Friday, September 7, 2018

War Cry, by Brian McClellan

[Tor Novella]
★★★★☆ A Great War Story with Just a Bit of Fantasy

(Military Fantasy) After more than thirty years of war, the enemy is getting close to the capital city. Teado’s little team of rangers are holding them off, but they’re starving, and running out of everything, so a chance to ambush an enemy food convey is something they can’t pass up. (22,309 words; Time: 1h:14m)

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Review: 2018.490 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is an action story, and boy does it deliver. From the assault on the cargo plane all the way to the final showdown at the rangers’ base, it’s almost nonstop, edge-of-the-seat tension. The twist that Marie’s team are traitors ups the stakes a notch. The double-twist that it was a ruse makes it complete.

Teado still comes off a hero (he never actually kills anyone on his own side), and it’s a relief that he gets rewarded for his service at the end.

Con: A country that shoots you for listening to enemy radio stations probably isn’t worth fighting for.

If they had wanted to send a message to the camp, all they had to do was send a sealed message to the commander via Rodrigo. The claim that everyone thought Rodrigo talked too much is hard to credit.

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