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Crackling good military sci-fi with real depth
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
I like military sci-fi. There, I said it. Thirty years in the Army have not cured me of this affection, although it makes me hyper-critical of fake military sci-fi written by those who have no suspicion of the elephant, let alone having seen it. This is good stuff! Fox does not hit any false notes in the sense of camaraderie, chaos, and confusion of battle. That alone is great, but he also has a good sense of plot and new ideas, mixed in with twists, characters, and endings that satisfy. He also has tender moments of pathos, grief, moral dilemma, and mixed loyalties. The Armor corps series, like his Ember war series, is multi-dimensional and intellectually stimulated. Deals with the devil? Yes and no. But sometimes yes. Treason to prove loyalty to a higher calling? Yes and no. Battle it. Think about it. But take a stand. I whole-heartedly recommend the entire series (both actually) and cannot WAIT for the continuation of the Ibarra Crusade to save earth, sometimes in spite of earth! (My only quibble, and a tiny one at that, is that while the armor guys are mostly virtuous and even the Rangers are good (if surprisingly expendable!) the intelligence guys almost universally get a bad rap. Hey, we're people too! We just have more moral dilemmas that the rest of the hard-shells and crunchies. Just saying. Give. Us. A. Break. Perhaps in the next series? MI needs love too, and a USMA guy should be able to see that!