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Midwest Book Review, Volume 9, Number 7 July 2010

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As the sights of man's universe expands, so do its battles for freedom. "Chronos" tells the story of Zach Murphy and the Wolverines as Earth's commandos are tasked with a mission to free the people, both human and alien, of Chronos from the iron grasp of an organization oppressing them. The task is never easy, and "Chronos" proves to be a fun and exciting adventure in science fiction.


The Baryon Review , Sunday, May 9, 2010

CHRONOS ~reviewed by Barry Hunter
It is 2132 and man has expanded his reach into space. They are now so far from Earth that they must supply their needs without any assistance. Weapons range from twentieth century rifles and grenades to technological wonders. The group of Commandos known as the Wolverines must work together to survive where survival is not guaranteed.

Zach Murphy and his team are assigned the job of liberating the people of Chronos which has been taken over by the Syndicate. Chronos is valuable to the Syndicate because of the abundance of rare minerals and an alien race called the Amalthea, about which very little is known.

Ciolli has written a rip roaring, action packed novel that shows how a well oiled military squad can overcome obstacles that would cause others to turn tail and run. It is also a novel of how one small planet can make a large impact on the balance of power.

This is his first novel, but I expect to see more from him in the future. If you like the HAMMERS SLAMMERS stories from David Drake, CHRONOS will be a welcomed addition to your reading list.


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As the sights of man's universe expands, so do its battles for freedom. "Chronos" tells the story of Zach Murphy and the Wolverines as Earth's commandos are tasked with a mission to free the people, both human and alien, of Chronos from the iron grasp of an organization oppressing them. The task is never easy, and "Chronos" proves to be a fun and exciting adventure in science fiction.


Great military sci fi, April 21, 2010

This book is a great read if you like military science fiction. It contains a lot of technical detail about weaponry. Although if you're expecting to read about "ray guns", you'll be disappointed. Based on the premise that modern weapons would be difficult to maintain so far from a supply source, the characters actually use old-fashioned weapons in their fights with robots. It's a quick read with a good plot. Left me wanting a sequel.


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Each page is filled with combat mechanoids, armoured gun platforms and enough ordnance going off to make Afghanistan look like a school yard squabble. ... After a little sneaking around, otherwise known as reconnaissance, the butt kicking starts. And this is major league full auto butt kicking.
There is something deeply satisfying about a chain gun reducing buildings to a smoking pile of rubble, or a stream of short range missiles engulfing a battle tank in annihilation. On more than one occasion I went to bed as the sun was getting up. I can imagine those same robots stomping around New Athens and slugging it out with the Wolverine’s heavy weapons. ... The descriptions enhance the action sequences and give them a more real-life feel... The action sequences brought back memories of the start of Robert Heinlein’s 1959 Hugo Award winning Starship Troopers (the book, definitely NOT the movie), wherein he describes the devastation wrought by the troopers. Chronos is well paced and written in an easy upbeat style; just the ideal companion on a long journey or lazy day.