Tom Kratman, in 1974 at age seventeen, became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People's Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Before turning to writing, he practiced law in southwest Virginia. Baen has published his novels, A State of Disobedience, A Desert Called Peace and its sequels Carnifex, The Lotus Eaters and now The Amazon Legion, as well as his stand alone novel, Caliphate and three collaborations with John Ringo in the Posleen War series: Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes and The Tuloriad.
The Amazon Legionby Tom Kratman
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On the colony planet of Terra Nova, Carrera has achieved his revenge, destroying those who had destroyed his life by killing his wife and children in a terrorist strike. And, with this help of his second wife, he has thwarted an attempted coup that would have restored the rule of the oligarchy and undone his hard-won victory. But his fight is not over yet...
The problem of the Tauran Union's control of the Transitway between Terra Nova and Earth remains, as does the problem of the nuclear armed United Earth Peace Fleet, orbiting above the planet. The Taurans will not leave, and the Balboans�a proud people, with much recent success in war - will not tolerate that they should remain.
And yet, with one hundred times the population and three or four hundred times the wealth, the Tauran Union outclasses little Balboa in almost every way, even without the support of Old Earth. Sadly, they have that support. Everything, everyone, will have to be used to finish the job of freeing the country and, if possible, the planet. The children must fight. The old must serve, too. And the women?
This is their story, the story of Balboa's Tercio Amazona, the Amazon Regiment.
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I have not been able to stop reading this series but thought this one a little slow but still a must read .
Same world; the war goes on. By using a mostly different cast of characters, Kratman continues his exploration of Progressivism run wild from a fresh viewpoint.
First, I like Kratman's writing style and I like this series. My problem with this volume was that it was very one dimensional and fits into the sub-sub-genre of a "basic training" story, except in this case - as my title states - female basic training (the Y chromosome factor). Very little goes on other than a description of the struggle and special circumstances for women of going through the rigors of that unique rite of passage, which, it being Balboa, is more akin to a combination of Parris Island & BUDS mixed with Roman Legionary practices for tyros. There is an introduction which takes place post-training, in which our protagonist seems oddly less grounded that one would expect from an individual who's been through both basic and leadership schools at that point, followed by the training sequences (80% of the novel), followed by a war sequence. What I'll call the political interplay of the earlier novels, which I enjoyed, was fairly limited. An OK read but it would be difficult to pick up if one were unfamiliar with the setting and the principal characters.
Patricio Carrera gained revenge against the Salafi Ikhwan terrorists who slaughtered his first wife and their children. Living on his deceased wife's planet Balboa, he became Duque of the Legion del Cid mercenaries and took a second spouse Lourdes. Together they have several children. Independent Balboa's enemy the Tauran Union controls the critical Transitway between Terra Nova and Earth. Additionally the nuclear armed United Earth Peace Fleet orbits Carrerra's adopted planet. A second war seems imminent, but Balboa lacks the manpower and armaments to match the strength of their adversary. In fact with recruitment down considerably, Carrerra needs a new source for combat, which can only be the planet's female population. Thus he creates the Tercio Amazona Regiment. The fourth A Desert Called Peace science fiction thriller (see Carnifax and The Lotus Eater) is a unique entry as there is no incredible military heroics and glory for the future history books; but instead the story line focuses on female grunts trained as lionesses preparing to defend their cubs at personal cost. The stars are the M and M warriors Maria and Marta who tell much of the tale as they learn to fight ruthlessly towards the enemy but compassion for their side. Readers who appreciate a deep look at preparing for war against much more powerful foes will enjoy Tom Kratman's deep homage to what a soldier sacrifices. Harriet Klausner