In the 23rd Century, war is still hell . . .
Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle joined up to save lives and see the universe. Now he and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are en route to Bloodworld—a hellish, volatile rock colonized by the fanatical Salvationists who desired an inhospitable world where they could suffer for humanity’s sins. Their penance could prove fatal—for the Qesh, a strange alien race detected but still mysterious for six decades, have made violent first contact.
Suddenly countless lives depend upon Bravo Company—perhaps even the fate of homeworld Earth itself—as the Marines prepare to confront a vast force of powerful, inscrutable enemies. And one dedicated medic, singled out by an extraordinary act of valor, will find himself with an astounding opportunity to alter the universe forever . . .
I generally like books by Ian Douglas, or I should perhaps write William H. Keith Jr. since this is the authors real name, but I have to say that this one never really caught my interest.
The book is as well written as other books from this author. The story is not bad, it holds together throughout the book. Unfortunately it kind of feels like the story is just an excuse for stringing a load of detailed medical interventions, even lectures, together. I have to admit that I am out if my expertise here. As a science fiction fan, computer engineer and physics interested person working at CERN (the real CERN, not the one in Dan Brown’s fantasies) I generally have a pretty good idea of the physical science part of the books I read. When it comes to medical stuff…not so much.
Maybe this is why I felt somewhat detached when reading this book. It is really detailed in the medical area and I am not hyper interested in that area of science and I can, obviously, not judge whether the detailed descriptions of the various medical facts and interventions made sense or not. Given the authors previous works I am fairly sure that he did not invent things out of the blue though.
It is a good book. If you like medical adventures in science fiction land then this is probably a great book for you. I am afraid that it is a wee bit outside my area of interest.