First Casualty Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1999
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From Library Journal
As the Society of Humanity and the Unity Party wage a war in the far reaches of space, soldiers on both sides of the battle realize the bitter truth that underlies a conflict based on profit and power. Moscoe's (Lost Days, Ace, 1998) fast-paced military sf adventure presents a grim look at the reality of war and the cost to those who risk their lives for the causes of others. A good choice for most sf collections.
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“Moscoe delivers the goods.”—Steve Perry, New York Times bestselling author
“A lot of fun…a refreshing change from the standard good guy/bad guy divisions in military SF.”—Jack McDevitt, National Bestselling Author
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“Space scientists talking about science fiction often disparage the way space battles are depicted. Moscoe won’t be a target for any of those attacks: he’s got it down…I finished the novel wanting more.”—LRC Publications On-Line Reviews
“Good escapist fare.”—Locus
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That would explain why the Kris stories are better written. This was very entertaining, if you like this type of science fiction, but not as good as the author's later works. I especially had a hard time distinguishing who was on what side in the conflict. Point-of-view switched back and forth without enough cues, for me, to know immediately whose events I was following.
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A nit about the battles on the airless planetoid that takes up about a third of the novel. It wouldn't have been the same story, of course, but why didn't the attacking force drop a nuke in the middle of the crater rather than land outside and attack the "walls?" Just saying.
What I really like is the excitement the story generates. Not just the battles--even the quiet conversations have an aura of barely contained enthusiasm. At no point in reading this did I want to back off and do something else for a while.
Best of all was the real sense of optimism with regard to the future. Our pitiful human race, our weak and inconclusive strivings, our despair--none of that is who we really are. Our future can be magnificent if that is our fervent desire, if we struggle onward toward the best goal of all!