On the planet Makaum, affectionately known as The Green Hell, there is a war raging between the Terrans and a species called the Phrenorians for the planet's rich natural resources. Master Sargeant Frank Sage finds himself 'lucky' enough to be assigned to a base here to help train other soldiers. Him and his small team quickly learn that the insect like Phrenorians are not their only problem and they must face off a budding civil war, an environment that thrives on hostility, and a coming meltdown threatening all life in the galaxy.
This book took a bit to get started but once it did, it chomped down and didn't let go. Sage is an awesome character to follow with just enough soldier testosterone to let you know he can get the job done but not enough to have me rolling my eyes as if he's Johnny Bravo with a helmet. He's sensible, intelligent, and all around interesting to read. The ruthlessness of the Phrenorians and the dynamics of the planet set the stage for what is an all around cool book to read. If it's been awhile since you've read a decent space opera with cool aliens, I say grab this book.