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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Imagine the Star Trek universe, but the humans are more ruthless, selfish, and power hungry than at any other time in history that you can think of. Also, imagine that things like education, democracy, and a just and kind world simply don’t exist. Such a world would be basically feudal, but with all the frightening weapons and scary technology that only science can give us. Now imagine war in this imaginary universe, complete with aliens, madmen, and, of course, heroes. Such a universe would be hell to live in, but very exciting to read about. This is the universe of Gauntlet by J.J. Snow. If you love military science fiction in the tradition of, let’s say, Jerry Pournelle, then this is the book for you. There is a lot of high grade fighting, not in space so much as on the surface of planets. I loved it. It was grim, but I know from experience that war is mostly grim. So, for me it rang a little truer than a lot of the military sci-fi I read.
Gauntlet by J.J. Snow is the second book in the Reilly Campbell Chronicles. I did not read the first book, but I didn't feel lost and I had no problem figuring out the good guys from the bad. J.J. Snow is going to be a force in the military science fiction genre one day, and Reilly Campbell has the potential to rival the popularity of Honor Harrington. They are both driven by duty and they inspire the kind of loyalty that only great leaders can inspire in their troops. J.J. Snow keeps the action moving along at a brisk pace, but throws a lot of great characters and surprises into the mix along the way.