Thursday, March 16, 2006

What I'm Reading

I love stories that have women who are hard as nails; women who take names and kick ass.

The series by James H. Cobb, about Commander Amanda Garret, USN fills the bill. Commander Garret is captain of a not-too-distant future guided missle destroyer, the Cunningham. (Actually the new destroyers are probably more technically advanced than Cobb described in the late 90s.)

The first story is Choosers of the Slain!, takes its title from the last paragraph of a poem by Kipling, "The Destroyers"
The strength of twice three thousand horse
That serve the one command;
The hand that heaves the headlong force,
The hate that backs the hand:
The doom-bolt in the darkness freed,
The mine that splits the main;
The white-hot wake, the 'wildering speed--
The Choosers of the Slain!
Which is also a reference to the Valkyries - the Norse spirits that choose the slain from battle fields in the form of beautiful young women on flying horses.

The next story is Sea Strike, which finds Amanda Garret and the Cunningham in Asia fighting a future confict there.

Sea Fighter finds Captain Garret in Africa, no longer in command of the Cunningham, but the TACBOSS of littoral (coastal) conflict in Africa. This lets Cobb add some Marines into the story mix.

There seems to be a fourth story, but the name escapes me right now, but I will get to it.

Not great literature, but fun. Seems like these would make great movies, if Hollywood ever made movies favorable to the military any more.

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