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Title:
Unbreakable
Author:
Bauers, W. C., author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, [2015]

©2014
Physical Description:
368 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
"The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently-minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration--until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war"--Dust jacket flap.
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780765375421
Format :
Book

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The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration--until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war.

When pirate raids threaten to destabilize the region, the RAW deploys its mechanized armored infantry to deal with the situation. Leading the assault is Marine Corps Lieutenant and Montanan expatriate Promise Paen of Victor Company. Years earlier, Promise was driven to join the Marines after her father was killed by such a raid. Payback is sweet, but it comes at a tremendous and devastating cost. And Promise is in no way happy to be back on her birthworld, not even when she is hailed as a hero by the planet's populace, including its colorful president. Making matters even worse: Promise is persistently haunted by the voice of her dead mother.

Meanwhile, the RAW's most bitter rival, the Lusitanian Empire, has been watching events unfold in the Montana system with interest. Their forces have been awaiting the right moment to gain a beachhead in Republic territory, and with Promise's Marines decimated, they believe the time to strike is now.

Unbreakable by W.C. Bauers is character-driven military science fiction featuring a female marine caught between two empires.


Author Notes

W. C. BAUERS has worked on the sales side of publishing for more than thirteen years. Unbreakabl e is his first novel. His interests include Taekwondo, reading and writing military science fiction, toting gear for his Alpha Unit, and French press brewing. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and three boys.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A human colony world, Montana, is under siege from pirate raiders. Marine Corps lieutenant Promise Paen is put in charge of the military action to repel the pirates. Promise grew up on Montana, and years ago saw her own father killed by pirates. She gets her revenge now, but her troops suffer enormous casualties, and it soon becomes apparent that the troubles on Montana are just starting. Because the planet is located between the territories of two warring human empires, it's open to attack from either empire, and now is the perfect time for an attack. This is solid, well-crafted military sf (comparisons to Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, or John Scalzi's Old Man's War are apt), although it does have its flaws, including the subplot involving Promise's relationship with her dead mother, whose voice keeps appearing inside Promise's head. It's an uneasy insertion of a supernatural element into what is otherwise a fairly traditional military story, and some readers might find it a bit too jarring. On the whole, though, a very, um, promising debut novel.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This straightforward military SF coming-of-age story falls victim to the genre's clichés. Republic Marine Lt. Promise Paen is a plucky, untested, up-from-the-ranks officer leading a band of diverse, gung-ho troopers against ruthless mercenaries and the aristocratic Lusitanian Empire. Paen, given a commission she does not want and sent back to a homeworld she fled after her pacifist father was murdered by raiders, grows into the tasks of leading her company, training militia, defeating superior forces, and winning hearts and minds, all while being counseled by the ghost of her mother. Bauers trumpets the military virtues ("Duty, Honor, Republic") that motivate the characters, even as those ideals shape friend and enemy alike. Phrases and customs common to both the Empire and the Republic undermine their ostensible differences, and snide comments about the Empire's lack of gender equality sit uneasily next to snide comments about the appearance of the Empire's female Marines. Bauers's debut needs to grow into its powered boots. Agent: Cherry Weiner, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Promise Paen, a Republic of Alligned Worlds marine, fled her home world of Montana when raiders killed her father. But when pirates attack Montana, the military brass ask Promise to return to help ease tensions with the locals as they try to keep the peace. Things go south fast once Promise arrives with a company of marines. VERDICT If readers can get past the protagonist's ridiculous name, they might still decide that military jargon and lots of "oo-RAH" yelling doesn't substitute for character development in this debut. The action scenes are plentiful; however, while Bauer sketches in the outline of the politics shaping Montana's history, a strong picture of why the various forces are fighting for control of the planet is never really conveyed. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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