A Soldier's Duty

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Ia is a precog, tormented by visions of the future where her home galaxy has been devastated. To prevent this vision from coming true, Ia enlists in the Terran United Planets military with a plan to become a soldier who will inspire generations for the next three hundred years-a soldier history will call Bloody Mary.

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Overview

Ia is a precog, tormented by visions of the future where her home galaxy has been devastated. To prevent this vision from coming true, Ia enlists in the Terran United Planets military with a plan to become a soldier who will inspire generations for the next three hundred years-a soldier history will call Bloody Mary.

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Reminiscent of both Starship Troopers and Dune, this first of a projected series successfully balances its military and science fiction elements. As a teenager, Ia (a colonist from a heavy-gravity world) discovers that she is a precog and experiences visions of the devastation of our galaxy. She learns to follow the time lines, traces causality back to its source, and discovers that there is one path that will prevent this dreadful outcome. To foster this alternative future, she must forfeit her own dreams and join the Marine Corps of the Terran United Planets Space Force, where she undergoes rigorous training, bonds with her fellow officers, earns the respect of her superiors, and distinguishes herself in combat operations-all while manipulating events to put her in the right place at the right time. Johnson (Sons of Destiny) skillfully handles objections of predestination and makes it clear that Ia's abilities are no guarantee that she will succeed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441020638
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Theirs Not to Reason Why Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 261,627
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

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    a brilliant space opera

    On the Planet Sanctuary lives fifteen years old powerful psychic Ia, who is able to slip in and out of the time stream at will. However, she also has uncontrollable visions. One of them is of invaders destroying the Milky Way galaxy leaving no one alive. All streams lead to this occurring except for one remote possibility. If she takes the steps she will possibly prevent the pandemic catastrophe.

    Her first stop is enlisting in the Terran United Planets military Space Force, which she does when she turns eighteen. Knowing what the future will be, she has to insure some events happen in a certain way. She is an extemporary recruit; the best in her class performing extraordinary deeds like tracking down a criminal from her peers who went AWOL after stunning the rest of the class and the sergeants. After graduation, Ia is assigned to the spaceship Liu Ji where she is made a corporal. Ia proves to be a great soldier saving lives, rescuing a ship from pirates and going the extra kilometer to keep her crew mates safe from a criminal consortium.

    Readers who enjoy the Valor Military Space Opera series by Tanya Huff will want to read this epic. Ia is the glue that holds the exciting story line together as a soldier performing her duty yet with an agenda caused by her precog powers that has her trying to prevention the cataclysm from occurring though if it happens it will not be in her lifetime. She understands the true credo of A Soldier's Duty as she is an example of courage and honor performing selfless service to keep people safe. Jean Johnson had created a brilliant space opera that will have readers eagerly turning the pages until they reach the end and will eagerly await the next book in this enthralling series.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Ia is the new Kris Longknife.

    This book has a few well used ideas, and a couple of new ones thrown in for spice. Long time science fiction fans will see echos of past masters, such as Robert Heinlein and his discipline controled mech suited warriors. However, instead of being a re-tread of Starship Troopers, Ms. Johnson combines a multitude of species, organizations and enemies into a strong convincing story about one exceptional soldier. People who are a fan of the Kris Longknife series, Elizabeth Moon, or David Webber will find a new author to follow here. The story is polished and flows smoothly from chapter to chapter, the only slow points being exposition on Ia's abilities. As the series progresses I believe that those slow points will also become polished and more flowing.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Ok Story, but...

    This book suffers a flaw that many science fiction books have when it comes to portraying a military environment. With over 18 years military service, the military scenes depicted in this novel failed to ring true. This distracted me from the story line over and over. The book itself is well written and maintains continuity better than many novels. Unfortunately, the military setting is a major part of this novel and it comes off like a civilian's idea of something they have never experienced. A good read, but not great.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    A new classic

    Ia is a wonderfully developed character that leads the reader through a diverse universe that is well described, and even more interesting. The universe is at war for its survival, but most of its citizens are unaware of the danger. Ia takes us with her on her fight to save the universe and the majority of souls within it, while she tries to explain why she has done thing the way she has.

    I enjoyed this book so much that I have read and reread it frequently during the past year and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I will be very disappointed if this book does not win a number of Science Fiction awards.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Great Idea, good plot. Love her characters. Definitely get the next in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    FUN!

    Waiting impatiently for the next book this one was unusual, but the surprises made it that much better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Great read.

    Jean Johnson really knows how to intrique a reader. This story brings out the every day struggles of a solider doing the right thing for the greater good of the whole and the emotions that make us who we are as individuals. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Recommended

    After I finished this book I immediately went looking for the next.
    No next book yet. Darn! A good story I enjoyed it very much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    one of her best!

    love Jean Johnsons books.
    and this is one of her best..
    each chapter is a complete book..initsself..
    can't wait for the next in this series
    I've already preordered it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    I loved it

    This was an excellent series opener. I can't wait for the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Awesome Storyline

    This is an original story. Loved it and can't wait for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Great Military Sci-Fi

    If you can see the future and it is horrible, what would you give up in order to prevent it? That is the question Ia, the main character in the story has to answer. With only one slim chance to forestall future events, she joins the Space Marines.

    I loved this book. I could not put it down. "A Soldier's Duty" really caught my attention and held it throughout the story. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Sam

    Wraps her arm in a cast

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Cc to aiden

    Look at my post at my house

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Alex

    Walks to her cabin

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    A riveting story with a strong, kick-ass woman in the lead.

    If you enjoy futuristic military stories with kick-ass, strong female leads, excellent writing and a strong plot line, you might want to check this out.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Recommended

    Good read.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Decent Read

    It was O.K.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    A good read

    I do enjoy a good military sci-fi novel, especially as part of a series. Compared to the Vatta, Honor Harrington, and Valor series this one is in the same league, but is definitely a bit deeper. The premise is unique enough that I was able to get into it, but for some reason everyone of the other characters, with the exception of the chaplain, seems flat to me. Maybe that's why I just couldn't give this five starts. The battle scenes are decent, and the author definitely does a good job of describing basic training and the military attitudes. Overall a good investment. The next two books are more mystical and the third book really makes you wonder when book four is coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Great

    Great read could not put it down

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