Stark's War

John G. Hemry Jack Campbell

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Stark's War

Stark s War In a brutal battle for control of Earth s satellite Sergeant Ethan Stark must train his squadron to fight in an airless atmosphere against a desperate enemy But ensuring survival means choosing which

  • Title: Stark's War
  • Author: John G. Hemry Jack Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780441007158
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a brutal battle for control of Earth s satellite, Sergeant Ethan Stark must train his squadron to fight in an airless atmosphere against a desperate enemy But ensuring survival means choosing which orders to obey and which to ignore.

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    1. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      There's a line in this book, "ignorance makes being sure easy"I'd say that's an appropriate line for this novel. So, two stars. I suppose you're asking what's the worst thing about this book? The fact I bought it instead of getting a library copy.John G. Hemry (writing as Jack Campbell) wrote the Lost Fleet series. That is an excellent science fiction/space opera series. I give it high marks and my highest recommendation. It's why I felt "secure" in buying this novel. This is Hemry's first novel [...]

    2. Andrew on said:

      This is an intriguing book - not so much for the story - the back cover pretty much tells it all, and since its part of a trilogy if you didnt get a hint of what was coming reading the back of the second and third books makes it pretty obvious. However the intrigue is from the book itself - you could say this is a case of cynical exploitation - the book was originally released in 2000 by John G Hemry however this copy is released in 2011 by Jack Campbell - now obvious Jack Campbell had the succe [...]

    3. Eric Allen on said:

      Stark's WarBook 1 of the Stark's War TrilogyBy John G. Hemry writing under the name Jack CampbellA review by Eric AllenAfter a career in the navy, ending with a stint in the Pentagon, John G. Hemry retired to take up a career as a writer, and has become one of the most popular military science fiction writers of the present day. During his time in the Pentagon he was witness to a lot of things that he found to be rather distasteful that could lead to some major problems down the road if not stop [...]

    4. Mark on said:

      For books over a decade old the Stark series are pretty good mil-fic that Space Opera fans will like. Ethan Stark is the sergeant of a squadron in a future where people (well, Americans) have returned to the Moon and are establishing a network across the solar system. There is conflict between the corporate businesses of America and other countries, though the actual fighting takes place using multinational sponsored troops and materiel. There are ‘regular’ soldiers but the command groups, b [...]

    5. Cris on said:

      I expected to like this book considering how much I enjoyed the author's "The Lost Fleet" series. But I couldn't get involved in the book. Maybe it's because I found the protagonist here--Sgt Ethan Stark--less appealing. Stark isn't unappealing, but he is rather stereotypical for a fictional noncom military man.And I found the basic premise to be off-putting as well as unrealistic. I know people, both as individuals and as a group, can be stupid, but the premise seems to be pushing that stupidit [...]

    6. Indy Kochte on said:

      In the not-too-distant future (~100 years hence), America remains the lone remaining superpower, as pretty much most all of the other governments have totally collapsed, leaving corporations in charge (although, really, America isn't the America we all know and love nowadays, as corporations are pretty much in charge of it, too, pulling the strings of the civilian politicians and military alike). And as the only superpower, America (as directed by the corporations) has pretty much taken over mos [...]

    7. Fred Hughes on said:

      Jack Campbell spins another space opera, this time on the moo, in this the first book in the Starks Was trilogy.Stark is just a simple Segeant who finds himself with the most incompetent senior officers. It's really not their fault as they are micro managed by the next step up the military ladder and those at that level are in fact micromanaged by their bosses.The big bosses rotate through every 6 months to add another location to their resume in their quest for promotion. Now that a direct vide [...]

    8. George on said:

      It's a military science fiction novel, but I believe the storyline is really secondary to the criticisms of the modern military machine. His primary targets are the officers, politicians, and corporations who benefit from their policies, which are generally motivated by greed and career advancement, not concern for the soliders executing the actions. So it's the grunts on the front lines who are dying while the citizens are watching on television. Ethan Stark is a seargent of a squadron of twelv [...]

    9. Court on said:

      A great milscifi series. The author describes the challenges and realities of infantry combat on the moon as if he had actually been there. The character of Stark, as well as his supporting characters, are real and believable and the reader is pulled into their lives during the events of this series.

    10. Michael on said:

      This is first rate military science fiction by John G. Hemry a.k.a. Jack Campbell. If you like the Lost Fleet books you will like Sergeant Ethan Stark. I recommend this book to all fans of military science fiction.

    11. Lewis Hyam on said:

      Don't let the military read this - tv ratings for real time war.ary idea, and entirely believable

    12. Roby on said:

      Having previously read (and quite liked) the Lost Fleet series of Jack Campbell I picked up this series too. I can't quite tell why but somehow I found that the Lost Fleet was more captivating than Starks War. It's not that there is anything wrong with the story or the characters or the writing or anything in particular; in fact, I think the universe this takes place in many ways seems more realistic than the one The Lost Fleet describesOn itself it's quite in interesting trilogy and the story a [...]

    13. Larissa on said:

      Four stars on the merits of the story. The dialogue is awkward, and the story is a bit klutzy, so it has all the markers of inexperienced writing. I've read John Hemry's work as Jack Campbell, and I see the development from this to that. The world is fascinating, if underdeveloped, and I hope to see some relationships develop over the next two books. I'm hoping to see more of Stark's family- I want to know what he said to his dad.

    14. Gail on said:

      Interesting read, partly about future warfare and how the military might work, and partly about the people who fight this future war on the moon. War is turned into a reality TV show by using the video feed from each soldier's body armor, and the military has to use that money to fund their activities, although they are still expected to fight the actions ordered up by the corporate controlled government. It's an interesting what-if story with some good characterization of Sgt. Stark and the guy [...]

    15. M. K. J. Rosensvard on said:

      There were some logical gaps in this book which were hard to overlook. The US is so much more powerful than everybody else but the other countries still exist, they have a great and powerful military but its officers suck and still manage to win battles. It's a sort of commentary on micromanagement but with out subtlety and it just wasn't my thing.

    16. Daniel on said:

      The jumping around in flashbacks got annoying but overall an enjoyable read. Having read this series and the Lost Fleet series Mr. Hemry really had some issues to work out from his military days it seems.

    17. Chris on said:

      I enjoyed this way more than i thought i would. An underfunded moon war where the top military brass is focused on tv ratings more than soldiers. This seems to be way to close to reality today.

    18. Wayne on said:

      A little uneven, but this is one of the author's earlier works. Clear antecedents to the Lost Fleet arc though.

    19. Jeff Yoak on said:

      Stark's War is Campbell / Henry's first novel and it shows. I was really motivated to read his other work after enjoying the Lost Fleet series and one of the interesting things about this one was seeing how he has grown as a writer.Campbell envisions Stark's War as an "If this continues" sorta cautionary tale. He began writing this while still active duty in the military himself. He saw two troubling trends in military culture and decided to project what they might look like in the future if the [...]

    20. Online Eccentric Librarian on said:

      More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/I am greatly enjoying the Lost Fleet series and similarly enjoyed the JAG in space books. But with Stark's War, I could very clearly see that this was a rough introduction to someone who would be a great writer. Most of the plot is forced, unrealistic, and full of ideas without a necessarily compelling story holding them together. I only made it half way through before bailing.Story: Stark is a Sergeant dealing with a military whose [...]

    21. Chuck on said:

      Number 28 out of 100 in 2009.One of my pet peeves about much military fiction (and many movies) is that they are shot from or told from an officer's point of view. Remember all those scenes in Patton when there are faraway shots of tanks rolling interspersed with shots of Patton, looking like George C. Scott, poring over maps of the European Theatre of Operations? Very little sense of the actual fighting?Well, this novel is written at the "Squad" level--from the point of view of the guys on the [...]

    22. Morgan Ives on said:

      Stark is faced with the problem of his superiors working only for promotion, using the soldiers as pawns without considering their lives, and ignoring input from the people on the front who really know what is going on. I've never served on active duty in the military, but I related completely. It was simple to replace the military in my mind with corporate America, their dehumanization of the workforce as "resources," and their casual disregard for our livelihoods.If you are looking for a lot o [...]

    23. Jeff on said:

      A military dystopia that reads more like an angry screed that a novel. The book opens with a somewhat apologetic introduction in which the author explains that this was his first novel, written shortly after leaving the army and reflecting his frustrations with the experience. None of his complaints are unreasonable, but he delivers them relentlessly, repeatedly, and clumsily. Roughly 75% of the book consists of soldiers stand around having gripe sessions, in which one soldier pontificates endle [...]

    24. Caleb on said:

      This is the first book in John G. Hemry's Stark's War Trilogy.I'm not much of a science fiction reader. I tend to ask too many questions about things like FTL travel to really get much enjoyment out of the genre. That being said, this book wasn't bad. It's set about 100 years from now and doesn't dig too heavily into super-science. It gave an unusual look at war and military technology and procedure as a whole. What I liked most about it was that it used the futuristic elements to enhance the pl [...]

    25. G33z3r on said:

      Ostensibly, "Stark's War" is a science-fiction adventure story of American space soldiers fighting on the moon. Despite that futuristic setting, the only science fiction elements we see are the power suits, as suggested by Heinlein back in "Starship Troopers". Instead, the story offers a broad and rather unsubtle commentary on some present trends in American society and military culture, extrapolating them to their extreme conclusions. These problems include the growing separation of the profess [...]

    26. Simon on said:

      This is a good book. I enjoyed the stark reality of how fighting on the moon could be. The relationship between Stark and Vic, and the other Sergeants, is portrayed well. Clearly the author is familiar with the military. It certainly got going for me towards the end, where Stark's questions about how the mil does things are seconded by the civs. In my humble opinion, it's a good military sci-fi book, written in an engaging way. No chapters, just parts. I liked that as it maintained my interest. [...]

    27. Jeffrey on said:

      Different cover. I have the paperback with the cover from "Stark's Command" but its says: "Stark's War. Well go figure. Says a lot about the book, however. This could be any of the Mil Sci-Fi authors minor works. Ethan Stark, a hard working, hard pressed conscientious non-com takes on the brass and the "civs" (and we are a hairy liberal bunch-the author has some strong opinions about civilian society.) The brass come off as betraying bastards and it is only the hard working, underclass, brute fo [...]

    28. Jota Houses on said:

      Ciencia Ficción Militar. Personajes de cartón piedra: un sargento bondadoso pero fiero, una hispana combativa, ineptos de teniente para arriba, corruptos de concejal para arriba (igual esto no es tan ciencia ficción) y avariciosas mega corporaciones (¿alguien dijo alien? ¿avatar?). Por lo demás un escenario politico social menos trabajado que el de Dora la Exploradora culmina en una guerra de ¿trincheras? en la luna con masacres a lo Verdún que fuerza al sargento Stark a rebelarse contra [...]

    29. Doug Dandridge on said:

      Stark's War was classic Jack Campbell (John Hemry) and is a very good military science fiction page turner. Set in the near future in which corporate America, already in charge of the world's wealth, hungers for more, and more is found, among the growing mining and manufacture industries of the moon. America's military has shrunk in size and grown in quality, over stretch at enforcing the Pax on Earth, now they are tasked with taking the moon away from the other powers by force. And all the whil [...]

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