Hemry ,. Jack Campbell. United States military forces on the moon have overthrown the ranking officers and placed Sergeant Ethan Stark in command. Now, in addition to fighting a merciless enemy on the moon's surface, Stark must contend with the U. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 04, Indy Kochte rated it really liked it. This book picks up pretty much shortly after "Stark's War" book 1 in the trilogy leaves off. Sgt Stark, the commander of the mutinous army, now faces the kettle of fish he's opened after his take-over of the Army unit guarding the Moon colony as a recap, in book 1, a fresh division of troops, unused to the lunar environment, were sent charging headlong into the teeth of enemy defenses, as the plan wasn't to overpower the enemy, but to over-awe them into submission; didn't work too well, and m This book picks up pretty much shortly after "Stark's War" book 1 in the trilogy leaves off.
Sgt Stark, the commander of the mutinous army, now faces the kettle of fish he's opened after his take-over of the Army unit guarding the Moon colony as a recap, in book 1, a fresh division of troops, unused to the lunar environment, were sent charging headlong into the teeth of enemy defenses, as the plan wasn't to overpower the enemy, but to over-awe them into submission; didn't work too well, and most of the division was slaughtered; Stark, a member of the veteran lunar division instructed to watch and not partake, was sick was watching his fellow soldiers get killed and not reinforced or relieved, led an indirect insurrection by going out and rescuing what survivors there were, then arresting all the [stupid and not so stupid ] officers, and was ultimately voted as Commander of the Army guarding the US Lunar Colony.
This kettle of fish entails not only dealing with the brass, politicos, and corporate leaders of Earth, but also how to work with the Colony's civilian population. Stark's only desire, and it is echoed by many of the troops, is that they only want to do "the right thing" but have been denied by Those Higher Up i. They still believe in the Constitution, still consider themselves honorable American soldiers, but everyone back Home Earth who has any power is doing their level best to convince everyone that they are just a mob with no control.
Stark's job, smooth that out, and convince the leaders on Earth they are legit. It doesn't happen overnight.
Doesn't happen by the end of the book though he makes long headway with the Colony's civilians, especially after a sneak attack by professional foreign power soldiers are hired by the US Govt to take Stark out but instead who are beaten - however, not before they kill a civilian who was getting into a relationship with one of Stark's former squad members. There's plenty of action and activity in this book, it was difficult to put down. The story basically opens with an all-out attack on the Colony's defenses by foreign powers, and Stark trying to rally soldiers who were fleeing in the face of overwhelming odds.
He finally manages to hold the line by personally going out there and grabbing individual soldiers, building up a defensive wall and pincer maneuver that crunches the enemy's advance, forcing them to flee back to their own defenses. In this sequel there is more evidence that this is the case, as several names pop up verrrry briefly during the early fighting in the book: Geary, Demetrios, and Falco, all military personnel. Makes you go "Hmmmm Jun 10, Morgan Ives rated it really liked it. Stark's Command picks up where Stark's War left off, and it doesn't disappoint.
The scope of the book spreads from pointing out the problems with the military which accurately reflect real problems in the military and corporate America to include how Stark deals with these problems. With the broader scope, civilian problems and politics are introduced into the mix. Stark is forced to determine where his priorities lie, why he is fighting the war, and how to lead without hurting the people he ca Stark's Command picks up where Stark's War left off, and it doesn't disappoint.
Stark is forced to determine where his priorities lie, why he is fighting the war, and how to lead without hurting the people he cares about. Characterization is much richer in this book than the last book, and when soldiers die, the reader can feel Stark's upset and pain. Also presented in the book are the author's ideal civilian one who respects the sacrifices of the military and helps as much as possible, rather than ignoring and reviling soldiers and the ideal politician one who serves the people and does not try to line his pockets.
The archetypes are poignant and realistic, while at the same time being sympathetic and retaining some individuality. The book is still a little preachy about the theme, but it is less noticeable than in the first book.
For the action junkies, there are more explosions and battles, too. Closer to the Lost Fleet books, being a bit more political than the first of the series. Still not as good - lacks the combat excitement to go alongside - but an improvement; looking forward to book three. This is a continuation of the story begun in "Stark's War," and I found it to be just as enjoyable as the first book. Hemry delivers military science fiction well, creating believable characters and engaging, enjoyable stories.
This was an excellent read for me, and I highly recommend it.
Feb 22, Adam Vanderlip rated it really liked it. Aug 14, Woody James rated it it was amazing.
Stark's Command (Ethan Stark, book 2) by John G Hemry - book cover, description, publication history. (The second book in the Ethan Stark series) A novel by. This is the second book in John G. Hemry's Stark's War Trilogy. a decent . If you like the Lost Fleet books you will like Sergeant Ethan Stark. I recommend this.
Clearly how I remember the military was trending at it's worst. Taken beyond anything existing now but I could see this happening if the trends continue on their worst possible curve. Jan 28, Daniel rated it really liked it.
Solid read. Improvement over the previous book. Sep 15, Steven Allen rated it liked it Shelves: not-kept , books-to-go. This was a decent book in this trilogy.
I like this author's later work much better as his writing has improved a lot and his character development is much better. Jul 21, Papal Bull rated it it was ok. This was one of the sci fi series books I had to push myself to finish. I enjoyed the Lost Fleet series but this was pretty bad. I just started Stark's Crusade immediately after this one.
I read this shortly after the disappointing Stark's War and found it to be a dramatic improvement, though still still pretty bad. The characters were fuller and the Stark character was put in a series of situations that required leadership skills, creating a chain of events that fit together much better into an overall picture. It was still hard for me to care about these characters, though. I get the sense that the had never written anything before this trilogy and that the exercise was a market I read this shortly after the disappointing Stark's War and found it to be a dramatic improvement, though still still pretty bad.
I get the sense that the had never written anything before this trilogy and that the exercise was a marketing ploy: sell books written by a military man. Mar 13, George rated it really liked it Shelves: audio-book , science-fiction.
This is the second book in the Stark series and continues the story of Sgt. Stark as he handles not only the USA military on the moon, but starts interacting with the civilians. Jan 01, Dan rated it liked it. Not as much action as I usually like in a book. This one is not bad, but more about personal relations and how they deal with running things without the officers around.
I enjoyed it for the most part, and plan on reading the third book in the series. Dec 13, Caleb rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , zread. This is the second book in John G.