Bloodstar by Ian Douglas @kurtsprings1 #review #military #science fiction

9466819Author: Ian Douglas

Book: Bloodstar (Star Corpsman #1)

Published: August 2012

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Science Fiction

Source: Paperback

Rating: Print


Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle, also known as E-Car, or Doc, is part of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force, in Bravo Company’s Black Wizards. Trained in the latest battlefield medicine, he joined the navy to save lives and see the universe. The Black Wizards have been sent to Bloodworld, an inhospitable, volatile rock colonized by a group of religious fanatics with a Luddite philosophy. (That means they hate technology, for those who aren’t students of history.) They have chosen Bloodworld for their colony so they could suffer for humanity’s sins. They had no idea that they would fall in the sights of the Qesh, a strange, inscrutable race of warriors who have made violent first contact on Bloodworld.

Now countless lives depend on Bravo Company. They have to safeguard their home world’s location and scout the strength and capabilities of the Qesh. Doc has to safeguard the lives of those marines under his care, as well as religious fanatics who don’t hold with medicine, and enemy combatants that fate places in his charge, if only briefly.


This is a hard book to rate. Ian Douglas is obviously a master story teller. He has created a fascinating universe where nanotechnology has become the basis of medicine, science, and war. Under most circumstances, this would be a page turner. Unfortunately, the book has major weaknesses. The author continually stops the forward flow of the action to give backstory and to explain the technology being used. Some of the explanations became repetitive, rather than just explaining it once and giving an abbreviated description later. It appealed to the geek in me at first but soon became a drag as the story bogged down. This proved highly detrimental to a story that could have been interesting.

2 thoughts on “Bloodstar by Ian Douglas @kurtsprings1 #review #military #science fiction

  1. I just finished listening to the audible Earth Strike (Star Carrier book 1) and I’ve read many of Ian Douglas works. He does get somewhat carried away with narrator data dump and at times it does bog down. On the plus side, he has quite a universe of Space Opera and he world builds in a manner that makes you want to take the Hill! At times.

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  2. From what I’ve gathered, this wasn’t considered his best effort. I’ve heard praise for the Star Carrier series by some people who came down hard on this one. The most frustrating part of reading Bloodstar was I could see the master story teller but all the other stuff seemed to keep burying it. I think it one of the easiest traps to fall into for a science fiction author: we sometimes get so wrapped up in the science and technology that we forget that stories are about people. Eventually I think I will look at his works that others think are better and make my own judgement.

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