Retired Marine colonel and author Jonathan Brazee hit one out of the park with his new book Fire Ant, the first book in The Navy of Humankind: Wasp Squadron series.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Brazee
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Floribeth Salinas O’Shea Dalisay enjoyed exploring space for the Hamdani Exploration Corps – until the limited intelligence in her Hummingbird spacecraft almost got her killed in an encounter with a previously unknown alien species! That experience – and her resulting huge corporate debt – made it a no-brainer to accept the offer to fly for the Directorate Navy. Well, that and the knowledge she would be flying a Wasp, widely acknowledged as the ultimate sports spacecraft.
The book is a shorter (walking that fine line between novella and novel), breezy read, giving us both well-drawn character images and edge-of-the-seat action. It’s all tied together by the author’s deft hand at interpersonal relationships. Beth’s bunkmate is Mercy Hamlin, a take-no-prisoners YOLO-espousing loudmouth we love on first sight – er, I mean, on first hearing. “Satan’s nuts, girl, you’re a f*cking hobbit!” she tells Beth the first time she sees her, and we’re off and running. Photo Credit: Jonathan Brazee
Beth’s first Navy mission is supposed to be a simple look-see, but (as we are reminded) “no one told the aliens that.” The action sequence is particularly well-written, giving us all a front-row seat in Beth’s spacecraft as she must choose where her duty lies, and stay alive to do it.
The author, Jonathan Brazee, draws on his own military experiences (he is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a retired Marine colonel) to provide realistic pictures of day-to-day military life. Local readers may be interested to know that among his many educational experiences was a stint at the University of California, San Diego. Photo Credit: Jonathan Brazee
Science fiction fans who love their heroines smart and sassy will find a new favorite to add to their “must-read” list. I know that I, for one, am looking forward to her next adventure.
If your library consists of actual, physical books – you know, hardbacks and paperbacks – you’ll want to order Fire Ant by author Jonathan Brazee in paperback from Amazon.com. 150 pages. Published by Semper Fi Press on March 23, 2018. – SEM
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