Broken Soldier (Book One)

Rated 4.63/5 based on 8 reviews
An Iraqi suicide bomber had taken his legs and an eye. Now, years later, as Mike Hurst enjoys a quiet life of retirement, he is accosted and put to sleep by an alien. When he awakens, he has his legs back and his eye. But he is no longer on the planet. When the alien tells him why he was kidnapped, he is quite skeptical. He is extremely reluctant to become the savior of all humanity. More
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About Bruce George

I have been a long time reader of science fiction, military fiction, the occasional mystery and historical novels. I began reading amateur stories and was amazed at what could pass for an articulate and cohesive tale. So, I decided to give it a shot. I have been writing for years, but never published any of it. The first book, in my Broken Soldier series, had been rolling around in my mind for a few years. Once I began to put it together I realized I had an interesting tale; just the kind that I enjoy reading. I hope you enjoy the series, as much as I enjoy writing it.

If you wish to compliment me, or rip me to shreds, I can be reached at my e-mail address of I gladly respond to all who wish a private communication.

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About the Series: Broken Soldier
A disabled veteran is kidnapped by an alien being who uses advanced medical technology to repair his injured body. As he is recovering, the alien informs him that the people of Earth are in jeopardy of being destroyed by a race of brutal creatures and that he could be the man to lead the people of Earth in defending their planet.

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Reviews of Broken Soldier (Book One) by Bruce George

kenajohn reviewed on Jan. 25, 2022

I love the attention to detail that the author has provided. The scientific explanations are so enticing, it makes me think those advances are right around the corner!
(review of free book)
David Donaghe reviewed on July 10, 2021

an excellent tale. I look forward to reading the next one.
(review of free book)
Lee Willard reviewed on March 15, 2021
(no rating)
The plot is a wounded, aging vet without legs is captured by an alien to help fight other aliens. He is given his legs and eye back and his youth is restored. Most of this first book is recruiting and upgrading other veterans, including the main character's son and daughter-in-law.
The 'good' aliens are too humanoid to be believeable, the 'bad' aliens are rather standard reptilian, Klingon-like beasts. It is space opera, not a science text, but not so impossible that it's a complete turn off like 'Coranite Chronicles - The Judge' for instance. My rating system is more like Hannes Birnbacher where 5 stars deserves a Hugo and this would be three, good enough to be worth reading. It wasn't too violent for me and the people do feel remorse when violence is necessary. There is no sex but the characters do know it exists.
It damn near ends in the middle of a sentence however, as if the whole series is actually one long novel. I read lots of free sci-fi so the lack of professional proofreading is something I'm used to and I did not get hung up on it. This is about average for free sci-fi but not as good as the average series starter.
(review of free book)
Keith Proud reviewed on March 11, 2021

The storyline is interesting and moves quickly. Unfortunately there are multiple grammatical errors for the reader to contend with. There are homonyms which place the wrong word in the wrong place even though it almost “sounds” correct. Here’s another person who doesn’t know when to use “your” or “you’re”. All of these errors would have been easily caught by a decent editor.
The first book was free but if the rest are as poorly edited, their cost is more than I care to pay.
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R. McCullough reviewed on Nov. 23, 2019

Very good fast paced story that provides some fresh air into the attitudes/egos of some upper echelons I noted in my 42 total years in the AF and DOD. However…. The $5 price tag (ok- $4.99) for the follow ups is too much and a distinct put-off. Especially as it’s easy to see the series has the ability to go over 20 books in length.
(review of free book)
Terry Perrine reviewed on July 19, 2019

Bruce George's Broken Soldier, Book 1 is an excellent read which I strongly recommend. The plot is replete with myriad twists that keep the reader engaged. My biggest question is, why is this series not available on
(review of free book)
Hannes Birnbacher reviewed on June 1, 2016
(no rating)
Quite amusing and entertaining. Oh yeah, the american way of solving problems is the best (in this novel). It's a bit of trapper and injuns. The good aliens do have two arms and two legs and a head, they smile amused and laugh about jokes, the bad ones are similar to walking crocodiles. Not that original, and why do I remember "last flight for Craggy" when reading about the old general Max (no, it' s not copied from there, just a similar person) ;) . Hmm, yes, it's real Science Fiction, extrapolating what would happen if you could enhance human beings for becoming better warriors, or some idea of the evolution of computers in the future. So I will give it three stars, which is very high in my system (two = worth reading, four = buy all of the author).

Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of Smashwords authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!
(review of free book)
Doug Aiken reviewed on Dec. 24, 2015

Great Story!!
See my review of both stories over on Book2 ('Starting from Scratch').
As for lengthy explanations of the science behind how everything works, a basic idea of how they function is all I need. I'm an action type of reader and don't want to wade into long drawn-out reasons of how and why the science behind their ships drive or weapons work, only that they do. Both stories are 5 star for me.

(review of free book)
Fortunata reviewed on Nov. 9, 2015

Decent attempt for a new author. I liked the concept of upgrading a human to give him more strength and mental speed. Could have used more action, but I'm hoping to see that in the next book. Five stars because it held my interest and didn't skimp on character development, which should open up possibilities for book two.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
ektus reviewed on Oct. 9, 2015

The ideas and story line are not really new (Weber's Mutineer Moon comes to mind), but well written. 5 stars because it did keep me reading until the end at 2 A.M.
It's a little short on the science side (no mention whatsoever of the energy supply for the spaceships or how the heightened demand of the improved bodies is satisfied), but still a nice read. Relatively low body count, too. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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