Starfist: First to Fight
Author: Dan Cragg & David Sherman
Last Read: August 2010
Quick Summary: This follows the lives and experiences of marines in space during the 25th century - dealing with new recruits, old fuckups, and handling warlords on outer world. Reads like a military novel in the future.
Looking for militaristic marine sci-fi novel of the future? Check out Starship Troopers.
Looking for some relaxing junk militaristic sci-fi? Not a bad pick. I did not continue the series.
“All right, recruits,” Neeley announced one day during a classroom training session, “I’m gonna give you Neeley’s Thirteen Rules for Staying Alive in Combat. You listening?
“One: Incoming fire always has the right-of-way.
“Two: Keep it simple, stupid.
“Three: Keeping it simple is the hardest thing in the world.
“Four: Never stand next to anyone braver than you are.
“Five: If things are going too well, it’s an ambush.
“Six: The easiest way is mined.
“Seven: The one thing you never run out of is the enemy.
“Eight: Infrared works both ways.
“Nine: Professionals are always predictable.
“Ten: We always wind up fighting amateurs.
“Eleven: When the enemy’s in range, so are you.
“Twelve: When in doubt, shoot until your magazine is empty.”
Neeley placed his hands on his hips and smiled fiercely. “You remember those rules and you’ll be okay.”
I just made up a new rule: Never stand next to anyone dumber than you!