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Straight up war drama, masquerading as sci-fi
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017
Set several hundred years in the future, on a planet far, far away, a small expedition of Legionnaires is on a diplomatic mission, to cement an alliance between a local village chief and the elected Senator, loyal to the Republic. When the squad is ambushed, it becomes clear that this simple mission has become much more complicated. Familiar themes of soldiers vs. politicians, and bad intelligence endangering fighters, play central roles as the narrative unfolds.
While this is clearly set in the future, and their are some futuristic weapons--lasers, intergalactic space ships, etc., the author makes no attempt to build a world for the reader, and all of the tech plays a very minor role. In fact, the main character loses his highest tech piece of equipment (his helmet) almost immediately, signaling just how little of a role sci-fi will play. In the end, all of the action takes place on the ground, and the weapons could just as well have been conventional guns. This purely a military adventure story, with a thin gloss of sci-fi.
That said, it is a GOOD war story, with lots of action and drama. So, if you like battlefield adventures, dig in.