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Mass Market Paperback Passage at Arms Book

ISBN: 1597801194

ISBN13: 9781597801195

Passage at Arms

(Book #4 in the Starfishers Trilogy Series)

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The Bestselling author of The Black Company Delivers a classic novel of military science fiction The ongoing war between Humanity and the Ulant is a battle of attrition that Humanity is losing. Humans do, however, have one technological advantage -- trans-hyperdrive technology. Using this technology, specially designed and outfitted spaceships -- humanity's climber fleet -- can, under very narrow and strenuous conditions, pass through space undetected...

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Not Exactly Croaker In Space

Cook has mastered the first person, eyewitness, in the trenches viewpoint, and this one delivers the usual deadpan stuff with a new twist, a nearly never ending space war. Instead of a foxhole, in this installment, the "cage" is a spaceship, and the challenge is to make it back from a mission from which few ever return. At times, as can be expected, Passage at Arms is reminiscent of the Black Company, but mostly it carves out new territory for Cook's usual set of premises,and wackos, revolving around the daily grind of fighting an unseen enemy, against ridiculous odds, and somehow staying sane through it all. As always there are consequences, and the usual knocks against authority. As will all of Cook's books, this will likely remain a niche player, since the mainstream is not so fond of books that put every day people in the mundane events that eventually congeal into something bigger like a war. As with many of his recent works, it takes a bit of time wading through some rambling before the story congeals. But once again, Cook is able to bring what seems to be random, into a nice chaotic blend of non linear order. For me, Glen Cook always delivers the goods. And this time it's no exception.

Military SF as it was meant to be written

Cook writes in an over-the-top, yet intimate way about his intensely manifested characters. My favorite sentence of all time is in the first paragraph of this book, "Night fell like a sadist's boot." The designer of a troop transport is described as "a closet Torquemada." These quotes are still in my head 3 years after my last (third) reading of this book. He captures all the stench, abrasiveness and fungus of living in a closed container with a military crew. And if you like this one, try and find "The Dragon Never Sleeps", his other military SF stand-alone novel. Based on his excellent writing and devoted fan-base, I would expect to see more of his books still in print.

Submariners in Space

A intense, hard sci-fi novel of warfare in the equivalent of a submarine corps. The story follows one Climber crew on a single combat mission. Cook writes an incredibly realistic and believable story of claustrophobia, terror, confusion and faith. The narrator, a war correspondent and eternal outsider, struggles to understand the motivations of the men with whom he is serving.I found this to be an incredibly gripping book. The power of the emotions and the consistency of the details left me wondering about Cook's background. This is a story where you want to know how the author knows so much - did he serve in submarines or is he just that good a researcher?This is not a cheerful book but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

SF at its best

This would be an excellent choice to bring back to market. A fantastic Cook novel about deep space and warfare. Brings to mind many submarine novels and how men in tight spaces deal with pressure, warfare and waiting to die.A must read if you enjoy legitimate Science Fiction and warfare.

One of the Top 10 SF Books Ever Written!

In a very brief 150 pages or so Cook crashes you through a totally believable interstellar combat epic with a vivid depth of detail so involving that you will surely read it in one session ... approaches "Private Ryan" in immersive effect ... and as with that film, you may be relieved when it is finally over ... a very non-romantic vision of all-out warfare in deep space.
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