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Unbreakable The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires their world is a backwater remote provincial independently minded Eve

  • Title: Unbreakable
  • Author: W.C. Bauers
  • ISBN: 9780765375421
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater remote, provincial, independently minded Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war.When piraThe colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater remote, provincial, independently minded Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war.When pirate raids threaten to destabilize the region, the RAW deploys its mechanized ard infantry to deal with the situation Leading the assault is Marine Corps Lieutenant and Montanan expatriate Promise Paen of Victor Company Years earlier, Promise was driven to join the Marines after her father was killed by such a raid Payback is sweet, but it comes at a tremendous and devastating cost And Promise is in no way happy to be back on her birthworld, not even when she is hailed as a hero by the planet s populace, including its colorful president Making matters even worse Promise is persistently haunted by the voice of her dead mother.Meanwhile, the RAW s most bitter rival, the Lusitanian Empire, has been watching events unfold in the Montana system with interest Their forces have been awaiting the right moment to gain a beachhead in Republic territory, and with Promise s Marines decimated, they believe the time to strike is now.

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    1. Mogsy (MMOGC) on said:

      3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/02/12/bEvery once in a while I’ll get this hankering for some military sci-fi, so Unbreakable couldn’t have come along at a better time. Teasing the prospect of large scale ship-to-ship battles and space marines in mech suits, W.C. Bauers’ debut also features a kick-ass female lead who’ll prove to be the bane of space pirates and the Republic’s enemies everywhere.Meet Promise T. Paen (yep, that’s her real name), the novel’s pro [...]

    2. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      Update: Just an update to note that I heard from W.C.Bauers (the author) and he was quite gracious about my disenchantment with his book. I thought I should give props. This is the action of a stand-up guy.Arg.I bought this at Audible on the strength of "rave reviews". Some people love it. I read "if you like military science fiction you must read this!"Well just so you get another opinion, if you like military science fiction (as I do) you do not need to read this.Oh-good-grief.The protagonist [...]

    3. Jeffrey on said:

      Military science fiction is a mashup of an imagined ground or air space war coupled with a cavalry and Indians western. Just add advanced weaponry, lasers, null fields, armor and super guns and your good to go. It's meat and potatoes reading for the macho set. This is especially true if you are not trying to send the message that war is bad - ala Joe Haldeman in his great "The Forever War" and just tell a good "shoot em up" take no prisoners type of story. Add in a female protagonist, who knows [...]

    4. Jack +The Page Runner+ on said:

      Well well well What have we here?I'm honestly not sure what to make of this book. On it's own, it's a competently written sci-fi actioner with some politics thrown in for good measure. And if I was able to take it as just that, I might have enjoyed it more. HoweverThere's more than a few glaring ties to the Honorverse created by David Weber. Hexapumas, LAC's, a decidedly old-school Wild West influenced planet called Montanae list goes on and on. But nowhere that I could find did it actually SAY [...]

    5. Matthew on said:

      Interesting is the word that springs to mind when describing Unbreakable. As a massive fan of military science fiction, I had high hopes for Unbreakable. Did it deliver? Yes mostly. Unbreakable tells the tale of Promise Paen, the leader of Victor Company of the RAW (Republic of Aligned Worlds) Marines. When events take her and her marines back to her home planet, she is embroiled in a brewing and impending interstellar war. Unbreakable starts out slow, but quickly escalates into an action packed [...]

    6. Charlie - A Reading Machine on said:

      This review was originally posted at areadingmachineUnbreakable has a strong female protagonist, gritty fast paced action sequences and a killer setting for the whole shabang. It has echoes of Aliens with its intense female lead, sharp dialogue and hoo-ah marines that added the element of a fun and familiar friendly atmosphere. Plot wise Promise Paen is stuck between two empires on the brink of war and sent back to her home world as part of PR exercise to win the hearts and minds of her former p [...]

    7. Warren Q on said:

      Easily one of the worst books I've ever tried reading. I enjoy military science fiction, sometimes despite (or even because of) the faults and quirks of various series. But this reads like bad – very bad – Heinlein (Starship Troopers)/Weber (Honor Harrington) fan fiction.From the tedious setting (the gun-toting, tax-scorning, desperately homespun Tea Party-fetish planet Montana), to the horribly unreal dialogue, to the interminable unearned cheerleading of the main character, the book is a g [...]

    8. Geekritique on said:

      By all accounts, W.C. Bauers' debut novel Unbreakable (not to be confused with the Shyamalan film) is a good book. Believable warfare, exhilarating action sequences, and a strong protagonist throughout make this military science fiction novel stand out amongst others. But despite it all, it's not perfect and it definitely needs a lot of work.Promise T. Paen is our protagonist, a female recruit of the Republican Marines. Throughout the novel she goes from recruit to lieutenant but her personal ar [...]

    9. Gary on said:

      A very good first book in the Starship Troopers tradition. It has the feeling of early Honor Harrington with a similar hyper-capable but emotionally stunted female protagonist. Except the focus here is boots on the ground instead of soaring through the stars.Fans of David Webber, Elizabeth Moon, and early John Ringo will find a lot to like here.

    10. Cora Wigen on said:

      Below is the same review as is posted on my wordpress blog. It is also filled with spoilers, so peruse at your own risk!----Full disclosure, I was given an unedited review copy and did not purchase Unbreakable myself. That said, this did not influence the following in an way.Starting off, I feel like I need to make it clear that the young adult genre was one that entirely passed me by. My dad read to me every night, and he was a huge fan of old school science fiction and fantasy. The result of h [...]

    11. John Purvis on said:

      “Unbreakable” was published in 2015 (January)of and was written by W. C. Bauers (wcbauers). This is Mr. Bauers first novel and is the first of his “Chronicles of Promise Paen” series. I obtained a galley of this novel for review through netgalley. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances some Mature Language and substantial combat Violence. This Military Science Fiction novel is written in the first person and is set in a far future. The primary character is Promis [...]

    12. Jasmine on said:

      Unbreakable is an exciting work of militaristic science fiction filled with action. Promise Paen is a marine and the female protagonist and hero. Sent back to her home planet with her troops to serve as representative of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, she must face the bad memories of her past along with the tense situation that is threatening her home planet. Planet Montana is in between two large and challenging empires that both want the planet as a strategic spot. promise and her fellow mil [...]

    13. Dana Stabenow on said:

      The story doesn't get started here until about 70 pages in (Where was this guy's editor?), but then it really does get going. Lieutenant Promise Paen (promise pain, see what he did there?) of the Republic of Aligned Worlds Marine Corps, is tasked with schmoozing her home planet, Montana, into staying in the Republic instead of defecting to the Lusitanian Empire. Then the LE invades and much battle havoc ensues both on and off planet with Promise in the front lines of all of it. A lot of detail a [...]

    14. Colleen on said:

      This was mostly an enjoyable read. I felt the author spent way too much time in the details of different weapons and there's more of a conservative-Christian bent than I like in my scifi. Also, this is a pretty good example of why male authors sometimes 'miss' when they aim to write female characters. Something about Promise doesn't ring true, and this ends up a story with a female protagonist but very much from a male gaze.

    15. Indrek on said:

      Alustuseks niipaljukest, et selle raamatuga on mul selline omamoodi suhe, mis teeb hindamise natuke raskemaks, lisades tublisti subjektiivsus juurde. Nimelt tean suht-koht hästi debüteerivat autorit ja tema perekonda Samuti oli paari aasta eest eesõigus lugeda käsikirja mustandit ja anda hr Bauersile natuke omalt poolt tagasihoidlikku tagasisidet. Mitte et nüüd lõpptulemuse juures näeksin, et midagi sellest oleks arvesse võetud :)On mõnesaja aasta kaugune tulevik. Inimkond mööda Linn [...]

    16. Christopher Gerrib on said:

      Regular readers of my blog know that there is a big debate in science fiction fandom at the moment, with one group saying that “all SF is just ‘social justice stuff’ and the ‘gatekeepers’ have been repressing the Good Old Stories.” I have not had much patience with this line of argument. Having just read the new novel Unbreakable by Mr. W. C. Bauers, my patience has been exhausted.First, the “gatekeepers.” Mr. Bauers’ novel was published by Tor, the biggest name in SF, and they [...]

    17. Tizroc on said:

      (Review for audiobook)In the fine tradition of the notable heroes of fact and fiction rises the new star Lt. Promise Paen. Part Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, Honor Harrington, Kristine Longknife and Horatio Hornblower and undoubtedly all her own.Promise Paen has left her life and her home world behind her in a gamble to gain the expertise necessary wreak bloody vengeance. Instead she finds a home and family in her brother's and sisters in the R.A.W. Marines. No one can run forever, and Lt. Paen [...]

    18. Patrick on said:

      Comparisons to Starship Troopers are inevitable, so let’s get them out of the way. Yes, Unbreakable is quite similar to the Heinlein classic, less the bugs, but it is also so much more. Aside from the obvious gender swap, Promise Paen’s sensibilities are a bit deeper than those of Heinlein’s Johnny Rico, and her motivations are far more personal. After witnessing her father’s murder at the hands of raiders on the colony planet Montana, Promise joins the Republic of Aligned Worlds Marine [...]

    19. Fantasy Literature on said:

      Unbreakable is the debut novel from W.C. Bauers and the first book in THE CHRONICLES OF PROMISE PAEN, billed as a blend of hard military sci-fi (in the vein of Starship Troopers) and the Wild West-like sensibilities of the television series Firefly. While the novel does contain those elements, focusing on them alone does a disservice to Bauer’s incorporation of real and imagined military history and his skillful portrayal of the marines who serve the interests of the Republic of Aligned Worlds [...]

    20. Davecapp on said:

      For fans of military science fiction in a particular for fans of the Honor Harrington series this book fits right on that bookshelf. Very strong character development, good technology, and decent world building combined to create an easy to read enjoyable yarn. This book also sets up for an extended series, which I hope continues in the not-too-distant future.

    21. Robert on said:

      great bookI thoroughly enjoyed reading this new novel. Great space mil adventure with a superb heroine in Promise. Looking forward to the next installment

    22. Jeff on said:

      In the fine tradition of military sci fi, fighting outnumbered, hurt and at the bottom of a gravity well. well plotted and enjoyable.

    23. Marlene on said:

      Originally published at Reading RealityIf you like military science fiction, especially military SF of the space opera school, you will like Unbreakable. And if you enjoy the Honorverse, particularly the first several books before Honor became a walking deux ex machina, you are going to absolutely love Promise Paen.Which also invites some inevitable comparisons, because Promise and Honor are at least cousins under the skin, if not sisters.The world setup will seem rather familiar to those who en [...]

    24. Ian Wood on said:

      This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- [...]

    25. Mojofiction on said:

      Sometimes you get lucky. I had seen this book before at the bookstore, but I passed it up. Lately, though, I’ve been bingeing on Black Ops 3 on the old Xbox Uno, and I thought the future warfare offered up by Unbreakable might dove-tail with that game. In some ways, it does.But here’s why I got lucky."Unbreakable," by W.C. Bauers, is a character-based story first and space opera second. It’s not an excuse for pages of sci-fi shoot ‘em ups. There is a lot of action, but it’s all through [...]

    26. Lance Schonberg on said:

      I seem to be reading more military SF lately than I have in the last few years. This book may have served to remind me why that is.I wanted a kick-ass, believable female protagonist the cover and blurb promised. I got the kick-ass part, but the believable was stretched several times for me in the third of the novel I actually read. Okay, kick-ass and Mary Sue I can live with if the story is good and the characters around the protagonist are fun.The story is okay, fairly linear and predictable, b [...]

    27. Michael on said:

      Disclaimer, I normally do not pick up anything military related unless it's written by a friend. However, I was in a place where I needed something to read for a few days and I figured I would give this one a try. This book was a tough read at first, since the chapters are very short (~6 pages) and the author spends a lot of time early on setting up the story, a lot more than was probably needed. However, once it gets going (I'd say about a third thru the book), it does become a lot more interes [...]

    28. El-jorro on said:

      Bookworm Speaks!Unbreakable: A NovelThe Chronicles of Promise Paenby W.C. Bauers*****Acquired: Barnes & Noble BooksellersSeries: The Chronicles of Promise Paen (Book 1)Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: Tor Books (July 5, 2016)Language: English*****The Story: The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Even as a provisional member of the Repu [...]

    29. Laura on said:

      Entertaining enough to finish, but certainly not a book I'd call "good" or recommend.I was drawn to the promise of military SF / space opera with more female leads. And, I guess that's what I got - fairly bland SF with unmemorable characters that would've worked equally well as men or women. The book was mostly gender-neutral, aside from the main character inexplicably falling for the cowboy-masculine leader of the local militia. I got annoyed by the banter; it all had the same tone (regardless [...]

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