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Review: War Cry by Brian McClellan

September 12, 2018

About the Book

Teado is a Changer, a shape-shifting military asset trained to win wars. His platoon has been stationed in the Bavares high plains for years, stranded. As they ration supplies and scan the airwaves for news, any news, their numbers dwindle. He’s not sure how much time they have left.

Desperate and starving, armed with aging, faulting equipment, the team jumps at the chance for a risky resupply mission, even if it means not all of them might come. What they discover could change the course of the war.

My thoughts

I wish it were longer!  Military Fantasy that gets to the heart of long-term special forces battle. Weariness, hunger and a lot of waiting…

Terrific and engrossing, this novella cuts right to the chase, introducing character and world building by throwing us straight into a war, a lengthy one where the combatants are weary and bitter. In a seemingly never ending fight, the platoon are holdouts who still manage to cause great damage to the enemy. The mystic characters – Changers and Smiling Toms – are fascinating concepts I want to see more of. Teado the Changer and main character is riddled with doubts and flaws, and these fuel his desperation to get back to his platoon (his family) when everything seems to be against him. His struggles and ability to get back up when all hope seems lost carry this story to its end and give the character depth and purpose. An enjoyable read.

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