Book Reviews – “ARMS War for Eden” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Stephen Arseneault (http://www.arsenex.com). Mr. Arseneault has published nearly 40 novels. This is the first of his ‘ARMS’ series.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the far future. The primary characters are Harris Gruberg and Tawnish Freely, both former Biomarines with the Domicile Defense Force, but now taking what ever work they can since the war with New Earth ended. The Biomarine label identifies them as part of the 10,000 or so humans that were genetically modified by Domicile to fight in the war with New Earth. Their presence in that war is part of what drove New Earth to sign a truce.
They soon find themselves involved in a scheme of questionable legality selling arms to the colonists in the border area. They are able to make more funds than they had ever expected to see in their lives. Now quite wealthy, they begin to see signs that the weapons they had been selling are going towards stirring up the war with New Earth once again.
Even though they are now mercenaries and gun runners, they still are loyal to Domicile. They decide that they must use the wealth they have gathered to calm the unrest. They soon find that they are not up against just rebels, but military operators sent by New Earth to stir up trouble and force the war to resume. Can they, and few thousand of their fellow retired Biomarines, bring the conflict on the planet Eden to an end before it grows to all out war.
I enjoyed the 5.5 hours I spent reading this Science Fiction novel. It did have an old time Sci-Fi Fi feel to it. I liked the characters and contrary to most Sci-Fi Fi thrillers, the main characters are not super intelligent. These are just dedicated Biomarines who are still loyal to their home world of Domocile. The cover art does a reasonable impression of a Biomarine. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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