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Mary Elizabeth Fricke
on March 18, 2013 :
Semper Fi (Latin for 'Always Faithful')
Star Marine is a bit perplexing in the beginning. There are several new characters and new settings to get acquainted with. For someone reading the book at random that probably won't be a problem but I'm reading the series in order and I'm easily confused. None the less, I hung in there and soon the military setting, characters and continual battle scenarios began to remind me of Leon Uris's famous war stories.
Leon Uris was the U.S. Marine Corps World War II Veteran who wrote Exodus (published in 1958) the story of the founding of the State of Israel. Battle Cry, published in 1953, is a fictional account of his combat experiences during WWII. I first read his books back when I was a teenager…not just because I was assigned to write monthly book reports but because I was intrigued by the reality contained in Leon Uris's writing technique. It didn't matter to me if his stories were fiction. He wrote with such realistic sincerity I did not doubt the truth in them. Battle Cry remains a personal favorite to this day.
As I continued to read Star Marine I was as equally impressed by John Bowers' technique as I had been mesmerized by Leon Uris way back when. Star Marine may be set eons into the future but certain innate personality traits have followed mankind from Biblical times through WWII into speculation about the future. The willpower of the Marine Combat Patriot has not diminished throughout the history of the United States. I doubt it will in the future and John Bowers is very adept in portraying that heart and steel that embraces the true spirit of our U.S. soldiers be they Marine, Air Force, Army or Navy.
By the time the Star Marine setting moved to an antebellum plantation on the Sirian planet I had become as wrapped up in Regina's tale as I was Rico and his fellow Delta Company Marines. Regina's 'situation' definitely renders an alternative perspective to 'sleeping with the enemy'.
John Bowers has written another of those grip-you-by-the-throat novels that keeps you on edge, reading even when your eyes are too tired to see the words because you just have to know what will happen next. Star Marine is easily an equal to the award winning Battle Cry.
After I finished Star Marine I immediately began reading the final story, Fighter Queen. When a character turned up who was believed killed in A Vow to Sophia, I was hooked and that was just the prologue. I cannot wait to see how this sensational Fighter Queen Saga concludes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)