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Stories about Women in the Military/Female Soldiers?

meekimoo

Can anybody recommend any stories about women in the army/military/female soldiers, preferably historical or contemporary ones that aren't scifi or futuristic?

helmut_meukel

@meekimoo

preferably historical or contemporary ones


Hmmm,
historical is problematic, there were only a few.
e.g. Boadicea and Joan of Arc.
In High Fantasy it's another kettle of fish entirely, there are many stories of female fighters.
Contemporary? The restrictions imposed on women in the military are still severe, most end up in supporting positions, not actually fighting. Problematic for a writer to create an actually fighting female MC. Female helicopter pilots are more common than female infantry fighters.

In SciFi you'll find more female soldiers, in David Weber's Honorverse are quite some in prominent positions: Honor Harrington, Michelle Henke, Helen Zilwicki, Abigail Hearns,...

Don't know if John Ringo's "Black Tide Rising" books meet your criteria, but I find Faith and Sophia Smith outstanding as female soldiers, especially Faith.

HM.

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LonelyDad

The female protagonist in Banzi Ben's stories.

gruntsgt

maybe "BJ Jones" by jballs?

Replies:   awnlee jawking
rustyken

A couple of Morgan's stories have female soldiers but I suspect the story line doesn't meet your requirements.

helmut_meukel

@helmut_meukel

In SciFi you'll find more female soldiers, in David Weber's Honorverse are quite some in prominent positions: Honor Harrington...

For all who never read a book in the Honor Harrington series, the first two books are in Baen's Free Library
http://www.baen.com/on-basilisk-station.html
http://www.baen.com/the-honor-of-the-queen.html

HM.

samuelmichaels

@meekimoo

Can anybody recommend any stories about women in the army/military/female soldiers, preferably historical or contemporary ones that aren't scifi or futuristic?


Not on this site, but there are commercial books by Jacques Antoine about a girl/young woman who grows up to become a Marine, P G Allison about a female soldier and cadet at West Point (who is also a were-Puma), Jack July's "Amy Lynn" novels of a female soldier and special operative.

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madnige

@meekimoo

Here on SOL, try black_coffee's Sparks and The Gunny And Lenore as contemporary / recent past non-SF

hiltonls16

There is one I have read where the main characters are a female flight officer and a male sergeant mechanic in the Air Force. Non-fraternisation rules cause some problems and both eventually leave the force. Cannot remember author or title though, sorry.

richardshagrin
Updated:

I recommend Reaching for Wings by Wes Boyd on his site. The female protagonist (wrong sex to call her a hero) is still in high school but flies gliders and much of the story is about her effort to go to the Air Force Academy.

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awnlee jawking

@gruntsgt

If ex-military is allowed, carniegirl's Deputy/Sheriff Porter stories might be worth a look.

AJ

helmut_meukel

@awnlee jawking

Or look at Todd_d172's St Clair stories
http://storiesonline.net/universe/932/saint-clair

HM.

JohnBobMead

@richardshagrin

I recommend Reaching for Wings by Wes Boyd on his site. The female protagonist (wrong sex to call her a hero) is still in high school but flies gliders and much of the story is about her effort to go to the Air Force Academy.


Second the recommendation. There's just a _ton_ of character development in this story. Her growth as a person as she attempts to broaden her activities to improve her odds of being accepted to the Air Force Academy is amazing, but very believable.

LonelyDad

Due to a recommendation from somewhere around here, I am reading 'The Private' by Random Writings. While she is a secondary character, Lt. Swanson is doing a good job of growing into her rank in the total war they are fighting. I'm a little less than half way through, and so far it has been interesting.

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

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helmut_meukel

@LonelyDad

I'm a little less than half way through, and so far it has been interesting.

You do know it's incomplete and inactive for more than two years, don't you? According to the last entry in his/her blog

We are nearing the last chapter.

there are probably only a few chapters missing.

HM.

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samuelmichaels

@helmut_meukel

There are lots of SF women soldiers and special agents, but alas the OP didn't want science fiction.

One historical one I can think is is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Good but depressing.

Qickless

Deeds of Paksenarrion, a published book, is a good read.

meekimoo

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

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madnige

@meekimoo

One just popped up on FS: The Mission by Sagacious. Main protagonist is male, but one of his team of 3 is female. It's sort-of SF, set in alternate past where Russia is invading Europe in the 60's; any story that talks about a log-periodic antenna gets my attention.

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LonelyDad

@madnige

That's been available for a while, maybe on SOL. It's a good story, but almost all the female characters are tertiary to the story. The one that would come closest is his homeless waif, who is not in the military exactly.

WiseTioga
Updated:

the story that hiltonls16 mentioned above

"There is one I have read where the main characters are a female flight officer and a male sergeant mechanic in the Air Force. Non-fraternization rules cause some problems and both eventually leave the force. Cannot remember author or title though, sorry."

I've been trying to locate that for some time. Does anybody remember the name or auther. Thanks

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rustyken

@samuelmichaels

Thanks for your noting P G Allison's story about Missy the Werecat. I found it to be a very enjoyable series.

Cheers

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LonelyDad

@rustyken

If you liked Missy then you should read The Federal Witch series by T S Paul.

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Wheezer

@rustyken

@samuelmichaelsThanks for your noting P G Allison's story about Missy the Werecat. I found it to be a very enjoyable series.


My thanks also. I just finished book 2 and am ready to jump into book 3.

hiltonls16

@WiseTioga

Thanks to @WiseTioga for asking over on the Lost Stories forum and @The Outsider for the answer about 'female flight officer and a male sergeant mechanic in the Air Force'

It's over on Finestories, WT:

http://finestories.com/s/10683/high-flight
http://finestories.com/a/Robert_McKay

sejintenej
Updated:

@awnlee jawking


If ex-military is allowed, carniegirl's Deputy/Sheriff Porter stories might be worth a look.


In that way you could include Lisa (marine, shot down in Iraq) from the Florida Friends. Although no longer military it has plenty of violent action in the Secret Service

rustyken

@LonelyDad

Thanks. Just read the first book about her being recruited. Looks like a very interesting read.

Cheers

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