Urbin Report

Sunday, February 11, 2007

One of my book reviews

Weapons of Choice (The Axis of Time Trilogy, Book 1) by John Birmingham

Mislabeled as a SciFi MilFic novel...

What it really is someone's Sociology Thesis. As that, it's pretty good.

As sci-fi milfic, it's got holes. For one, the author did minimal research on the military. The USMC doesn't have medical officers. The USN supplies all medical services to the USMC, including Corpsmen who go into battle with the Marines. It's also very doughtful that there will be fusion powered super carriers in service by 2021, or personal combat armor that has a direct MMI (Man Machine Interface) to the wearer.

Seeing the 1942 reaction to a modern multiracial/multinational taskforce was the true focus of the book. Keep in mind that America was probably the most "progressive" of the allied forced at the time.

The USMC was all White, and the Navy only allowed blacks to serve in the Mess, but the Army not only had a long history of black combat troops, it also had serving black officers by that point.
Keep in mind that colored troops were sent to Cuba during the Spanish American War, because they were considered some of the best combat troops at the time!

The interaction between the mid 20th century and the early 21st personnel is where this book is worth the cover price.

If you want straight milfic or Scifi Milfic, you are better off with David Drake or John Ringo.