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Through three centuries of interstellar travel, intelligent alien life- forms had never been encountered . . . until now.

When a scientific team exploring an obscure planet fails to make its regular communications check, the Marines of third platoon are sent to investigate. They prepare for a routine rescue operation, but what they find on Society 437 is a horror beyond description. Only a handful of ragtag pirates who were in the wrong place ...

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Overview

Through three centuries of interstellar travel, intelligent alien life- forms had never been encountered . . . until now.

When a scientific team exploring an obscure planet fails to make its regular communications check, the Marines of third platoon are sent to investigate. They prepare for a routine rescue operation, but what they find on Society 437 is a horror beyond description. Only a handful of ragtag pirates who were in the wrong place at the very worst time have survived, and there is little trace of the scientists.

What happened to the scientists? Why have the pirates been spared?  
Gunnery Sergeant Bass and the men of third platoon are about to find out,
and the answer carries a terrifying implication for the Marines--and the entire human race.

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"CAUTION! Any book written by Dan Cragg and David Sherman is bound to be addictive."
--RALPH PETERS
   New York Times bestselling author of
   Red Army
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345425270
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Starfist Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 997,287
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sherman is a former United States Marine and the author of eight previously published novels about Marines in Vietnam, where he served as an infantryman and as a member of a Combined Action Platoon. He is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and worked as a sculptor for many years before turning to writing.  Along the way he has held a variety of jobs, mostly supervisory and managerial. Today he is a full-time writer. He lives in Philadelphia.

Dan Cragg enlisted in the United States Army in 1958 and retired with the rank of sergeant major twenty-two years later. During his army service, Mr. Cragg served more than eleven years in overseas stations, five and a half of them in Vietnam. He is the author of Inside the VC and NVA (with Michael Lee Lanning), Top Sergeant (with William G. Bainbridge), and a Vietnam War novel, The Soldier's Prize. In real life Mr. Cragg is an analyst for the Defense Department. He and his wife, Sunny, live in Virginia, where honest citizens are allowed to pack heat. Visitors after dark are strongly urged to call ahead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Nice!

    All I can say is this is another great read! No spoilers here :-)

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Great Read

    This is a fast paced action packed book of great personalities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    First blood scored by hostile aliens, Marines take match.

    ¿Blood Contact¿ (ISBN 0-345-42527-8) by David Sherman and Dan Cragg is the fourth book chronicling the Confederation Marine Corps 34th Fleet Initial Strike Team (FIST) L Company Third Platoon. Diamunde¿s fourth war proved to be the worst in the planet¿s and Confederation history. L Company Third Platoon suffered the heaviest losses of the 34th FIST. Ensign Vanden Hoyt and almost two squads were killed during the conflict. L Company¿s Commanding Officer has officially placed Gunnery Sergeant Charlie Bass as the permanent Platoon Leader of the Third Platoon. The Confederation sends out scientific teams that are tasked with exploring and studying newly discovered worlds to determine what resources are available for exploitation and settlement requirements. When communications with one of these far-flung teams is lost the Confederation responds by sending out a rescue mission consisting of the Navy and the Marines. Communications with the scientific team studying a tropical planet, nick named Waygone, is lost and the 34th FIST L Company Third Platoon is sent to investigate. Gunnery Sergeant Charlie Bass, the men of the Third Platoon, and Naval personnel are faced with the unexpected, beginning with the missing scientists, rescuing pirates, a ghost from the platoons past, and first an alien race. David Sherman and Dan Cragg have once again done a great job in describing the role of the Marine infantry in the modern world. Further, the authors are able to bring the human side of people caught in circumstances beyond their control.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    awesome

    though you feel as if this is another cheap aliens2 rip off, this feeling soon fades when the storyline picks up and the action begins. this is a must read even if you only slightly liked aliens2. this series is sure to become a classic ranked up with robert heinlin and many more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    YOU KNOW WHAT I AM GOING TO SAY... OUTSTANDING!!!

    Once again, I am not disappointed! Both David Sherman and Dann Cragg have wriiten an outstanding novel. I can't believe it... acid shooting aliens with attitude problems? Wow! Who in the heck ticked them off? Well, whatever it was the slimey creepy 'Skinks' found out the hard way that evil-doers everywhere (human or alien) should not mess with the Confederated Marine Corps, especially Gunnery Sergeant Charlie Bass and his motivating hardchargers of Third Platoon! I enjoyed the novel so much that I am reading it again. It was very good to see Dean, Hammer Bass, Claypoole, Mac and the rest of the characters from the previous novels, especially the return of two chararcters from Book One. As always the novel was filled with non-stop action and suspense. You'll ever get tired of reading this book. I recommend this book to all of the Sci-Fi readers whole heartedly. Please buy this book and not only read it but enjoy it as well. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!

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