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Abyss Deep: Star Corpsman: Book Two by Ian Douglas
Cover Artist: Fred Gambino
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061894770
Date: 29 October 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Author's Website / Steve Sawicki's Review / Show Official Info /

Doc Carlyle is back in action saving lives and meeting extraterrestrials. Abyss is a frozen ocean world that may hold life. Bravo Company is sent to see what happened to the researchers that were studying the planet.

When Bravo Company arrives, the warlike Gykrs are in orbit and on the ice. A brief battle ensues. The Marines win, but have a limited time to find the researchers before the Gykrs respond. While searching for the lost researchers, Carlyle starts experiencing visions. The intelligent life on the planet is not what they imagined. When they find the researchers, they also get a chance to learn more about the Gykrs psychology.

Carlyle also has to deal with a boss that doesn't like him very much. He followed procedure and found something that his boss overlooked. As time passes his boss seems to become more unstable, putting the mission and the ship at risk.

As the second book in a series it isn't the best starting point, but since the story arc isn't as tightly linked as in some series, it isn't the worst starting point.

Ian Douglas has written several military science fiction series. The others focus on the fighting men and women of the future. This series focuses more on the support staff of the future, although they also fight. The Galaxy is mostly unexplored, but there are many alien races. One of the more interesting inclusions are the Galactic Encyclopedia entries related to the races that the humans encounter. The entries are incomplete, but they do provide insight.

I enjoy reading Douglas' work as you know what you are getting. There is a lot of action, and stories with an ending. Too many novels these days are only a stepping stone to the next in a long series. If you want a fast paced action adventure, Douglas is the way to go.

I've said it before, but I'll repeat myself, fans of Steven Kent, Jack Campbell, David Sherman, and Graham Sharp Paul should find plenty here to enjoy.

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