The only fly in the ointment was the spillover from the continuous war with the Phrenorians. Since the Pagor System fell, we need a toehold somewhere out here. A maze of tangled jungle, the planet Makaum is one of the most dangerous places in the universe. Unfortunately this makes the aliens seem more human and much less alien. But they were paying a long-term lease as well. But soon after arriving at his post, he realizes that the Phrenorians are not the only threat. Frank has an interesting interview with Whitcomb.
I loved every minute of it and narrator Todd McLaren was so superb in his rendition, I never noticed the passing of time. What I usually have against writers is not their style. Check Well-worn future-tech ideas smart battlesuits, flechette guns, coil guns, etc. Master Sergeant was a fast and good read. If the planet's rich resources fall into enemy hands it could mean devastation for the Terran Army. There are plenty of advanced weapon gun battles, war, fighting and combat. In the background, Phrenoan elite warrior Zhoh GhiCemid watches carefully as he recognizes a worthy adversary in the Master Sergeant.
The survivors had thrived and established a civilization and now numbered too many to simply relocate. Although Cage is itching to fight the aliens, he is tasked by his commander to go after the Corp's illegal operations in the jungle. A lot of other things are on MilNet too. Any proper military science fiction story needs its share of cool, high-tech toys and Master Sergeant has them in spades. A meter-wide section of the bars yawned open, retracting back into the ceiling with a smooth hum. The asteroid belt around Lodestone, as it was known in the vernacular, was thick and rich with heavy metals.
Sage watched the two groups while he waited to catch the eye of a passing server. The universe is well built here and Odom has clearly spent a lot of time setting up the intricacies of not only Makaum but also the Phrenorian war. Mel Odom has written an adventure novel in the classic vein of pulp fiction and golden age science fiction. They have lizards on Makaum that are as big as dinosaurs. I think if you like war books, you will love this book.
One of the bashhounds took offense at the remark. Not much to carry, sir. Young soldiers just interpreted that any way they wanted. Make sure those soldiers get taken care of. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the book.
And for Terran Military Master Sergeant Frank Sage, it is now home. Master Sergeant is the first book in The Makaum War, a new series by Mel Odom that will hold appeal to fans of the William C. Another is the introduction of a select few soldiers that the main character must assemble to work black with. And he always hits his target. Plot: While Master Sergeant sets up the series there is a definite danger that must be addressed. The corporations provide an orbital station once the government builds the gates.
The Terran Army troopers call the planet Green Hell. Bottom Line: Mel Odom's Master Sergeant has me enlisting for The Makaum War series. I'm probably missing some other pros for this book, but I guess basically, the book was good, and a bit more than good. I finally just bought a copy and blazed through it. Everyone in the space-station bar knew the private sector had all the big creds.
I therefore expected them to have a real role in the story, but instead they primarily acted as background detail. Moving so swiftly and smoothly that Sage knew at once the man was cybered up, hardwired with programmed reflexes, the bashhound turned and pirouetted on the ball of his foot. By the time I was halfway through the book I understood what and where the story was set. The Armored-Kinetic-Tactical-Intelligence-Vestment boosted strength and speed, and had an array of chemstims. Enemy troops and giant spiders are ripping into the Terran soldiers.
Instead he is sent to Makaum, a planet that appears to be on the sidelines of the war. If the planet's rich resources fall into enemy hands it could mean devastation for the Terran Army. One paragraph of high-octane action stops in the middle to describe how a nearby fruit tastes. The other bashhounds stood at their table and Sage knew things were about to turn even uglier. I read it in a day and half and probably would have read it in a day if it wasn't for having to eat.