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Semper Mars (Heritage Trilogy Series #1)

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Basic military Sci-Fi with a Pro-American perspective

    I picked out Semper Mars because I was looking for some military scifi with large scale battles. This isn't really what I got at all - instead, it's very focused on the small scale, particularly a small group of about 30 Marines who are sent to Mars. They're sent in order to protect an archaeological find with significance to human history that was discovered by Americans, but which the UN (of which the US is no longer a member) wants control of.

    I have trouble seeing how non-Americans could enjoy this book. Though I can personally see some credibility to the projection of the future UN as this overly zealous, pro-regulatory juggernaut thanks to my political views, I can't imagine most people would agree. It really requires you go into this thing wanting America to win, because it doesn't spend a lot of time showing why America (and Russia, in this case, though rarely mentioned) is right and everyone else is wrong.

    With my personal predispositions, I got some enjoyment over watching the political situation play out, with a little light sci-fi surrounding the scientists and their discoveries on Mars, and some derring-do on the part of the isolated Marines. However, the characterization was fairly thin and stereotypical. This is typical of military scifi, but the large share of the book dedicated to a young college woman and her Japanese boyfriend and how their allegiances are resolved is largely ineffective thanks to this shortcoming.

    I debated between rating this a 2 and a 3. Because I enjoyed the book enough to finish it, I went with 3 stars, but though it is the first book in a series, I will not continue on with the second installment.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

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    I enjoyed this book.  Little bit of Marine propaganda (As a mari

    I enjoyed this book.  Little bit of Marine propaganda (As a marine, I have no problem with that), lot of action without getting to mired in the details, and a good story with good characters.  I do recommend this book to anybody who just wants a military scifi read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    A good book

    A good read.
    A must read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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