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Posted July 31, 2012
Posted December 5, 2011
An action-packed epic
Michael G. Thomas begins his sweeping, cinematic epic of a futuristic gladiator caught up in interstellar warfare with ¿Siege of Titan,¿ Book 1 of the Star Crusades series. This muscular, adrenaline-soaked book drops us in the middle of the action as it opens with the main character battling two female gladiators in an illegal, unlicensed pit that is ¿a pantomime of blood and showmanship.¿ It is the 7th year of the war. Spartan is a pit fighter extraordinaire attempting to buy his way out of indentured servitude, when he is arrested for accidentally killing an ATU officer. Now Spartan faces a choice: he can either spend 20 years in prison or commit to ten years of military service. He picks the latter and is sent with a group of marines to the planet Proxima Prime, where insurgents are fomenting a violent religious war. The marines train while traveling, and we enter a realistic world of war barges, scarred battleships, futuristic weapons systems and military maneuvers. As the warships are summoned to the planet¿s defense, a bloodbath follows, many twists occur, sinister secrets are revealed, and the ultimate fate of Proxima Prime rests in the battle-scarred hands of Spartan and a small band of marines. The author uses his deft command of language to lead us effortlessly from hand-to-hand combat to interstellar travel. We can smell the sweat of close quarters and combat, we can feel the tension and teamwork. There is poetry in his lean sentences: ¿Spartan straightened his back, feeling the muscles and joints in his body clicking and crunching.¿ ¿His eyes burned with the pain of a newly born day.¿ Wow. Spartan is a reluctant hero, but he is the perfect protagonist for what promises to be a hugely entertaining series. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 23, 2011
Exciting first book in a new saga
This is the first book in what is currently a 2 book series. I notice there are at least two more coming out soon as they are listed on Amazon. It is an interesting mix of current affairs and futuristic space and land based warfare. All the technology is based on known science with rotaing ship sections, rail guns, armour and religion all playing their part.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I love the two main characters, Spartan, the hard ass marine and the the hot hispanic Teresa. Can't wait to see where the series goes.
Posted August 6, 2012
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