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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sherman, Dan Cragg Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The StarFist Series Release Date: June 2001 ISBN: 9780553755169
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Stranded in a hellish alien desert, stripped of their strategic systems, quick reaction force, and supporting arms, and carrying only a day's water ration, Marine Staff Sergeant Charlie Bass and his seven-man team faced a grim future seventy-five light-years from home. The only thing between his marines and safety was eighty-five miles of uncharted, waterless terrain and two thousand bloodthirsty savages with state-of-the-art weapons in their hands and murder on their minds. 

But the enemy didn’t reckon on the warrior cunning of Charlie Bass and the courage of the few good men who would follow him anywhere—even to death.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 2/20/2014

    " Staff Sergeant Bass and his fellow Confederation Marines do battle on a distant planet. The Marines in this novel are based on both the United Staes Marine Corps and the British Marines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 2/13/2014

    " Pretty decent military sci-fi series. Though there is a certain degree of "Marines are the best there ever was, is, or ever will be." If that doesn't bother you, then it's definitely pretty enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Genevieve | 1/10/2014

    " This review applies to the whole series: Each book individually is a quick read; they rarely bog down. Military space opera SciFi, pretty typical stuff. I do like the detail and the character development through the whole series. I know it's not high literature but I re-read this series just for fun annually and it rarely disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/5/2014

    " It's a Science Fiction book from the point of view of infantryman. Written by ex military, the book shows you the life of being a grunt in the Marine Corp of the future. Overall a quick and enjoyable read. I plan on reading more of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Dail | 1/1/2014

    " First rate military sci fi, as a long time fan of Hammer's Slammers I have to admit I am impressed by this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mick | 12/22/2013

    " Finished. I loved it. It hit me like my first read of a Hammer's Slammers book. Charlie Bass won my heart instantly. Best thing is, there's loads more in the series! Whee!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael T. | 12/12/2013

    " I love well thought out and researched military fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Burt | 12/8/2013

    " I liked this book. Pretty interesting read. Plus it was a free book on kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Brown | 12/2/2013

    " Well written and authentic in feel ... the military experience of the authors really comes through in the dialogue. Too often, people with no military experience miss the details that makes a military-styled story sound true to life. This is NOT one of those cases. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/1/2013

    " Marines in the future stranded by the malfunction of equipments from the lowest bidder. fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lachlan | 10/8/2013

    " Book candy! (Hey, I was thirteen, no judging.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vulgrin | 7/16/2013

    " A nice, well written, action movie of a book. I definitely want to keep reading the series. This isn't John Steinbeck here - no grand new discoveries of human emotion or philosophy. But its a fun read that doesn't tax your brain too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ernie | 6/28/2013

    " Awesome book. I recommend it to those who enjoy science fiction and military books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Howard | 6/17/2013

    " Good military sci-fi. Written for 14-year olds. Otherwise, no redeeming social value. Note: this review applies to all 9 books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 2/21/2013

    " this was terrific military sci-fi. the authors are well-versed in life of infantrymen and portray the issues they deal with very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Arnold | 10/26/2012

    " anyone in the military should love these books, really good reads and hard to put down. You will fall in the formation and feel the battlefield deaths that each character feels. Great military writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shay | 9/10/2012

    " an entertaining romp. quick read. i liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 7/7/2012

    " Is it war and peace, no. If you like military novels and science fiction it is a pretty decent read. I will probably read the rest of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 5/6/2012

    " Audiobook was abridged and story didn't have enough character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Bates | 10/3/2011

    " I recommend reading the epilogue and prologue. The story picked up the last 100 pages or so and made a fast read. If you are a veteran I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Torrey | 7/7/2011

    " A great read.Never slows done or has any areas where you lose interest.Makes you laugh to think military life hasn't changed in several centuries from now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vulgrin | 4/26/2011

    " A nice, well written, action movie of a book. I definitely want to keep reading the series. This isn't John Steinbeck here - no grand new discoveries of human emotion or philosophy. But its a fun read that doesn't tax your brain too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/30/2010

    " I love well thought out and researched military fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 11/19/2010

    " Well written and authentic in feel ... the military experience of the authors really comes through in the dialogue. Too often, people with no military experience miss the details that makes a military-styled story sound true to life. This is NOT one of those cases. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beau | 6/3/2010

    " Written by two former Vietnam NCO's, this 25th century Marine story is kind of like the old Nick Fury comics. I'm late to the party - there are already like 14 books in the series, and thankfully the Provo Library had like 10 of them.

    Don't try to reach me for a couple of weeks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/1/2010

    " Marines in the future stranded by the malfunction of equipments from the lowest bidder. fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl | 1/31/2010

    " It is ok. Free book for Kindle so thought I would give it a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick | 1/23/2010

    " Finished. I loved it. It hit me like my first read of a Hammer's Slammers book. Charlie Bass won my heart instantly. Best thing is, there's loads more in the series! Whee!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/29/2009

    " First rate military sci fi, as a long time fan of Hammer's Slammers I have to admit I am impressed by this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/6/2009

    " Kindle freebie. Quick read, once it got going. Hard to start due to completely alien frame of reference. But, once there, equivalent to any military novel, with the sci-fi thrown in for good measure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 10/26/2009

    " I liked this book. Pretty interesting read. Plus it was a free book on kindle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 10/24/2009

    " Good military sci-fi. Written for 14-year olds. Otherwise, no redeeming social value. Note: this review applies to all 9 books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shay | 5/1/2009

    " an entertaining romp. quick read. i liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 3/23/2008

    " Is it war and peace, no. If you like military novels and science fiction it is a pretty decent read. I will probably read the rest of the series. "

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About the Author
Author David ShermanDavid Sherman is a former U.S. Marine and the author of eight previously published novels about Marines in Vietnam, where he served as an infantryman and as a member of a Combined Action Platoon. He is also the author of a new military fantasy series, Demontech. He lives in Philadelphia.
About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.