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Easy Read, Too Many Plots, Nagging Inconsistencies
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2021
I've read, skimmed a little bit, the entire series. I've read two other series by the first author - Chaney, and other series by him that I started and stopped. Like many, probably most, authors who write a ‘good’ series, the first book is good with the second also good or at least decent. Then the storylines, plots or characters start veering in the wrong direction, latter series books ends up fair at best. My opinion for this series, book one was good, two was fairish and this took a 45 deg drop.
For starters, the authors went bananas by throwing in new subplots every 40-50 pages. Instead of focusing and staying with a main plot with a couple of subplots, per usual, authors kept starting and finishing subplots. It wasn't well done, finishing a lot of these micro plots unsatisfactorily. IE, MC’s battle buddy was given an ‘order’, didn't comply. We, reader, never got resolution to what could have been a possible good storyline. One of few+.
Whether a nit or whatever, a lot of inconsistency on the Military side. Yes, authors throw easter eggs, wink-winks out there -- range 401 (USMC range at Combined Arms base), red bands or red patch -- whatever, USMC unit called Shore Party w red leg patches that coordinates logistics (mostly air related like HST tms). The new Lifer in charge gig, explaining staggered column, interrelationships (kind of)... It's OK. Or not -- bloopers, 40 mm, 1500+ years from now.
But... There's team's of five and a whole lot of talk about platoon, company with officers and heavy hitter SNCO’s plentiful and... All it was, just talk. Never cohesive, understandable TO or unit structure for any non-mil types. Just very frustrating for me, no logic throwing lieutenants, Captains, SNCO around and their in charge of 5? 10? 20? marines. I've chilled out w mil Sci Fi regarding tactics, forgive a lot on weapons n equipment but I expected at least avg but didn't get that much.
Last, they went overboard with diversity and political correct. If you like to wager, consider a bet where you bet on the number of gender pronouns you'll read for a gender. Marine Corps of future is 70%+ female I guess. I'm good with that except for direct ground combat fighters. Sorry, hit me but that's how the authors vision went and I disagree.