First Casualty

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FOUR SOLDIERS. ONE WAR.
 
Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth—a planet they’ve never even seen.
 
Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause...

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FOUR SOLDIERS. ONE WAR.
 
Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth—a planet they’ve never even seen.
 
Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party—and its ambitious new president.
 
These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit—from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it’s not going to be the last…

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Four soldiers on opposing sides in a deadly planetary war will soon discover that the conflict is actually little more than a struggle for profits by commanders on both sides. A battle sci-fi with lots of action and some unconventional twists. A mass-market paperback and NOOK Book original.

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As the Society of Humanity and the Unity Party wage a war in the far reaches of space, soldiers on both sides of the battle realize the bitter truth that underlies a conflict based on profit and power. Moscoe's (Lost Days, Ace, 1998) fast-paced military sf adventure presents a grim look at the reality of war and the cost to those who risk their lives for the causes of others. A good choice for most sf collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441005932
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: A Jump Universe Novel Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 146,804
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author


Mike Moscoe is a full-time writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. As "Mike Shepherd", he has written the very popular Kris Longknife military science fiction adventures. 
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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Great space opera with a cynical look at why wars start and end

    The first casualty is the troops' belief that their military leaders are competent. The second casualty is the troops' belief that their top leaders care more about them than they care about their careers. The third casualty is the troops' belief that their political leaders are interested in something except power and money. The fourth casualty is the troops' belief that the war is about more than some fat cat making another megacredit. (Sounds a lot like Viet Nam, doesn't it?) Well written, well proofed, well ebooked. This is the re-release of the first of Shepard/Moscoe's Society of Humanity books, about a century before the Kris Longknife books. The characters in this series are much more believable than Kris. Good read.

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