Glory Main: A Story of the Sim War
by Henry V. Oneil
Lieutenant Jander Mortas is a newbie dreaming his way into his first Infantry platoon in an…interstellar war…with a race of biped mammalian clones that really seem to be pretty much like humans. He makes all kinds of newbie mistakes and only barely manages to maintain his focus on surviving and protecting apparently driven by all the war zone hero stuff he grew up with as a kid in place of other things a child could use. The reason he has to focus so hard on surviving is that he and three others have crash landed on an inhospitable yet habitable world.
Chance has given Mortas his first unit and it is an unlikely bunch. They must prioritize to survive this seemingly unpopulated world and get back to the zone. He is in charge after he convinces the others or does he? There are a lot of plot twists to ensure that the reader will not get bored and only a very few will guess correctly.
The editing was excellent and it was a very enjoyable read. I will caution on the one piece of weak armor that I discovered and that was in the science…fiction part. The use in the plot of a device referred to as the Step needs some more meat to it or the tossing around of intergalactic jumps pushes this story beyond reach. It is enough for us to just accept that we might be able to travel between star systems but if you want to do galaxies I would challenge you to suspend my disbelief by hitting us with a primer on…The Step.
I recommend this read to anyone who likes military science fiction like that of Joe Haldeman. It will also appeal to readers who enjoy Philip K Dick’s stories like The Other Variety which made it to film as Screamers. Excellent job.