"A powerful military science fiction work"
The diplomatic mission assigned to Prince Roger was more to
get rid of him for awhile than any real need except palace
relief as the royals including his mother the Empress are
tired of his boorish spoiled behavior. One thousand rugged
Marines accompany Roger on his meaningless mission, but
every one of these tough soldiers detests this royal pain
in the butt. The assignment goes wrong and Roger and his
troops become stuck on Marduk, a hostile planet.
Over the next year or so, Roger leads his Marines and loyal
Mardukans in a deadly march to reach the only spaceport
held by the enemy. During the dangerous crossing that
costs the lives of 100 men, Roger feels every death
personally and turns into a strong military leader whose
supporters are as loyal to him as any person can expect.
However, whether he manages to lead the way off-planet
still remains to be proven even as he learns that there is
more to this disaster than just what resides on Marduk.
MARCH TO THE SEA is a powerful military science fiction
novel that works on several levels as Roger turns from a
hedonistic rotter into a strong leader. The story line is
action packed as the land and ocean of Marduk seems real
and in turn provides an authenticity to the adventures of
the outsiders. Still it is Roger whose metamorphose
against an antagonistic backdrop makes the latest outer
space thriller from David Weber and John Ringo into must
reading for sub-genre fans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 27, 2003