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Star Corps (2003)

by Ian Douglas

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Series: The Legacy Trilogy (1), Galactic Marines (4)

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In the future, Earth's warriors have conquered the heavens. But on a distant world, Humanity is in chains... Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An - a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has made a terrifying - and fatal - discovery: the Ahanu, ancestors of the former masters, live on, far from the reach of Earth-born weapons and technology... and tens of thousands of captive human souls still bow to their iron will. Now Earth's Interstellar Marine Expeditionary Unit must undertake a rescue operation as improbable as it is essential to humankind's future, embarking on a ten-year voyage to a hostile world to face an entrenched enemy driven by dreams of past glory and intent once more on domination. For those who, for countless generations, have known nothing but toil and subjugation must be granted, at all costs, the precious gift entitled to all of their star-traveling kind: freedom!… (more)
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Now this was what I was expecting from the series from the start, not the 4th book. Lots of awesome fighting with aliens. And there are some cool battle scenes described.

So of course, Douglas decides to throw in his religious and socio-political views which promptly ruined it for me.

I have no interest in reading about polygamist marriage", wiccan'ism and other such philosophies.

Mr. Douglas, this is where we part ways. Enjoy your life..." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I'm not sure what it was about this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I tried for several days, reading 20-30 pages a day and just being bored and frustrated. Frankly, I thought the premise was dumb. I guess that's the basic problem for me. Somehow, somewhere along the way, humanity has discovered an alien species called the Ahanu that predates humanity and that came to Earth centuries ago, built the pyramids, possibly genetically coded humans and then took thousands of them off to their distant planet to serve and breed as slaves, for 10,000 years or more. How we discovered this and them is not mentioned, at least as far as I ever got in the book, because after 187 dreary pages, I've given up. Somehow, humans have made it to their planet and have been there for some years, archaeologists, scientists, diplomats, Marines, businessmen, etc., and these reptile-like creatures go insane at one point and attack the humans and apparently wipe them out, although most of their technology is prehistoric, except for one gigantic weapon that blows starships out of the sky. Earth has discovered this and is putting together a Marine task force of some 1300 Marines to go rescue any surviving humans and put down the alien rebellion and hopefully save the human slaves, as well as to stabilize the world for another starship of multinationals coming to form businesses and governments, etc. The catch? It's a 10 year trip -- one way. So each Marine has to make a 20 year commitment, not counting the two to four or more years they'll be on the alien planet. Okay, shoot me, but how frigging stupid is that??? Virtually all sci fi writers deal with FTL drives, hyperspace, interstellar drives, etc. Basically, it's possible to get to your destination light years away, in some cases, hundreds of light years away, in hours/days/weeks, not a freaking decade! Where's the science? If mankind has colonized the moon and Mars and can somehow already travel to this alien planet so that they've been there for five years working on stuff, that means that A) they went there 15 years ago and B) they should have the technology to invent FTL drives. Indeed, when the government is getting important Marines and scientists off Mars back to Earth, instead of it taking numerous weeks and months, they take special flights that take a few days, so they do have some technology available. So, what the hell? Is Douglas just a dumbshit writer? Can he not think of normal sci fi standards? Why make such an extreme scenario, one that's so outrageously unbelievable? It boggles the mind. And then to cap it off, for some reason, one American company is given a monopoly on everything on this alien planet and tells its potential partners it plans on shipping the slaves back to Earth to sell ... as slaves for a return on its investment. WTF? I bought this book cheap at a used bookstore, thank goodness, but because it had a pretty good rating and excellent reviews. Indeed, the reviews were so good, I bought the entire trilogy! Now I find that I don't want to read any of them. And I doubt I will. At least I didn't spend much on them. Stupid premise. And too many points of view, too many characters. Additionally, in terms of military sci fi, Douglas not only can't touch David Weber at all, he can't even touch Chris Bunch. Not recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Jan 7, 2016 |
Written by a retired naval officer. So his terminology is pretty much going to be right. However, to many characters and not enough character development. Instead of figuring out ways to advance the story from the main cast of characters point of view he would just introduce another character to get a piece of the background info in and then never come back to that person again. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
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  mcolpitts | Aug 1, 2009 |
“Star Corps” by Ian Douglas is the first in a purported trilogy regarding earth based marines on an interstellar mission to bring back reticent slaves from their long endured overlords. Mr. Douglas has some interesting ideas and makes good use of military jargon and marine history. However, I found myself wandering at times mid-paragraph and trying to mentally hasten the story along. While thrills are satisfactory, too many scenes feel more akin to a belabored comic book than a hard hitting novel. And many of the individual characters’ stories are lost by the end of the book. ( )
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In the future, Earth's warriors have conquered the heavens. But on a distant world, Humanity is in chains... Many millennia ago, the human race was enslaved by the An - a fearsome alien people whose cruel empire once spanned the galaxies, until they were defeated and consigned to oblivion. But a research mission to the planet Ishtar has made a terrifying - and fatal - discovery: the Ahanu, ancestors of the former masters, live on, far from the reach of Earth-born weapons and technology... and tens of thousands of captive human souls still bow to their iron will. Now Earth's Interstellar Marine Expeditionary Unit must undertake a rescue operation as improbable as it is essential to humankind's future, embarking on a ten-year voyage to a hostile world to face an entrenched enemy driven by dreams of past glory and intent once more on domination. For those who, for countless generations, have known nothing but toil and subjugation must be granted, at all costs, the precious gift entitled to all of their star-traveling kind: freedom!

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