“ATLAS” was published in 2014 and was written by Isaac Hooke (http://isaachooke.com). Mr. Hooke has published 7 novels, this is the first of his “ATLAS” series.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is Mature Language and Violence. The novel is written in the first person from the view point of Rade Galaal. The story is set in a future where Earth has mastered space travel through out the galaxy.
Galaal makes a feeble attempt, along with his long time friend Alejandro, to sneak into the United Countries. They are caught and given the opportunity to sign up for the UC military instead of being deported. They choose to sign up (which was Rade’s goal all along), and opt for the toughest branch of the military, the MOTHS.
The MOTHS are much like contemporary SEALS, but also deal with missions in space and often use ATLAS battle suits. These are really more like large robots that are guided by a human riding inside.
At the new recruit processing center Rade meets Tahoe Eaglehide and Shaw Chopra. Tahoe joins Rade and Alejandro in signing up for the MOTHS. Shaw opts for space flight school. The story follows Rade and his friends through training. Rade develops a romantic interest in Chopra, but they are not given much chance to pursue it. After training Rade, Alejandro and Tahoe are sent to the MOTHS Teams and then into combat on Earth. His unit is then sent on a secret mission to deep space where they are confronted not only with foes from Earth, but also a species from outside our galaxy.
This is a Military Science Fiction Thriller, with a touch of Romance, which reminds me a lot of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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