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Posted December 9, 2008
During the first century of the new millennium, all the governments of the world collapsed except America, leaving that nation as the only superpower on the planet. American government officials funded the military but political office was awarded to those individuals will to do the corporation¿s bidding. Former President Eisenhower¿s worst nightmare had come to pass as military actions were dictated by corporate profits. Those individuals seeking freedom from the oppression of the United States established colonies on the moon. This situation irked the corporate and political leaders of America, who declared the moon as American territory and dispatched troops to enforce the edict. <P>The military receive no resistance upon landing on the moon. The colonists are returned to earth while loyal American are transported to the lunar colonies with the military assigned to keep them safe from invasion. Other earthlings band together to stop the American thrust to dominate space as they have done on the planet. The war on the moon lasts for years. Men like NCO Sergeant Ethan Stark lead soldiers into combat, but his loyalties are with the safety of his men and not some government 250,000 miles away. <P>STARK¿S WAR is a high caliber military science fiction thriller that belies the fact that this is John G. Henry¿s first published novel. The fast-paced story line reads as if the audience is seeing the war first hand due to the nonstop action and the likable characters. Hopefully, Starke stars in a series of novels that should spell adult Skywalker (Luke not Darth). <P>Harriet Klausner
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Posted April 17, 2015
Authentic, gritty feel to the basic plot premise, the characters' motivations, and the organizational and technical environment. The author doesn't bother to invent whiz-bang technology; the story just assumes the necessary capabilities exist, and the story unfolds. The story is set on the Moon in a near future time when the US government is run by a consortium of corporations. The professional soldiers are under no illusions about high minded goals of this government. They know they are deployed to secure the profits of the earth-side cartels. The protagonist, Sergeant Stark, is capable at his duties, intelligent and a creative problem solver, and is above all else, a man of honor. In his way he is humble. He has a past with horrifying memories that helps provide some of his basic motivations, and sometimes threatens to overwhelm him. He is heroic when the situation calls for it, but is not a thrill seeker or braggart. His peers respect and even love him for his demonstrated qualities. The viewpoint of most of the book is of a single infantry squad, and interactions with Stark's peers, who are other sergeants leading squads. So the combat scenes have a small unit focus. Toward the end of the book, Stark is forced to act on a larger scale when he leads a large scale attack intended to rescue an infantry force recently sent from earth. The reader discovers the high regard Stark's peers hold him in, when they participate with him in a mutiny against their officers and the government back on earth. The story moves right along. Everything that happens is plausible, both in terms of technology and the motives of the characters. A very entertaining read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2013
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