Bloodstar (Star Corpsman Series #1)

Bloodstar (Star Corpsman Series #1)

by Ian Douglas

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With his Heritage, Legacy, and Inheritance trilogies, New York Times bestselling author Ian Douglas established himself as one of the true masters of military sf—sharing center stage with such authors as Rick Shelley, John Ringo, David Sherman, and Dan Cragg in a wildly popular sub-genre of science fiction that includes such enduring classics as The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. Now, with Bloodstar, Douglas kicks off his new series, Star Corpsman, with a bang, focusing on the elite units of recon Marines and S/R Corpsmen who infiltrate alien worlds ahead of major planetary invasions to gather intelligence on both the local environment and on the psychology and biology of the enemy. In Bloodstar  Ian Douglas carries readers once more across the vast galaxy, light-years from Earth, and into the fire and terror of future war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061894763
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Series: Star Corpsman Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 743,295
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ian Douglas is one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith, New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, The Star Corpsman series, The Star Carrier series, and The Andromedan Dark series. A former Navy Hospital Corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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Bloodstar: Star Corpsman: Book One 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite the lukewarm title of my review I thought this was a well written book in the military sci-fi style I like. I didn't enjoy it as much as my favorite authors, David Drake and Jerry Pournelle but I wasn't disappointed. The technology was well thought out but nothing original. Armored power suits, nanobots and the like. What the props lacked in originality the details more than made up for. I liked the use of a Navy Corpsman as the main character, it gave the story an interesting spin. I also liked the use of the Encyclopedia Galactica, a device that's been used in science fiction since I think Issac Asimov used it. I like that the humans know there are other races in the universe and rather than being surprised by first contact they have made plans on how to deal with superior races. It's one of those things that just seems logical. I also liked the emphasis on the Marine Corps camaraderie. There were a few little details such as the mention of the Kobayashi Maru that were amusing. He mentions Arthur C. Clarke and kind of pays tribute to older science fiction authors and stories. I like that, it shows the author is a fan also. There were a few instances of the action not being what it first appeared to be such as a dream sequence that felt kind of like a cheap tactic, more fitting for a bad t.v. show than a book. The one big issue that holds me back is the story telling itself. So much of it is very workman like. Ian Douglas apparently either has a background in medicine or did a lot of research for this story. Whichever is the case, he tried to share as much information on the subject as he could fit in the book. I don't mind long dissertations on scientific subjects in a book like this ("hard" science fiction stories are my favorite for that reason) but a few times the narrative slowed the flow of the action. Sometimes less is more. The other problem I had was the anti-religious tone of the story. I'm not religious but I enjoy books that explore a subject and authors that can look at both sides with some type of objectivity. The colonists from Bloodworld are the typical one dimensional "religious nuts" you see in media everywhere these days. It would of been more interesting to me to see a deeper characterization of the colonists and see what role politics played in the story. That was always something I liked about the Hammer's Slammers and Von Falkenberg stories. There was a little political intrigue going on with the story. The author kind of touches on this but the questions he raises remain unexplored. I haven't read the second one yet so maybe that's something that is addressed in that book. Over all this is a good book and I'll definitely pick up the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After a third of the way thru this book, all I've been given is a lot of medical advice and a complete future history that is too detailed and not very interesting. What little of the main character in the story so far is not someone I want to stay with for the rest of the book. This is only the second book in all the books I've read that I probably won't finish and a few of them, while not the best, at least kept my interest One star is for his effort. Have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. Not this one.
F-111_Fixer More than 1 year ago
Ian Doublas (William H. Keith) writes modern science fiction in the style of Robert Heinlein, regular folk type characters and episodic flow. I have all of his books and look forward to the next installements in all of his series. With his medial background this is his first series in the same sub genre as James White (Sector General), and the use of medical terminology is not overused but so easy to understand. If you like good military science fiction, this is a great book and the excellent start to another good Douglas series.
jimbobjo More than 1 year ago
I can see Ian spent some time reviewing medical terminology. Also utilizing a Navy Corpsman as the Subject is a nice idea. I like the idea of a past romance lost and a new romance beginning. The order of kapture the Brain logic isn't old but the term Zombie can be a bit much unless the Subject continues to die a nd re-Kaptured as in the Terminology. The suspence is is right for the situation and meeting new Aliens and killing them is a marine term. Alien description is really exceptional. I like it I hope his sequel will continue with some intersting technological leaps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, couldn't put it down
BlueMaxxNY More than 1 year ago
Author knows his stuff. Looking for chapter /episode 2 in the series.
rees More than 1 year ago
I enjoy most everything Ian Douglas writes. Star Corpsman is no exception. It's well written and a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lots of detail - maybe a tad too much but still a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little over the top with medical jargon. My only real complaint is that the book is too short. Such a fun read should last longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written short on story long on description
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very good .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid work, well paced, and decently researched. Looking forward to more of this.
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ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle, also known as E-Car, or Doc, is part of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force, in Bravo Company’s Black Wizards. Trained in the latest battlefield medicine, he joined the navy to save lives and see the universe. The Black Wizards have been sent to Bloodworld, an inhospitable, volatile rock colonized by a group of religious fanatics with a Luddite philosophy. (That means they hate technology, for those who aren’t students of history.) They have chosen Bloodworld for their colony so they could suffer for humanity’s sins. They had no idea that they would fall in the sights of the Qesh, a strange, inscrutable race of warriors who have made violent first contact on Bloodworld. Now countless lives depend on Bravo Company. They have to safeguard their home world’s location and scout the strength and capabilities of the Qesh. Doc has to safeguard the lives of those marines under his care, as well as religious fanatics who don’t hold with medicine, and enemy combatants that fate places in his charge, if only briefly. Review: This is a hard book to rate. Ian Douglas is obviously a master story teller. He has created a fascinating universe where nanotechnology has become the basis of medicine, science, and war. Under most circumstances, this would be a page turner. Unfortunately, the book has major weaknesses. The author continually stops the forward flow of the action to give backstory and to explain the technology being used. Some of the explanations became repetitive, rather than just explaining it once and giving an abbreviated description later. It appealed to the geek in me at first but soon became a drag as the story bogged down. This proved highly detrimental to a story that could have been interesting.
DJM-Indiana More than 1 year ago
Real Characters, enjoyable reads.
rockgeorge More than 1 year ago
very good book wish there was more a little much detail, but doesn't detract from story. would buy next in series if there was one
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Reader005 More than 1 year ago
Even when he is not at his best, Ian Douglas is better than a lot of other SF writers. This book is no exception. All in all, it makes for a good read. The only problem with it, is too much "fillers". The author seems to have dumped every line of research that he's done for the book and every piece of knowledge he has about the human anatomy into pages upon pages of boring material which does not advance the plot at all. You could really tell that he was counting the words to make sure he has the minimum required. If I could edit this book, I'd throw out about 25% of the mumbo jumbo. The rest would be OK.
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