Cry Pilot by Joel Dane @crypilot @AceRocBooks

Posted March 24, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 12 Comments

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cry Pilot by Joel Dane @crypilot @AceRocBooks Cry Pilot by Joel Dane
Series: Cry Pilot #1
Published by Ace on August 6, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
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There's only one way for a man with Maseo Kaytu's secrets to join the military: by volunteering for a suicide mission as a 'cry pilot'. He cheats the system to survive, but you can't fake basic training. Assigned to a squad of misfits, Kaytu learns how to fight, how to obey, and how to trust. Yet the more he bonds with his fellow recruits, the more he risks exposure of his criminal past.

Keeping his secret is about to become the least of his problems. Kaytu discovers that his platoon is being deployed against a new kind of rogue bio-weapon. One that has torn apart every military force it's ever faced . . . .

I’ve always enjoyed science fiction and space opera. Both scifi and fantasy sometimes are hard for me to start. The first book in the series has me trying to understand all the new people and places and they often have made up names.  Cry Pilot is the start of the Cry Pilot series and I had a little of the first book syndrome I sometimes have.

My efforts were compounded because we are not only looking at Katyu’s current situation but  there are a few chapters flashing back to his past. His past is the emotional base for the present. He starts from a place of nearly certain death, hoping to survive and get into the military.  I suppose it’s a spoiler he survives but it wouldn’t be much of a book, much less a series if he died at the start of the first book.

There were a lot of characters, a lot of new worlds and new tech and all the terminology. It was richly detailed but not really overwhelming. The characters made it all real. They all may have their flaws  but also and tremendous strengths to build a team. I came to love the team.

Their military group is barely trained and set up as fodder for the trained groups. There’s non-stop action with plenty of death, destruction and injuries. I won’t spoil what happens but this is the little team that could.  It’s a wild race to victory.

You definitely want to read the series in order or you’ll be completely lost.  I like the bromance feel between the characters on the team. That provides a bit of subtle humor I enjoy. I’m moving on to see what happens next to the rest of the team in Burn Cycle.

“That’s the biggest question in the world”

“That’s the smallest answer.”


About Joel Dane

Author of the CRY PILOT military SF trilogy with Ace Books. CRY PILOT is available now! BURN CYCLE is on sale in Feb. 2020, and KILL ORBIT in August 2020.

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Posted March 24, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 12 Comments

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