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War is hell Soldiers fight Anthology of ePUB #10003 to survive They fight each other and they fight the demons inside Sometimes they fight real monsters This book collects s Blank White Page by James A Moore Whatever makes you think a few buildings brings about a civilized human being I have a soft spot for weird westerns I enjoyed this story of mysterious monsters facing off against mysterious monsters The backstory of the albino mulatto cryptozoologist who is transforming into an unknown creature is a great story of its own And is Crowley some kind of Faust This story deserves a book or at least a novellaBug Hunt A Joe Ledger Adventure by Jonathan Maberry That was everything I wanted humor action adventure combat an unexpected kinship It was cinematically entertaining Now I need to read some Joe Ledger view spoilerI subseuently read three Joe Ledger books but only liked the first one hide spoiler

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SNAFU An Anthology of Military Horror

Es works from Jonathan Maberry Weston Ochse Greig Beck and James SNAFU An PDF or A Moore who lead the way with a contingent of emerging authors to back them up Fight or die Little Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan4 stars FantasyExcellent beginning for this collection featuring a canon unit during the US Civil War This is a terrific ghost story that zips right along The only thing that keeps it from being a 5 star story is that it was pretty much on rails without surprises The writing is excellent howeverCovert Genesis by Brian W Taylor3 stars FantasyThis is a decent first encounter story but it doesn t provide any answers or a real ending The open endedness of it doesn t bother me as much but it just feels weird for weirdness sakeBug Hunt by Jonathan Maberry5 stars Science FictionThis is a Joe Ledger story where Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences are tasked to recover a very bad weapon from some Russian mercenaries in the Pacific Northwest Then things get crazy when they all encounter giant spiders from outer space As with his other books I ve read this is a solid adventure story with a couple neat wrinkles It s not dissimilar to the movie Predator without being derivativeSpecial Operations Interview PTO 14 by Wayland Smith3 stars FantasyThis is in the form of a transcript of an OSS interview of a US Marine during WWII in the Pacific He witnessed a Japanese soldier battling a big blue demon It s an okay storyCold War Gothic by Weston Ochse4 stars FantasySet in 1969 San Francisco this one is about an undercover government bureau that specializes in occult creepies In this instance it s vampire geishas So that was funMaking Waves by Curtis C Chen5 stars FantasyA WWII story set aboard the submarine USS Bowfin This is a world where magic is an everyday thing as it begins with a spell to allow a specialist to teleport aboard I uite liked how Chen integrated magic into the world as well as how he makes you think this will involve Godzilla like kaiju but pivots instead view spoilerIt s actually Cthulhu esue Elder Gods hide spoiler

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Tories of ancient myths time travelers horrors in the old west and the soldiers who fight them Featuring some of the best writers working in the field today this book includ Military fiction of any sort is not really my go to whatever the genre it is part of I find that very little of it is of the standard of The Forever War or Life During Wartime or the Regeneration trilogy It s far too often war porn all about the deadly toys and full of characters from a bad John Wayne movie However I m glad I joined in with the group Space Spells Screams monthly read of SNAFU Blackwater by Neal F Litherland is a great opener wonderful cinematic action and I m a sucker for decently written Lovecraftian horror I thought the ending a little hysterical after the tension and emotion of the escapeI loved Little Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan I thought it gave a lovely insight into both the American Civil War and the soldiers mindset of superstition and an acceptance that any success or survival today may have to be paid in full tomorrow uite affectingSaying I hated Brian W Taylor s Covert Genesis would be putting it too strongly but I thought it was pretty terrible Awful cliched dialogue and generally badly written Everything that makes me so often avoid military fictionBack on form with Bug Hunt from the editor Jonathan Maberry a great little action story tightly written with really strong characters I ll definitely be looking up the rest of the Joe Ledger series One slight annoyance is that Maberry misuses some weapon terminology a soldier would not call an AK47 a machine gun it s an assault rifle or just a rifle and he uses small arms fire to refer to pistols as though it s the opposite of long arms almost anything that isn t a heavy weapon is a small arm A minor uibble but an author should get the professional terms correct and it s easy to research As someone else pointed out spiders are also referred to as insects but I can let that go as it was said by a characterI liked Wayand Smith s Special Operations Interview PTO 14 but I m not sure it counts as a fully realised story a vignette I m a table top roleplayer and this is the kind of thing you might have in a character s background to flesh them outSpeaking of my hobby Cold War Gothic by Weston Ochse is right in my wheelhouse A super secret military unit battling both the Soviet threat and the incursion of monsters from other dimensions Sounds like my kind of party I ve got a Weston Ochse collection and some stories in anthologies on my Kindle mostly from Humble Bundle I think so must look them upI really enjoyed Curtis C Chen s Making Waves both the Mythos yumminess of realising the Things they are about to wake aren t what they d thought and the hint of the wider world of military magic Also the protagonist hiding her gender although I m not sure she d be able to get away with that on a sub even with the glamourGreig Beck s The Fossil was a fun one pitting a recovery team from the far future against an anti intrusion Special Forces team in Berlin when they are sent to recover an energy weapon A fun action packed cross time tale A Tide of Flesh from Jeff Hewitt was excellent possibly the only story in the book other than Little Johnny Jump Up so far that is about than just the story dealing as it is with the atrocities of colonialism as a British garrison in the Indian Raj defend a fort from horrorWhat is not to love about a Delta Force commando team in Ira unexpectedly coming up against some vampires Death at 900 Metres by Tyson Mauermann checks that boxAfter a run of generally high uality the collection takes a dip for a while Holding the Line by Eric S Brown a thoroughly forgettable war story Thela Hun Gingeet by David Benton WD Gagliani a potentially interesting tale of a US military action SE Asia that isn t well written enough to go anywhere The Shrine by David W Amendola started off by thoroughly annoying me as the author is doing that teenaged boy thing of showing off his knowledge or research by giving every piece of euipment its correct nomenclature We don t need the specs of every vehicle in the convoy or be told the model of radio being used Slogging through that however this actually became a decent little horror story Ptearing All Before Us by Steve Ruthenback is a solid tale of some US soldiers in the Indian Wars encountering something weird the nature of which is unfortunately given away by the titleKirsten Cross s A Time of Blood features some suaddies on a wargame capturing perfectly soldierly banter in an excellent horror story as they encounter something ancient near StonehengeThe anthology finishes with one of its strongest stories Blank White Page by James A Moore is another post US Civil War tale of soldiers and Indians following the strange companions of Lucas Slate and Jonathan Crowley caught between a US Army detachment and the Apache that they ve been sent to remove one way or another A really strong tale full of violence and magic the wider mythology hinted at but never explained left me wanting to read and as Crowley is apparently something of a recurring character in Moore s work give me a place to startDefinitely some authors I ll be looking up again which is what I want from an anthology35 stars


10 thoughts on “SNAFU An Anthology of Military Horror

  1. says:

    Vote ☆☆☆ 12 Blackwater by Neal F Litherland ☆☆☆A spec ops commando on a mission to rescue a girl in

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    Blank White Page by James A Moore ★★★★½ “Whatever makes you think a few buildings brings about a civilized human being” I have a soft spot for weird westerns I enjoyed this story of mysterious monsters facing off against mysterious monsters The backstory of the albino mulatto cryptozoologist who is transforming into an unknown creature is a great story of its own And is Crowley some kind of Faust This story deserves a

  3. says:

    I won't rate this as I am the publisher but damn there are some great stories in here

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    Review copyMy expectations were not that high for this anthology Although I love horror in all it's many forms I've never been that big a fan o

  5. says:

    Military fiction of any sort is not really my go to whatever the genre it is part of I find that very little of it is of th

  6. says:

    Good book of short stories The Greig Beck story was my personal favorite like all of his work I also liked the Jonathan Maberry Joe Ledger adventure and will be finding his other books Also enjoyed; Blackwater by Neal Litherland Cold War Gothic by Weston Ochse A Time of Blood by Kirsten Cross and Blank White Page by James Moore

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    The fear of the unknown is what horror as a genre has always chosen to exploit and this anthology takes those fears and puts it down in a military landscape In other words it unleashes these horrors onto men and women trained for warThese are the stories and what I made out of them Blackwater A spec ops team fac

  8. says:

    Little Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan4 stars FantasyExcellent beginning for this collection featuring a canon unit during the US Civil War This is a terrific ghost story that zips right along The only thing that keeps it from being a 5 star story is that it was pretty much on rails without surprises The writ

  9. says:

    Disclaimer I received a courtesy copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review I went into SNAFU with high expectations and wasn't disappointed I am a huge fan of all things Maberry and had been following the release dat

  10. says:

    SNAFU is one of those special anthologies where every story fits the mould Each work has its own special hook or pull that keeps you reading a