Conquer the Stars! Military Science Fiction

A Hymn Before Battle

By John Ringo

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"With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans -- for a price. Humanity now has three worlds to defend. As Earth's armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies."
The beginning of an alien invasion series, part of which (Gust Front) takes place in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

 

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Bolo Brigade

By Keith Laumer and William H. Keith, Jr.

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Sentient tanks take on packs of four-armed dinosaurs on a backwater colony planet. First of a series.

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Cross the Stars

By David Drake

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A soldier returns to his wife and family through the length and darkness of space to discover the unforeseen battles that await him. Part of the Hammer's Slammers series.

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Dorsai!

By Gordon R. Dickson

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Donal Graeme, a talented warrior from a planet of professional soldiers, goes out to seek his fortune among the Fourteen Worlds.
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First Lensman

By E. E. "Doc" Smith

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Virgil Samms is the first human to be gifted by the Arisians with a lens that gives him telepathic powers. He will need them-- together with the newly-formed Galactic Patrol-- to put paid to the planet-conquering Eddorians.

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Heaven's Devils

By William C. Dietz

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"For the poor, hardworking citizens of the confederacy's fringe worlds, the Guild Wars have exacted a huge toll. Swayed by the promise of financial rewards, a new batch of recruits joins the fight alongside a slew of mysteriously docile criminals--and a few dubious military leaders. Eighteen-year-old Jim Raynor, full of testosterone and eager to make things right at home, ships off to boot camp and finds his footing on the battlefield, but he soon discovers that the official mission is not what he's really fighting for. For the first time ever, StarCraft enthusiasts will learn the origins of the enduring friendship between the young upstart Jim Raynor and the streetwise soldier Tychus Findlay..."

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Janissaries

By Jerry Pournelle

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Soldiers are rescued from certain death in an African civil war by aliens. They are transported to the planet Tran where they discover the reason for their hosts' merciful intervention.
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Midshipman's Hope

By David Feintuch

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When his senior officers are killed, a young midshipman finds himself in charge of a damaged ship and the safety of three hundred colonists.

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On Basilisk Station

By David Weber

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Young Commander Harrington's brilliance annoys her superiors who sweep her to the frontier backwater of Basilisk Station. There she finds unexpected opportunity for to display her talents for command. Shades of Horatio Hornblower.

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Operation Chaos

By Poul Anderson

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In a war waged against Black Magic, the fact that Steve is a werewolf and his wife is a highly skilled witch is not unusual. But their adventures prove very unusual, even for their world, when they are given the task of neutralizing an enemy's ultimate weapon--the world's most powerful demon. Also look for the sequel, Operation Luna.

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