Friday, September 18, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Three Against the Stars by Joe Bondonna

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Three Against the Stars by Joe Bondonna

Overall star rating --- 3.5

About the book:
On the distant alien planet of Rhajnara a conspiracy created by the facist Khandra Regime is set into motion to overthrow the rightful Rhajni Republic and instigate a policy of ethnic-cleansing. The conspirators are cunning and it seems nothing in the universe can derail their mad apocalyptic scheme.

Nothing that is but three rambunctious Space Marines from the Third Regiment Company E of the United States Space Marines assigned to Rhajnara with the Terran Expeditionary Force. Sergeants Fernado Cortez, Seamus O'Hara and Claudia Akira are the most unlikely trio ever to don jarhead camouflage and become military heroes. To their superiors they are wild, reckless and incessant troublemakers always in the thick of things. Yet their courage, loyalty and devotion to duty prove them to be the toughest Devil Dogs in the Corp.

Now, with the aid of a Medical Corpsman named Makki Doon, a young Felisian native proto-feline humanoid, these three futuristic musketeers are about to become the one factor capable of exposing the traitorous Khandra coup. But to do so they will have to put their lives on the line one more time and risk all to save the day facing off against incredible odds. To save an empire they will truly become...THREE AGAINST THE STARS. 

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 23 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This was a very well written book, and it even has some illustrations too. But, it is a bit too violent in places, for my tastes; and this is definitely an 18 plus book. The 4 main characters of makki, akira, o'hara, and cortez are very engaging and likeable; but this book does not have a happily ever after ending. In fact, it has a sad, rather bittersweet ending. If I say more, then I will give the ending away. But overall, this is a good, solid science fiction book.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- intense

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