Review: The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
The Forever War was first published in the 1970's but the story does not seem dated even today. Haldeman's knowledge of war, physics and astronomy shine through as he takes us on a journey that spans a few short years for some, and hundreds of years for others, relatively speaking.
The story is based around William Mandella, his military career, his retirement and his continuing pains within the military even when he thought he'd seen the back of it. It deals well with everyday combat and tactics in a realistic universe where war never seems to end.
The characters were interesting and the technologies and ideas behind the combat hold the reader's interest with ease. The author offers some interesting ideas about how the earth could change over a long period and he steers safely away from cliches and always offers something informed and interesting to get your teeth into.
The Forever War was written a long time ago, and it still packs a punch. I'd be interested to see what Haldeman has been writing since, and how he has evolved over the years. I'm looking forward to reading more from this writer.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military science fiction.
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