Sunday, 30 August 2015

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Virtues of War - Bennett R Cole

Release Date: 26/06/15
Publisher:  Titan


The Terran military, the Astral Force, launches a mission to crush a colonial rebellion on the colony of Cerberus. The results of that mission ripple across the planets of the Centauria, and place the entire system on the brink of war. Lieutenant Katja Emmes is a platoon commander, leader of the 10-trooper strike team aboard the fast-attack craft Rapier. Although fully trained, she has never led troops in real operations before, and lives in the shadow of her war-hero father. Sublieutenant Jack Mallory is fresh out of pilot school, daydreaming about a fighter pilot position in the space fleet and in for a rude awakening. Lieutenant Commander Thomas Kane uses a six-month deployment in command of Rapier to secure his rise to stardom within the military. As violence erupts, each will be tested as never before. How they respond may decide the fate of Terra, and Earth.


To be honest I tend to spend a lot of time in futuristic worlds with most at war with one place or another, so a lot of the stories tend to follow similar patterns and whilst many tend to focus on the war being waged, this one deals with the results of a war won facing insurgents.

Its definitely a novel that has tried to break its own ground and whilst I can see some great writing in certain places, overall I felt that the book could have done with a little more tine spent upon it so that it could have flowed a lot smoother. All round it is an OK novel and whilst some of the characters within were a little flat I did enjoy a fair few of the action sequences which means for me I will give this author another go for the next outing.

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