Military Sci Fi, well done – Leo Champion

I recently finished one of Chris Nuttall’s books, First Strike, which was decently done. Chris does a great job of doing classic space opera.  At the end was a selection from Leo Champion’s book, Legion, which was a combat scene.  I read through it and bought the book on the spot.  It’s well done!

I’m about a quarter way through.  The book is about a successful copywriter who, while drinking to celebrate his promotion at works, is wooed into joining the US Foreign Legion, and how he must now do everything he can to survive his enlistment.

I like Champion’s writing – there’s nothing that screams Indy about this book (and it is published in softcover).

J.W. Kurtz: Bellerophon: Ambush

I’ve been reading J.W. Kurtz‘s Bellerophon: Ambush lately and I’m about half-way through.

It’s a sci-fi book, and we’re aboard the ex-government ship Bellerophon, or the Belle, for short. Captain Wray, respected by his crew, leads them in a boarding action, and takes us into ship combat and some intense close quarters combat.

I really like the detail with which Mr. Kurtz (“He dead!”) creates his world. It is excellent. There’s plenty of detail, without it being a lecture. We hear enough to keep us informed.

He also does a great job of scene/sequeling. Each time I think, “well, that went terrible, but now the protagonists can move on and things will be looking up,” something worse happens. Fantastic! It makes for a very compelling read. I mean, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Oh, it does. The stakes are pretty high, and the tension is maintained with short lulls before we discover we’re not really out of the woods, Bilbo, you just saw the lights of dead guys under the water or elves or something.  Stupid Mirkwood.

I thoroughly enjoy that we’re going to go down that 40 km of bad road, and he’s going to be the driver the entire way.