"I love being a Marine but there are days...We may have a lot of the same problems in 2122 we did a hundred years ago but back then the Gul brothers weren’t paying lots to see my head on a spike! Not that I was born yet but that’s not the point! So I’m a pretty good shot and Rick is even better. Did I ask daddy Gul and his boys to go on a rampage? No, I didn’t! But now we have to leave the planet and go to the New Hope colony where the locals like to eat people!” (Staff Sergeant Susan ‘Molly’ Bennett, USMC)
The story of the alien Rift invasion of the New Hope Colony begins on Earth in 2122 when all too familiar problems and events cause a chain reaction that will have repercussions on two worlds. Fleeing for their lives and to protect his family Navy, Lieutenant Paul “Rick” O'Brien and Marine Staff Sergeant Susan Mollison “Molly” Bennett will have to board a starship for the long voyage to Earth's first extrasolar colony under new identities. There they will join the Colonial Rangers, the international military force designed to protect the colonists from the planet’s ferocious predators, not to deter an alien invasion.
The female-loving Logistics officer O’Brien and superb marksman and the courageous Marine recon squad leader form an unbreakable bond forged under fire that will serve them well as events unfold around them. The circumstances that send them to the New Hope Colony will also have a profound effect on the other members of the O'Brien/Cassidy family and especially Rick's daughter Ciara as well as on the colony where they find refuge.
Fierce Girls introduces the lead characters and covers the events that force O’Brien and Bennett to leave Earth. Then as Lieutenant Commander Rick Cassidy and Gunnery Sergeant Molly Pickford the story will deal with their first months at the New Hope Colony. It also introduces the key members of Rick’s family, their embrace of Molly Bennett, and the repercussions on their own lives.
The main male character Rick Cassidy serves as a catalyst who sets family members and friends in motion but he does not fight their battles for them although sometimes he fights with them. For one he is a son, for another a father, for others he is a brother, for another a partner and best friend while for still others he is a colleague, a friend, a lover, and a leader who respects the women in his life as competent, intelligent, capable people he inspires to push forward in the face of danger, politics, sexism and inertia.
The Fierce Girls at War series beginning with Fierce Girls is not simply about the bonds between the characters. It is about women who are smart, brave, quick thinking, resilient and who are good leaders. They are steady under fire, they are problem solvers and they are resourceful and creative thinkers. They feel fear when circumstances are frightening but they don't panic. They are not dependent on their male counterparts and more often than not they outshine them. They feel lust and love but are not driven by either (most of the time). Many of them are experienced, competent soldiers while others are young students dropped into a perilous situation from which no one is coming to rescue them. Some of them are bound by bonds of family but by no means are they all.
Book one Fierce Girls introduces the main characters - Gunnery Sergeant Molly Pickford, Lieutenant Commander Rick Cassidy, his daughter Ciara and other members of his family, and Captain Naomi MacCaffrey, a Canadian officer captured by extremists and rescued by Molly in the African jungles. They must find it in themselves to fight battles against other humans before the coming desperate struggle against an alien invasion of Earth’s first colony in space that will arise in the following books of the series. Those books will show these women and others take the lead in fighting for the life of the colony.
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- Stephan Morse
Fierce Girls - Backstory
The setting outlined in the synopsis promised to be interesting. I like space. I like anything that looks like there should be spaceships pew-pewing at each other. There were none of those. Instead, we get Earth based military skirmishes, the middle east still causing problems, a theme of empowering females in the military via a futuristic military-based storyline, and people still acting surprised that girls shoot guns. The audio narrator’s voice is comfortable but frequently has a slight lisp at the end of each word that might have been the quality or equipment. Once something bugs me it’s all I can hear. I’d give it a 7 out of 10 because that slight distortion disturbed me just enough to make it hard to focus. It felt far less frustrating to hear during conversation passages. The story spans a longer period and covers multiple events on Earth as the family ages. Due to third person, the main family isn’t always the center of the story. That may be aggravating to listen to because there are tons names thrown out in the first few chapters. Mom is a super fit woman who instructs people how to shoot because she’s at the top of her field. The kids are instructed by an AI, which is the kind of teacher my kids won’t get during a 2020 pandemic. Dad’s highly ranked and apparently known to have multiple women because he’s not the sort to be tied down. Luckily he’s so respectful to women that it’s not an issue. The central family is mixed, close knit, and all the events focus on their journey through a shifting political landscape that involves escaping earth then venturing toward a colony planet (per the synopsis). I found myself longing for a “Lost In Space” style story where you picked up at the immediate action and not the backstory (or the back story’s backstory). For me, as a listener, I would have had more interest picking up with “we’re in space. Quick, cover fire, we have to escape!”, or something along those lines. As the novel is presented, the first half feels like sheer backstory, exposition, and people watch internet videos of action happening elsewhere. The second half is a bit more exciting and gets into a bit of the virtual reality, space travels, and the world going crazy. Here’s the wrap up. If you’re looking for a military story based one hundred years in the future where everyone faces the same problems they have now, with an emphasis on strong females who punch names and kick bubblegum, then this story is a good listen. If an action report writing style turns you off or you want the space portion immediately, then you’ll be frustrated. But, take a glance at the previews and see for yourself.
- Gilbert M. Stack
Powerful Beginning to a Great Series
I had been thinking about rereading the Fierce Girls series when I learned that the first book had just come out in an audio format. I love audio books, so this seemed a good way to re-experience the universe of Fierce Girls. When Sergeant Molly Bennett kills two of the sons of world famous terrorist, Hassan Gul, she pokes a hornets’ nest. When she and Lieutenant Rick O’Brien kill Gul, himself, and two more of his sons, the hornet’s nest bursts open and all hell breaks loose. This is the backdrop to Mike Adam’s exciting new novel, Fierce Girls, and the foundation of a whole new series with the same name as Molly and Rick have to deal with the consequences of their actions. The action in this book is intense, develops quickly and plausibly, but not necessarily in a predictable fashion. That’s good obviously! I learned quickly I could never be certain what Adams had in store on the next page. The other highlight of the novel is the large cast of fiercely independent and deadly capable characters. O’Brien’s large family (mother, sisters, daughter) often steals the show from the two technical heroes—but that’s a good thing because I have no doubt that these women will be taking center stage as the series develops. In summation, the future is a mixed bag in Mike Adams’ 22nd century universe. On the one hand, technology is becoming truly amazing, faster-than-light travel has been developed and humanity is colonizing a planet orbiting another star. But on the other hand, the threat of terrorism is worse than ever and much of it is directed at stopping the colonizing of that new world. This well-thought-out mix produces plenty of problems which provide loads of excitement in this novel and promises even more its many sequels. I should also point out that Mike Adams found a superb narrator in Rachanee Lumayno. Fierce Girls has a large cast (and it will get much larger as the series continues), but Lumayno was up to the task creating distinctive voices for the many characters. If she sticks with the series, her talents are going to be stretched even further, but after listening to this one, I’m willing to guess she’ll be up to the task. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
DNF chapter 35
2 Blue Roses 1 Blue Flame Narrator Rachanee Lumayno gave a painfully long and extremely detailed recount of overly accentuated strong female characters in the futuristic sci-fi. Rachanee starts out with irritating high pitched swings in her narration, but after the first 8 chapters, she settled down but unfortunately regressed backward into a robotic cadence. She does have a wonderful variety of voices, making the dialogues well distinguishable and enjoyable. It is my opinion that this narrator and the lengthy third person reading is not conducive to an enjoyable audiobook. The content and the narrator does not gel. This audiobook lacks deep human emotion and connection. Except for, during dialogues. There are multiple characters and I have mental whiplash trying to figure out who says what. You would need chalk and a blackboard to take notes to figure out what the fuck it all means. I did not hear any romance, pain, humor, angst, or drama. Due to the robotic narration, and boring content I was not able to finish the audiobook. DNF Chapter 35 😩 Happy Listening