The glory of war... The price of freedom... Colonel Tara O'Connor is a war hero, decorated for her bravery in a battle that kept the planet of Arcadia free. She doesn't like to talk about glory; she knows the cost of victory, first hand. Cal Piper dreams of glory. A conscript soldier in the Defense Force that keeps Arcadia free, he's about to find out what glory can cost.The glory of war... The price of freedom... Colonel Tara O'Connor is a war hero, decorated for her bravery in a battle that kept the planet of Arcadia free. She doesn't like to talk about glory; she knows the cost of victory, first hand. Cal Piper dreams of glory. A conscript soldier in the Defense Force that keeps Arcadia free, he's about to find out what glory can cost. For Cal, Tara and thousands of others, the chance for glory is coming again, and as war looms over their home-world again, all they can hope is that the price of freedom won't be more than they can pay. ...
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Armored Tears Reviews
Excellent! I really enjoyed the vivid characters and, realistic combat scenes, although the good guys' victory was still a bit stretched. Fits nicely in the same vein as a David Weber, John Ringo, or Michael Z. Williamson story.
Continuing in the tradition of Hegemony, Armored Tears is an engaging and well thought out hard science fiction. Mark Kalina brings to life a universe where mankind is stepping out to the stars via Tannhauser gates ( i.e. stargate), and as so often happens we bring our luggage, good and bad, with us. I'll start with what I feel were some of the drawbacks to the book. The beginning is frenetic with not enough world built at that point, or context given to really set up the conflict. Some of the Characters are hastily introduced, and end up not being as well developed as they could be. There were some spelling and other grammar errors, but not enough to break the book, and the antagonists were barely there, with little to no character development.Now we've reached the part where I get to talk about what I like, and that was darn near everything else. Mr. Kalina has simultaneously made tanks, and exoskeleton armored infantry, known as frames in universe, a useful and integral part of the battlefield. I'll start with the frames, which feel completely real, serving as anti infantry for other frames, and more importantly as anti tank infantry, utilizing various missles to get the job done. They are essentially carried into battle via a transport and supported realistically with onboard charging stations etc, this was a great use of powered infantry, and did not feel like a cheap cash in to look hip or cool. That brings us to the tanks, which holy cow all I can say is that I want a War Hammer Type 51 Mk. IIIb. It is a 75 ton beast of engineering sporting a 41 Megajoule cannon, auto-loading turret, 4 heavy auto cannons, a metal storm style anti munitions launcher, several defensive mini missile launchers, and various defensive casters to pop smoke or anti laser clouds. I won't spoil all the magic of this tank, but needless to say you will like it.The world he sets up is a fascinating one where a successor to the UN is the Hegemon of humanity, America is not an ascendant power, and objectivists are living happily on the wild west of Arcadia. I don't know or care about the authors political leanings, but he makes both the laissez faire capitalist Arcadian society work, with soma astute observations about it, and he makes the global socialist UEN function, so it isn't one sided in that regard. Overall this is a great and quick read and seems to be the start of a cool and exciting series
Jarring but engagingArmored Tears is a military science fiction novel based upon the Israeli yom kipur war. The factions and locations are different, but the events are roughly parallel.The action is interesting, the combat is visceral though not chaotic enough. The characters are engaging. The pacing is good, blending background and plot development skillfully.The characters are thin, mostly hastily sketched archetypes; well sketched, but shallow. The conflict is laughably unambiguous, with the evil oppressors versus the heroic free nation. The military tech ranges from dubious to farcical, while claiming technical credibility and superiority. The proofreading is poor, with two words used when three are required, and two used when only one is needed.Despite the flaws, it is an engaging read. Kilar is not David Drake, but he's not bad.
Not a Bolo novel, but a decent read.This book dealt with the idea of how far a world socialist controlled government would to control those who are willing to start their own societies away from Earth. This novel depicts both men and women in combat leadership roles. Nuff said!
I was super impressed with Hegemony, not quite so much with Armored Tears. It is still a good read. The author is quite imaginative, the storyline is good, but the characters aren't quite as well drawn as his other book. Still, a good beach read, and I'm definitely looking for more from Kalina.