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I have only ever given one other book that I have finished one star, this is now the second Complete waste of time and the biggest what the actual fuck and really ending ever It barely qualifies as science fiction and while it had the makings for a good mystery in the beginning chapters, it all fell to shit by the end I m disappointed I spent money on this and if this were an actual book and not something on my Kindle I would be burning it in my fireplace right now This is the first time I have been angered upon finishing a book and I looked around the room I m in to see if this was just some elaborate practical joke One half of one star rounded up because I can t rate it zero stars. Michael Mammay is a soldier with 25 years service, and boy does it show I ve read a lot of military SF, and you can always tell the difference between an author who s been there and one who hasn t Mammay has been there Planetside is a fast paced tale of military investigation that reads like a blend of Jerry Pournelle and NCIS Our hero is a semi retired colonel sent back to a warzone he d rather forget, to investigate the disappearance in action of a senator s son What starts out as an MIA story in space soon becomes so much than that I won t spoil the ending, but as conspiracies go this one is a doozy Michael Mammay brings an exciting and authentic voice of experience to military science fiction, and I m eagerly looking forward to the follow up. @E-pub ⚛ Planetside ⚟ A Seasoned Military Officer Uncovers A Deadly Conspiracy On A Distant, War Torn Planet War Heroes Aren T Usually Called Out Of Semi Retirement And Sent To The Far Reaches Of The Galaxy For A Routine Investigation So When Colonel Carl Butler Answers The Call From An Old And Powerful Friend, He Knows It S Something Big And He S Not Being Told The Whole Story A High Councilor S Son Has Gone MIA Out Of Cappa Base, The Space Station Orbiting A Battle Ravaged Planet The Young Lieutenant Had Been Wounded And Evacuated But There S No Record Of Him Having Ever Arrived At Hospital CommandThe Colonel Quickly Finds Cappa Base To Be A Labyrinth Of Dead Ends And Sabotage The Hospital Commander Stonewalls Him, The Special Ops Leader Won T Come Off The Planet, Witnesses Go Missing, Radar Data Disappears, And That S Before He Encounters The Alien Enemy Butler Has No Choice But To Drop Down Onto A Hostile Planet Because Someone Is Using The War Zone As A Cover The Answers Are There Butler Just Has To Make It Back Alive Originally posted at Colonel Carl Butler, the bald and angry hero of Michael Mammay s debut milSF thriller Planetside, arrives at Space Command, he is approached by an aide of General Serata, whom he once served under and is there to meet While observing the aide, Colonel Butler privately notes that Serata inspires a fanatical loyalty in his underlings Butler s awareness of this comes from personal experience, but it doesn t inoculate him from its effects he did, after all, travel a long way to meet his friend General Serata on official business, despite being semi retired with a cushy teaching gig and under no obligation to do so Loyalty is a concept that is often taken for granted in military fiction a character s virtue or lack thereof is often tied to it, but rarely is it put under the microscope the way it is in Planetside Butler spends a lot of time dealing with the various loyalties of others as the novel progresses His own loyalties are never called into question, and this turns out to be a curse as much as a blessing.Serata s request of Butler is a simple one a powerful politician s son one Lieutenant Mallot has gone missing on the colony planet Cappa Three, where they are still fighting of an insurgency among the native population Serata needs Butler to find the kid, or at least find out what happened to him, before said politician stirs up too much trouble The investigation needs to be quick, clean and tight , according to Serata That could also describe the novel, excepting the clean part There s nothing clean about what Butler uncovers on Cappa Three The echoes of Conrad s Heart of Darkness are plain, and Mammay is confident enough to reward our recognition of this as well as use it against us One of the things that endeared me to this novel was the author s skill at setting up the reader s expectations and then knocking them down without breaking the trust necessary for such a relationship to work It quickly becomes clear why Serata needs Butler for this task Butler is skeptical enough to approach everyone as if they have something to hide and can t be trusted, but observant enough to recognize honesty and trustworthiness when he sees it and foster relationships with people he needs to help him achieve his objective This is no easy feat when there s a conspiracy afoot, and the question of where people s loyalties lie can get you killed if you read someone wrong What impressed me the most about how the plot of Planetside unfolds is the fact that Butler s competence and intelligence are never faulted for his inability to put the pieces together from the start.As those pieces finally start falling into place, Planetside builds to a shocking climax, one made even disturbing by the air of inevitability that accompanies it The reader is just a as aware as Butler of all the red flags that rise along the way, and like Butler we are slow to accept the ramifications until it is clear there are no other options I found myself wishing the novel had dedicated a little space to its world building, particularly the social political cultural circumstances of human civilization outside of the military context doing so would have served this novel s conclusion better Planetside is still a damn good page turner as it is, that leaves you with plenty to digest when you put it down.Many thanks to Harper Voyager and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this ARC. Mammay s PLANETSIDE is military sci fi through and through, but don t let the genre tag fool you While it wears its military raiment for all to see, at its heart, PLANETSIDE is a mystery a wild ride of one What begins as a routine if a tad unorthodox search for a missing soldier in an alien warzone soon goes utterly off the rails A slow burn start quickly builds as paranoia ramps up, some genuinely compelling twists appear, and lets not forget the explosions Lots and lots of explosions.Through it all, the military aspect shines bright, but Mammay s prose is kept grounded by Colonel Butler s wry, world weary narration Riding around inside Bulter s head made PLANETSIDE far accessible for me than many other military sci fi s Mammay has crafted a world with real heft and depth to it, with a stellar protagonist I can t wait to spend time with again in the future. I don t hand out many five star ratings, but I do in this case because the voice in this novel is fantastic Mammay has a way of easing you into Butler s POV and making you feel like you like him know the military inside and out, and that an army is an army in any situation, with its own distinct codes and habits all of which are working against Butler.And this is before the action heats up The enemy is cunning, everywhere, it it s not entirely clear if the most dangerous foes are wearing the same uniforms What starts out as a tricky situation rapidly escalates to a dangerous one The mission we thought we were on shifts, and at the end, it s not clear what was intentional and what was arranged.Butler s every man nature lets you see a brutal, complex war and the conflicts that occur on both sides of the line, where decisions are as deadly as bullets, there s no shortage of either, and every life is one that could be sacrificed if the price is right and the prize is worth it. Military science fiction is not often on my list of reading material, but this one strikes just the right levels Not too heavy on the science fiction elements and emphasis on the human side of the military The military setting and characters aren t over emphasized to give it credibility, but handled deftly to be totally authentic What pleasantly surprised me was that this was of a mystery wrapped in an action thriller Butler is a man on the edge of retirement, a little world weary but experienced He s put in a situation not of his making and full of frustrating dead ends, months away from his family The search for the missing man of course expands into so much A page turner that help my interest, the mystery is wrapped up in a tight ending, but Planetside left me wanted of Butler and a deeper exploration of his past history and character Hopefully in the sequel. I mean, I read it cover to cover, straight through, in 5 hours I d say it s pretty damn good Thanks Niki Planetside is one of the best books I ve read this year Everything about it hit the spot It s about a semi retired Colonel who gets recruited to investigate circumstances surrounding a missing lieutenant Right off the bat I loved the main character He had a very no bullshit approach to things, and his dry humor cracked me up constantly In some ways, he reminded me a bit of both Avasarala Expanse she s the bomb and John Perry Old Man s War , to give you an idea the type of character profile we re dealing with here I think Colonel Butler could ve been just sitting there reading a newspaper and I still would ve eaten up every moment.Planetside also offered an interesting mystery to solve, and I particularly enjoyed the intel gathering aspect of the story It made me feel involved, and the incremental reveal of each new piece of info was perfectly done It also did an amazing job building momentum You all know how much I love that gradually building plot that eventually sweeps you into a headlong careen to the end Planetside definitely did not disappoint in that regard I finished the book on a high, ready to go again.Colonel Butler s dry humor, as I mentioned, really was the highlight of the book for me The way he spoke, processed information, and dealt with people sent me into constant giggle fits I love dry, subtle situational humor and it s placement was superb All great components aside, the fact that Planetside amused me so much is probably the main reason it landed itself on my conservative all time favorites list I can t wait to see what Michael Mammay comes up with next Recommendations love sci fi Planetside is my new 1 rec for you I loved everything about this book and will probably be talking about as often as I can for a while It had the perfect balance of mystery, humor, and action.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Sticky Patch Planetside by Michael MammayOnce upon a long ago writers who wanted to try something different would put books out under an alternate name to distinguish them Fred Bloggs, writer of sundry detective novels, would flirt with being Annette Wilkins, purveyor of steamy romances Trouble was that if Ms Wilkins didn t sell as well as Mr Bloggs, some bright spark in marketing would then decide that the books should be republished with the moniker Fred Bloggs, writing as Annette Wilkins , which made the whole point rather moot Most authors thus gave up on the split personality literature and chose to put everything out under the same name, sometimes disappointing those who didn t expect their detectives to start bedding nubile females whilst the crimes were left unsolved I can understand the feeling of disappointment with a writer when a new book by a new writer arrives, and you dive eagerly in, only to find not much But abandoning that author altogether