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Esther Lysander, the driven, professional Marine ever conscious of the heavy weight of her father’s legacy, is selected to become an officer. She has high goals for her career—very high goals—and she believes the best method to achieve success is to be a complete hard-ass, keeping emotions at bay. This outlook has resulted in some notable achievements, but at the cost of f Esther Lysander, the driven, professional Marine ever conscious of the heavy weight of her father’s legacy, is selected to become an officer. She has high goals for her career—very high goals—and she believes the best method to achieve success is to be a complete hard-ass, keeping emotions at bay. This outlook has resulted in some notable achievements, but at the cost of friends and her relationship with her twin brother Noah, a price she is willing to pay. First as an infantry platoon commander, then as a Recon Marine, Esther develops as a tactical commander, all the time putting her career first and foremost. As she grows into her billets, however, she begins to realize there is more to being a leader of Marines than simply the mission at hand. A true leader cannot consider her subordinates as mere chess pieces in her rise to the top, and a true Marine has to put the needs of the Corps and Federation above her own. (Author's Note: While this book is still focussed on the Marines, it is also a salute to past and present Coast Guards around the world. They risk so much for relatively little acclaim. Semper paratus!)


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Esther Lysander, the driven, professional Marine ever conscious of the heavy weight of her father’s legacy, is selected to become an officer. She has high goals for her career—very high goals—and she believes the best method to achieve success is to be a complete hard-ass, keeping emotions at bay. This outlook has resulted in some notable achievements, but at the cost of f Esther Lysander, the driven, professional Marine ever conscious of the heavy weight of her father’s legacy, is selected to become an officer. She has high goals for her career—very high goals—and she believes the best method to achieve success is to be a complete hard-ass, keeping emotions at bay. This outlook has resulted in some notable achievements, but at the cost of friends and her relationship with her twin brother Noah, a price she is willing to pay. First as an infantry platoon commander, then as a Recon Marine, Esther develops as a tactical commander, all the time putting her career first and foremost. As she grows into her billets, however, she begins to realize there is more to being a leader of Marines than simply the mission at hand. A true leader cannot consider her subordinates as mere chess pieces in her rise to the top, and a true Marine has to put the needs of the Corps and Federation above her own. (Author's Note: While this book is still focussed on the Marines, it is also a salute to past and present Coast Guards around the world. They risk so much for relatively little acclaim. Semper paratus!)

30 review for Esther's Story: Recon Marine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Esther Lysander, as you know, is the twin daughter of the great, Rick Lysander, retired General, former Commandant of the United Federation Marine Corps, and for a short time, Chairman of the Federation. He is supposedly deceased, but that doesn’t help his twins who have a lot of baggage to carry around just trying to prove they’re not riding on their Father’s legacy. Esther is the fighter of the two although Noah also enlisted in the Marine Corps at the same time as Esther. But, as the title sa Esther Lysander, as you know, is the twin daughter of the great, Rick Lysander, retired General, former Commandant of the United Federation Marine Corps, and for a short time, Chairman of the Federation. He is supposedly deceased, but that doesn’t help his twins who have a lot of baggage to carry around just trying to prove they’re not riding on their Father’s legacy. Esther is the fighter of the two although Noah also enlisted in the Marine Corps at the same time as Esther. But, as the title says, this is Esther’s story. She has finally accepted her slot to become a Marine Officer. That goes just about according to plan, which for her means honor graduate, first in her class or whatever it takes to stand out. Still, she comes out of NOTC as a 2nd Lieutenant and that’s about a low as you can get starting out. Fortunately, she was a former enlisted which doesn’t make her as green as some 2nd Lts. She’s sent on her first mission without having much of a chance to meet and get to know her platoon, but she does alright and winds up with the Navy Cross, just like her Father. Still, she’s a really, really drive woman and wants more. And that’s where the Recon Marine business comes in. It’s not a normal tour for most female Marines. In fact, there is only one female Marine right now and she has already told Esther that she needs to take the challenge and become a Recon Marine. Esther does so and certainly manages to complete the course. It wasn’t easy, but nothing much in the Marine Corps is. Then she finds out that being a Recon Marine really means you sit around a lot watching and listening to the bad guys. You report what you see and hear, but as a small covert unit, you don’t take direct action unless it’s impossible not to do so. She also finds out what kind of responsibilities she has inherited as an officer. Her failure to act costed the life of her platoon Sergeant. How that happened and the circumstances in which it happen is part to the book. It’s a hard way to learn a lesson, but sometimes that’s the way lessons come. Eventually, Esther moves on to something much more exciting. Maybe a little too exciting. The battle she winds up in could have been and was fought in about every major and even minor war that has ever been. You command a location that the bad guy wants badly. You are low on supplies and ammo, but your orders are to stand and fight. You might know how this is going to end. It’s a good battle description from a now Captain’s perspective. There’s somethings you can do and somethings you cannot. When you don’t have the resources you really need, you make do with what you have and march on. I like Col. Brazee’s writing or I wouldn’t be reading his books. He seems to understand what’s going on in a very confusing environment and knows that you are always second guessing your decisions no matter how good they are. Esther does the same thing. But, she’s growing and will learn much from this if she survives. This story was kind of expected. Esther needed to do something that got her career moving. She wasn’t going to do it by staying enlisted for ever. I like that the Federation Marine Corps pulls from it’s enlisted to make officers. That’s giving those young enlisted and now officers, a good, sound background to build from. Still, Esther is very ambitious. I just hope that drive doesn’t get her into some kind of situation that stops her advancement. I don’t know how she will react to that kind of situation. Maybe that’s not going to happen. Now, that we know what Esther is doing, it’s reasonable that the next book looks at Noah’s career and what’s happening to him. His life is certainly changing as you’ll get a glimpse from this book. I’m looking forward to reading about Noah whenever that book gets published.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wood

    Good Story of a Girl Following Her Dreams Esther Lysander, daughter of slain Marine Commandant Rick Lysander, follows her dreams to follow her dad and help determine the direction of the Marine Corps. She balances her personal ambitions with the good of her Marines and the good of the Marine Corps. It is a life of hard decisions; every decision, it seems, has undesirable results. I enjoyed this novel. Esther's life is following her father's experience, sometimes closely. When Esther meets the legi Good Story of a Girl Following Her Dreams Esther Lysander, daughter of slain Marine Commandant Rick Lysander, follows her dreams to follow her dad and help determine the direction of the Marine Corps. She balances her personal ambitions with the good of her Marines and the good of the Marine Corps. It is a life of hard decisions; every decision, it seems, has undesirable results. I enjoyed this novel. Esther's life is following her father's experience, sometimes closely. When Esther meets the legionaires of Greater France (after a battle where both her Marines and the legion lost members), is very reminiscent of her father's meeting under similar circumstances. (Covered in a previous series). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS: FINE MILITARY SPACE OPERA SERIES FROM A MASTER OF MILITARY FICTION!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cleve E. Littlefield

    Great series on the future of Marine's I loved the concept of politics,s/f and marine firepower! The rise of a family! I didn't like the faking of the assassination of the kid's family! Great series on the future of Marine's I loved the concept of politics,s/f and marine firepower! The rise of a family! I didn't like the faking of the assassination of the kid's family!

  4. 4 out of 5

    william hosack

    Couldn't finish it. Not as good as his other stuff It started out alright but gradually became difficult to follow. Tried many times to pick up the thread but my eyes would glaze over and I'd fall asleep. I got as far as 29%. Couldn't finish it. Not as good as his other stuff It started out alright but gradually became difficult to follow. Tried many times to pick up the thread but my eyes would glaze over and I'd fall asleep. I got as far as 29%.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Great series This series just gets better and better. Interesting storyline that takes a different tack and you get to know the characters in greater detail. Highly recommended and can't wait to read the next one. Great series This series just gets better and better. Interesting storyline that takes a different tack and you get to know the characters in greater detail. Highly recommended and can't wait to read the next one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Took me a bit to warm up to Esther, but her story did it. Strong entry in the series with characters that resonated with me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Bossert

    Great story, hard to put down.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Billy Barfield

    Excellent The second book in this series shaped up tp be very entertaining and well worth the read.now i cant wait to move on to the third book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dale (Aus)

    Starting to like the character, hopefully the character continues to mature.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doug Lucas

    Brazee, as usual, writes another winner.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Howard Brazee

    The latest in a series about Marines (who are similar to current U.S. Marines) in an interstellar corporate federation. I have read all of the books and am addicted to them. While this book is entertaining as a stand-alone book, there is significant background information in earlier books of the series. This book is part of a sub-series about the twin children of the hero of the first series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David P. Duffy

    Slipshod, Sloppy, Uninspired Writing "Esther's Story: Recon Marine (...Book 2)," continues an uninspired story, following the upward rise of a fully self absorbed, wholly self-centered, selfish, and basically, an example of a miserable human being, Esther Lysander. The story follows Lysander's career rise through the Federation Marines, as she shows her mediocre tactical competence, while making decisions that nakedly show her unbridled lust to attain flag rank. Any concern for her Marines ring ho Slipshod, Sloppy, Uninspired Writing "Esther's Story: Recon Marine (...Book 2)," continues an uninspired story, following the upward rise of a fully self absorbed, wholly self-centered, selfish, and basically, an example of a miserable human being, Esther Lysander. The story follows Lysander's career rise through the Federation Marines, as she shows her mediocre tactical competence, while making decisions that nakedly show her unbridled lust to attain flag rank. Any concern for her Marines ring hollow, as she is always thinking of how her actions will effect her career objectives. Authored by Col. Jonathan P. Brazee, USMCR (ret), the story is a string of poorly strung together vignettes, marred by slipshod, sloppy, and poor writing execution. The author uses stilted sentences, jumbled, broken syntax, equivocates constantly, and apparently thinks using the word "...but," as much as a comma or a period is acceptable. Even the most rudimentary editing and proofreading would enhance the writing execution, and Col. Brazee does not make any attempts to do so. Bluntly, the writing is not squared away and indicates a lazy work ethic and an absence of personal, professional pride. The book is offered as a public, commercial work, and as constructed, does not rise to that level. A recently read novel by the author, "Behind Enemy Lines," shows he is capable of writing a cogent, coherent, entertaining story, when he elects to. "Esther's Story," does not come close to that level of achievement. The book is not recommended and was fully read via Kindle Unlimited.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paula Saxby

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nick Slater

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joe Whitfill

  16. 4 out of 5

    John

  17. 5 out of 5

    Teck How

  18. 4 out of 5

    Damien Versluis

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert Guidetti

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jim Bremer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brent

  23. 5 out of 5

    J Leslie Turner

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ron Horton

  25. 4 out of 5

    William H Taylor

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cpl. Stephen W Carter US Army Retired

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Phy

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