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Strong Arm Tactics is a light and entertaining read with little depth and nothing really new as far as plot or world creation goes. It’s a familiar old Military SF trope: a green young officer stepping into his first command: a squad of misfits and protocol screw-ups who he must either whip into shape, or become one of them--preferably both.Very predictable, but by no means a wearisome or bad read...just, not very fulfilling.I realize it’s meant to be a humorous book, but I found its humor to be...
I'm stopping at the end of chapter 8 (42%) though to be fair I started skimming partway through that chapter. I just wasn't having any fun, so I figured it was time to stop. I got this as part of the Women in Science Fiction bundle.This is ... ok. It's supposed to be a lignt and funny book but I wasn't finding it even a little funny. That's humour for you though. Just because it doesn't work for me doesn't mean it isn't good. Otherwise, it's just a tandard military SF story. There's nothing trul...
Laughed on every pageJody. (And ask a military person about the name Jody in our lexicon). Military humor is hard to write. (Like any humor). You nailed it with this book. A group of misfits devise a coping mechanism to survive. And thrive. The story is a coming of age for a young LT. (I was one once). Great story. Outstanding humor that had me laughing every page. I read it and thought back to some of our shenanigans. I will wait for a sequel. And if I ever run across you at a con it’s worth a
A Humorous Look at a Singularly Unfunny JobThis book is a joy to read. It has all the marks of someone who knows the role of humor in any military undertaking. A fun ride with a serious purpose. If you're a sailor, soldier, marine or airman you'll enjoy this story from the git go.
Very enjoyable. If you enjoyed the Phule's Company series, read this.
Lt. Wolfe has just taken command of the Cockroaches, a platoon full of some of the most highly skilled--yet least regarded--soldiers in the Galactic Defense Force. They don't always follow the rules, but in a pinch, they'll get things done, and they're a good squad to lead... if you can earn their respect. This is a light comedic military SF story, first in a series, apparently, although there don't seem to be any sequels in the ten years since it was first published, so perhaps that plan fell t...
Very good book. Captures the feeling of a Group of 'misfit' soldiers that are relegated to the sidelines and only chosen for extremely high threat missions. The Newest commander has a secret of his own. He is one child of a star spanning Organized crime family, trying to make it in the military on his own mettle. The Cockroaches, are a unit of highly trained and extremely unorthodox combat veterans. They are the bad boys and girls of the Space Service, adept at 'scrounging', fighting and pulling...
Lt. David Wolfe the black sheep of a family that has incredible power and influence on a galactic scale has a problem, joining the military may have been to forge his own path but his superiors are justifiably worried if anything should happen to him so they rely on a tried and trusted solution. Lt Wolfe is given command of X-Ray platoon aka The Cockroaches a dumping ground for Galactic Defense Force misfits who have yet to be court martialed or just to be kept out of the way. Lt Wolfe is an ide...
Fun read. Old style military/space opera. Think Heinlein or Andre Norton. Had the most unusual final battle I have ever read. The story follows a bad luck company of space marines on what is supposed to be a cake walk of a mission. It, of course, turns into a memorable crazy fight in an unusual setting, with unusual weapons, tactics and allies. The narrative is set in past tense with 3rd person limited, and mostly from the new company commander's perspective. I think any readers of military fict...
Some fun parts, and some very clever action scenes. The main character and his predicament—a young lieutenant newly in charge of a singularly lively and rebellious unit of underdogs—had some definite charm. Unfortunately, most of the characters never really drew me in; it took most of the book for me to learn to keep track of who who was who. The villain was little more than a cardboard caricature, and getting through his scenes felt like work. So while it was a nice light read, I don't know tha...
Although the setting and the arc of the story were quite different, this tale of a band of military misfits and their Lieutenant reminded me of the book and movie "Mr. Roberts" from the nineteen fifties. "Strong Arm Tactics" is great fun, comic military sci fi with interesting characters and a rollicking plot. The climactic battle has to be one of the funniest and strangest sci fi setups ever. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next! I hope there is a Wolfe Pack #2.
Military sci-fi with heart and humorJody Lynn Nye mixes war and humor in this story of a young Lieutenant and his first command--an undisciplined band of rugged rejects. But there's far more to these characters than first meets the eye, and the author does an excellent job of plumbing their emotional depths. A great read from start to finish.
I should really make a shelf for space naval fantasy because I really like naval fantasy and sf and they go together well. This book was great and hilarious and worth reading. I'm glad that it seems to be part of a series because that hopefully means that there are more.
good storythe only part that didn't feel right is the combat at the endit felt as if wolf side was playing a game, and not trying to kill as many of the enemy soldiers to make the final trap more likely to work
A fun and interesting read, though rather predictable. I just now realize that this is the first in a series of books that focus on the Wolfe pack. I liked this enough to seek out more books in this series.
An excellent book, hopefully the series will be picked up by another publisher soon!
Fun and decently written. A little fluffy but makes for good light reading.
Very light military science fiction about a group of "misfits" doing great work
Promising start of a comic military sci-fi series, sort of in the same vein as Harrison's "Bill, the Galactic Hero."
I looked forward to reading this book ever since I got to sit for the author reading from it. I think I enjoyed her reading it more then I enjoyed reading it myself, but I still liked the book.
An excellent read. Great fun, and very action packed. Highly recommend this one to anyone who likes a good story, adventure, and just plain great all around fun.