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The author of the book: Jean Johnson
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Date of issue: July 26th 2011
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“No. I am not Death. I am merely Her herald.”
After a prophetic vision of the destruction of our galaxy, a young girl decides to set events into motion that will have far reaching effects, with the hope of averting the future disaster. This is book 1 in a series.
All I have left are the nightmares, and the slim chance I can help save the universe.
As derivative as this premise sounds, don’t shoot it down just yet. For one thing, despite the rather suspicious cover art, this is an actual bona fide Military Science Fiction story, and not something else posing as such. For another, even though the opening paragraph of this review clearly invokes echoes of Hari Seldon (Foundation), this isn’t quite the same thing at all.
Dead bodies. Seared bodies. Scorched, frozen, bloated, stripped, mutilated bodies. Eyes wide, she saw nothing but bodies and barren, lifeless dirt.
As the story progresses, several layers are peeled away, revealing all kinds of fascinating tidbits, such as how Ia came by her precog abilities. It is not the best paced story I have read, considering that it is a Mil-SF novel, but stick with it: it is rather rewarding.
A curious amount of detail is, at times, expended on mundane events, such as, for example, getting dressed or going to the bathroom. This is not a criticism as much as an observation; I seem to recall L.E. Modesitt Jr. doing the same thing.
“Space is not the place for ammunition mistakes.”
I appreciated the level of detail as soon as the depictions of the firearms started. There is a great amount of interchangeability and flexibility introduced in both energy and projectile weapons, and it’s somewhat important to understand just how these things work. Remember: this is Military Sci-Fi, so things will get blown to smithereens at some point.
Caught off guard, Ia and her fellow recruits scrambled to get into position.
One of the more interesting aspects of the novel, for me, was how unfolding events sometimes differed from Ia’s foreseen future. This makes for a fascinating dilemma, if you read between the lines. Is Ia for real, or just a delusional girl (with a gift) suffering from a messiah complex?
“Where are all the crewmembers?” [He] asked quietly after a few minutes of searching.
A Soldier’s Duty boasts an interesting array of extra-terrestrial critters, but this is one area where details are sparse. I’m guessing some exposition can be expected going forward, since some of these will no doubt feature in future instalments – notably the energy based Feyori who seem to take their kicks from meddling in the affairs of other species, and the sinister Salik.
And you can bet as sure as hellfire and damnation that they wouldn’t be nice to us while they’re interrogating us, one tasty slice at a time!
Sometimes Ia’s precognitive omnipotence and psionic skills can be a bit annoying, but it is also the very thing that distinguishes A Soldier’s Duty from the crowd (unless you’ve been mistaking her for a Jedi). The novel goes to great lengths to foreshadow future series events, so it’s clear that this story could turn into a long(ish) one. I’m hoping I will be able to remember everything when I get to the end.
Ia nodded. She knew what was coming.
An easy 3.5
Read as part of the annual must-read agreement with my wife - 2014
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(1)romance author, science fiction author
Jean Johnson currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, has played in the SCA for 25 years, sings a lot, and argues with her cat about territorial rights to her office chair. She loves hearing from her readers, and has a distinct sense of humor. Right now she's living in a home with zone heating & decent plumbing, but hopes to some day put turrets and ramparts on it so that it looks like a castle.
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