“Outriders” eBook was published in 2016 (May) and was written by Jay Posey (http://jayposey.com). This is Mr. Posey’s fourth novel.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This novel is set in the future when humans have colonized the Moon, Mars and other locations in the solar system. The primary character is US Army Captain Lincoln Suh.
Suh has been in special operations units before, but has just been recruited into the very secretive 519th Applied Intelligence Group, known as the Outriders, at the beginning of this story. It sounds benign, but the small unit is both literally and figuratively the cutting edge. Suh meets his team of two women and two men and is surprised to find that there are just the five in the unit.
An assassination on Mars followed by the destruction of a space station draws Mars and Earth ever closer to open war. Suh and his small team is sent in to investigate and avert what seems like an inevitable interplanetary war. As they investigate, the evidence points more to an unknown third party trying to instigate war. It becomes a race to see if they can find evidence that Mars is not behind the attacks before hostilities break out.
I really enjoyed the 9 hours I spent reading this Science Fiction novel. It read like a good Spec Ops story, but with the added flavor of being set in the future. I look forward to reading more in this series. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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