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Review: The Might of Fortitude

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Planetary Defense Command

might of fortitudeThe Might of Fortitude


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Two nuclear missiles
(2 out of 4 rating)

This military science fiction story follows an officer as he moves from ground combat to command of one of his space navy’s most specialized high-tech warships.  I think I need to follow the good, bad, and ugly format:

The good:

The author paints a picture of a military that’s been demoralized by fighting a long war and suffering heavy casualties.  The military doesn’t trust the new president, and the lower ranks don’t trust the higher ranks.

The main character moves from combat infantryman to commanding naval officer, and you might expect me to put this in the bad category.  However, I’ve seen military and corporate organizations which seem to think that “leadership” or “management” are skills that automatically translate to any environment, despite the leader/manager being clueless in their new task.  So, I felt that this aspect of the story reinforced the idea of…

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