First Strike - Richard Turner

First Strike

By Richard Turner

  • Release Date: 2015-04-06
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 329 Ratings


When war comes after a century of peace, it is sudden and brutal. Taken by surprise Earth's far-flung colonies are in danger.

The only son of an admiral, Second Lieutenant Michael Sheridan finds himself thrust into a desperate conflict that he and the untried soldiers under his command are ready for. Focusing on the people struggling to survive the onslaught, First Strike is a novel that propels the reader to the furthest limits of space. Fighting a ruthless and determined enemy, Sheridan soon learns the brutal lessons of war and that his enemy may not be what it appears to be.


  • Pretty terrible

    Predicable, campy, mix of a bunch of other stories remastered into this book. Space war? Well no, gritty war drama, well about as realistic as a Saturday cartoon; I guess if you took a bunch of other people's ideas and the plot point points from a half dozen corny sci-fi flicks, added some single dimension good guys and a few never really explained, what's the point of these guys, bad guys, oh and toss in a big six legged bear that eats people, well then you would have this book.
  • Review of First Strike

    By Tbrown2865
    First Strike has a well crafted plot, realistic characters and applaudable character development, and a well-paced timeline. However, the mediocre prose and grammatical errors, including awkward sentence structure and misused and/or miss-spelled words, detracted from the highly creative story line. It is this reviewer's opinion that the author has a great deal of potential, but should step up the prose and polish the grammar to become a first-rate novelist.
  • First Strike

    By VaBeachGentleman
    Good read. Interesting that Marines are still part of the Fleet (Navy) hundreds of years in the future. Has a hero and a romance, but not any really new weapons.
  • First Strrike

    By GilHero
    Good read. Fast moving. Some technical problems and some unbelievable events. Could use some more editing. Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it.
  • First Strike

    By Jaheather
    Very good. Interesting correlations to current events....
  • Very good

    By Cameran Howell
    Aside from some minor grammatical errors I enjoyed the book. I read it from start to finish without stopping as it was that good.
  • The Kind of scifi that I like!!!

    By wylie123
    Great plot, great characters, and good storytelling.
  • Damm good read

    By chef Efraim
    A good war story. Well told and fairly well written.
  • Good characters, good tale, good writing.

    By nosniborjg
    Good characters, good tale, good writing. Except for FTL, tech is credible. Echoes of present day sectarian warfare and Korean war. Worth re-reading.
  • Fun, many grammatical errors

    By Cdriddle
    This book reminds me of Battlestar Galactica. The space adventure part as well as chain of command politics are exciting to me. I like a story that has an elite group of underdogs that, despite all odds, manage to overcome the opposition. This story did just that. The only problem I had was the grammatical errors throughout the book. Once you get past those, it really is a fascinating read.