This is a brand new Military SF series from Weston Ochse, an experienced military man and author.
Benjamin Carter Mason died last night. Maybe he threw himself off a bridge into Los Angeles Harbor, or maybe he burned to death in a house fire in San Pedro; it doesn’t really matter. Today, Mason’s starting a new life. He’s back in boot camp, training for the only war left that matters a damn.
For years, their spies have been coming to Earth, mapping our cities, learning our weaknesses, leaving tragedy in their wake. Our governments knew, but they did nothing—the prospect was too awful, the costs too high—and now, the horrifying and utterly alien Cray are invading, laying waste to our cities. The human race is a heartbeat away from extinction.
That is, unless Mason, and the other men and women of Task Force OMBRA, can do anything about it.
This is a time for heroes. For killers. For Grunts.
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About the Author
Weston Ochse is the author of nine novels, most recently SEAL Team 666, which the New York Post called 'required reading.' His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work as appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune.
His work has been lauded by Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, John Skipp, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, including the New York Times, New York Post, Washington Post, Denver Post, The Financial Times of London, and The Examiner (UK).
His last name is pronounced "oaks." Together with his first name, it sounds like a stately trailer park. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. For fun he races tarantula wasps and watches the black helicopters dance along the horizon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
OK, first off this is a five star book for me not because it’s perfect, few books ever are, but because I can’t think how anybody could tell this story any better than it’s told here. Weston Ochse is a vet and he knows more about the nuts and bolts of combat and the military than a lot of writers. There is an air of familiarity to it that work really well for me, but that’s not why this book works so well. This, at least for me, isn’t a book about war or alien invasions. It has that and there are well done, but it’s much more about the effect that such things have on the people who have to do the fight and that’s where it really seems to win the day. I admit I have mixed feelings about the end. It’s has the feel of a beginning of sorts and it’s hard to get a read on it with out yet, knowing where it’s going next. Assuming he writes more in this setting, which I certainly hope he does. This, to me, is not a summer blockbuster alien invasion movie, but rather the story of the men and women who fight in a summer blockbuster alien invasion movie and how that affects them and how they live with it, written by a guy who grew up watching and reading those stories and knows what it’s all about because he’s been there and don that. OK, not the alien part, that I know of, the the rest of it, the important part. He’s lives it and breathed it and it shows in the writing. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you couldn’t ask for a better guide.
A very dark beginning which carried on until the end. A big corporation "saves" an army of lost souls, many of whom were contemplating suicide. They are then stealthily indoctrinated into the new, high tech warriors who will take on an invading alien species. A species which has been among us for a long time, it seems. Once the battle began, the overlaying dark tone lifted away but made an appearance every so often. Near the end, the frantic pace to continue the mission or die trying (which would've been fine with the grunts) was nicely crafted. It lends itself to making this an interesting series and as soon as the next Task Force OMBRA novel is out, I will definitely want to see what the grunts are up against Recommended? Yes
Quick read, with an easy flow of military and scientific ideas that result in pure entertainment. Thanks Wes!
REVIEWED: Grunt Life (A Task Force Ombra Novel Book 1) WRITTEN BY: Weston Ochse PUBLISHED: April, 2014 by Solaris ‘Grunt Life’ is the fifth book I’ve read by Weston Ochse, and it’s absolutely the most powerful. Deeply resonant, riveting, filled with action and the emotional ups and downs of military life in a sci-fi/ earth vs. aliens thriller, this novel lives up to the cliché of something that ‘once started, cannot be put down.’ It’s notably insightful dealing with the suicidal tendencies of a career soldier who’s hit bottom, then is taken and ‘re-wired’ to realize meaning in fighting for humankind. As much psychological as it is scientific, ‘Grunt Life’ is still able to bring out humor and dignity while driving a fast pace of action and self-discovery. Gripping, dark, and highly recommended. Five out of Five stars
Military invasion science fiction thriller. Very entertains.