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The Wolfe Pack #1 Strong-Arm Tactics (The Wolfe Pack) by Jody Lynn Nye
Review by Harriet Klausner
Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. Unbound  ISBN/ITEM#: 1592220444
Date: 19 August, 2005 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Their first mission is so classified that they don't even know where they are heading. Once they come out of jump-space, they find themselves battling the rebels who want to overthrow the Thousand World Confederation and take power for them selves. When the hull is breached the Cockroaches save the day using a very unusual ingredient to fix the hole. When the battle is over and the rebels are on the run, Lt. Wolfe is given his assignment, which is an easy one. He just has to pick up a microchip that has the instructions for a new kind of AI. The inventor is the owner of Wingle World, the galaxy's biggest and greatest amusement park on the planet Dudley. The only problem is that rebels want the chip and they don't care if they kill every citizen on the planet to get it. The X-Ray Company working with the planet's citizens come up with an ingenious way to fight the enemy even though the Lieutenant only has twenty-three officers (including himself).

Strong Arm Tactics is the first book in this new military science fiction series The Wolf Pack and much of the novel focuses on introducing and getting to know and understand the various members of X-Ray Company. There are plenty of humorous scenes as the hero and the men under his command clash as the Cockroaches train the protagonist to lead them in the style they desire. Readers will learn rather quickly that the men and woman who proudly call themselves Cockroaches (the derogatory nickname space forces gave them) are not odd ducks or malcontents but people who get in trouble for doing the right thing by bucking the rules. They are an admirable lot and when they are on a mission, they do whatever it is necessary to complete it even if they have to step outside of the rulebook and use unorthodox methods to win the battle.

Readers familiar with the military science fiction works of John Ringo and David Webber or the battle scenes form the Star Wars trilogy and the amusement in a Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat novel will thoroughly enjoy Jody Lynn Nye's latest work. Humor is used to relieve the tension during the battle scenes with the rebels who are not trying to overthrow an evil confederation but want to grab power for themselves which make them dangerous and uncaring about loss of civilian life. Ms. Nye's villains have no redeeming features which makes it easy for readers to want to see them fail. The audience will eagerly await the next book in this exciting series in which the characters especially the Wolf Pack are likeable, loyal and earthy.

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