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Similar to The Private by Random Writings?

moredrowsy

http://storiesonline.net/s/69860/the-private

It's been over two years since the story was updated but imo, it enjoyed this story the most in storiesonline for sci-fi military theme. It has the right amount of badass hero, action, story, romance and sex (just slight slight but no erotica).

Ever since reading this, I've been trying to find similar stories to The Private but no luck. Anyone has recommendations for something similar on storiesonline that I missed or any commercial recommendations?

Replies:   samuelmichaels
richardshagrin
Updated:

Books by Web Griffin (William E. Butterfield) both under that name and numerous pseudonyms cover military life and combat, sometime in excruciating detail. Almost at random, books about the Marine Corps, the Army (Lieutenants, Captains, etc. all ranks up to Generals), the OSS in WW2, a police officer in Philadelphia, only scratch the surface. Google, or Bing the author's name and dozens of novels will be offered. They have them in a lot of libraries or used bookstores often paperbacks. I am not certain if they are available in e-book form but it is a good thing to hold a book in your hands once in a while.

Replies:   docholladay  moredrowsy
docholladay

@richardshagrin

You might be able to find a used bookstore like the one near me. It will search for books by any author available through either publishers or other stores. I am not sure what the cost of that service is but it might be worth a try. I think the owner mainly does it for requested author's. It seems to be a dedicated search which might be useful. If nothing else you might get lucky and see about utilizing the same search engines.

moredrowsy

@richardshagrin

His books are available in ebook format and I'll try one of his book and see if it's to my liking. Thanks for the rec.

cmdratom

Another "old type" (paper) book that is very similar is Armor by John Steakley.

Replies:   BlinkReader
BlinkReader

@cmdratom

Another "old type" (paper) book that is very similar is Armor by John Steakley


I just have to read it - and almost freaked!

It's good, very good, very much worth reading.

But please - be very careful when you are going to read it - don't read it if you are sad, ill, depressed, tired/dead tired (or something similar...)

cmdratom

Yeah, it's a bit, ummm, dismal, sometimes.

He also wrote another great book: Vampire$, about vampire hunters. Had a character named Jack Crow in it also. Also not a "happy" book. They made it into a movie several years ago. Like most book to movie adaptions, they screwed it up bad.

Wish he was still writing.

rkimmelerre

John Steakley died a few years back, apparently while he was working on a sequel to Armor, but as far as I know it wasn't complete enough that it'll ever be released. The only other things I've seen from him were two stories set in the Horseclans setting which weren't bad, but not nearly as good as Armor or Vampire$.

I'm trying to think of other stories like The Private, but it's not easy to come up with something that's exactly the same. William C. Dietz has a series that starts with Legion Of The Damned that is basically The French Foreign Legion INNNN SPAAAAACE! and includes cyborg soldiers who are human minds implanted into robotic bodies. The process is only done to humans who are about to die, and one of the viewpoint characters is a guy who was sentenced to death and given to the Legion after he died. That's the only "condemned criminal goes to war" equivalent I can think of off the top of my head.

Another military SF series that I enjoy quite a bit is by Elliott Kay. It starts with Poor Man's Fight. The main character is a kid who just graduated from high school and is forced by exorbitant student loans to go into the military. So he's not a criminal, but the bit about not really wanting to be there is present. The story follows him through training and into his first deployment where he finds out that he's not really a fan of the military but he's very, very good at violence and thinking on his feet. It's a great adventure yarn and I highly recommend it. The sequels really open up the setting and expand the story.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi is also a great read, and also the first in a series. Earth is pretty badly isolated from the rest of the galaxy, and the only way first world citizens ever get into space is by enlisting in the armed forces. On their 75th birthday. For whatever reason, the military that protects human space only accepts senior citizens, and the main character enlists. We follow him through training and out into the wider galaxy, where he encounters a variety of aliens who are at least as odd as the lizards in The Private.

Speaking of lizards, you might also like The Bug Wars by Robert Asprin. There are no humans in the book, it's told from the point of view of lizard soldiers who are fighting against an insectoid enemy. The lizards aren't very much like the ones in The Private, but they're very interesting just the same. I don't think the book is in print anymore, but Baen books makes it available as an ebook.

cmdratom

And Timothy Zahn's Cobra, available free here: http://www.baen.com/cobra.html

gkar
Updated:

I can recommend "A Doomed Space Marine" by J.A. Cipriano, which comes very close to 'The Private'. Think of a Crossover of 'The Private' and 'Starship Troopers'.

Oh, and i forgot to mention that there is also a Warhammer involved ;-)

Replies:   gkar
helmut_meukel

Not similar but a good read:
Falkenberg's Legions (no longer available from Baen)
The Last Centurion (by John Ringo)
The Grim Reaper (by rlfj) [here on SOL]

HM.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@helmut_meukel

Falkenberg's Legions (no longer available from Baen)


This page says it is - and lists the stores you can buy it from

http://www.baen.com/bookdata/catalog/orderisbn/isbn/067172018X

Replies:   helmut_meukel
LonelyDad

Were any of the Falkenberg's Legions books ever in the Free Library?

Ernest Bywater

@LonelyDad

Were any of the Falkenberg's Legions books ever in the Free Library?


I don't think so. But I'm not sure.

docholladay

@LonelyDad

Were any of the Falkenberg's Legions books ever in the Free Library?


The only way to tell for sure is to scan though the library's list.

You might consider the cd's still available through http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/Baen

Its possible to see what is on the cd's without having to download them. Then download just the ones that interest you. You can see which books and/or writers are included on a disk however, just unable to read them online any more.

Replies:   LonelyDad  helmut_meukel
helmut_meukel

@Ernest Bywater

I didn't realize my post was ambiguous.
I refered to the series
http://www.baen.com/categories/books-by-series-list/codominium-future-history-created-by-jerry-pournelle.html
The books are still listed as ebooks, but some are no longer available. "Falkenberg's Legion" isn't even listed as ebook.

e.g. The omnibus edition "The Prince"

:Publisher's Note: The Prince was previously published in four parts as Falkenberg's Legion and Prince of Mercenaries by Jerry Pournelle, and Go Tell the Spartans and Prince of Sparta by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling. This is the first complete edition.


"Go Tell the Spartans" and "Prince of Sparta" are still available as ebooks, the other two and the omnibus are 'Not Currently Available'.

OTOH, you may still get the dead tree versions as long as there are some books in stock.

HM.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
LonelyDad

@docholladay

The Free Library doesn't have any other titles by him, he may be one of the authors that didn't believe in the concept.

I didn't find it on any of the CDs listed at the fifth imperium.

helmut_meukel

@docholladay

Were any of the Falkenberg's Legions books ever in the Free Library?

The only way to tell for sure is to scan though the library's list.

Over the years some of the books in the Free Library got removed while others were added. So scanning through the library wont really answer his question.

HM.

Ernest Bywater

@helmut_meukel

The omnibus edition "The Prince"


is available on the Honorverse CD at the Imperium.

samuelmichaels

@moredrowsy

Ever since reading this, I've been trying to find similar stories to The Private but no luck. Anyone has recommendations for something similar on storiesonline that I missed or any commercial recommendations?

Quite a bit lighter-weight than some of the books recommended here, but may be similar in some ways are several stories by Ka Hmnd on SOL. Tandra by John Wales has a lot of fighting against aliens in space, but it's focused much more on empire-building.

The Casserine books by Bernard Lee DeLeo (two so far) have some similar elements. Three Square Meals on SOL and elsewhere has far more erotic content, but also has a badass hero battling various human and alien villains.

Replies:   dfleming01
dfleming01

@samuelmichaels

Another great read is The Undying Mercenaries series by BV Larson. Story follows Legionnaire James McGill from signing up and onto his many adventures saving mankind from a variety of enemies including gigantic squids. McGill is a supreme liar and womaniser who loves to do his own thing despite being under a microscope from the highest echelons of command. His resilience is legendary. There are 7 books in the series and I am eagerly awaiting the 8th.

deweyharris

Odd that no one has mentioned Forever War by Joe Haldeman.

gkar

@gkar

I have to ammend the recommendation, the correct Title to find the book (f.e. on goodreads) is "Doomed Infinity Marine: A Space Adventure (Bug Wars Book 1)" by J.A. Cipriano, Conner Kressley

lorrainedalby_1

Try books by Harold Coyle,mainly tank(armour) with politics thrown in,also has some civil war ones.

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