Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book #44 - Long Shot

I enjoyed the first two books so much, I grabbed Long Shot as soon as it was available. This one continues the story of the Panzer Brigade, still under the leadership of the now Colonel Galen Raper. He's engaged to Karen, and life is going well. He's slated to give a speech at the military Academy where he graduated, he's inducted into a society for mercenary colonels, and is looking for a new contract. He chooses to help a government with a planet they have a foothold on against he Mosh.

It isn't a great contract and the board of directors thinks the Brigade might be setup by the government to get overrun and possibly be killed. That's OK with the Board, who has most of the payment up front and isn't thrilled with Raper, but the officers have a plan.

The planet is an almost Soviet style government and treats the troops poorly. The Panzer Brigade decides they'll help the troops on the planet to become more organized, help feed them better, and then not only defeat the Mosh, but potentially have the government of their employee overthrown. It doesn't work out perfectly, but works out well. Read the book if you want to know how it turns out.

This is definitely the worst book of the series. Not that it's bad, and I enjoyed it, but the writing felt rushed, a little simple, and not much of a story. It ends in a way that makes me wonder if there will be more books. There could be, but there's no cliffhanger or sign that there will be another one. It's worth getting if you enjoyed books 1 and 2, but not otherwise.

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