|Note that this gun is completely wrong|
Last night, I finished Embedded by Dan Abnett. I turned to my wife and said "well that was annoying", so yes, typical Abnett end. However, let us start at the beginning.
Dan Abnett is well known to many as a writer for Black Library, the Games Workshop imprint, in particular for his Gaunt's Ghosts series of books, which follow a particular regiment of Imperial Guardsmen around a lengthy crusade. This is a near future book, or at least appears to be at first. Set on a colony world, this story has a burnt out and jaded reporter arrive on planet with an interest in stirring the pot for more stories. There is a small insurgency underway on the planet, and after a few disappointing inquiries in to the real cause of the conflict, Falk (the reporter) has his consciousness placed in the mind of a soldier about to go in to the conflict zone. The soldier gets shot in an ambush, and Falk must blend his skills and knowledge with those of the grunt he is stuck in to get home.
Overall the book is interesting (aside from the abrupt end), and has several situations suitable for gaming, as well as technologies which are interesting. Soldiers are armed in a manner easily accommodated by most skirmish games, and infantry tactics, when seen, are similar to modern warfare. Several of the scenarios would be interesting for, say, platoon level games like StarGrunt, and others would work better as skirmish games with individual reactions (Eyeburn ridge). So for gaming purposes, this book is good, even if it is not great for endings.
Next up is Knight and Knave of Swords, the last of the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser books. Hobby wise, I am working on a scratch build, which is actually going rather well. More on that as it gets closer to completion.