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Wholesale Slaughter: (Wholesale Slaughter Book 1) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Rick Partlow is that rarest of species, a native Floridian. Born in Tampa, he attended Florida Southern College and graduated with a degree in History and a commission in the US Army as an Infantry officer.
His lifelong love of science fiction began with Have Space Suit---Will Travel and the other Heinlein juveniles and traveled through Clifford Simak, Asimov, Clarke and on to William Gibson, Walter Jon Williams and Peter F Hamilton. And somewhere, submerged in the worlds of others, Rick began to create his own worlds.
He has written 19 books in five different series, and his short stories have been included in nine different anthologies.
He is working on a sixth, new series for Aethon books, a six-volume military SF saga about a mercenary unit called Wholesale Slaughter. The first three books should be out this summer.
He currently lives in central Florida with his wife, two children and a willful mutt of a dog. Besides writing and reading science fiction and fantasy, he enjoys outdoor photography, hiking and camping.
A suggested reading order for his Birthright universe books is as follows:
The Birthright trilogy
The Recon series
Last Flight of the Acheron
The Tales of the Acheron trilogy
The Psi War trilogy
- ASIN : B07R95YZYB
- Publisher : Aethon Books (May 21, 2019)
- Publication date : May 21, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3846 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #93,810 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Rick Partlow's newest military sci-fi thriller, "Wholesale Slaughter," is a rip-raring yarn that is action-packed, and goes down cooler than liquid helium. Set in a universe where Earth is a distant millennia-old legend, with humanity's diaspora throughout the galaxy a thousand years in the past, the story looks in many ways like Jerry Pournelle's old Empire of Man series. The main planet of the protagonists is named Sparta, humanity is divided into multiple warring factions, with vicious pirates and bandits festering among the boundaries, and faster than light travel is by means of a serial-numbers-sanded-off Alderson Drive. Plus, there's Mecha fights! Rendered in loving detail, and indeed, the protagonist of Wholesale Slaughter is the young, hot-blooded pilot of one.
Shortly after we're introduced to him, we learn of a radio transmission from the ancient forebears of the current political situation, which hints at a treasure trove of superior technology. Including perhaps a true anypoint to anypoint FTL drive. To find it, our protagonist, the child of Sparta's current leader, (a decent expy of either Prince Harry or William of England's experiences in the Global War on Terror) must adopt a disguise as the leader of a mercenary company named, "Wholesale Slaughter." Because his last name is Slaughter. It's that kind of book.
The action is fast though, and concise without being terse. The lurid descriptions of the fighting perhaps evoke comparisons to another of Pournelle's novels, "The Mercenary," though unlike that book, it doesn't have much space for explaining why the violence is necessary. The characters are ultimately practical people, doing what they have to do, in a line of work that doesn't allow for much introspection. Which is fine; that just slows down the action anyway. That said, I liked the characterization in Wholesale Slaughter, and thought it was done with more depth than in Mr. Partlow's first novel of his Duty, Honor, Planet series.
Wholesale Slaughter is not a book of big ideas, though there are frustrations well voiced by the characters that perhaps mirror the feelings of participants in that GWOT. It's a difficult job to write as economically and smoothly as Partlow does here. While there aren't the surrealistic flourishes of a Charlie Stross, the exotic physics of Alastair Reynolds, or the elaborate plotting or motivations in the late Iain Banks's work, Partlow's prose is quick, to the point, and very entertaining.
This is a decent romp, and well worth your time. I'm looking forward to reading more about these characters.
In book 1, I found the ending mostly satisfying and fun. It was the first book in a new series and it felt like it was moving along in presenting the long overarching plot threads and challenges for the main character and his friends.
Book 2 seemed to decide to throw out most of what I expected to be the middle of this story to cut off one of the plot threads short. The build up towards this resolution was abrupt and largely incomplete, with more than a few potential threads just left untouched. The villain became suddenly competent and then equally and disastrously incompetent as needed by the tale.
And in the end I felt that the conclusion was very unsatisfying. I don't want to spoil it, so I can't say more about it here.
Overall, it just felt rushed all the way through. I've pretty much decided to stop with this series here. People who like high action stories will probably ignore the flaws that annoyed me, but those looking for good character development and a dependable narrative will find those missing in the rush to the action.
Military Science Fiction as well as much other fiction suffers from a lack of decent character development. I found the characters compelling and conflicted. A nice mix. There is a good mix of female and male protagonists without too many stereotypical characters. I do suspect that the selection of the name Acosta as the somewhat wimpy, potentially stupid co-pilot was just an accident.
The story follows Logan Connor (should be Lucky Logan!) as he deals with his destiny as a future leader of Sparta, helps rescue damsels in distress, slags mecha with the actinic light of a plasma gun, and leading his intrepid crew of mercs in disguise as they rid the Periphery of one vile, red-haired bionic space scum and his pirate trash crew.
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This, the first book in the new series by author, Rick Partlow, establishes the mercenary ship's crew and the reason they have all come together, plus the first of their enterprises to establish their mercenary identity. Presumably, there will be more such adventures to come as well as further character development of the main protagonists, although this has already started well. in the audio verssion, Marc Victor narrates, and does an excellent job not only of increasing tension as he reads the text clearly and with good inflection and pace, but also gives appropriate and separate voice to each of the characters. A good performance which is a pleasure to hear.
This is an enjoyable read, full of daring do, fine (and otherwise) sentiments, romance, battles and even mechs, set in a.future of lost greatness and with a slight impression of ancient quests. All in all, a good read. Not profound but good fun.