Siege of Titan (Star Crusades Uprising, Book 1)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
In the first book of the Star Crusades Uprising series, the bloody struggle is told through the eyes of an illegal pit fighter named Spartan, who is forced to choose between incarceration or military service. Choosing the Confederate Marine Corps over servitude he begins his thirty long weeks of training. Together with his group of marines, they are honed into a force ready for the war. More

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Words: 60,110
Language: English
ISBN: 9781906512699
About Michael G. Thomas

Michael G. Thomas, is a writer, martial artist and military historian. He has written books on European martial arts and military history as well as Zombie Survival books and fiction. He is the co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Historical Fencing that teaches traditional armed and unarmed European martial arts. His specialist subject areas are teaching the use of the medieval two handed longsword and the German long knife in both the UK and other parts of Europe.

He academic background is as varied as his writing with degrees in Computing, Classical Studies and Machine Learning. In recent years he has undertaken substantial research in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence as well as Ancient Greek and Byzantine military history.

Michael is currently completing his Champions of the Apocalypse Series and Star Crusades science fiction series.

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Review by: Steve Hick on May 18, 2011 :
Atmospheric and quick developing story, mix of space opera and military scifi, in a universe filled with a mix of religious zealotry, low tech combat and high tech war and interstellar conflict. The main character is named “Spartan” a underground fighter who moves from this to a difficult choice, prison or the army (actually the space marines) where he undergoes brutal training, off-world, on the Titan space station on the moon of Kronus then off to combat. Mixes a lot a tropes seen elsewhere into a quick reading, enjoy mélange of a story that now that the initial world introduction is over, will settle down to continue its fast paced exposition.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jonititan on March 29, 2011 :
An interesting storyline that held my attention throughout.
Good explanation and descriptions.
It isn't very hard sci fi but the overall style and readability is good.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: hugh321654 on March 27, 2011 :
Siege of Titan is a good entertaining read with plenty of action and nice atmosphere.

An engaging story, with applicability to some our own world's ongoing issues, sets the scene for what is sure to be an epic saga of war and chaos against the backdrop of interstellar religious extremism.
A good mix of straightforward narrative description and character point of view offers a level of immersion which successfully drags the reader in. Excellent pacing, frenetic action and visceral cinematic descriptions meant I found myself ducking when the zealots opened fire and wincing as blades were drawn!

The characters, while appealing, don't quite come alive as much as they could. They suffer slightly from being among so many things that are introduced to the reader. This is, however,understandable, as they can only be fleshed out so much in a book which is setting the scene of an entire world. Too much more would have slowed the pacing so it's not a big deal at this early stage.

There is something for everyone here. Historians, hoplophiles and technophiles will love the detail and thought that Thomas has put into creating his world but it's certainly not too much detail for the regular reader to digest.

As the story progresses, foreshadowing of things to come will become more apparent and will leave the reader chomping at the bit for the next installment.

All in all, an enjoyable book with great potential as the starting point of a much bigger picture!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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