Book Review – Star Corpsman: Bloodstar by Ian Douglas (2012)

Star Corpsman: Bloodstar
by Ian Douglas
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Harper Voyager


If you really know me, then you know that the second book I wrote a few years ago a was military science-fiction novel. If you didn’t know that already, well, there you go. Anyway, I’m a big fan of military sci-fi and always jump on the opportunity to check out new titles within the genre. STAR CORPSMAN: BLOODSTAR is a hearty addition to the field.

If you are not familiar with STAR CORPSMAN: BLOODSTAR, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Harper Voyager press release:

In the 23rd century, war is still hell…
Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle joined up to save lives and see the universe. Now he and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are en route to Bloodworld–a hellish, volatile rock colonized by the fanatical Salvationists who desired an inhospitable world where they could suffer for humanity’s sins. Their penance could prove fatal–for the Qesh, a strange alien race detected by still mysterious for six decades, have made violent first contact.

Suddenly countless lives depend upon Bravo Company–perhaps even the fate of homeworld Earth itself–as the Marines prepare to confront a vast force of powerful, inscrutable enemies. And one dedicated medic, singled out by an extraordinary act of valor, will find himself with an astounding opportunity to alter the universe forever…

Ian Douglas is one of the many pen-names of American author William H. Keith, Jr. This gentleman is a power-house of an author and has written scads of books over the years. As a result, he has an amazing canon under his belt and is destined for the annals of science-fiction greatness.

STAR CORPSMAN: BLOODSTAR is a fairly fast-paced adventure that is written well with fluid prose and pulse-pounding intensity. The book is both historical and war record, detailing the history of the Fleet Marine Force as well the current deployment specifics. There’s plenty to captivate any reader here.

Douglas does an impressive job of world building, putting the reader in both familiar and uncharted territory. The landscapes are both hellish and intriguing, a dangerous combination for the characters involved. And the Qesh raced is deftly constructed, an enigmatic force to be reckoned with.

My sole complaint about STAR CORPSMAN: BLOODSTAR is that some of the more technical descriptions Douglas employs can sometimes bog the storyline down a bit; not to mention, they can sometimes make the reader (or at least this one) feel dumb at points. Still, there’s not enough of this to detract much from the book and it still offers more entertainment than not.

STAR CORPSMAN: BLOODSTAR is a buffet of wholesome military science-fiction at its purest. I recommend this book and offer it to anyone looking for a rousing, battle-filled excursion into intensity. The book was released a couple of months ago, so check it out now.


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