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Personal logo Blake Walker Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2015 11:10 p.m. PST

Has anyone read Mike Shepherd's military sci-fi books? I know he wrote the Kris Longknife series. I bought a used book called Vicky Peterwald – Target. I'll start reading that this week. I wanted to read something by Mike Shepherd. I'm trying to broaden my reading to see what's there commercially available.

I'm also picking up other books like John Scalzi's Old Man's War, Ben Bova's Orion and King Arthur, and Robert Jordan's The Hunt Begins: Book 2 of The Wheel of Time series. I'm also looking for something by Ann Leckie, RM Meluch's The Twice and Future Caesar, and Philip Jose Farmer's Doc Savage.

Any other recommendation? I finished a Hammer's Slammers novel by David Drake.


KTravlos04 Oct 2015 5:30 a.m. PST

Well the Aubrey-Maturin series are among the greatest works on literature out there in mu opinion. Historical Military Fiction, better than most fantasy or sci-fi attempts at it.

From Fantasy The Riftwar-Serpentswar-DemonsWar sagas of Raymond Feist were good books. He lost his touch later on, but the first 3 series are good.

The first three Honorverse books are ok and maybe worth a look. A bit hamfisted at points though.

The Legend of Galactic Heroes Novels have been finally licensed by Viz and are great military sci-fi from Japan.

Iron Throne by Simon Hawke is probably the best single novel published by TSR in its long publication history. A truly epic fantasy war story.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2015 10:41 a.m. PST

I've read and enjoyed Shepherd's Longknife series. He also has the original "Jump Universe" novels that form the background of the Longknife series. These are published under the pen name Mike Moscoe, and the first three have recently been reprinted.

Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet series is worth a look.

I give even more recommendations to Elizabeth Moon's Vatta War series, which does pretty much the same "girl Hornblower" thing as Longknife/Honor Harrington, but way better, IMHO. Also look for her Serrano books, which are also fun.

You can't go wrong with Melich's Merrimack series, of which The Once and Future Ceasar is the latest addition.

In a completely different (yet still sci-fi) vein, I've had a great time reading Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series, featuring the crew of a WW2 U.S. "four stacker" destroyer that gets swept into an alternate Earth, where they wind up fighting intelligent dinosaurs (and more oddities). They ain't Shakespeare, but they're a lot of fun.

kyoteblue Inactive Member04 Oct 2015 1:58 p.m. PST

It's fantasy but Glenn Cook's Black Company series is very very good.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2015 4:46 a.m. PST

Another vote for the "Destroyermen".

Brit Ringel's "This Corner of the Universe" is also an amazing series of five tomes.

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