What are the best military science fiction books?

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    #1Trading in Danger (Vatta's War)

    Trading in Danger (Vatta's War)
    Kylara Vatta is the only girl in a family of sons and her father is the only of his family to choose a military career instead of the family business, the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. 
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    Jonathan Butler
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Trading in Danger is part of the Vatta's War series books. A strong female lead faces an uphill battle and unbeatable odds. Kylara searches out the right move for her as she sets out on her own path. A real good sci-fi military read."
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    #2Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Kenneth Rice
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Amazing book from a great writer which captivated my attention throughout my reading. It combines many aspects of different genres from aliens to military training to things that you may possibly need in real life and is very appreciated and would be enjoyed by many."
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    #3Outpassage

    Outpassage

    Outpassage is a science fiction book written by Janet E. Morris and Chris Morris. This book is about Sgt. Det Cox and Paige Barnett's discovery of aliens. It is first published in 1987 by Perseid Press. 

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    Elizabeth Lawson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Morris and Morris do it again. When Stg Cox and his pluck side kick discover aliens, the adventure begins."
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    #4Mutineer (Kris Longknife)

    Mutineer (Kris Longknife)
    Mutineer is a science fiction novel by Mike Shepherd that tells the story of Kris Longknife, a Navy officer who leads a mutiny after discovering a scheme to instigate a war with Earth. It is the first book in the Kris Longknife series.
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    Dylan Perkins
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "The military taken beyond the boundaries of this planet. Wherever we would go in this state of mind, the military would be needed. It is that human nature thing. I like stories that deal have this kind of content. This is a tale of science fiction and the military."
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    #5The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga)

    The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga)
    The Warrior's Apprentice is a space opera novel by Lois McMaster Bujold. It tells the story of Miles Vorkosigan, who pretends to be the fleet commander of the Dendarii Mercenaries. It is the second book of the Vorkosigan Saga.
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    Kyle Cook
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Who in the world are the Dendarii Mercenaries? What is a space opera novel? Does the novel sing to me? I understand that it is sci-fi but I have no idea what it is other than that."
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    #6Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)

    Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)
    Mechanicum is the 9th book in the famous young adult dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Graham McNeill and was published in December 2008. It is about insurgencies brewing on Mars.
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    Janet White
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Mechanicum is the 9th book in the Horus Heresy series, and while I'd obviously recommend ready the earlier books first, it's probably my favorite. It tells the story of civil war on Mars and is set in the universe of Warhammer 40,000, but 10,000 years earlier. The other great thing about this book is that if you enjoy the world, there are currently 46 in the series, so you'll have plenty to immerse yourself in."
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    #7The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a science-fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein. The story occurs in the year 2076 in which there is a threat regarding an environmental apocalypse.

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    Laura Medina
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a very good solution"
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    #8The Last Israelis

    The Last Israelis

    The Last Israelis is an apocalyptic military fiction written by Noah Beck. It is first published in 2012. This novel is about a nuclear-armed submarine in Iran. 

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    Judy Washington
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "The Last Israelis is exciting and suspenseful. When a group of submariners, who are diverse ethnically and in their ideology, have to work together, the tensions that rise caused me to hold my breath wondering if they could work through their differences or would they destroy any success for the mission. A great read that causes self-reflection and judgments."
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    #9The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)

    The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)

    The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi is a science fiction novel and the second book for his Old Man's War series. This book tells the story of the members of the Colonial Defense Forces and their superhuman abilities.

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    Israel Rocha
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This was a great book! I loved the sci-fi in this and it made it so interesting to read! I enjoyed it very much!"
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    #10Redshirts

    Redshirts

    Redshirts by John Scalzi is a comic science fiction novel published in 2012. This book follows the story of Andrew Dahl and his exciting and life-threatening Away Missions for the Universal Union Capital Ship, Intrepid. 

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    Charles Collins
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Not his best work. I read a few of his other books and they were pretty good so I assumed this would be as well. Don't assume! I am a Star Trek fan but this was just ridiculous!"
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    #11Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers
    In 5000 humanity will face the total extermination and our only chance to survive is a highly-trained soldiers called the Star Ship Troopers. That's the story of Jonny Rico, an idealistic trooper from the infantry. 
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    Alexander Peters
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Whether you've seen the movie or not, Robert A. Heinlein is a sci-fi legend and his book, Starship Troopers, holds up as one of the best military science fiction books of all time. The characters are intriguing, the pacing is spot on, and the story itself is fantastic. You won't want to put it down!"
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    #12Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Star (The Commonwealth Saga)

    Pandora's Heart by Peter F. Hamilton is a science fiction novel and the second book to his The Commonwealth Saga. Set in the year 2380, The Intersolar Commonwealth is about to face a great danger that lies ahead of them.

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    Consuelo Espinoza
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Pandora's Star is not really focused on military but it is a decent science fiction book. It is about humans learning to inhabit starts using black hole travel. They encounter aliens and struggle over limited resources. My main complaint is that it seems a little long winded at times."
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    #13The Alecto Initiative (Loralynn Kennakris)

    The Alecto Initiative (Loralynn Kennakris)

    The Alecto Initiative is a military science fiction novel by Jordan Leah Hunter and Owen R. O'Neill. It tells the story of Loralynn, who gets a taste of freedom after eight years as a slave. It is the first book in the Loralynn Kennakris series.

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    Brian James
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This was a great book to read."
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    #14A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why)

    A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why)
    A Soldier's Duty is a military science fiction novel by Jean Johnson. It tells the story of Ia, a female Space Marin with prophetic abilities who is determined use her gift for good. It is the first book in the Theirs Not to Reason Why series.
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    Ye Liang
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "there is way better out there"
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    #15On Silver Wings (Hayden War Cycle)

    On Silver Wings (Hayden War Cycle)
    On Silver Wings is a military science fiction novel by Evan Currie. It tells the story of Sgt. Sorilla Aida, who must fight to rescue the Colony from imminent danger. It is the first book in the Hayden War Cycle. 
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    Ai Tang
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "It's no Clancy novel (who is far and away the best military sci-fi writer), but it's not bad. The details are pretty interesting but the characters themselves are disappointingly flat."
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    #16The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead is the 17th book in the famous dystopic science fiction series, Horus Heresy. This young adult book was written by Graham McNeill and was published in November 2011. It is about Kai Zulane and his battle for survival.

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    Jiang Bai
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy) is a really cool book that can only be classified as military science fiction. The story is smart and fast paced with a lot of strategy and action."
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    #17Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)

    Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)

    Shadows of Treachery is the 22nd book in the famous young adult dystopic science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It is a collection of stories inside series' galaxy, written by Dan Abnett, John French, Gav Thorpe and more.

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    Justin Kim
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "I enjoyed this one .Worth the price.I will definitely recommend it."
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    #18Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4)

    Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4)
    Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2015 by Ivan Kal, it is the fourth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.
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    William Pierce
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Sometimes, when I'm feeling blue, I need a good space opera to cheer me up. This is not that. The Rise of the Empire Books are a very ambitious, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempt at writing a science fiction series. I'd give it points for effort, but I don't want to encourage the author to continuing."
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    #19Adrenaline Secrets (Deadly DNA)

    Adrenaline Secrets (Deadly DNA)

    Adrenaline Secrets is a romantic suspense science fiction and the first book in Deadly DNA series written by Carolyn Reilly. This military action fiction novel is about a mercenary and a spy. It is first published in 2017. 

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    Evelyn Moore
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love so many things about “Adrenaline Secrets: A Deadly DNA Novel”. This science fiction/romance novel tells the story of Kendra Reed, an undercover agent. The book follows Reed as she attempts to resolve the mystery surrounding the death of her sibling and parents, determine the demise of a Committee plane in Africa, and develop a complicated relationship with Jake Hanson. What I enjoyed about this book is its multi-layered plot; one minute the reader is engrossed in Reed’s personal familial odyssey, the next, the reader is drawn into the struggle between “naturals” and “Genetic Invitros”. Despite being a little complex and packed with detail, the book keeps a great pace and is jammed-pack with action. Even though there are a multitude of characters and plot lines, the author does a great job of outlining everything clearly while never botching the book’s overall likeability. The author’s experience in the State Department lends the book’s espionage aspect an air of authenticity. And despite the sci-fi nature of the subject matter, the author manages to write in such a way that the plot seems entirely realistic. For those who are hesitant about the romance aspect of the book, the great news is that even though the reader can immediately see the chemistry between Reed and Hanson, theirs is not a saccharine love story. The story doesn’t devolve into a sappy tale but rather maintains its integrity as a page-turning thriller. I highly recommend this read for anyone looking for an adrenaline-inducing story!"
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    #20A World Out of Time

    A World Out of Time

    A World Out of Time is a science fiction novel written by Larry Niven. This book was originally published in 1976 bu the Holt McDougal. It was followed by The Integral Trees in 1984.

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    Joshua Harvey
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A World Out of Time is a science fiction novel written by Larry Niven. This book was originally published in 1976 bu the Holt McDougal. It was followed by The Integral Trees in 1984. I ejoyed reading this particular book"
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    #21Armored

    Armored

    Armored is a military science fiction book created by John Joseph Adams, David Barr Kirtley, David Levine, Michael Stackpole, and Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2012 by Baen. 

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    Zeng He
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A fun sci-fi military book about the advent of Powered Armor Exo-skeletons and their use in battle. A great military type novel for fans of Sci-fi. Very fun."
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    #22Fireheart (Chay Trilogy)

    Fireheart (Chay Trilogy)

    Fireheart (Chay Trilogy) is man to man romance and science fiction book written by Gloria H. Giroux. This military-themed book was published on November 6, 2007 by iUniverse.

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    Hansika Chatterjee
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Military science fiction is good subject matter for a written work. This book has all the ingredients for an engaging story."
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    #23Sacraments of Fire (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Sacraments of Fire (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Sacraments of Fire by David R. George III is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2015. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. 

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    Bobby Dean
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I found this to be an excellent read. Had been looking forward to something new and wasn't disappointed. I'm sure I'll be giving this one another read, to see if I missed anything from the first go around. I'm looking forward to it already."
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    #24March Upcountry (Empire of Man)

    March Upcountry (Empire of Man)

    March Upcountry is a military science fiction and the first book in Empire of Man series written by David Weber and John Ringo. It is published in 2001 by Baen. 

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    Ai Long
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "March Upcountry (Empire of Man) is a classic style book that young boys love to read and it has everything to peak my interest. There are weapons and war and dinosaurs all in one awesome story. You really can't go wrong with this incredible tale on a galactic scale."
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    #25A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War)

    A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War)

    A Hymn Before Battle is a military science fiction and the first book in Posleen War) series written by John Ringo. It is published in 2000 by Baen Books. 

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    Austin Nelson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This military science fiction book is pretty interesting, and is a first in a series. It is about a hymn before battle, and preparation."
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    #26The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny by J.G Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2003. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Larry Hansen
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book focuses on the Klingon General Martok and fans of him will like him even more after reading this book. The story is well-written and I think it's good that new characters are introduced to this story. The challenge faced by Martok is to try to bring together factions in his homeland, and of his enemies is his son. It's an interesting tale about war and family. "
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    #27Robots and Empire

    Robots and Empire

    Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel originally published in August 1985 by the Doubleday. This is the fourth book from Asimov's Robot series. It was preceded by The Robots of Dawn.

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    Judith Mason
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "this book is a great book for the topic at hand. After reading the reviews and description, it sounds like a great book to read and learn from. The author has had lots of books that people have loved. This book should be a good read and I have put it on my list to do so soon."
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    #28The Stars, Like Dust

    The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel originally published in 1951 by the Doubleday. This is the first book from Asimov's Galactic Empire series. It was followed by The Currents of Space.

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    Katherine Kelly
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I absolutely love it when I think I know how a book or movie is going to end, and then I'm completely surprised. The entirety of The Stars, Like Dust is full of tons of twists. You won't want to put it down. And when you're done, you want to immediately read the next one. "
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    #29Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2002. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Nathan White
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I had high hopes for this book but I just could not get into it. The plot was highly predictable and the dialogue was really boring. Not what I'd expect from a military sci fi book."
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    #30Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2004. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Austin Howell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is perfect solution for best military science fiction books, because it is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2004. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series."
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    #31A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2000. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Rajesh Patel
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A Stitch in Time is a really interesting Science Fiction Book based off of the Deep Space Nine Series. It is really quite imaginative and creative because even as a long time Star Trek fan I find this book puts a really interesting twist and perspective on Star Trek as a whole. Definitely a must read for anyone who is a fan of Star Trek. Those generally into Science Fiction Books should enjoy this as well but there may be better options based on personal taste."
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    #32The Puppies of Terra

    The Puppies of Terra

    The Puppies of Terra science fiction novel written by Thomas M. Disch. Published in 1966, it focuses on the flight of the humans against their alien overlords.

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    Roy McDonald
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I found the book to have a very strange setting and story overall. It's something you'd never expect until you get into the meat of the book. Still, it was a fascinating read and I can strongly recommend it for people fond of military science fiction. "
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    #33Onslaught (Rise of the Empire Book 6)

    Onslaught (Rise of the Empire Book 6)

    Onslaught (Rise of the Empire #6) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2016 by Amazon Digital Services LLC, it is the sixth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.

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    Henry Keller
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a very special fiction book, it is written very nicely, it tells an entertaining story, and has many different characters and everyone of them has something to tell, and i can say that it is one of the best sci-fi books i have read. I have had a very good time reading this book, and i am sure that it will be the same for many of the readers. "
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    #34The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)

    The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)

    The Hunt for Red October is the fourth book in the military fiction series Jack Ryan Universe written by Tom Clancy which centers on Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius who decides to defect at the tail end of the Cold War to head to Cuba. 

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    Carl Gibson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I was on the hunt for the best military science fiction books and this book was just what I needed! I love it and recommend to everyone."
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    #35The Soul Key (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Soul Key (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Soul Key by Olivia Woods is a science fiction and adventury novel originally published in 2009. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. The Soul Key is the first ever Star Trek novel by Woods.

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    Larry Lawrence
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I'm a big DS9 fan so I really liked this as well as its predecessor, Fearful Symmetry. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to non-fans though as it assumes one knows the background."
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    #36Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5)

    Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5)

    Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2016, it is the fifth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.

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    Justin Mason
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Searching for an awesome military science fiction book? Check out Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5), as well as the rest of the Rise of the Empire series."
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    #37Fearful Symmetry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Fearful Symmetry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Fearful Symmetry by Olivia Woods is a science fiction and adventure novel originally published in 2008. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. This book follows the story of the Cardassian agent - Iliana Ghemor.

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    Jack Brooks
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Fearful Symmetry is sci fi book by author Olivia Woods. It is part of the continuing Deep Space Nine series of Star Trek books. Fearful Symmetry is far along in the series and I would recommend checking out some of the earlier books first. "
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    #38The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Never Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2009. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. It follows the story of Rugal Pa'Dar.

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    Jesse Mendoza
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Una McCormack wrote several of the best military science fiction books. The one I most recommend to fans of the genre is the Never Ending Sacrifice from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series."

Summary

Best What are the best military science fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Trading in Danger (Vatta's War)Books 43 Paid
2Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 33 Paid
3OutpassageBooks 33 Paid
4Mutineer (Kris Longknife)Books 29 Paid
5The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga)Books 29 Paid
6Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)Books 26 Paid
7The Moon Is a Harsh MistressBooks 23 Paid
8The Last Israelis Books 18 Paid
9The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)Books 17 Paid
10RedshirtsBooks 11 Paid
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