Books Military Science Fiction

Forge of War – Some good parts but very uneven and a lousy ending

Forge of WarForge of War (Jack of Harts) by Medron Pryde
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

In 2205, we learned the answer to one of the oldest questions of all time. Are we alone? They brought medicines with them that nearly wiped out diseases, and extended the human lifespan into the centuries. They helped us study advanced technologies, and expand our colonies hundreds of lightyears from Earth. It was a golden age that many thought would never end.

Jack grew up in a world at peace, his only interests, partying and girls. But when a sneak attack killed millions of Americans, and wiped out almost everything and everybody Jack knew, he volunteered to serve and get some payback. But the Marines want more than people looking for revenge, and cybernetic partners demand a higher commitment. If Jack wanted to earn his commission as Marine Corps fighter pilot, he had to let himself be forged into something stronger than he’d ever felt the need to be. A man willing to live up to the name of his squadron. A Cowboy.

This book started off well enough but unfortunately it is somewhat uneven even from the start and the last third of the book is quite weak. The parts that are good are quite good which is what keeps the book from getting a lower rating. There are quite a bit of action as well interesting characters and interactions between both humans and aliens.

The book is very US-centric. Not only US-centric but centric to certain parts of the United States. Sometimes this manifests itself in rather ridiculous ways. Marines in cowboy boots and hats for example? That is just silly.

In the later parts of the book it wonders out in dreamland quite a bit which starts to drag down the book rather quickly. Some interesting plot elements are introduced and some that downright sucks. What really annoyed me though was that we really never come to any conclusion. [Spoiler warning] By the end of the book we simply jump 20 years ahead and everyone says that war is over and “bye bye”. What the heck? It is as if the author started to run out of time or even get bored writing about two thirds into the book.

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