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Sentenced to War Hardcover – June 11, 2021
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Sit in prison or join the military. The choice is yours.
Convicted of a minor traffic violation, Rev Pelletier is conscripted into the Perseus Union Marine Corps . . . for up to a thirty-year term of service.
Anxious to get back to his civilian life and job, Rev opts for a shorter term as a Marine Raider taking the fight to the enemy.
But with extremely high mortality rates, can he and his friends survive until their term of service is over?
Download Sentenced to War now to follow Rev through perilous battles as he fights to hold back the alien invasion. If you're a fan of Old Man's War, Starship Troopers, or Armor, you'll love this military scifi thrill ride.
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- Publisher : Variant Publications (June 11, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 440 pages
- ISBN-10 : 108797111X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1087971117
- Item Weight : 1.79 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,574,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Note: last time I actually quoted an objectionable word in a review, the review was rejected. So, it is not like Amazon finds the language acceptable to them either. But they'll sell it to us.
I love military scifi and coming of age stories, and found Sentenced to War a good mix of the two. Our main character, hopped up on hormones, gets himself sentenced to a stint in the military as a conscript. Humanity is at war with technologically advanced aliens. It isn’t going well, and we need more cannon fodder, which is why even a traffic ticket gets you drafted for a term of service.
Aspects of this story reminded me favorably of Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, and Orphanage by Robert Buettner. While it does follow a “formula” in which our character goes through boot camp, training, battles, etc, it never becomes formulaic. I had no idea what was going to happen next, and there was never a TSTL moment.
I like Rev Pelletier, our main character, who is a believable product of his culture and upbringing. He’s got good bones, as they say, if only he can grow up before he gets blown up.
I’m not former military, and I don’t care about tables of organization, rank, proper military speak, and so on. I’m also happy to assume that in the far future, when humanity has spread out to multiple new planets with hundreds of billions of us floating around in multiple military organizations, that rank and structure will have changed. So I ignored the reviewers who railed against those things.
The technology was explained well enough I got the idea without ever descending to complete geek-speak and trumping character. At its heart, Sentenced to War is about a good guy learning how to make tough decisions and finding the place he belongs.
Ugh, now that I have typed it out, the second book had better be the Rambo version, where the MC is an insubordinate ass too good to let go. Otherwise, it is just too sickly sweet hung ho dreck.
The limited POV does add suspense to the plot because Rev learns as he goes and so does the reader. BUT, like a low-ranking grunt, my guess is it will be a slow slog until big reveals happen.
I am not so in Love with Rev or his battle buddy to be compelled to HAVE to read to find out what happens next. Their personal stakes are just too low at the end of book one to draw me further into the series. Rev just seems to blow along where fate takes him without much personal ambition. This is rather boring for me and makes the book seem more like an impersonal video game than a highly engaging hero on a personal quest. Rev is likable and has a lot of good qualities, but his lack of thinking/use of wit is annoying. I’d rather he was clever instead of surviving due to dumb-luck.
You know about the hero at the beginning of the story, yet you still feel the suspense of what is going to happen to him. At the end of the book a new wrinkle is added. What about Love?
Both of the authors are good on there own, here they multiply.
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The witty remarks between the characters were a little forced but in general I really enjoyed reading this and wanted to know what happened next.