Hell Fighers Series – Hell Fighters from Earth – William C. Siegler
“The Earth was in trouble; its economies had tanked. It was a world full of desperate people, the homeless and dispossessed were everywhere. It was a world ripe for human Separatists, whose survival depended on building a Legion of human fighters.
The Separatists broke away from the rest of humanity long ago and developed their own technology, but now they must return to the home world in order to build an army of Earth’s castoffs, for their own survival.
A twenty-nine year old escaped political prisoner, formerly a college professor, was one such fighter. The young runaway, Argentina de la Fuentes, was another such perfect recruit. Two strangers from backgrounds worlds apart would be thrust together and left to fight side by side or die together.
Yet the Separatists who recruited them had their own dark secret, a secret that would threaten them all and could lead to the destruction of worlds, including Earth.”
Okay , in a nutshell…. A Harrison Ford like Professor with Military experience flees government persecution for the crime of “teaching students to think and question authority”.
He ends up anonymously submitting himself to a regiment of soldiers that will be deployed to help a secret society of advanced human’s to protect alien lifeforms ( that resemble something from a 80’s Whitley Schrieber novel, but gave up doing probes on humans years ago due to lack of interest ) from a race of Reptilian bad guy monsters who are exhibiting behaviors which they think will lead to both the “Grays” and the “Human Separatists” from being wiped out.
Why humans ? you might ask …Well, according to this story the Separatists have somehow eliminated the natural human instinct for violent behavior. Thus the need for the “Starship Trooper” orientation.
Lets move along to hear about this professor “Denver Smith” who at some point gains the trust of a Latin beauty in her teens and the two of them and a rag tag gang of video game hot shots and jocks do a darn good job of proving that they can “get er’ done” on the battlefield.
I had some doubts at first but I thought I might try to be positive about the book. By the end I was positive that I had doubts about the book. I can see this becoming some “HBO Cable series” using not only familiar character actors we haven’t scene on TV since the 80’s , and a lot of sets from the back lot of Universal Studios, Burbank.
I won’t give you any more information as I feel it is something that writes itself. Yet I do believe the characters and settings were very well placed. Technological concepts were in tact, and the strategic battle descriptions worked, with the exception that there was a lot of …how do you say it ????
Here is an example “The battle ensued , then they sent a drone one way and doubled back to hide in the bushes, the clever rouse worked and the enemy followed the drone the opposite direction giving the recon team a chance to make their way in the direction of the base .”
This is the kind of book that makes for a great beginning of a Series , low and behold –
There is one , “Hellfighters from Earth 2”. But, by the time they get this to an agent, Harrison Ford wont be in any condition to keep his hot young counterpart “Argentina” in control.
Have fun with it, its a good one as far as Science Fiction goes.
If you want a fun read, I suggest you pick this one up. It is great!!
*I was give this book in exchange for an honest Review. Thank You!!