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Luna Marine (Heritage Trilogy #2)

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The revelations on Mars -- a half-million year-old legacy of the vanished star-traveling Builders -- have fed the flames of catastrophic war. A beleaguered United States and its Russian and Japanese allies struggle to hold their own against the indomitable forces of the enemy United Nations. The bloody conflict that has swept over the home planet now rages across the black ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Harper Voyager
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay here we go... Did you read the first book in this series? Did you like the first book in this series?

If so, we're cool. Enjoy.

Now for those of you who haven't read the first in this series let me ask, do you like military science fiction? Do you like military fiction? Do you like military action type brain candy?

Okay you'll probably like this one. I would suggest that you start with the first one.

The archaeologists are still here, uncovering evidence of advanced space faring civilizations
Gary Morgenstein
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific and smart. A must read for fans of military science fiction. I can't wait to read the final novel in the trilogy.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm going to review the Heritage Trilogy as one whole as I read the three earlier this year in quick succession and really have the same opinions on all three books.

This trilogy spins a very cohesive story and really should be read straight through. It is an exceptional piece of sci-fi with fleshed out characters and a compelling story. The technology is well described and it is believable that the events in this trilogy could happen within the next 10-20 years. There is also political intrigue
James Murphy
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading "Luna Marine," the second book of Ian Douglas' Heritage Trilogy and found it an enjoyable read. The United States, Russia, and Japan are at war with the United Nations. Evidence of alien dabblings in human affairs was discovered on Mars, and now it appears the Earth's moon may also be a repository of alien artifacts. The United Nations has a presence on the Moon, and the United States responds by sending a detachment of Marines to fight the UN troops and protect the alien ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Heritage trilogy by Ian Douglas. In this one the United States and Russia are still at war with the UN. The UN has found advanced alien technology on the far side and the near side of the moon. The US sends in the Marines who capture the site on the lunar near side. The Army is brought in to occupy the site on the near side but a counter attack by the UN recaptures the site and takes the Army personal prisoner. It is then up to the Marines to retake the near side s ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the rare middle book in a trilogy that is better than the first book. Typically the middle book is a fill, bridging the gap between the exciting first book and the climactic finale. I think the reason this one works so well is because while this series is three books each story is independent of the other. The timeline is separated by a few years and many of the characters are the same but plenty of new ones. The underlying theme is the same but the story is quite different.

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Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, sci-fi
As with the first book, Luna Marine is dated. Some events are said to have happened that we now know never took place.

At one point someone refered to Chinese troops as "Chinks" I personally found this offensive as I would have any other derogatory term.

From the back cover of Semper Mars, the first book of the Heritage trilogy:
"Because great powers are willing to devastate a world in order to keep an ancient secret buried"
"something that calls into question every belief that forms the delicate fo
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scif-fi
The author wrote this in 1999 and obviously missed the whole Ancient Aliens TV show on H2. If you skip past the whole ancient alien theory, this is a great novel for USMC vs the world action novel. The characters are great and the storyline moves along. As the second book in a trilogy, it does not suffer the same lags and flaws as most sequels.

As a side note and not just this author but every author that has the ancient alien or ancient astronaut, all they have done is to move the ball back in
Andy Arnold
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really didn't think that much of the first book in this series finding the invincible "gung ho" US Marines a little difficult to stomach. I pressed on with this trilogy after reading the Goodreads reviews and I'm glad I did. Although the outcome of this book was somehow never in doubt, the jingoistic sabre rattling was toned down a little this time making this a more palatable read. I also really enjoyed the style of some of the narratives away from the main characters and found them to be ver ...more
Ian Tweeddale
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review can cover the whole series. It's good 'down-to-earth' (if I could use this phrase for this genre) military sci-fi. The (human) technology comes across as understandable, some interesting developments in society are tracked and for a nice change the political views of the author are not too obvious (talking to you Ringo, Kratman). Douglas has an central idea about alien influences which he has fleshed out over 6 books quite successfully. Most of the ideas are not that original but he ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It took me a long time to read this book, not because I didn't like it--I did! I was reading it before bed every night, which meant I'd usually log about five pages before falling asleep. This is pure military sci-fi; the second in a series of three about the US Marines in the near future. It's a fun story that realistically portrays the nature of infantry combat in outer space, mixed into a story about human beings finding aliens artifacts on the moon and on Mars. The most interesting aspect of ...more
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
First: More great marines-in-space stuff.

Second: While these books are not world-shaking, consciousness raising, pseudo-intellectual claptrap, they do present a vision of a near-future that could arise from the political scene of today.

Third: As with all good sci-fi, these books are about the people more than the tech. And Douglas' characters rock! Anyone who has ever been (or even known) a marine will recognize his characters as more than just simple jarhead stereotypes.

And Last: More great m
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Heritage Trilogy is the first of three connected trilogies about Marines in space, and consists of:

Semper Mars
Luna Marine
Europa Strike

Three very good near future military SciFi stories, loosely connected at the micro level, with a deeper common background. My only small gripe is that Douglas does not concentrate more on the backstory of alien visitors in ancient times. Still and all, a very good read.

Note: Ian Douglas is a pen name for William H. Keith.
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a great series!! I can't say enough good things about Ian Douglas' Heritage series. The Marine Corps stuff is spot on. The outlandish is made believable and the SciFi tech is grounded in current science, theories and R&D! From Ablative Armor to Caseless Rounds to Antimatter (Positron) drives.

Loving this series and this author!
Eoghan Odinsson
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This volume in Douglas's trilogy picked up the pace a little from Book 1 (Semper Mars) which I found a bit slow in places.

There was more about the alien technology and its implications, but this is still a predominantly Military Science Fiction series, heavy on the Marine Corps aspects.

Great Book, and I'm on to book 3!
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Better than the first. This second in a trilogy moves the plot and the action along an interesting and realistic path. I am especially impressed with the authors grasp of real space technology and the actual geography of the moon and mars. It is one thing to make up sci-fi worlds, but quite another to write about actual locations with real world technology. Douglas is a downright smart guy!!
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A wonderful follow up to the prior Ian Douglas book, Semper Mars. This book takes off from the get-go and keeps running right up to the climax, hardly giving you a chance to breath. Douglas should be praised for providing a well written book, with a keen eye for detail and realism in technology. If you enjoy Heinlein, you'll enjoy the Heritage Trilogy.
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The first trilogy is compelling...lots of action and interesting speculation on how technology will affect human society.

Takes place two years after Semper Mars and builds on that story's conflict...It's interesting to see how the author advances the technology in the story and funny to see who the enemies are...
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Randy Smith
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very Good book!
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Great author. Very thought-provoking and I especially liked his interpretative idea on the Fermi Paradox. Such an underappreciated and unrecognized author!
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
So far I haven't enjoyed this series as much as the other series in Douglas' repertoire. That being said it is still an enjoyable story line and full of excitement.
Liquid Frost
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
My "official" 200th book - at least as far as memory goes and not including kid/school books -
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I'm eagerly waiting for the third book to be delivered to my doorstop (Europa Strike)
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: military SF fans
American, Russian, and Japanese forces against UN forces to protect an alien outpost found on the moon.
Edward Branley
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eli-recommends
Slightly more cerebral than the first book, but by no means less entertaining for it.
I.F. Adams
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Continuation of the UN war started in Semper Mars. Not excellent, not terrible.
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Continues where it left off in Mars... some years on, but with some of the recognizable characters. Interesting tale, ridiculous scenarios with earth hanging in the balance. Loved it!
Paul Sideris
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