Books Marines Military Science Fiction

March to the Stars–As good as the rest

March to the StarsMarch to the Stars (Empire of Man, #3) by John Ringo & David Weber
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

A warrior prince who wants to have a few choice words with your Lady Mother, the Empress of Man.

But to have them, you, your surviving Marines, and your Mardukan allies must cross a demon-haunted ocean, face a civilization that is "civilized" in name alone and "barbarians" who may not be exactly what they seem, and once again battle against impossible odds. All so that you can attempt to somehow seize a heavily defended spaceport and hijack a starship to take you home.

Yet what neither Roger, nor the Marines, nor his allies know is that the battle to leave Marduk is only the beginning. And that words with Roger’s mother will be hard to come by.

But that’s all right. Because what the Galaxy doesn’t know is that it’s about to receive a fresh proof of an old truism:

You don’t mess with a MacClintock.

This book is pretty much the same as the rest of the books in this series. I think I liked the first part of the book better than the previous one. The imperial marines have now pretty much run out of high tech weaponry, which I generally do not like so much, but the compensate by teaching the natives to build not so advanced weapons and transports which of course, compared to whatever else exists on the planet, are indeed high tech given the circumstances. I quite liked the see battles with front loaded cannons and old-fashioned broadsides.

Unfortunately we get a bit of the David Weber syndrome in the latter parts of the book where we dive into conspiracy land with talk, talk and some more talk between various parties. I also really really dislike that John and David decided to kill of one of the major characters in the book series. I just hate it when someone you have followed all the time and taken a liking to just get bumped off.

On the whole it is a good book though and the only reason it does not get a higher rating is that the story is not really my favourite kind of story as I have mentioned in the reviews of the previous ones.

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