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They promised him one weekend a month. The House or Reason swore the 9th would never leave their gentle homeworld. But after Kublar, things changed for Sergeant Fetch and the Caledonian Reserve Legion Corps. Thrown into a meat grinder conflict in a desperate bid to hold the line, it doesn’t matter whether you’re reserve or active, only that you kill and survive. A searing They promised him one weekend a month. The House or Reason swore the 9th would never leave their gentle homeworld. But after Kublar, things changed for Sergeant Fetch and the Caledonian Reserve Legion Corps. Thrown into a meat grinder conflict in a desperate bid to hold the line, it doesn’t matter whether you’re reserve or active, only that you kill and survive. A searing tale of combat and honor at any price from a wounded veteran of the War in Iraq who fought to keep the MSRs open from Mosul to Tikrit.


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They promised him one weekend a month. The House or Reason swore the 9th would never leave their gentle homeworld. But after Kublar, things changed for Sergeant Fetch and the Caledonian Reserve Legion Corps. Thrown into a meat grinder conflict in a desperate bid to hold the line, it doesn’t matter whether you’re reserve or active, only that you kill and survive. A searing They promised him one weekend a month. The House or Reason swore the 9th would never leave their gentle homeworld. But after Kublar, things changed for Sergeant Fetch and the Caledonian Reserve Legion Corps. Thrown into a meat grinder conflict in a desperate bid to hold the line, it doesn’t matter whether you’re reserve or active, only that you kill and survive. A searing tale of combat and honor at any price from a wounded veteran of the War in Iraq who fought to keep the MSRs open from Mosul to Tikrit.

30 review for The Reservist

  1. 4 out of 5

    J.R. Handley

    I'm listening to this book again in preparation for the sequel I'm working on with the fine folks over at Galaxy's Edge! I'm listening to this book again in preparation for the sequel I'm working on with the fine folks over at Galaxy's Edge!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Espen

    Sometimes, the greatest burden is on the men who made it home. With Veterans Day/Armistice Day today, J. R. Handley’s The Reservist [Amazon link] is a fine work to remind us of the horror and stupidity of war, and also why the men who went through it on our behalf have an indissoluble bond with one another, especially with the ones who didn’t come back. Each and every family bears the weight of a death in combat, but those who make it out alive sometimes carry their fallen brothers with them for Sometimes, the greatest burden is on the men who made it home. With Veterans Day/Armistice Day today, J. R. Handley’s The Reservist [Amazon link] is a fine work to remind us of the horror and stupidity of war, and also why the men who went through it on our behalf have an indissoluble bond with one another, especially with the ones who didn’t come back. Each and every family bears the weight of a death in combat, but those who make it out alive sometimes carry their fallen brothers with them for the rest of their lives. The Legion is composed of professional soldiers, lifers who have followed their calling. Except for the New Caledonian Reserve Corps, one of those historical accidents like Texas’ right to divide itself up into five smaller states. A relic of the Savage Wars, the Reserve Corps was a fine way to play soldier one weekend a month, at least until the Battle of Kublar pushed the galaxy into chaos. Then, every warm body was needed, so the Reserve was mobilized and deployed someplace no one on New Caledonia had ever heard of. Some place cold too, since New Caledonia was mostly desert. Unlike some of the other volumes in The Order of the Centurion series, The Reservist is less about remarkable men of great skill at arms, than about rather ordinary men who find themselves thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Even the point officer [there is of course a point officer] is less a corrupt, grandstanding fool, and more just an ordinary guy thrown in over his head without the training or the skills to truly lead his men to war. From the very beginning, everything goes wrong. Everyone makes stupid mistakes that get people killed. Luck has as much to do with who lives to see another day as prudent planning or proper training. War is hell, especially when the men are incompetently led. And this war, especially, is hell. The 9th Legion finds itself in a brutal campaign for survival on the rebellious planet of Rhyssis Wan. Even Legion Reservists have better gear than the rebels on this backwater, but each Legionnaire who falls cannot be replaced. Superior tactics and weapons can only count for so much when the enemy outnumbers you by such an overwhelming margin. Quantity comes to have a quality of its own. Since the 9th is composed of so many men from the New Caledonian Reserve, each man who falls isn’t just a brother in arms, but also a long-standing friend and maybe the godfather of your children. Each man being so ordinary brings home the pain and loss in a very real way. That the 9th keeps fighting on is a remarkable testament to their spirit, and the spirit of all the men just like them. The ones who don’t talk much about the war, because they were scared, and it was horrible, but who went ahead and did it anyways. This story is for them. I was provided a copy of this ebook by the publisher for free.

  3. 5 out of 5

    C.L.

    A reservist walks into a bar... a Leej hero exits As far as a stand-alone story in the world of Galaxy's Edge by Anspach and Cole, Handley's tale is more hardcore "grunt" than the core series. A group of reservists in a world loyal to The Republic are called-up. They're part of their planetary defense force - a weekend a month and some summertime training that allows a guy who'd rather cook than kill and a kid looking for an alternative to the penal system a chance to man-up. They're sent to quel A reservist walks into a bar... a Leej hero exits As far as a stand-alone story in the world of Galaxy's Edge by Anspach and Cole, Handley's tale is more hardcore "grunt" than the core series. A group of reservists in a world loyal to The Republic are called-up. They're part of their planetary defense force - a weekend a month and some summertime training that allows a guy who'd rather cook than kill and a kid looking for an alternative to the penal system a chance to man-up. They're sent to quell a reported uprising on a planet where they'll have some Legion regulars interspersed. Piece of cake. Instead, the reserves are thrust into a disastrous situation: the Mid Core Rebellion has set a trap and the only way out is to Kill Them First (KTF) or die trying as the local population, who've converted to The Rebellion, are willing to bite, chew, go hand-to-hand, and let their battle beasts bleed the boots on the ground, including a small force of SOAR Marines who try to help keep them alive and fulfil their mission. Against extraordinary circumstances, with field promotions due to attrition, one man - "Fetch" - will do what it takes to earn the right to be not just a reserve but a true Lejee. I enjoyed the military sci-fi but the frenetic pace of the battle after battle situation made me feel stressed out and less immersed in getting an opportunity to really relate to the characters. In the Order of the Centurion thread of stand-alones, however, it's hard not to give The Reservist a very strong 4/5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pratish Gondalia

    Just read it from the first page to the last page. This book gripped me like an old SciFi story "Nerves" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8... Just read it from the first page to the last page. This book gripped me like an old SciFi story "Nerves" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8...

  5. 4 out of 5

    PJ Lea

    Bring the pain. Every time I read an Order of the Centurion book it brings me to tears. The reality of war is ugly but these authors know how to make you NEED to know more about these outstanding legionnaires. KTF.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Legnon

    I am really enjoying these books. I will read everyone that comes out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dave Becker

    This was my favorite Galaxy's Edge book since Legionnaire, and it's tough to decide which one I liked more. Heart-pounding action from start to finish, great characters and a satisfying ending. Such a fantastic read. This was my favorite Galaxy's Edge book since Legionnaire, and it's tough to decide which one I liked more. Heart-pounding action from start to finish, great characters and a satisfying ending. Such a fantastic read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Ok, well having been a former Reserve Officer (actually, Army National Guard), I can somewhat relate to this story. You initially join the Guard or Reserves for some reason whether it be for the money or to do something different without losing everything in your civilian life. It was an opportunity to be part of the military once again as I did serve on Active Duty, but that was in the US Navy, so this Army stuff was totally different. Still, I joined to see what it was like. Our main character, Ok, well having been a former Reserve Officer (actually, Army National Guard), I can somewhat relate to this story. You initially join the Guard or Reserves for some reason whether it be for the money or to do something different without losing everything in your civilian life. It was an opportunity to be part of the military once again as I did serve on Active Duty, but that was in the US Navy, so this Army stuff was totally different. Still, I joined to see what it was like. Our main character, Legionnaire Lieutenant Benjie Ocampo was a chef in real life! Yeah, and he was called "Fetch" by Legion friends. He has a Masters in Hotel and Restaurant Management and general culinary arts. Still, he enlisted in the New Caledonian Reserve Corps just to prove something to himself. He figured he'd stick around awhile to see this side of life before giving it up and going back to his full-time civilian career. He knew that unless everything was going to heck with the Republic, his chance of getting called up for Active Duty were pretty slim, until it actually happened! The Mid-Core Rebellion was getting more and more active. Then one day his unit began to receive additional funds for training and he was volunteering for everyone of these training events. Pretty soon his "one weekend a month" deal was out the window and his reserve time was taking up more than his civi time. Then his unit got THE CALL! Fetch really wasn't expecting this, but he thought he was ready. The active Legion didn't really consider a reserve Legion unit actually Legionnaires. They didn't have sufficient training and most of their equipment was outdated. Plus most reserve units were undermanned. That was the condition of Rage Company, 9th Legion, was typical upon activation, but the Legion sent some active duty training Legionnaires to whip them into shape. That they did as much as could be done in a short time. It wasn't long before the 9th Legion found itself deploying to Rhyssis Wan, a Republic planet that was having a rebellion problem. Now, Fetch had by this time made Sergeant and was in charge of Berserker Squad. At one time, with his degree, the had thought about going to OCS (Officer Candidate School) and getting his commission, but after seeing so many "Point" officers entering the Legion and knowning they didn't know a thing, he decided to stay with his men. So now he's going to do something for real. What he doesn't know is that his life is going to get very intense, very quickly and the Legion doesn't always support you like it should. Too much going on and being over extended can cause a lot of problems. Also, having Point officers planning your missions just wasn't going to cut it because they barely knew how to do anything, but the ops plans they put out had to be executed. And then, Rage Company got a Point for a commanding officer! So you'll read about this reserve unit doing what every other Legion unit has always done, KTF! They got in to a real mess on Rhyssis Wan going from one impossible mission to another. In-between all this, Fetch's friends were dying. Guys he knew for a long time, knew who their Mothers and Fathers were, fed their families at his restaurants were now dying while he was trying to keep them alive along with himself. He soon got his battlefield commission since all the leadership in Rage Company got taken out during their short time about their Navy transport. It was supposed to be a leadership meeting, but he was running a little bit late and the ship was hit. The new Point Captain had no recourse but to appoint Fetch as a new Lieutenant in charge of 1st Platoon. That would eventually balloon to a much larger responsibility. The story was very good, but a little too much I think for the average Reservist I knew. Sure we always thought we were ready for combat, but I'm not so sure we were. And the thing about being within a unit in your home town. You knew the guys around you very, very well so their deaths can hit very hard. I think it's harder on a unit like this to overcome massive casualties and still remain effective. Still, this story was very well written as were all five of the ebook in this collection.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sgt Maj

    Excellent Read. Well Paced Action, Battle Throughout We get to know the MC very well. He’s very easy to embrace and care about. Would have liked to know some of the other characters better. Maybe quite a few a tad stereotypical, but authors make do. Action was well paced, as was the entire story. No Mickey Mousing with a ton of detailed training to setup characters, story. Story flowed smoothly from one event to another. Overall, story and action, battle was credible and believable. Had a lot of n Excellent Read. Well Paced Action, Battle Throughout We get to know the MC very well. He’s very easy to embrace and care about. Would have liked to know some of the other characters better. Maybe quite a few a tad stereotypical, but authors make do. Action was well paced, as was the entire story. No Mickey Mousing with a ton of detailed training to setup characters, story. Story flowed smoothly from one event to another. Overall, story and action, battle was credible and believable. Had a lot of nice touches,minutiae that helped credibility, realism. These touches easily overcame inconsistencies and some John Wayne. Best I’ve read from these authors.

  10. 4 out of 5

    allan graham

    Giving up This is the third stand alone Galaxies Edge novel that I have thought was bad, this is the first I have given up 76% in. Love Galaxy's Edge, raced through the books, but these are just bad, and this is by far the worst. Repetitive all the way through, and believe me, that's an understatement. Characters are flat and one dimensional, the enemy are not believable (intelligent enough to catch the legion in a 101 ambushes, but never manage to win). Main character (and I use that for want of Giving up This is the third stand alone Galaxies Edge novel that I have thought was bad, this is the first I have given up 76% in. Love Galaxy's Edge, raced through the books, but these are just bad, and this is by far the worst. Repetitive all the way through, and believe me, that's an understatement. Characters are flat and one dimensional, the enemy are not believable (intelligent enough to catch the legion in a 101 ambushes, but never manage to win). Main character (and I use that for want of a better word) leaves you feeling you couldn't care less, every thought is repeated endlessly, . If the this is anything to go by then I am dreading the savage wars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Blake Roberts

    At first glance this seems like it is a book about last stands, increasingly desperate situations for the protagonist to survive. That certainly happens. But I think it's more of a book about how it doesn't matter what your day job is, where you've been, or what you've seen, when a crisis comes each of us can refuse to go quietly into the night. By doing that, by refusing to give up even when the odds are increasingly grime, we might just come out the other side ok. At first glance this seems like it is a book about last stands, increasingly desperate situations for the protagonist to survive. That certainly happens. But I think it's more of a book about how it doesn't matter what your day job is, where you've been, or what you've seen, when a crisis comes each of us can refuse to go quietly into the night. By doing that, by refusing to give up even when the odds are increasingly grime, we might just come out the other side ok.

  12. 5 out of 5

    stormtnlcomcast.net

    KTF An excellent entry in "The Order of the Centurion" series. It grabbed me immediately and never let up. The last chapter gave feeling to the characters human physical and mental reaction to an unanticipated out of control transition from peace time to intergalactic combat. I can't help the feeling though that there is an exciting story in the HK-PP pilot. KTF An excellent entry in "The Order of the Centurion" series. It grabbed me immediately and never let up. The last chapter gave feeling to the characters human physical and mental reaction to an unanticipated out of control transition from peace time to intergalactic combat. I can't help the feeling though that there is an exciting story in the HK-PP pilot.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Terry Weatherby

    Another excellent entry into the Galaxy's Edge series. The book describes what it's like to sign up for the Reserves and end up being sent into a war to stop Rebels from destroying civilization on a neighboring planet. It's obvious the writers have first hand knowledge of war and its atrocities. The first hand experiences described in the book demonstrate how heroes are forged. Another excellent entry into the Galaxy's Edge series. The book describes what it's like to sign up for the Reserves and end up being sent into a war to stop Rebels from destroying civilization on a neighboring planet. It's obvious the writers have first hand knowledge of war and its atrocities. The first hand experiences described in the book demonstrate how heroes are forged.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Karwacki

    Military sci fi at its finest The Reservist is a must read for both Galaxy's Edge fans and anyone who served. It takes its science fiction trappings and wraps them around a solid core of modern military structure and training. It is gritty, no nonsense and fantastically moving. JR Handley can truly KTF! Military sci fi at its finest The Reservist is a must read for both Galaxy's Edge fans and anyone who served. It takes its science fiction trappings and wraps them around a solid core of modern military structure and training. It is gritty, no nonsense and fantastically moving. JR Handley can truly KTF!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeremyf

    Military fiction in its finest Only military scifi because of some tiny changes to weapons, enemy, and ships. An incredible book that had me reading straight through the night. So much action that I couldn’t believe it. A lot of emotions also that we’re respectful conveyed by the authors and losses that hurt deep. Amazing writing, wit, and sensitivity. All round a great book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Russell S

    From being a chef to becoming a reservist for something different to do then through the trials to become experienced grunt officer . I enjoyed the protagonist's transformation. Nothing too "sfi" just a soldier, a campaign and blooding. I would have enjoyed this as young boy in the early 1960's when I first became a bookworm as much as I did today. From being a chef to becoming a reservist for something different to do then through the trials to become experienced grunt officer . I enjoyed the protagonist's transformation. Nothing too "sfi" just a soldier, a campaign and blooding. I would have enjoyed this as young boy in the early 1960's when I first became a bookworm as much as I did today.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

    Very Human It's nice to see true doubt in key members of the unit. I think any good leader does their best while constantly doubting if it is good enough. What makes them great is they fail, are flawed, but they never give up on their soldiers, and in the end that is what really matters. Very Human It's nice to see true doubt in key members of the unit. I think any good leader does their best while constantly doubting if it is good enough. What makes them great is they fail, are flawed, but they never give up on their soldiers, and in the end that is what really matters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erik Hansen

    A great addition to the Order of the Centurion series set in the Galaxy’s Edge universe. Mr. Handley gives us characters to root for by highlighting their humanity and heart while simultaneously describing realistic combat scenes that could only come from a veteran’s perspective and experience. This story left me wanting more which is a good thing! Well done sir!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Price

    J.R. Handley makes his mark on the Galaxy's Edge universe through the smooth and masterful narration of Christian Rummel in this unique tale of courage and odds-shattering battlefield bravery, and what a mark it is. Fetch and his crew defy the odds to show that these "weekend warriors" are anything but, and can hang with the baddest men on Galaxy's Edge. Fantastic work. J.R. Handley makes his mark on the Galaxy's Edge universe through the smooth and masterful narration of Christian Rummel in this unique tale of courage and odds-shattering battlefield bravery, and what a mark it is. Fetch and his crew defy the odds to show that these "weekend warriors" are anything but, and can hang with the baddest men on Galaxy's Edge. Fantastic work.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul Gover

    Feels like it was written by a guy who spent some time in the military and looks back upon it fondle but was lied to by his recruiter...lol. It has a lot of correlation in our current war we're in oddly enough but a great book and always look forward to reading any book in this series. Feels like it was written by a guy who spent some time in the military and looks back upon it fondle but was lied to by his recruiter...lol. It has a lot of correlation in our current war we're in oddly enough but a great book and always look forward to reading any book in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephan White

    Enthralling Another solid addition to the Galaxy's Edge series. The battle dutifully unfolds like a train wreck only a Point could screw up; granting us the gut-wrenching, adrenaline-pumping last stand we come to love from the series. Enthralling Another solid addition to the Galaxy's Edge series. The battle dutifully unfolds like a train wreck only a Point could screw up; granting us the gut-wrenching, adrenaline-pumping last stand we come to love from the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul Grogger

    A story of a group of soldiers trying to complete their missions while without the necessary equipment. Every battle was completed without the necessary equipment. The leejs never had what was needed and showed they could accomplish the mission no matter what the situation.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A gritty war tale A fantastic read, this book follows a Reservist who finds himself thrust into leadership when his Legion’s mission goes bad from the start. Stark, brutal and relentless. A great addition to the GE universe.

  24. 5 out of 5

    dennis miles

    Embrace the suck If someone used Task Force Smith as research for a science fiction novel, it may of come out like this. Lack of equipment and impossible missions do not detract from the valor of individuals or resolve of leaders.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ben Shouse

    Very good read Great read. You feel like you are there with them... You can see the camaraderie of the Reservists, and how they earn the respect of the regular leejes in battle. Onto the next one's... Very good read Great read. You feel like you are there with them... You can see the camaraderie of the Reservists, and how they earn the respect of the regular leejes in battle. Onto the next one's...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patrick R Anderson

    Very well written with excellent character development. Action packed throughout the book with the camaraderie of combat soldiers highlighted poignantly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mr Geoffrey Bowlt

    Another cracking book in the Galaxy's Edge series!Hoping to get more quality reads like this in near future -please . Another cracking book in the Galaxy's Edge series!Hoping to get more quality reads like this in near future -please .

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ray Carter

    KTF squared s If you are a fan of non-stop action, super heroes and despicable villains you must read "The Reservist. Highly recommended. KTF squared s If you are a fan of non-stop action, super heroes and despicable villains you must read "The Reservist. Highly recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Got you in the gut This story would work from Troy to the stars. An ordinary man who rises to extraordinary bravery for the love of his brothers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    R. Tillsley

    Gritty, exciting, and intense.

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