By David Sherman, Dan Cragg

With its down and soiled depiction of conflict written through males who recognize what it’s prefer to be below hearth, the Starfist saga is a runaway good fortune throughout the USA. Now, within the explosive new Starfist experience, filled with fierce motion and risk, Marines at warfare in destiny area locate themselves pitted opposed to a faceless, insatiable foe bent on destroying them. And that’s only for starters.

How undesirable is the approaching undertaking dealing with the battle-hardened Marines of thirty fourth Fleet preliminary Strike crew (FIST), the military’s unofficial alien first-contact strength? undesirable sufficient to make the brass take the unparalleled step of issuing thirty fourth FIST replacements for strive against losses prior to the Marines even go away their domestic base.

In reaction to a chain of unexplained deaths on a lonely outpost at the frontiers of human house, thirty fourth FIST has been dispatched to investigate–and eradicate– the matter. past that, the data to be had to Gunnery Sergeant Charlie Bass and his males is meager even by way of Marine criteria. not anyone is familiar with what awaits them, for the newly colonized international continues to be mostly unexplored. that implies thirty fourth FIST can count on creatures they've got by no means obvious, or perhaps heard of, less expert for. it can be Skink acid shooters, can be whatever, for the barren station has a number of secrets–all of them deadly.

But the very last thing those Marines look forward to finding is themselves in the course of an invasion and a mysterious war–with none except thirty fourth FIST as Enemy number 1. no matter what occurs, they’ll take care of it, simply because they’re Marines, decided to be prepared . . . and to offer worse than they get.

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