Book: Hard Drop by Will van der Vaartcategories: Book, Space Marines, Band of Brothers, Drop Troops, Combat, Space Exploration, Navy, Character-Driven, Starship Troopers, Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, Halo, Science Fiction
Will van der Vaartabout this book: Born from an adolescence spent in front of gaming consoles, inspired by the camaraderie and never-say-die attitude of men and women facing huge odds in the battlefield, now and in the past, and flavored with the gallows humor of Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia, Hard Drop presents the human side of the next generation of interstellar combat.
This is a book about family, about honor and duty, and about what remains of humanity when it is removed from its comfortable home on Earth.
For Drop Commander Tyco Hale and his unit, what remains is this: a distant command unwilling to become bogged down in details, a situation on the ground more tangled and complicated than they could have imagined from orbit, and a personal responsibility to do the right thing and see the mission through, no matter the cost. Dropped into the middle of a Civil War and left to their own devices to accomplish their mission, they have no option but to rely on each other in their quest to succeed and survive.
To be human is to err, no matter the planet, the timescale, or the situation, and Tyco's men and women are the first to feel the cost of those errors. If the Admiralty's judgment is a blunt instrument, they are the scalpel at its farthest end, tasked with making the hardest decisions, bearing the brunt of the blame, and taking the greatest risks.
It's a raw deal, and a nearly impossible task. But for Tyco and his soldiers, it is a duty and a calling, and they will see it through.
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