Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Forever War

I found this gem of a book, on the charity shelves in a local gardening centre, under a pile of dross that would have served better as pulp. Chapter One of this classic sci-fi story begins with;
"Tonight, we're going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man."
Now I don't know about you, but that was enough to draw me into the world of Private William Mandella, a young man who wanted nothing more than to go to war in the intersteller conflict with the Taurans. Written in 1974, the book begins in 1997 where space travel has got way beyond the 'One Small Step for Man', and into the theatre of galactic war. It's a brilliant read, so no spoilers here, other than to give you the Wiki page for reference and background. Author Joe Haldeman is slick, tight and colourful with the prose, and here he has created a real deal page turner. Whether you are into the space genre or not, this book is a dark, but enjoyable read

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