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Burning Sky

(Sky #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The intense brand-new military horror series from “one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century” – American Library Association

Trained To Kill. Haunted By The Past. Fighting For Their Souls.

Everything is dangerous in Afghanistan, nothing more so than the mission of a Tactical Support Team or T.S.T. All veterans, these men and women spend seasons in hell, to not on
Paperback, 420 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Solaris
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I was familiar neither with Weston Ochse's work nor with military fiction before this book. I can't say I was disappointed.

My main criticism is that the book should have been trimmed down significantly. At 420 pages, even though I enjoyed it for the most part, it felt like it would never end. Not to mention that the ending was rather abrupt, even though other parts are stretched to hell and back, like the author just wanted to get it over and done with. I mean, true, other parts of the book were
John Jacobs
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I’ve said elsewhere that Weston’s short fiction moves with terrifying grace, but his novels have a muscular poetry to them. Burning Sky, his newest novel, moves with urgency and forcefulness with the precision of, well, a military combat team, which just so happens to be the center and beating heart of this fascinating novel. It starts already rolling hard and continues, with some twists and turns and an elegant mystery that sneaks up on you along the way, to a catacl ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Closer to "American Golem" (from Operation Arcana) than the single Seal Team 666 novel I read. The back half of the novel works better than the first half but the abrupt ending left me feeling a bit unsatisfyed. I'm unsure if there are more novels planned here but I would love to see Ochse explore the metaphysical aspects more in future endeavors.
David Agranoff
There is a long and storied tradition of military science fiction. One author Weston Ochse knows well. His last trilogy of novels were firmly in the vein of that sub-genre best known for classics like Forever War and Starship Troopers. As for military horror there are random novels here and there but the undisputed master of this sub-genre is Weston without a doubt. Starting with the Seal Team 666 trilogy that were like a special forces take on the X-files. This sub-genre was inevitable and in l ...more
Mike Kazmierczak
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've heard a lot of good about Weston Ochse. I hadn't read any of his stuff previously, but I had already bought four of his books and put them in my To Be Read pile. So, it's no surprise that I was eager to read a book by him. Well ... weirdly the book both lived up to my expectations and yet left me disappointed.

Boy Scout, real name Bryan Starling, is in charge of an Tactical Support Team in Afghanistan. He and his team are escorting a General to a meeting when things go bad. Flash forward six
Adam Selby-Martin
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[I was sent an ARC by the publisher, via Netgalley, in return for a fair and honest review]

I have never served in the military, and it seems increasingly unlikely that I ever will given my advancing age, advancing stomach size, and an variety of fears that can probably be encompassed under the general term of ‘intense cowardice’. Only being a civilian, therefore, I’m extremely aware that I can only have the vaguest notions of what it is like to serve in the armed forces: the experiences to be ha
Ralph Carlson
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man! What an awesome book. Great. Loved it.
Tanner Ensign
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Burning Sky, Weston Ochse starts the novel off with introducing us to a drunk ex Army Ranger named Starling who woke up in his own vomit. Starling, a few years out of the military served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, he has let himself go and is about to do a job for a man named Larson. There he meets Joon and her son, who he is suppose to kill. Starling decided to save them both and in doing so went through a fight. Throughout his Journey of saving them, he met up with his old friends, Mcque ...more
Kyle Lybeck
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The wars of Afghanistan continue to rage on. For one group of soldiers that are a Tactical Support Team (or T.S.T. for short), are brave men and women who have seen the throes of battle time and time again. Finally home from their missions, they each begin to have a vivid dream. A dream that brings them back to their times of war, and a dream that as they find out, they all share together. What this dream truly means, none of them know, they can only speculate. What they know for sure though, is ...more
Lisa Dobra
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Seven months after Boy Scout's Tactical Support Team returns from Afghanistan, he, along with his team, are struggling to acclimate back to civilian life. When he begins reaching out to his old team, they realize one by one that they're all having the same disturbing dream. Collectively, they agree to return to Afghanistan to try and find answers to the questions haunting them.

I was particularly interested in this novel because of the comparisons to the work of Cormac McCarthy, who happens to be
Fred Rayworth
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I ran across Burning Sky in Barnes & Noble and the premise intrigued me. While I’m not really into pure military dramas, especially since I served 24 years in the Air Force and am pretty sick of it all, this one was a bit different because the blurb on the back hinted at a science fiction element. I decided to give it a chance.

The writing was superb, with solid third-person limited, past-tense. The narrative was brisk and the story never dragged. To a point. There were a few times, especially in
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Burning Sky" by Weston Ochse is filled with blood, pop culture references, and more blood. Following a team of five, the first half of the book is them dealing with not being in the army anymore, in their own ways. Some chose drugs, some chose food, some chose both, and one chose tinfoil clothes and techno music. Then they're given something to focus on, brought on by their leader, Boy Scout. He consistently feels like he's a character in a book, however. They're trying to save a young boy and ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[I was sent an ARC by the publisher, via Netgalley, in return for a fair and honest review]

I really enjoyed this one. Speant most of the book trying to figure out what the hell was actully going on which was part of the fun since neither I or the characters seemed to have a clue what was happening. The reveal was even werider then what I had been thinking about and that was even better as that sort of thing hadn't even crossed my mind and that made things even better.

The main characters were al
Jeff Raymond
I have written before about my struggles with military sci-fi, and this one, at least on the presentation, appeared to be different. And on one hand, it is - the approach to this story, especially with the characterizations in play, feel very different than with other efforts I've read or tried to read. But what this didn't do is deliver beyond that - the take still felt stilted and sterile, and the ideas and conceits for me just failed to connect.

This wasn't a bad read - many who love this su
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burning Sky - One hell of a book!!!

If Philip K. Dick and Cormac Mcarthy’s works had a love child that went to war... it would be Burning Sky. This is a phenomenal book in so many ways. The melding of Zoroastrianism, Sufi mysticism, and the questions of consciousness and reality all set in the battle arena (and elsewhere) were epic. As with most of his writings, Weston Ochse brings a visceral description of the myriad ways Psychic trauma leads to different manifestations of PTSD is present. I wou
Anna Szabó
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I don’t usually read military fiction but I’ve heard so much about Weston Ochse that I had to give it a try. Not sure what to think of this one. There are so many twists that is was kind of hard to keep up with the story. And the jumps in time or sideways or whatever,,.
But the action was good and enjoyable and there are many things that I learned about what it is like to serve in the military and what happens to soldiers after they return home. How they life can never be the same after all the s
David Young
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Eric Guignard
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
REVIEWED: Burning Sky
WRITTEN BY: Weston Ochse
PUBLISHED: September, 2018

A reality-bending novel of military horror from a contemporary master of such genre. BURNING SKY is a mix of action, PTSD, and philosophy, as a group of soldiers try to understand and defeat the mystical god-like daeva (or their human priest counterparts!) while self-containing in an underground cavern. It’s a bizarre roller coaster, to be sure, but well worth the dizzying loops and dives it takes you through, from gun fights
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever read Weston Ochse, then you'll know what I mean when I say that his scifi military horror is heart-wrenchingly real. With BURNING SKY, Ochse writes with his trademark grit, authority, and heart, ambushing you when you least expect it with emotional IEDs then bending your mind with wild imaginings and sober philosophy. Read BURNING SKY and chase it down with his GRUNT LIFE - Task Force Ombra series. You can thank me later.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm still not sure how I feel about this one. The action was great. Enough action to satisfy anyone, but it felt like the narrative was forced into too much introspection in a couple of places. The plot twists were good but almost too many, if that makes sense. First, they blew up someone or something attacking them while escorting a dignitary, then.....
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bryan "Boy Scout" Starling and his TST, are not adapting well to civilian life having returned from Afghanistan and the whole team seem to be on a constant downwards spiral. All is not as it seems, as they find out they are trapped in an artificial environment. This is a good story with some nice twists, it does get a little bogged down in the latter third, but still a good conclusion.
Chris Carroll
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Burning Sky is a surprise mashup of military action, horror, science fiction, and religion. Ochse gets compared to Cormac McCarthy quite a bit in blurbs, and McCarthy is mentioned in the book quite a lot, but the comparisons aren’t because of style or talent so much as the authors’ use of violence while exploring universal themes. This book is much deeper than you would expect.
Kevin Collett
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read 190 pages to give it a chance as I really liked the Seal Team 666 books before deciding life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy.

Didn’t really bond with the characters and, while I think there could well be a decent twist at the end of the book to make it all work out at the end, I couldn’t face reading another 100+ pages to get there.
Ian Denner
Sep 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not good

I did not enjoy this book at all. And it was not for a lack of trying. I made it all the way to about 62% through, and then thought enough is enough. I can only take so much. And I really tried. But I just could not go any further.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The whole special ops team meets the supernatural is hard for me. The story might have ended with the end of the book, or might not. We don't know till the sequel. I might not read the sequel.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I tried to stick it out with this book but DNF at 60%. Despite an unusual setting and plot, I just couldn't engage with the story or characters enough to stay interested.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun read
Jun 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. A gay character named McQueen should have said it all.
Duncan Rittschof
Excelent read. Longer review on ...more
Galen Strickland
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard review to write, hopefully I didn't spoil too much.
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The American Library Association calls Weston Ochse “one of the major horror authors of the 21 st Century.” He has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, Publishers Weekly, Peter Straub, Joe Lansdale, Jon Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, David Gerrold, William C. Dietz, Tim Lebbon, Christopher Golden, and many more of the world’s best-selling authors ...more

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