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Get Smoked Or Go Home (The Warrior) Paperback – December 8, 2021
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It’s been so long, Warrior… I can feel you…
Is Idina Moorfield going crazy or has an ancient magic found its source?
Her family says she’s not a true Moorfield and will never be good enough for the family business.
Sometimes what looks like the worst day ever, is the beginning of our best adventure.
Idina takes that first step into a new life and gets the hell away from them to forge her own future.
But her calling is the one thing they are the most against. She joins the military just like Uncle Rick. The other family outcast.
What is everyone in the Moorfield family so afraid of?
A new Warrior is about to find out the true roots of the Moorfield name. Nothing will ever be the same.
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- Publisher : LMBPN Publishing (December 8, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1685006426
- ISBN-13 : 978-1685006426
- Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.88 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #644,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carr employs a crisp and lucid writing style to provide a solid foundation upon which the underlying story sits and against which Our Heroine does her thing. The impatient will trivialise this as ‘rich kid rebels and joins the army’, but it’s more than that. Hints of the supernatural come early and we can easily infer that the repressed and stultifying nature of her family has much to do with an arcane ancestral history and something nasty in the family woodshed. This setting is well fleshed out and no doubt will become more relevant as what might be a good story develops.
It’s the packaging of that story, though, that’s the main reason for me marking the series down from the three or four stars it probably deserves. ‘Get Smoked or Go Home’ is very much a first chapter of a book, rather than a book itself. Frankly, I’m over having to shell out to authors (and their publishers) who want to maximise their buck, for the least amount of bang. Releasing bits of a single storyline as ‘books’ and for ‘book’ prices is not the way to earn reader loyalty or a good review and it diminishes what in this case is pretty decent writing.
For my money, GSGH ought to have been combined with the second and third instalments in the series. This would have made Ms Carr’s scene setting and rendition of the ‘boot camp’ trope seem less exhaustive and the action more a part of the actual story. It also might mean that the sense of being left wanting more is one of anticipation, rather than resentment.
A secondary issue for me is the fact that Our Heroine is a bit of a Mary-Sue. Not excessively so. She is beset by personal doubts and confusion in the face of her emergent powers, so it’s not all unicorns and rainbows for her. But she is nonetheless just so damned competent. Artistic, clever, confident where it counts, likeable and a born leader, she’s a bit too good to be true. I kept thinking of the Angelina Jolie incarnation of Lara Croft. And with that I’ll say wish fulfilment is a perfectly valid reason for getting behind a character, so you might want to give her overly wonderful qualities a pass.
Overall - and here I mean taking the first three instalments of the series together - this is a well put together, readable bit of urban-ish fantasy that has some potential. It will probably have more of a young adult appeal, but that doesn’t diminish it. With all the caveats about how it’s packaged, I still recommend it for a wet weekend binge.
Oh, and please, please, Ms Carr, it’s ‘imply’ not ‘infer’.
I truly appreciated reading about her time in boot camp. Some books just say, in she went and now she's out, and on to adventures. This book definitely is not that. I read her actions and reactions and know that it will make her adventures that much more interesting. The new adventures are coming and I can't to read them. Here's hoping this is a long and numerous series.
There are some nomenclature issues with the Basic and AIT sections and a couple huge errors carried into the second book. In the Army no NCOs are called sir or ma'am. Drill Sergeants are called just that, Drill Sergeant. Also, Combat Engineers don't do a separate Basic and AIT, they do OSUT, One Station Unit Training. It's all done at once without a separation and without going to a different unit. In those units that do have a separate Basic and AIT the Drill Sergeants aren't going to be the same either. I've been an 11B active and Guard and a 12B in the Guard and those who didn't reclass did it as OSUT not separate. Squads are numbered, not given letters. Fire Teams are lettered. 1st squad 1st platoon will have an A (alpha) and B (Bravo) team, but there is no Bravo squad.
A lot of the stuff she did get right, or close enough. These just jumped out at me... I also get annoyed with TV and movies when they make glaring errors involving military, firearms, EMTs, and a couple other things so this isn't specific to this series. I'm just, "that guy." There are a number of books that I wish the author had found more sources for their information because while they get about 75% of it right, some of what they missed are somewhat important at times. The wrong name for the Close Combat Optic no biggie.
I'm about a third into the second and will probably be done by end of the weekend so starting the third early next week and have pre-ordered the fourth, so I do like them.
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I like the main characters.
The story is really interesting, sad the way the family treat her.
I want to see what happens next for our heroine.