Their Master's War

Their Master's War

Mick Farren

Primitive males abducted from earth to struggle as infantrymen for an alien race referred to as the Therem, choose to insurgent opposed to their masters and strike out on their own.

Mick Farren is sort of a fascinating countercultural raconteur and he has attempted his hand at many genres of wonderful fiction. the following he offers a beautiful strong slab of army sci-fi, during which unwilling squaddies are brainwashed and programmed to struggle an unending and unnecessary struggle opposed to extraterrestrial beings who they comprehend not anything approximately, and concerned about mysterious masters with inscrutable causes. This uncomplicated premise has been performed earlier than, such a lot particularly in Robert Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" and Joe Haldeman's "The eternally War," whereas the elemental thought (outside of sci-fi) is going again no less than so far as Norman Mailer's "The bare and the Dead." yet lo and behold, Mick Farren introduced a slab that's rather a lot extra stress-free than these classics, if no longer as weighty.

There's a undeniable creepy fascination to the basis of scattered human tribes on distant planets, who've reverted to primitive life simply to discover that their whole cultures and societies are programmed breeding grounds for cannon fodder in a struggle among species of extraterrestrial beings. Farren does pretty much with this premise yet the various story's strength doesn't come to fruition, whereas deep innovations approximately humanity continue peeking round the edges of the motion yet don't see the whole gentle of day. there's additionally an underlying secret (hint: mutilation) that Farren forgot to totally demonstrate via the top of the booklet. In essence, the tale has a few most likely large thematic insights lurking round underneath the outside, however the publication purely boils all the way down to really interesting yet finally directionless conflict scenes, with resolutions just for the book's major characters. it is a enjoyable learn yet you'll need to use your mind's eye to discover perception on its deeper thematic strength.

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