Author: Mark Bordner
Book: The Mighty First, Youngstown Offensive (The Mighty First #1.5)
Published: March 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Minerva Carreno made the grueling transition from high school cheerleader to battle-hardened marine. She survived the D-Day landings across the North American Theater. Now she and the rest of the First Global Marine Division must move on to the next objective: liberating the strategic city of Youngstown, Ohio. The Storian invaders will not give it up without a fight. The Empire sends in the feared Royal Guard, supporting five divisions of tanks. Emperor Grozet has far worse weapons at his disposal if that doesn’t work. Earth’s top brass could lose the war for them if their tactical skills don’t improve. Most heartbreaking of all, the new recruits the Might First received are ridiculously young, 12 to 16 years old, with half the training Minerva’s group.
The Mighty First, Youngstown Offensive takes place between Books 1 and 2. Mark Bordner has become as seasoned as the marines he writes about in keeping the elements of the battle under control and not losing control of the disparate elements of the battlefield. We follow Minerva Carreno as she takes command of C-Company due to a lack of officers. The audience follows the attacks, counterattacks, near-suicide missions, and frustration of war when someone in charge doesn’t know what he/she is doing. The actions scenes become intense, especially when the recent replacements are incredibly young.