Technokill (Starfist Series #5)

Technokill (Starfist Series #5)

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by David Sherman
     
 

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A terrifying secret, an evil coterie of ruthless masterminds, a murderous battle of cunning and deadly skill—it's time to send in the Marines!

After the Confederation makes a shocking discovery on an alien world, a nefarious band of opportunists from the highest echelons of power plot to steal the vast riches for themselves. Along with the ability to crush

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A terrifying secret, an evil coterie of ruthless masterminds, a murderous battle of cunning and deadly skill—it's time to send in the Marines!

After the Confederation makes a shocking discovery on an alien world, a nefarious band of opportunists from the highest echelons of power plot to steal the vast riches for themselves. Along with the ability to crush any resistance, these moguls possess spacecraft, unlimited resources, and a deadly arsenal of cutting-edge weapons.

The only one without a price tag is the Confederation president. Now she is sending Gunnery Sergeant Bass, the men of third platoon, and a single special agent to expose the shadowy figures behind the corruption. And so, on an obscure planet, home to unimaginable treasure and an unsettling species, the toughest fighters in Human Space confront their fiercest battle. For there will be no losers in this war, only the triumphant, the dead, and the vanished . . .

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"CAUTION! Any book written by Dan Cragg and David Sherman is bound to be addictive, and this is the first in what promises to be a great adventure series. First to Fight is rousing, rugged, and just plain fun. The authors have a deep firsthand knowledge of warfare, an enthralling vision of the future, and the skill of veteran writers. Fans of military fiction, science fiction, and suspense will all get their money's worth, and the novel is so well done it will appeal to general readers as well. It's fast, realistic, moral, and a general hoot. First to Fight is also vivid, convincing—and hard to put down. Sherman and Cragg are a great team! I can't wait for the next one!"
—RALPH PETERS
   New York Times bestselling author of
   Red Army

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345435910
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Starfist Series, #5
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
237,920
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.91(d)

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"Move, move-move!" Sergeant Bladon's radioed shout reverberated through
Lance Corporal Rock Claypoole's helmet.

"Blow that hinge, Rock!" Corporal Kerr shouted, adding his demand.

"I'm trying, I'm trying," Claypoole shouted back.

"Want some help?" PFC Wolfman MacIlargie asked. "Let me in there, I'll get it." He had already blown his hinge.

"Stay away," Claypoole snarled, and tried again to clamp the blower onto the upper lever, where it hinged into the airlock hatch. MacIlargie squirted closer and bumped him. For a vertiginous moment Claypoole spun slowly away from the spaceship in orbit around Thorsfinni's World. His tether jerked him to a yawing stop a few meters away. "Back off, Wolfman,"
he snapped, and hauled himself back to the hatch that second squad's second fire team was trying to breach. In his ungainly armored vacuum suit, Claypoole struggled to lock his boot magnets to the hull and hatch on either side of the hinge. He managed to seat the cup of the blower over the hinge. He reached one thickly gloved hand to the crimper and pulled on it. The cup closed securely onto the end of the arm.

Claypoole looked down the length of the meter long tool and decided it was perpendicular to the hull and his feet were widespread enough. He gave the top end of the blower a quarter twist, bent it down to a ninety degree angle to expose the trigger, stuck a gloved finger through the trigger guard and pulled.

The shaped charge inside the blower jetted its force into the metal, abruptly raising its temperature from near zero Kelvin to morethan a thousand degrees centigrade. The rapid temperature change shattered the hinge, buckled the metal around it, and sent shock waves thrumming through the surrounding hull and hatch. One of Claypoole's feet was knocked loose, but the magnets on the other boot held.

"Move move-move!" Bladon shouted again.

Claypoole shifted one foot so both were on the hull and removed the blower. The tool drifted at the end of its tether.

Kerr clomped carefully to his side and slapped the end of the puller he held against the hatch. He gave the handle the twist that shot its mollies into the metal, then raised a hand in signal.

"Do it," Corporal Linsman said, and Lance Corporal Watson slapped the Go button on the winch. The cable that ran from the tripod to the puller tautened and the hatch slowly lifted. The Marines readied their weapons.
As soon as the hatch was clear of the hull, Watson slapped another button on the winch to move the hatch to the side.

When the gap was wide enough, Kerr demagnetized his boots and stepped over the lip of the hatchway. He fired a quick puff from his suit's top jet and plummeted down into the airlock, where he twisted around so the inner hatch was in front instead of below him. He reactivated his boot magnets to hold his feet to the deck. Claypoole and MacIlargie followed.

"Hey, watch it," Claypoole snarled at MacIlargie, who bumped into him as he tried to mimic Kerr's maneuver.

"Sorry," MacIlargie replied, and used handholds to pull himself away from
Claypoole. "Kind of cramped in here." Their boots clunked to the decking as they activated the magnets.

The airlock was big enough to hold four vacuum-suited deckhands along with the equipment they'd need to work on the hull, but three combat-armed
Marines in armored vacuum suits filled it almost to overflowing. The inner hatch was barely wide enough to admit them one at a time.

"Quiet," Kerr ordered, and bent his attention to opening the inner-hatch access panel. He freed three corners of the small plate and swiveled it aside on its remaining corner screw. He briefly examined the boards and crystals inside the control box while he fished an override from a cargo pocket on his thigh, then stuck the override onto the right crystal. "All secure?" he asked.

Claypoole and MacIlargie made sure they each had a grip on a handhold and a tether clipped onto another. "Secure," they replied, and pointed their blasters toward the inner hatch.

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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 the 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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Technokill (Starfist Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Lowrez More than 1 year ago
Yes it's Pulp Fiction, but a fun read just like all the previous books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again I am not disappointed. David Sherman and Dan Cragg has come through once more. Although the tempo slows down from the last book with Third Platoon, Company L, 34th FIST and thier fisrt battle with the evil Skinks. The build up to what happens to Company L will grip and hold on to you until the end. Now they have to deal with a new contact with a different sentient species and the troubles that they will bring. One of the things that I got out of this novel is that politics always gets in the way of what needs to be done. However be advised that 'jacked up' politics will never stop our motivated marines from getting the job done!!! What until you see how certain new characters on the side of evil get dealt with. Once again be advised it is not for the faint of heart. Please go out and get this book. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, They did it agian! David Sherman and Dan Cragg put out another good StarFist book! I was personally hoping for a follow up for Blood Contact with the skinks getting involed somhow but even so, it was a good book. If your hoping for another action packed book in the StarFist seris this is not it. There are some battles like one agianst the native and priitve aliens, but that wasnt really much. It is about the same lentgh of the other books, i felt every now and then as if i skipped a chapter or 2. One of the things that will keep you going is the inginiuess plot involving primitive aliens. I foud some of ther languge like 'Eyestrecher' and 'New Glitterer' interesting. It made the aliens seem like stone age people. But much of the matrial involving aleins was very eqiqilent to humanity in that time period. All in all, good book with a bit of a
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cragg and Sherman continue to put forth a great addition to their series. Using their backgrounds they both use the vocabulary (slang) that keeps the correct flavor for good troops.. Not sure which excited me more reading this addition to the series or the fact that there is a tease that their next one is coming quickly behind this one...:)