Near Future Military Sci Fi

47 Echo  – 4 stars

Shawn Kupfer

First let me just say that the word smirked is not a synonym for said. It was absolutely jarring how often the dialog was spattered with “he smirked” in place of “he said.” Probably 20 or 30 times in the book. That’s a lot of smirking.

Barring that I really liked this near future military thriller. The main idea of using convicts for cannon fodder was really interesting. The setting of a war with China was plausible. The future tech seemed a rational extrapolation of current technologies. The story was faced paced and intricate enough to be interesting but not so convoluted that you couldn’t keep track of what was going on. There weren’t really any dragging spots and the story was told through action not character introspection. There were no big info dumps. My only real complaint is that the convicts straightened up so quickly and easily after Nick took over. Some of the gritty feel was lost once they became a well oiled and highly functioning military team.

Still a quick fun read for military thriller enthusiasts.


This book was provided to me free from the publisher for review.


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