I am Armor. I am Fury. I Will not Fail.
Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be won, no matter the cost. Their deeds are legend, their reputation feared by the enemies of Earth and her allies, but how the Corps forges young men and women into mighty warriors is shrouded by mystery.
Roland Shaw lost his parents to war, he volunteers for the Armor Corps to honor their memory and discover just how far he can push himself. To succeed, he must find the iron in his heart and prove himself worthy to the Corps. For the Armor, there is no substitute for victory and to fail is to die.
Iron Dragoons is an action-packed military sci-fi novel, the first of a new series by the author of The Ember War Saga.
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did.
I’ve never read Richard Fox’s work before and I have developed a healthy dose of skepticism regarding indie authors and marketing. When I saw he had won the Dragon Award, I decided to give it a shot, having long sice bought it on sale based on the stunning cover alone.
As I dove into the book, I realized I was wrong to doubt. This book is excellent. Seriously, a great example of the military sci-fi genre, and a real showcase for the good that happens when a soldier decides to write what they know.
The powered armor concept shown in this book (and, I understand, also in the Ember War books, which this is a sort of sequel to) is very well thought out and executed. The training scenes, both the rigors of the qualifying evolutions and the action they contain, is top notch.
This is the first book in a series, and I think it speaks volumes that I’ve already bought the second book.
Final Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Nominated for a dragon award for Best Military SciFi – great job!