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Publisher's Summary

In the future, Earth's warriors have
conquered the heavens.
But on a distant world,
Humanity is in chains....
Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An - a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has made a terrifying - and fatal - discovery: The Ahanu, ancestors of the former masters, live on, far from the reach of Earth - born weapons and technology ... and tens of thousands of captive human souls still bow to their iron will.
Now Earth's Interstellar Marine Expeditionary Unit must undertake a rescue operation as improbable as it is essential to humankind's future, embarking on a 10-year voyage to a hostile world to face an entrenched enemy driven by dreams of past glory and intent once more on domination. For those who, for countless generations, have known nothing but toil and subjugation must be granted, at all costs, the precious gift entitled to all of their star-traveling kind: freedom!
©2003 William H. Keith, Jr. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By DocJim on 05-17-14

OK story, quite different (or weird) in many spots

The first thing I would like to say is I thought David Drummond did a wonderful job of narration.

Ian Douglas is one of my favorite authors. The Star Carrier series truly stands out and I have pre-ordered the next book in that series.

Star Corps starts out well. Earth as a space faring species with no FTL travel. Very interesting when it is used (Ian Douglas is good at it).

THEN, as the battle begins, we suddenly get a Wiccan religion thrown in. Huh? It is a completely made up religion (Wikipedia " It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and it was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.")

The battles continue and are well written and narrated. But it seems that every myth known on Earth has it origins in space. While Stargate used that theme a bit, they did not attribute EVERY myth to visitors and even had a rebellion thousands of years before Christ.

According to the epilogue, the rest of the series will be looking at other mysteries and myths by Marine Expeditionary Forces.

I guess I like Sci-Fi that is futuristic, and not based on myths or needs chaplains for 72 different religions including ones more inventive than the myths they seem to explore.

I am not sure I will listen to the rest of the series to see if my thoughts are true. Oh, I have written negative reviews before. They always get thumbs down votes. Not sure why.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-29-14


Military Sci-Fi is not my forte, but I like to delve into other genre's from time to time, because I believe a good writer can successfully write about anything and you will enjoy it. I made it farther through this military Sci-fi then any other and believe fans of this type of story will love it. This has lots of futuristic gadgets, implants, creatures, and shoot-em-up scenes.

What I liked the most was boot camp. I thought the narrator did an excellent drill instructor. At one point he told me I was in Company 1099 and I better not forget that. I then found myself committing Company 1099 to my memory. In other books of this bent, written by some famous authors, there are long sections on taking guns apart and explaining each piece to the reader. This did not have that and I preferred it that way. I still did not get into the story and have not found the author that can draw me into Military Sci-Fi, although Douglas came closer then anybody else.

The narrator has taken some huge hits by some reviewers and was liked by others. It seems that if you are extremely knowledgeable in the subject, then he miss pronounces enough names to make him irritating. I, not knowing enough, really enjoyed his work.


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