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Obligations (Murphy's Lawless) Paperback – April 18, 2020
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- Publisher : Beyond Terra Press (April 18, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 146 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1648550142
- ISBN-13 : 978-1648550140
- Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.33 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #758,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There you have the premise of a gritty little tale that’s bound to please, especially as Murphy’s Law runs rampant, and things don’t go to plan.
I won’t say anything further about the story ark, as – for me at any rate – that’s not what this visit to R’bak is really about. No, what I particularly liked about Ikenberry’s approach was its emphasis on the psychological cost facing those soldiers who serve their country or end up having to go to war.
Yes, there’s action aplenty. (This is a story within the Caine Riordan universe after all.) And its well written. But as a veteran who has seen action in a number of different theaters around the world, I really appreciated the subtle reminder we get of the other, often hidden war that goes on inside the minds of those who give their all to keep us safe. That war can make you bleed. It hurts. It inflicts injuries just as real, just as debilitating as the ‘real thing.’ And the emotional impact on those you’ve left behind?
In Bo Moorefield’s case, he was abducted from earth and put into cryogenic sleep in 1992, on the very day he received a ‘Dear John’ letter from his wife, Sharon. We explore his feelings about that. After all, he wakes up one hundred and thirty years later on a very different world, countless millions of miles away, and is completely helpless to do anything about it. He can’t call. He can’t write. He can’t offer to sit down and talk things through to see if there’s any chance of a reconciliation. No, it’s a past event; long-gone history by the time he realizes what’s happened, and he has to carry that burden into battle.
But how does it affect him? His outlook? His capacity to relate to others effectively? His ability to take command and make effective, objective decisions? Is he still capable of inspiring those he leads? Because don’t forget, he’s not the only one dealing with ghosts of the past, and the J’strull aren’t going to give up their assets without one hell of a fight!
Yes, there’s a witch’s brew of trouble fomenting, and its up to Bo Moorefield to prioritize his obligations and find a solution before it’s too late.
A thoughtful and evocative tale about what soldiers on the frontline have to contend with.
Yes, each book has a beginning (with a long and getting longer recap of The Story Thus Far), a middle, and an ending, with a slightly different cast on the alien planet in question (R'Bak). [The through-line is that the mission is overall under Major Murphy but each book has a different cast as different units under Major Murphy do their best to carry out their assigned tasks.
I guess my complaint (if I even have one) is that each book does not advance the action very much and, of course, is heavily dependent on the success of the actions taken in the previous book.
On the plus side, I do like military sf and I do like the world/Caine Riordan universe. And each book is a fast read.
The other thing which bugs me is that SOMEWHERE (I have not yet figured out where yet) I have already read the overall plot (at least for the last two books). But the endings surprised me. I would really like to get to the point where the whole book seems new to me.
Anyway, that said, I do recommend the Murphy's Lawless series. The protagonists are the "Lost Soldiers", so-called because they were abducted by aliens (the Ktor) during earlier periods of Earth's history right before their certain deaths.
They wake up and it is 150 years later, their families and the world they knew are gone, they are still at war, and they have an uphill battle on their hands, to say the least. I am enjoying seeing them "make a way out of no way" through grit and sheer determination.
Recommended for longtime Charles E. Gannon Caine Universe fans, military sf buffs, and those who enjoy rooting for the underdog!