They should have picked their enemies more carefully. Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind's sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the "Salafi Ikhwan" have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey's wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistake for she was the only restraint Hennessey had ever accepted. From the pile of rubble and the pillar of fire that mark the last resting place of Linda Hennessey and her children arises a new warrior - Carrera, scourge of the Salafis. He will forge an army of ruthless fanatics from the decrepit remains of failed state's military. He will wage war across half a world. He will find those who killed his family. He will destroy them, and those who support them, utterly, completely, without restraint or remorse. Only when he is finished will there be peace: the peace of an empty wind as it blows across a desert strewn with the bones of Carrera's enemies.
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By CBrandt on 30-11-14
Good story, but very political.
This is a scify/alternate history retelling of our recent history on a new planet. There are two points that makes this book stand out.
1. The author obviously knows a lot about military leadership and organizing troops. His descriptions of this is very interesting and engaging.
2. The author is probably very right wing and seems incapable of understanding liberal thinking. Whenever he tries to introduce a liberal bad guy it seems more like a straw man, to take pot shots at, instead of a real person.
All in all I think it is a rather well written book, but some people will just want to trow it out the window whenever they start talking politics.
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By John on 26-02-14
Took a chance on this one being I was not familar with the author. Overall this was very enjoyable. I will grant that the writer used events from our real world history in the plot but that is okay. What he did with them is what matters. Am looking forward to the next installment in the series.
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By C. Williams on 23-02-14
The more things change...
This book is by and large one big retelling of the entire "War on Terror." It takes the "those unable to learn the lessons of history" cliche to new heights. In the future on a colony of earth most of the 18th-20th century history is repeated almost event for event. Our story really starts just before a major terrorist attack which is a pretty faithful and slightly disturbing recreation of the 9/11 attacks. Then events proceed from there. There is a certain level of dissonance, because these colonist have access to earth history up to around 2050. Yet they somehow fail to note any similarities. However despite this it does become a rather interesting story of revenge and psychological turmoil. It also has some interesting things to say about human nature and the nature of religion. I don't agree with all or most of its points but it is an interesting perspective.
Overall fairly well written and plotted with some holes that one can ignore.
The narrator does a fine job and I look forward to some more of his work in the future.
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