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Having been replaced by robots and drones, veterans Ben Corbin and Sam Garrett go into business for themselves towing derelict vessels and space junk out of the shipping lanes around Mars.
Business was good, but a couple of malfunctioning service robots forced them to return to Earth for replacements. Aliens attacked the freighter they’d booked passage on, slaughtering and
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Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published March 23rd 2019
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M.  [storme reads a lot]
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is unique because I’m not normally a military type of person. But this is a good start to a series. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I think this series will be awesome.
Andy Riedel
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Solid

Good start to a series with charachters that are engaging and glsd to see thst the main lead isnt a Ramboesque killing machine. The plotline seems straight forward but we can possibly see some twists developing
Nicholas Adams
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reading this story reminded me of my own early work: Info-dumping, head-hopping, and telling instead of showing. It's a good first draft but would have benefitted from an experienced editor's eye.
I wish Mr. Oliver all the best in his future writing endeavors.
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Ray Carter
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When is book two coming out??

This is an interesting look at a possible future. OLIVER has given us a look at a possibility. It is liberally spiced with some good action scientist
JJ Broenner
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid series start and I like that the main character is from a previous time period than the story takes place and the author uses minimal flashbacks to explain the backstory. I did feel the recovery time for Corbin after stasis and procedures was a little long; but I also understand that helped set it up for the second half of this book and for future books in the series. I look forward to reading what happens next.
Cole Gautereaux
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Common Man Computer Service
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pack a Sack Lunch

Because you'll be stuck in this novel for a while. Expansive rebuilding has the next in this series ready to stomp across the Galaxy. A great first novel!
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Patrick Black
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that the book had me tied down till the last page. Really interesting and engaging. Mr Oliver did a good job with this book and I expect more action packed works from him
Mylinda
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Last Marines by Lawrence N. Oliver is a science fiction book that is quite exciting. It kept my interest the entire time and is definitely a story about ‘last’ marines. This book started out very good and continued that way. It caught my interest in the first 10 pages and kept it. The first 100 pages are a blend of technical information that science fiction is known for.

This is the story of a military man who wakes to find the world is vastly different than he remembered. He has to deal with
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Alfredo
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Space marines should be a genre by itself. A sub genre of sci fi, plagued by video games since Doom and many, many novels. And space marines plus intergalactic vampires, what else. That looks NOT too promising, as all posible plot surprises are already been written. Luckily, that's not the case.

An ex space marine, lost after the first contact with an alien culture, is defrozed 200 years later and reclaimed by the same aliens as ambassado
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Mark Schultz
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know robots could be so sassy and sarcastic. Some of them are downright funny. Scary robots? No, it’s some of the aliens that are extremely scary.
Reading this book was a real pleasure! The author is not new to writing and his skill shows in this book. He catches the angst of a guy who is 200 years out of his era so well. The people around him are quite ably represented also. His characters really seem to come alive. I love the plotting; the pace is perfect and very exciting. The dialog
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Another Online Writer
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantastic read for those that like to get into the littlest of details and aspects of a new universe rich with innovation. This title is a great opener to a very vast and intriguing universe that leaves me wanting more. Hosting a very realistic and lively setting, thoroughly thought out characters develop naturally whilst their reactions and intentions develop the conflict behind the story quite well. It is full of subtle foreshadowing within dialogue and funny word play that even the characters ...more
Yvonne Chidinma Egwuogu
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Last Marines is a nice read. It didn't start out slow. It's also a quick read.

However, there's a lot of descriptions about tech that may throw a reader off. The story is kind of elongated, and wears thin at some point. I like the fact that the protagonist is an average dude.
The book also leaves gaps and teasers that'll make you want to read the sequel(s).
Kudos to the author.
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L.J. Milan
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is fantastic. I read many space opera’s but none of them incorporated hard sci-fi in it this good. The author did a fantastic job. It's one amazing read. Funny, action packed and above all entertaining as hell. I can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Ibrahim Atta
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from the very first paragraph as it introduces the protagonist and the attack he seems to have just experienced. It then is apparent he has been giving a second unexpected chance at life. Which leads to his purpose and importance in preventing and/or winning an intergalactic war.

There is some impressive characterisation in the book; the main character Ben Corbin's stubbornness and unwillingness to leave the past behind and fulfil his purpose. A bit frustrating but only shows
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Rashid Ahmed
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epic storytelling.
Larson's style meets Lozito's flair with a pinch of Walker's pace.


In the two centuries since Ben Corbin and Sam Garrett’s ill-fated contact with the technologically advanced but vampiric Gar Rei, a lot has changed. Humans now supply hemo-gel, a food source the Gar Rei require for deployment into space.

Having been discovered, recovered and treated, Ben finds himself at odds with reality. He yearns for his wife and desperately wants to ensure Sam’s welfare. But the legislature a
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Jesse James
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Last Marines has a very interesting premise, scenario, and world that almost carries the story on its own despite the authors I'm gonna say "noobish" execution. It also has very real, lively characters that draw you into the story.

I don't mean to sound like a pretentious snob when I say the author is a bit of a noob, everyone is when we first start out and he made some rookie mistakes like telling instead of showing, repeating bits of information over and over to hammer it in and also head-h
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Azelyn Klein
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Definitely a story for fans of hard science fiction. The details that went into the world-building were extensive. Sometimes they felt like an exhausting info dump, but overall, I liked the idea of the future Oliver has built.

Overall, I wanted to like this book more than I did because the premise sounds so exciting, but the book itself didn’t really do it for me. I felt like the story didn’t really start until halfway through the book, and even then, I was a little confused as to why the conflic
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Beregond
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Lots of World Building, But Then He TOLD It All to Us

The author did a TON of world-building. By the time the book was half over we knew most things about the human part of the universe as it existed. But we knew it mostly because the author TOLD us all about it. Lots of details that were important for the author to know so that he could keep things consistent within his world were told to us the same way that the important part of the world-building was. Maybe those things will become more impor
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Romila
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The Last Marines by Lawrence N. Oliver is a science fiction book, definitely a genre I hardly read but this was something different and exciting. It is about a mariner who wakes up to see a changed world. With detailed descriptions and relationships being interpersonal the writing was interesting. A new world making, characters and pace in the plot all added wow to the narration. Highly good read for sci-fi fans and it did keep me connected a lot.
April
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was great right up until they got to Mars. Then the story stalled and never got going again. Instead the story took a left turn and focused on something - to me - would be a minor subplot at most. Disappointed because I wanted to like it.
James Anderson
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not much on Marine theory

It said last Marines.. hardly covered any Marine history etc.
Lots of story ending on nothing. Not sure if book 2 will work for me...
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Lawrence N. Oliver struggled in school. He has dyslexia and he hated reading, especially aloud. So, his father bought him a copy of The Foundation and The Hobbit. He can’t remember which was first but he fell in love with the genres. He'd always had a vivid imagination and a daydreamer’s attention span, they'd have called it ADD were he in school today. Even now he catches himself staring out of t ...more

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