more
The fundamental plot line is not exactly original: a highly capable protagonist is thrown into a difficult situation with very little info to go on and has to find his way. He's charged by his boss with figuring the situation out and dealing with what he finds. In this case, it happens to be a well-executed sci-fi military setting ...more
The story is ostensibly a missing persons case, as badass Colonel Carl Butler is tasked with locating a solider gone MIA in the midst of a war zone on an alien planet. His investigation unravels a conspiracy which goes to the heart of the war itself. Much of the story is procedural heavy and it's not until later that the adrenaline really kicks in. It develops fairly predictably, yet I found it enjoyable. The world ...more