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Kinetic Strike (Drop Trooper Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B086N2M4VN
- Publisher : Aethon Books (May 26, 2020)
- Publication date : May 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2831 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B088SYT82C
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,924 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the second book in Rick Partlow’s series, Drop Troopers.
The first two books in the series are well written, properly edited, and provides cohesive, descriptive battle scenes.
The text flows from one scene to the next. There are no sections that your mind goes: “ Why is this here. Why does seem repetitive? “
As you read many syfy books, many apparently self edited, or edited by someone who shouldn’t be. For me, there is nothing worse to read than glaring grammatical errors: missing words, awkward sentence structure, mispelling after mispelling, etc. Mr. Partlow’s books suffer not from such mistakes. There were a couple of minor errors, but items that some may not notice.
His writing style allows the reader to visualize the scenes. His writing allows you to follow the action in a way that each scene flows naturally from one to the next. His writing allows you to differentiate characters and allows you to understand a characters actions. The main character is one that seems realistic and evokes sympathetic reactions.
In my opinion, this series reaches the heights of Jay Allen’s writing.
The potential to reach David Weber’s descriptive prose is possible, and hopefully, not quite as verbose as Mr. Weber can be.
My final point is that I hope this series does not stretch to far beyond a natural end. For me, too many SYFY writers over stretch their series creating reader fatigue.
Mr. Partlow's style is not like the all time great, Robt. Heinlein. His characters are edgier and earthier. He does follow the pattern of military fiction going all the way back to two of my favorites, All Quiet on the Western Front and Starship Troopers. Civilian, induction, training, morphing from civy to soldier, and then combat. Mr. Partlow's experiences, to any veteran, make his military Scifi read truer than almost any civilian writers efforts.
I enjoyed the first book well enough to now be reading the 2nd. Will read all 4 in the series and hope to see more from this author.
I did take 1 star off for a couple of continuity issues that bothered me. If I recall correctly, in the first book, it was states that Highborn (?) Tahni troopers were categorically better than Human ones, and that humans suffered upwards of 5+ casualties for each Highborn they took down. In this book, that was not shown; in fact, the Human troopers took on equal numbers and won without many losses. I found that change confusing.
The main character has some decidedly out of character references throughout the book. At times, the main character claims ignorance of things like where Australia is, yet at other times makes references to things like "the ghost of Christmas past". I found it jarring to have the "ignorance" of the main character repeatedly shown while also having him make timely references to 300+ year old literature.
On the topic of continuity, the main character also stated that he had never fired his grenade launcher in combat before, yet I distinctly remember him using it against a bunker in book one.
In short, the overall story, writing style, and characters are great and I highly recommend the book. For the astute reader, you may encounter some continuity issues; ignore it and enjoy the ride!
A great sequel, hopefully continued in the next offering!