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I gave this book five stars. It is a heavily researched, action packed and exceedingly well written,.packed with actions and details. The highlight was Steven Hildreths story. It does echo some of the political tones of the day, so expect negative reviews from a certain subset that won't like the content.
Even if you haven't read Peter Nealen's Triarii books, this short story collection is readable, strong, and stands on its own. Some very talented authors have been given license to play in this universe, and the results are engaging and powerful.
This is a FABULOUS short story mix. Some "hoo-rah" victory, a love story with the most hilarious yet heartfelt proposal I've ever read, some aching tragedy... and a good story that tackles the issue of race head-on in an intellectually honest way (and then goes all Punisher.)
The power of the short story is to present drama poignantly and powerfully - and these stories achieve that. What shines is the humanity - regular guys and gals trying to get by, fallen heroes looking for redemption, honest folks pushed to the breaking point, love, sacrifice... you get the picture.
I truly enjoy Nealen's Malestrom Rising series; Sotreps fits in nicely. But it stands alone so well, that even if you haven't read any of the other books, you should try this one.
This is an excellent collection of short stories by some top flight action authors, set in a world that is very much what our own real world will probably be like in the next decade. Get this and the rest of the series if you don't already have them. You'll be glad you did, if only to give you an idea of what the future may very well have in store for us.
Why 4 stars? Because not every story hits the spot. Most are fantastic, especially Cowboy Up by Curtis, Baizuo by Correia (what a sad story), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon by LaForce, and Chopper Was a Dolphin by Massa (hilarous). The stories are written with the knowledge of present day unrest and are based on solid information. Well worth the money.
The stories, while standing alone as entertaining tales, flesh out the world and characters in the main series. The authors each take some aspect and explore it. Very rewarding if you like the overall series.
Not having read any of the Maelstrom series, I picked up this collection because of the familiar authors who contributed to it. I was drawing in so quickly into the series I immediately read all the previous books in one huge gulp. The individual authors here have done a terrific job of interpreting the characters places and work ethic of the entire series. I was particularly drawn to Colonel Santiago's story. His is a character and voice missing in the novels. I heartily recommend this collection in order to pique one's interest in the novels themselves. Outstanding.
I buy anthologies in hopes of finding new authors. I did write a few names down, and will check them out. However as a story, loosely following a theme this was poorly done. James Rosone was the only reason I gave this book three stars. His had to be the last chapter because none of the authors could have carried on from where he would have left off. Editing was fine but i forced myself to read the whole thing, whereas I’ve read other anthologies without suffering through them.