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Bloodstar: Star Corpsman: Book One (Book Review)

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Bloodstar: Star Corpsman: Book One is a fantastic book that I highly recommend. The story follows a Navy Corpsman, Elliot Carlyle, who is just finishing up his FMF (Fleet Marine Force) training when his unit is deployed to an actual combat mission. Elliot’s trial-by-fire begins as his unit jumps into action on a distant planet named “Bloodstar”. You can read the book’s full synopsis on Amazon, but here’s why you should just read the book.

First off, as a prior Corpsman who was 8404 FMSS trained, it made me long for the days when I was in the Navy and made me wish I had stayed in so I could move on to get my FMF after I finished with the basic 8404 school. That’s how engaging the book was. Even though it was set in the future and employed equipment that hasn’t been invented yet, it was so realistic as to how Corpsman feel about their Marines and how they love what they do. Any Corpsman who loves or even likes SF would agree that this is a great story.

Secondly, as someone who has been in the medical field for just over twenty years, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the medical explanations and scenes that were masterfully crafted. Some of the time I felt like I was getting a great refresher and that I should actually get some CEUs (continuing educational units) for my paramedic certification. I have read a lot of the reviews that said they hated the medical parts of the book, and in all fairness, I can easily see how someone who isn’t in the medical field would feel bogged down in certain areas. But I think back to when I read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, there were parts where it seemed like Vern spent two or three pages describing a single fish. I skipped through a lot of those descriptive pages to get back to the story and I still loved the book. I think the same could be done with this story if the medical scenes aren’t your cup of tea.

Lastly, as a new author myself, I felt like I learned a few things from reading this book. My first book Extinction also stars a Navy Corpsman who is assigned to a Force Recon Marine unit. I think this author did a better job of making the reader feel the bond a Corpsman has with his/her Marines. I focused on the bond Daria had with her unit as they were her friends, but I didn’t really explore her bond with the Marine Corps itself that all of us 8404 Corpsman have.

If I have anything negative to say about the book it would be that I like a little more dialog than what was presented. I prefer a story that is driven by its conversations rather than explanations. I have already purchased the second book so it obviously wasn’t that big of a sticking point for me.


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2 Responses to “Bloodstar: Star Corpsman: Book One (Book Review)”

  1. Thank you Jay, if YOU enjoyed it, I’m sure Blodstar is going to be good.
    I truly appreciated the bond Navy (combat) Corpsman have with combat marines when a turnkey grunt who supposedly despised swabbies, brought me two aspirins & a cup of coffee when I awoke in a red line brig in 1969. Without a word, the gunny gently lifted my self abused body from the rack to a sitting position, put the hangover easer into each of my shaking hands, came to attention, did a perfect about face & swiftly marched toward the exit through the center of 25 or more stunned prisoners. One of the them whispered..”CMOH or Corpsman!” .. & everyone started to breathe again!

    Posted by Peter A. Roland | January 21, 2014, 11:33

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