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Casey Calouette is a new author for me. Thought I would give the first book in the series a try and see if I like it. The genre is military sci-fi. The book grabbed my attention right away and kept it all the way to the end.
The Vasilov worlds are on edge of human space and have been at war for 35 years against an insectoid race called Kadan. The protagonist is Vasilov officer Colonel Cole Clarke. He just returned home from service with the Sigg Military. He has learned how the Sigg fight and wants to introduce that knowledge to his own military. He has also brought back some second had armor from the Sigg military. The military does not want to change so assigned him to a penal battalion filled with convicts. They are stationed on the icy planet of Lishan Delta. On a hot day it is great to read a story about an icy world.
Calouette has created realistic battle scenes this seems to be his forte. The story is less about the technology and more about the people. The story is dialogue and action driven and light on description and back-story. I assume Calouette will develop the characters more as the series goes on. It is well written and entertaining. Jeffrey Kafer does a good job narrating the book.
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What made the experience of listening to Steel Breach the most enjoyable?
Its a story that I think many who have done time with, or have friends who have served in any mounted unit will find many great moments with. It brings back sparks and whispers of the cramped, dark box that is home, warmth and comfort, despite it being a small, smelly box. The performance of the reader was, quite well, and fit the theme.
What other book might you compare Steel Breach to and why?
It, reminds me a bit of the Freehold series, but, mostly due to the similarities that both display in therms of mounted operations.
Which scene was your favorite?
Death before dismount.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. And I did so. I was not a productive man that day.
Any additional comments?
Please sir, can I have some more?
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