A Library Journal Best Books of 2018 pick!
--“PLANETSIDE is a smart and fast-paced blend of mystery and boots-in-the-dirt military SF that reads like a high-speed collision between Courage Under Fire and Heart of Darkness.” – Marko Kloos, bestselling author of the Frontline series
--“Not just for military SF fans—although military SF fans will love it—Planetside is an amazing debut novel, and I’m looking forward to what Mammay writes next.” – Tanya Huff, author of the Confederation and Peacekeeper series
A seasoned military officer uncovers a deadly conspiracy on a distant, war-torn planet…
War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big—and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated—but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.
The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won't come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that’s before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet—because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there—Butler just has to make it back alive…
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About the Author
Michael Mammay is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history and is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives with his family in Georgia. www.michaelmammay.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Packed with military expertise, intrigue, aliens, and action, PLANETSIDE is a ride of a read!
Highly recommended! PLANETSIDE is a detective novel wrapped in military sci-fi clothing. There are definitely some firefights and a few explosions, but the bulk of the novel is dedicated to a missing person case and the slowly sharpening picture of what really happened. Colonel Butler, the protagonist, is just the right amount of jaded and snarky, never too over-the-top or unrealistic about it. His voice is spectacular and carried me effortlessly through the novel. What most surprised me, though, was how much there is to learn about leadership in this book. Butler is constantly evaluating how people fit within the military structure, what they need to hear, what their words actually mean, what pressures are limiting their speech and actions, etc. Quite simply, he knows people, and knows how to get the best (or worst, if needed) out of them. Seeing that mental calculus every time he interacts with another character was fascinating to me, and I feel like this is the kind of detail that's really informed and bolstered by Mammay's real life military career. All-in-all, this is a fast, enjoyable read that you won't regret picking up, even if military sci-fi isn't your thing! Fellow librarians, highly recommend this one for your collections.
and son of a b****! Now I gotta buy the next book. Good plot, plenty of twists and turns on the way to finding out what the f*** is going on. plenty of action and a thread of military politics running thru the story. Plot starts slow, then escalates to plenty of action and ends in a bang. Good military action thriller.
This novel caught my interest from the very first pages and didn’t let it go until I’d read the final word. Colonel Carl Butler is getting ready to retire when his old friend and the second most powerful general in his branch of the military asks him to travel to the planet, Cappa, halfway across the galaxy to investigate the disappearance of an important politician’s son. It actually seems like a pretty straight forward assignment except that at, Cappa, no one will cooperate with him. The young man disappeared from the shuttle taking his injured body from the battlefield to the space station hospital. The hospital claims he never arrived. The shuttle pilots are now dead. And all the records that might trace what happened have disappeared—and all of that is BEFORE the mystery gets complicated. This is both a great story and a great mystery. Carl Butler is a superb character—an old colonel with a heroic past he won’t discuss and very little in the way of diplomatic skills. He’s a bulldog who won’t stop once he has a mission and yet he also has a peculiar sense of honor and duty that becomes very important to the resolution of the case. Mammay plays fair with the reader throughout this book. I don’t say that just because I figured out the core of the mystery halfway through the novel. There are plenty of clues, many of them coming in the middle of shocking surprises. The ending was powerful, made total sense, and yet, I didn’t see it coming. Anyone who likes a good mystery will enjoy this novel.