In the 23rd century, a Confederate SEAL team, lead by Lt.
Jackson, is dispatched to planet Zilith, to investigate the disappearance of
the scientist working on project "Element"--a new and potentially
powerful energy source that could change the balance of power in the ongoing
war against the Caldarian-- this set against the backdrop of a geologically
hostile alien world, and a race against the enemy to retrieved the prize.
They have all the high-tech military gear one expects in
such a setting, but these 23rd century warriors don't seem too far remove from
their 20th century counterparts, if you strip away the toys, the characters'
terminology, mannerism, and speech patterns don't convey a future, or alternate
time frame; but in all fairness, I have yet to see a Mil Sci Fi that does, or
at least does it well.
Overall the story was well done and you can see the author
is a student in the field of military history. Despite my previous comment, the
author does a fine job in getting the details right, and maintaining a solid
continuity of facts and procedures throughout the novel.
In conclusion, Christopher Besse's Element is a well
written, hard-hitting, action Mil Sci Fi, that more than lives up to the genre.
I give it a four out of five.