Stark's War

Stark's War

by John G. Hemry, Jack Campbell

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The Americans were the first to set foot on the moon. They intend to be the last.
The United States of America reigns over Earth as the last surviving superpower. To build a society free of American influence, foreign countries have inhabited the Moon, taking advantage of the natural resources to earn their own riches. Now the U.S. military has been ordered to wrest control of Earth’s satellite from America’s rivals.
Sergeant Ethan Stark must train his squadron to fight against a desperate enemy in an airless atmosphere at one-sixth normal gravity. Ensuring his team’s survival means choosing which orders to obey--and which to ignore...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441007158
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: Stark's War Series , #1
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 233,535
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John G. Hemry is a retired naval officer who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis before serving with the surface fleet and in a variety of other assignments. He is the author of the Paul Sinclair series and the Stark’s War series. As Jack Campbell, he is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Fleet series, The Lost Stars series, and Pillars of Reality series. He lives with his indomitable wife and three children in Maryland.

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Stark's War 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
During the first century of the new millennium, all the governments of the world collapsed except America, leaving that nation as the only superpower on the planet. American government officials funded the military but political office was awarded to those individuals will to do the corporation¿s bidding. Former President Eisenhower¿s worst nightmare had come to pass as military actions were dictated by corporate profits. Those individuals seeking freedom from the oppression of the United States established colonies on the moon. This situation irked the corporate and political leaders of America, who declared the moon as American territory and dispatched troops to enforce the edict.

The military receive no resistance upon landing on the moon. The colonists are returned to earth while loyal American are transported to the lunar colonies with the military assigned to keep them safe from invasion. Other earthlings band together to stop the American thrust to dominate space as they have done on the planet. The war on the moon lasts for years. Men like NCO Sergeant Ethan Stark lead soldiers into combat, but his loyalties are with the safety of his men and not some government 250,000 miles away.

STARK¿S WAR is a high caliber military science fiction thriller that belies the fact that this is John G. Henry¿s first published novel. The fast-paced story line reads as if the audience is seeing the war first hand due to the nonstop action and the likable characters. Hopefully, Starke stars in a series of novels that should spell adult Skywalker (Luke not Darth).

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise is disgusting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More grammatical and error editing needs to be done.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picked this up on a whim. Military SF makes for 'trashy guilty pleasure' reading, but sometimes a guy just wants to read about stuff exploding! Actually this wasn't half as bad as the terrible cover suggested. Very often I'm put off of books in this genre by the uber-nationalism and over-glorification of war, but this manages to combine the excitement of conflict, as well as its absurdity and (at times) futility.The story is set in a future where the US is the sole super-power which dominates the globe. At the same time it has allowed its military to decline in quality, with its officer corps heavily politicised and virtually a different caste from the grunts. The very same grunts are short-changed on defective equipment while the military higher-ups spend money on super-expensive but generally useless weapons systems. Live-feeds from the soldier's helmets in combat zones are sold to TV corporations as 'reality shows' in order to raise revenue. The story kicks off as the other nations of the world have started mining the moon, desperate for resources, and the corporations which run the U.S. decide they want these resources for themselves. The military is sent in, and we follow the doings of Stark, a sergeant who is doing his best to keep his squad alive in the face of hostility from the enemy and from his own chain of command, who keep on dreaming up ways to get the men killed. There's a fair degree of gallows humour here, while at the same time, the main character, in his quest to keep his men alive comes across as both heroic and poignant. This is definitely better than the average mil-sf fare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down as usual jack campbell does not disapoint
ejwalsh More than 1 year ago
Authentic, gritty feel to the basic plot premise, the characters' motivations, and the organizational and technical environment. The author doesn't bother to invent whiz-bang technology; the story just assumes the necessary capabilities exist, and the story unfolds. The story is set on the Moon in a near future time when the US government is run by a consortium of corporations. The professional soldiers are under no illusions about high minded goals of this government. They know they are deployed to secure the profits of the earth-side cartels. The protagonist, Sergeant Stark, is capable at his duties, intelligent and a creative problem solver, and is above all else, a man of honor. In his way he is humble. He has a past with horrifying memories that helps provide some of his basic motivations, and sometimes threatens to overwhelm him. He is heroic when the situation calls for it, but is not a thrill seeker or braggart. His peers respect and even love him for his demonstrated qualities. The viewpoint of most of the book is of a single infantry squad, and interactions with Stark's peers, who are other sergeants leading squads. So the combat scenes have a small unit focus. Toward the end of the book, Stark is forced to act on a larger scale when he leads a large scale attack intended to rescue an infantry force recently sent from earth. The reader discovers the high regard Stark's peers hold him in, when they participate with him in a mutiny against their officers and the government back on earth. The story moves right along. Everything that happens is plausible, both in terms of technology and the motives of the characters. A very entertaining read.
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Especially with our current president?