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Sci-fi author Kenneth Tam reviews Virtues of War

Kenneth Tam | December 14, 2011

With Virtues of War, Bennett R. Coles has delivered an excellent read in the tradition of military sci-fi greats like Honor Harrington. Bringing together a sophisticated universe with well-developed doctrine, a rich texture and eminently human characters, he blends action and emotion in a most satisfying manner.

Particularly delightful is the way both sides in Coles' conflict play against type - thanks to subversive role reversals and potent imagery, the reader can easily question who the "good guys" truly are. There are no easy answers in the Virtues of War universe, and that should leave readers eager to return for more. I look forward to the sequel.

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Vicarious thrill rides that get the reader’s heart pumping, and battle scenes wrought with suspense.

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