Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
Starship Troopers meets Sven Hassel in this short but engaging read, in which we follow Earth Alliance Marine, Sargent Cooper.
Rather than a novel this is novella following a few distinct sequences. And the focus remains on the hard work of a frontline solider, as opposed to highbrow schemes and plots.
Clark has a superb writing voice, packed with punch and pace. The prose is snappy and sharp, themes moving between horror and the inanity of war. There's a very real feel of being in the future, and great use of military slang which combine to create an immersive realism.
It's not all grit, either, as character interplay and a sense of humanity among comrades shows through, and while the sequences don't have an arc they enjoy a good continuity.
The first edition cover is a little weak, but don't let that put you off - it's a cracking read inside. If you don't believe me, just read the Amazon Preview for yourself.
Am very much looking forward to reading more of these.
You can check it out here:
Amazon.com: Amazon.com: Under Darker Suns: Star Light eBook: Martin M. Clark: Kindle Store
Amazon UK: Under Darker Suns: Star Light eBook: Martin M. Clark: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store