Friday, December 9, 2016

The Last Tank Commander, by Allen Stroud

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(Military SF) The colony ship at Kepler 452b shouldn't need the services of an old soldier like Jeff, but they're lucky to have him. (7,959 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Last Tank Commander," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Jeff accomplishes his goals of getting critical information about the natives back up to the ship and of saving his remaining crew.

The battle scenes are well-written, with plenty of tension and plenty of details for aficionados without so much that non-specialists get bored.

Dialogue and narration are both excellent.

Con: The AIs running the ship are so bad as to challenge disbelief. Also, one doesn't expect young people to calmly agree to be "recycled."

Jeff is the only realized character in the story. Everyone else is interchangeable.

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