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Summary

Joining the fight for the Galaxy isn't required. It's a choice.

The United Galactic Government is mired in a decade-long war for control of a key planet. Weakened by overextension and political intrigue, they could lose everything.

When a child of privilege gives up everything to enlist and fight for what is right, he learns what it means to become part of a team. He encounters refugees, aliens he never expected to empathize with, and the loss of comrades. In the end he must develop the courage to stand up, not only to aliens and governments, but his own family.

Packed with military science fiction on par with Galaxy’s Edge, Terms of Enlistment, and Starship Troopers, the Brothers in Arms trilogy will deliver listeners into the jaws of the toughest fight the galaxy has ever known.

©2020 Aethon Books (P)2020 Aethon Audio

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OMG

That was such a good book and the ending!!!! when I started with the book a i was a little confused about what was going on but the book just got better and better as it went on. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a fast paced scifi action based on action and tactics from the world wars l

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Bit of a Mixed Bag

An intense ground war tale with some great detail and a good military series of writing and comradeship. Found it quite slow to start and maybe about half way through before it properly got my interest although im not sure if the detail or the narration was partially the issue. The last half picked up and although im a but unsure about the ending this was left with some good remains for further stories. Shall have a look at the 2nd in the series to see if this will pick up but liked this enough to move into 4 stars. I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts.

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Fantastic gritty mil sci fi book

Absolutely loved listening to this book, Scott Moon has written a great gritty mil sci-fi. That is well written and packed full with characters the listener can connect with, and also includes plenty of action to boot. Scott has created a bleak war torn universe, that means the listener is drawn into the conflicts that happen to the characters. No spoilers but as this is is listed as book one in the series, I cannot wait for the continuation. Well done Scott on creating such a dark but colourful world.

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Different to a lot of military conflict Sci-Fi

I enjoyed this book and how it turned out. There was a lot of battles some of them did blur a bit into one. But was captivated by the story and how it turns out. I had to re-listen to the ending about 4 times. I'm still thinking about that. The narrator was excellent and it was easy to follow the story with the various voices.

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  • A. Beckstrom
  • 02-11-20

A Gift for Military Sci-Fi Fans

First Strike has everything I like in a good military sci-fi novel. Battles on planets where we shouldn't even be, political/familial intrigue, and actual honest-to-goodness character development. Peter Berkot is well suited for the narration chores. When the narration is off a book about war/battles can feel tedious. This was clearly not the case. Berkot's pacing and range moved the story along nicely. If you like Robert Heinlein, Jack Campbell, John Ringo, and/or David Weber then chances are you will enjoy Scott Moon's First Strike. I even enjoyed this more than John Scalzi's recent Interdependency series (and I am a big Scalzi fan). ***Full Disclosure: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Dan Wong
  • 15-11-20

Action packed adventure!

This was an enjoyable non-stop story. Great pace, character development and solid narration. Recommended!

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  • Caya
  • 02-11-20

Enjoyed the ride.

Took a couple chapters to get into the narrarator, but other than that I am looking forward to the second book.

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  • Charlie
  • 31-10-20

great

just wow loved the story line he really took the time to give most characters personal details in background.really put a lot of though behind this book can't wait for more. the narrator didn't care for he did try to put some feeling into it but feel he could have done better

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  • Carter Adler
  • 15-01-21

Excellent military fiction, not so great sci-fi

For me this book was a bit of a mixed bag. Scott Moon's writing certainly did an excellent job of capturing the grisly horrors of combat; the alternation of stretches of boredom and inactivity with periods of incredible excitement, stress, and sheer terror; the loss of comrades; and the disconnect between military leadership and front-line forces. In other words, as military fiction, it succeeds widly. Another plus was the solid narration by Peter Berkrot. He performed it well, imparting a level of drama that never seemed excessive or took me out of the story. On the other hand, from a science-fiction standpoint, this book is pretty much a failure. Much of this book centers around prolonged trench warfare and battles of massed infantry, which makes no sense in the context of an interstellar war between two belligerents which each span many star systems. On top of that, the big military technology that's going to change the whole outcome of the war is...an infantry fighting vehicle? This book would have worked much better as either historical fiction or an alternate history. I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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  • shijindoc
  • 22-11-20

Overwrought narrator

Mr. Berkot over dramatizes this story. The story element of rich kid against over bearing family isn’t unique, (Beau Geste), the narrator doesn’t even try to read calm passages calmly. Overall a solid story.

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  • Byron
  • 22-11-20

what a ride!

way more action than I thought. there was definitely political involvements with his family and the military, but I thought they would play more into that. I'm happy the way it turned out. pretty much in your face action with military precision from start to finish. very well done. I'd also like to add the development of his team was more brother in arms. a closeness to the ones your in the slog with but I wish there could have been a bit of backstory to go along with more of the team. great book tho.

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  • Ben Erlichman
  • 19-11-20

Solid Military Sci-fi.

I really enjoyed this book despite not being a fan of military science fiction. At least, not in any significant way. The narration was pretty good overall, though I’m used to narrators to do a little bit more variety with character voices. I really enjoyed the main characters internal struggle with his familial obligations versus his desire to not solely be identified by who his family was. That dynamic added a lot of great character depth to the story overall. I also really appreciated Michael’s dedication to his friend, Vanderbilt. Their relationship felt real and authentic, and they had some great back-and-forth. Overall, good book. If you’re a fan of military science fiction, this is definitely one to read/listen to.

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  • Jeremy K.
  • 16-11-20

Great performance for a mediocre story

The reader was very good at defining the different characters and especially reading w emotion. The story itself just had me wondering about the goals. If you're looking for a story about battles on another planet against an enemy even the characters don't understand, this is the one for you. The character development is handled very well for the main character, yet lacking on many of the others. It's written in a way that should make you care about soldiers at war, but there isn't anything you can relate to. It's in the future on a made up planet that is fighting people we don't understand. They even mention that they don't know if they speak English or not. Come on. You've been at war for years but never caught one to interrogate?