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The Wolfe Pack #1 Strong-Arm Tactics Hardcover – February 25, 2006
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- Publisher : Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.; First Printing edition (February 25, 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592220444
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592220441
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,797,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So I picked up a copy of Strong Arm Tactics, and I must say that I'm grateful I asked her about Phule's Company because this book satisfied my desire to read another book from that series. It's a lot of fun with unique characters in the same kind of futuristic space military scenario with a comedic slant. The characters are fun and she has such a wonderful use of the first person voice in this book that it reads very quickly. The characters are vibrant and smart and you really root for them.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. The quirky cockroaches of x-ray company are worth reading about. Cheers to Jody!
The TWC Space Service is fighting a war against the Insurgency. The leaders of the insurgents want to replace the current leadership and change the weak internal policy with firm control of the masses. They have no visible redeeming features.
In this novel, Daivid Wolfe is the eldest child in his family with three sisters. He had been the heir to the Family, but he decided to join the Space Service. Now his oldest sister is training as head of the organization.
Voreca Mason is a Commander in the Space Service. She is the Commanding Officer of Neutron Company. Her unit on Treadmill -- including X-ray Platoon -- is an irregular company.
Elizabeth Borden is a Lieutenant (JG) in X-ray Platoon, the misfit unit of the Space Service. She is the platoon executive officer.
Thielind is an Ensign in X-ray Platoon. He is the platoon adjutant.
Lin is the senior noncom in X-ray Platoon. She also comes from a major Family.
Borland is a Chief Petty Officer in X-ray Platoon.
Jones is a Petty Officer in X-ray Platoon. He has been in the service for fifty tears,
Adri'Leta Sixteen is a trooper in X-ray Platoon. She is a clone, sixteenth in her line.
D-45 is a trooper in X-ray Platoon.
Aaooorru is a nonhumanoid trooper in X-ray Platoon. The corlist is the platoon tactical officer.
Ewanowski is a nonhumanoid trooper in X-ray Platoon. The semicat is a close friend of Aaooorru.
In this story, Daivid has been in the Space Service for several years. He is now a First Lieutenant, but he has been reassigned downward to less desirable units. Now he is the commanding officer of X-ray Platoon.
Commander Mason welcomes him to her command. She really doesn't want him, but every other officer has turned down the chance to take Wolfe. It isn't so much the quality of the officer, but rather the reputation of the Wolfe Family. No one wants to be added to their blacklist.
After his visit to his commanding officer, Daivid steps outside to see his new unit. They are the most irregular looking troops that he has ever seen. None are dressed in normal uniforms and one trooper has on swim trunks.
He steps back, hoping to get away before they see him. Unfortunately, Adri'Leta notices him and calls the unit to attention. Then the ensign introduces himself and orders the troopers to sound off. Twenty names are shouted in alphabetical order.
Thielind looks very strac, except for the pink vest. Boland is wearing the tunic of an elite pilot company. The unit banner is a cockroach on a gold background.
When Thielind states that the barracks are ready for inspection, Wolfe orders him to lead the way. After a half hour train ride, the unit arrives at their quarters. The inspection is routine -- except for the booze machine -- but then Daivid sits down, accepts a drink, and starts talking to the troopers.
The soldiers tell him about their problems at home and on missions. Lin says that they got pinned down on Sombel. D-45 explains the target was not making weapons. The others contribute a babble of complaints.
A party atmosphere ensues and everyone gets at least a little drunk. Jones produces a limerick. Then Thielind gets a message that Commander Mason will be inspecting the unit the following morning.
Unfortunately, the barracks are a disaster zone from the party. Wolfe leaves the unit to prepare and goes to his own quarters. When he returns to the barracks, no troopers are there and the compound is still very messy.
After Thielind reprograms the cleaning robots, Wolfe sends him off to find the troopers. Daivid and Borden make up the beds. He shows her how to arrange a bed into a Vortex.
The unit passes its command inspection with flying colors. Mason then tells the platoon that they have another mission. The platoon loads on the TWC destroyer Eastwood for transport to their destination.
This tale is heavy on humor. The introduction by John Ringo concerns the humor displayed by combatants during wartime. This novel does not contain humor quite as dark as most combat jokes.
The story starts with the unit being a platoon, but later it becomes a company. The rank spread -- three commissioned officers and twenty troopers -- fits a company better than a platoon. Yet the unit is the size of a small platoon -- twenty-three personnel -- with a maximum of three squads.
The military ranks are rather confused in this story -- with both army and navy designations used for personnel -- but future novels sometimes rearrange such designations. Some confusion also comes from the lack of fully specified titles. One wonders if a TOE was prepared for this novel.
The story also includes three nonhumans within the unit. Aaooorru and Ewanowski appear several times, but the itterim is barely mentioned. There is more coverage of itterim among the enemy than within the Space Service.
The plot has obvious similarities to the Phule series. Possibly Asprin had some influence on the story. If so, this reader welcomes the results.
This novel has not yet been followed by a sequel. The publisher went out of business several years ago, so possibly a sequel is waiting in limbo for some other publisher to buy the rights. One can only hope.
Highly recommended for Nye fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of combat units at home and in war. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
X-Ray platoon is a force used by Thousand Worlds Confederation Navy for grueling jobs- the proverbial misfits. Daivid Wolfe is a new Lieutenant assigned to lead them- which he soon realizes is a sham. They will follow him if his orders cannot be subverted; but when battle looms, will fight like tigers (one of them is an alien feline). They are assigned a pickup at Wingleworld. [The motive in choosing them is not clear; minus one star.]
The plot is predictable: Insurgents raid different TWC planets, killing people and stealing supplies to eventually overthrow TWC. Imagery is colorful as Nye describes the repulsive coalition behind the raids, or characters in X-Ray.
Impact of the story is softened during the humorous anecdotes. But that is the author's specialty; to paint a picture showing protagonists at work and in mischief. Watch them struggle while keeping second-hand gear operating, smuggling moonshine wherever they go, and playing poker.
However, the writing takes serious turns; eventually, Wolfe must shoulder the burden of command when crisis hits. This is where the platoon shows its' spirit. Ride along on this mission.
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This books light hearted, easy to read approach is refreshing which I must admit does seem to fit into the Stainless Steel Rat genre of books. It will be interesting to see how this writer develops this series