by Jeremy Robinson (2018)
Five years ago, the United States Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn’t follow the rules, or…slept with the wrong general’s daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay?
My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team 6 turned Space Force ‘recruit.’ While the powers-that-be attempted to make Space Force an embarrassment, they also sent some of the very best minds, fighters, and pilots to the program, because sometimes the best of us decide to take a stand against those same powers. Yeah, yeah. Not me. Though I seem to recall I was standing when…
Sadly, this is the least successful of all the Jeremy Robinson novels. His take on humour is does not work. He tries to squeeze comedy out of the situations and characters unsuccessfully . The prose style is the same, so the narrators do not add to the humour.
The story is told in first person, from two protagonists, a man and a woman. I often forgot who the POV character was, and by the middle of the story got a bit lost in what was happening. It didn’t help that the story is apparently bases in ‘Battle Royale’ a film I have not seen.
Things do pick up in second half of the story, and there are amusing interviews after the main plot ends. But overall, it comes off as a rather average adventure alien invasion novel.