Star Corps [NOOK Book]

Overview

In the future,
earth's warriors have
conquered the heavens.

But on a distant world,
Humanity is in chains ...

Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An -- a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has ...

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Overview

In the future,
earth's warriors have
conquered the heavens.

But on a distant world,
Humanity is in chains ...

Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An -- a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has made a terrifying -- and fatal -- discovery: the Ahanu, ancestors of the former masters, live on, far from the reach of Earth -- born weapons and technology ... and tens of thousands of captive human souls still bow to their iron will. Now Earth's Interstellar Marine Expeditionary Unit must undertake a rescue operation as improbable as it is essential to humankind's future, embarking on a ten-year voyage to a hostile world to face an entrenched enemy driven by dreams of past glory and intent once more on domination. For those who, for countless generations, have known nothing but toil and subjugation must be granted, at all costs, the precious gift entitled to all of their star-traveling kind: freedom!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061978982
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Legacy Trilogy Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 49,504
  • File size: 657 KB

Meet the Author

Ian Douglas, one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith, is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular military SF series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, and the ongoing Star Carrier and Star Corpsman series. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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Star Corps
Book One of The Legacy Trilogy

Chapter One

2 JUNE 2138

Giza Complex
Kingdom of Allah, Earth
0525 hours Zulu

The trio of TAV Combat Personnel Carrier transports came in low across the Mediterranean Sea, avoiding the heavily populated coastal areas around El Iskandariya by crossing the beach between El Hammam and El Alamein. Skimming the Western Desert at such low altitudes that their slip-streams sent rooster tails of sand exploding into the pale predawn sky, the TAVs swung sharply south of the isolated communities huddled along the Wadi El Natrun, dumping velocity in a series of weaving banks and turns. Ahead, silhouetted against the brightening eastern horizon and the lights of Cairo, their objective rose like three flat-sided mountains above the undulating dunes.

The defenders would know that something was happening; even with stealth architecture, the three transatmospheric vehicles had scorched their radar signatures in ion reentry trails across the skies of Western Europe as they'd descended from suborbit, and the mullahs of the True Mahdi had been expecting something of the sort. The only question was how long it would take them to react.

Captain Martin Warhurst, CO of Bravo Company, sat hunched over in his travel seat in the rear of CPC Delta's red-lit troop compartment, crowded torso to armored torso with the men and women of 1st Squad, First Platoon. There were no windows in the heavily armored compartment, no viewscreens or news panels, but a data feed painted a small, brightly colored image within his Helmet Data Overlay, showing the outside world as viewed through a camerain the TAV's blunt nose.

There wasn't a lot to see, in fact -- abstract patterns of light and darkness wheeling this way and back with the TAV's approach maneuvers. The area beyond the Giza complex, along the west bank of the Nile, was brightly lit. The extensive archeological digs behind the Sphinx and between the two northern pyramids, those of Khufu and Khafre, were bathed in harsh spotlights reflected from aerostats hovering high above the ground-based beam projectors.

He knew the mission orders, knew the lay of the land and the location of the company's objectives, but it was almost impossible to make sense of what he was seeing on his HDO display. Balls of yellow and red light floated up from the ground -- fire from enemy antiaircraft positions. Colored lines and symbols glowed among alphanumerics identifying targets, way points, ranges, and bearings. His cranialink provided analysis, based on data jacked through from the CPC's combat computer. He could see the area marked as the platoon's drop-off point, midway between the Sphinx and Khafre's pyramid.

"Captain Warhurst," the phlegmatic, female voice of the TAV's AI pilot said in his helmet receiver. "Thirty seconds. Hot LZ."

"I see it," Warhurst replied. His grip tightened on his weapon, a General Electric LR-2120 Sunbeam pulse laser, with its M-12 underbarrel 20mm RPG launcher and data hotlink to his Mark VII armor. He'd been in the Marines for six years and made captain two years ago, but this would be his first time in combat, his first hot drop, his first time in command with a live enemy.

God, don't let me screw it up....

The TAVs made a final course adjustment, shrieking low above the sands between the middle and southern pyramids, their dead-black hulls slipping through crisscrossing targeting radar beams like ghosts, evading hard locks. Air brakes unfolded like ungainly wings as their noses came up, and billows of sand exploded from the hard-driving plasma thrusters arrayed at wing roots and bellies.

"Hold on," the AI's voice said, as deceleration tugged at Warhurst's gut and the steel deck tilted sharply beneath his booted feet. "We're going in."

"Hang onto your lunches, boys and girls," he called over First Platoon's comm channel. "We're grounding!"

A jolt ... a moment of suspense and silence ... and then another, harder jolt as the TAV decelerated on shrieking thrusters to a slow-drifting hover. With a shrill whine of hydraulics, the first CPC was extruded from the side of the TAV's fuselage on unfolding davits as raw noise banged and shrieked inside the sealed troop compartment. Plenum thrusters already spooling howled now as all four onboard hovercraft personnel carriers swung free of the floating TAV and detached their cables. Sand blasted around the hovercraft as they floated half a meter above the surface, skittering sideways to clear the overhang of their huge, black transport while the TAV engaged full thrusters and rose clear of the drop zone. "Good luck, First Platoon," the AI pilot's voice announced.

"We're clear of the TAV, Captain!" Lieutenant Schulman, the CPC commander, yelled over the vehicle's comm system. Hammer blows clanked and pinged and sang from the hull outside. They were taking small-arms fire. "Objective in sight, range two-three-five. Moving!"

"Roger that!" Warhurst's helmet display feed had shifted automatically to a pickup on the CPC's hull now that the hovercraft was free of its ride. He could see the flash and wink of gunfire in the darkness, the streaking tracers of heavy automatic weapons. Somewhere in the distance a round of HE went off with a deep-throated crump, briefly lighting the dune shadows nearby. The CPC's turret shrilled as it rotated in its collar above and forward of the troop compartment, and Warhurst felt the steady thud-thud-thud of the 50mm autocannon slamming high explosive rounds into an enemy gun position.

The armored Marines remained strapped in their seats, weapons muzzle up between their knees, silent while boiler room noise boomed and banged around them. Once, the CPC lurched heavily to the left as a near miss rocked the hovercraft over on its plenum skirts like a boat listing in heavy seas, but Schulman righted the stubborn, tough-hulled machine and swerved hard as armor-seeking missiles strobed in dazzling cacophony outside ...

Star Corps
Book One of The Legacy Trilogy
. Copyright © by Ian Douglas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    Mankind gets a taste of the stars

    This first book in the series by Ian Douglas is a good read. The Marines get some serious booty busting going against some interesting creatures. When the Marine expeditionary force reaches their destination after four years of travel in hibernation and wake to take some serious revenge on their adversaries - who have no clue just how nasty the Marines can be when they put their minds to it - the story really comes together. This book sets up the plot for the follow on books of the series. Ian Douglas takes a very interesting idea and makes it very plausible - almost as though he's writing about history. The Marines take their lumps as they invade and then discover a whole new world was just beyond their doorstep. But the end is a forshadow of the next book in the series - where the really mean spirited bad boys of the galaxy decide to figure out what all the ruckus is on the other side of the wall.
    This book is a great read and worth your time.
    If you like the series, "The Lost Fleet" (Paul Campbell) you'll definitely like this series. Though I prefer Paul Campbell's no nonsense writing style, Ian Douglas takes more time with explaining a back story and the technology behind what's being used to kick the bad boys around.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    Accurate But Disjointed.

    This book by Ian Douglas was recommended to me by a former Army veteran who stated that it was one of the most accurate depictions of military combat and what a likely interplanetary war might be like in the future. I really can't disagree. The combat and actions of the Marines were realistic and on par with what little knowledge I have of the US Marine Corp, but I stumbled on the story telling. The book revolves around a diverse number of individuals, telling their disparate stories in short vignette like scenes that make it difficult to follow along. Not only that, but there isn't much diversity in personality or behavior between the various soldiers and that made it even more problematic. The scenes were too short as well, making it impossible to really get to know the important character, or care about their situation. This piecemeal approach destroyed an rising tension or pacing within the plot line and frankly, I got three quarters of the way through the book and said to myself, "I don't care about these people or what they are doing." And that's the sad fact.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Pretty good book

    I like the book

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Another MUST READ

    Doc Douglas does it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    Author Captures military and sends it to the future

    I started with Mr. Douglas' Star Carrier (highly recommended). He manages to capture the feel of life in the military, from the small traditions like drinking to a fallen comrade, to individuals finding faith in a foxhole. If you've ever served and like sci-fi you'll find a link with this book. Be prepared for a Corp stuggling to find it's place.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    A good page turner and a good author

    I'm not a huge military sci-fi fan, but I do occasionally plop down with Weber. Unlike a lot of Weber's books though, this one doesn't focus so heavily on the military aspect. It's there, and certainly a central concern of the book, but Douglas also covers a lot of other aspects that make this book easier to read for non-military types like myself. The characters have depth, and the situations they find themselves in are believable. Some of the fight sequences are true page turners and in the last two or three hard sci-fi books I've read that has been lacking so I really enjoyed this book. Already downloaded and started the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Great!

    great read. does anyone know when the next book is coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    Absolutely amazing!

    I read this book before the Heritage Trilogy and loved it. I've read it 7 times now, and the Heritage Trilogy 3 times. Star Corps is full of excitement and immerses you in the world given by Ian Douglas. Never before was a book able to make me feel as close to the world he described. It's a shame that we have to wait until 2005 before then next book in this trilogy comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    Star Corps (The Legacy Trilogy Series #1)

    As good as the first series. You do not have to read the first series, The Heitage Trilogy to enjoy this, but you would miss a great story if you don't. I am still hoping for some news of the next book in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Star Corps (The Legacy Trilogy Series #1)

    The Heritage Trilogy was a great read, this new set will continue the story of the An and their decendants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Pretty good.

    The previous series was good, so I bought this one. It isn't too bad, though it is a little slow to start. Otherwise good plot and action sequences.

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