Dan Abnett’s “Embedded” http://www.amazon.com/Embedded-Angry-Robot-Dan-Abnett/dp/0857660918/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348898834&sr=1-1&keywords=embedded delivers the goods. This is a well constructed military science fiction war novel set on 86, a colony planet settled by United States citizens of its future space empire. The planets are given numbers until they achieve introduction into the United States. The United States space empire is facing off against the Eastern Bloc, which also tries to settle planets. There is some fighting on Planet 86 between settlers and unknown assailants. The United States has sent in its Settlement Office troops to look into the fighting. Could there be the beginning of a real shooting war between agents of the Settlement Office and Eastern Bloc troops?
Lex Falk is a journalist, who has seen it all. He travels to Planet 86 in search of a good story, but he is disenchanted to learn that the military is just going to treat him like any other young journalist. Disgusted with their lies, he meets up with Cleesh, a fellow journalist, who has an interesting proposition for him, a special spying mission using technology from GEO, a corporation that suspects the fighting is a cover for something. Falk is interested, but not committed.
But then there is an explosion in town, and Falk suspects that there is more to the story. Meanwhile Cleesh reveals that if he is interested in the spying mission, he needs to be active right now, and then in a scene right out of ‘Avatar’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(2009_film), GEO and Cleesh insert Falk into a “jung tank” and upload his mind piggyback into combat vet Nestor Bloom, a skilled soldier with the Settlement Office troops who is about to be deployed in the hot and heavy. Of course, nothing goes smoothly with the Falk insertion.
Bloom takes a bullet in a ambush right from the start and loses his mind and Falk is thrust to the fore. Falk/Bloom must use all of Falk’s smarts and Bloom’s inherent fighting skills to survive a real shooting war and figure out why the two sides are fighting so hard over Planet 86. Is it mineral rights, the Moon, or is there something hidden on Planet 86, that’s worth the Eastern Block and the US going to war.
Its fast, its hot, its an excellent science fiction war novel with great battle sequences and a cool plot. Its definitely worth picking this book by new publisher Angry Robot Books http://angryrobotbooks.com/ at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.