Eat Fish and Die by S. Ron Mars

Published: 2012

Genre: military science fiction

Setting: Tsukijiji-364, far future

Length: about 19 pages

Interest: This book, and it’s sequel, Into The Wazoo Of Death, were available free on Amazon recently. I saw that fact and decided to put the books on my Kindle. They’re both $0.99 at the time of this writing.

Summary: The main character, a Sergeant who’s in charge of a Battle Ready Android, has been landed on Tsukijiji-364 and told to eliminate all the smelly, fish-like Kasago on the planet, preferably before they eliminate him. His only chance of success is to use the Battle Ready Android. Unfortunately, it has the brain of a cetacean and while it can do a good job killing this, you don’t want to let it think too much. For instance, it only wants to kill things that it will eat (a rule learned from its mother). Jocko just wants to kill things and get off the planet. Eventually, Jocko manages to convince the Android to kill the Kasago, although it does involve eating some of the Kasago after they’re dead.

Final thoughts: The narrator of this story is dumb military jock played to the hilt. Even his name (Jocko) fits the bill. He likes to kill things, preferably while following orders, and speaks in short, declarative sentences. Don’t ask him to do anything fancy, but point him at your target and he’ll do his best to wipe it out. Personally, I found the voice of the narrator a bit too over the top. There’s not much depth to the plot, either. That being said, it is a short story and it won’t put you out too much time if you decide you don’t like it.

Title comes from: The Battle Ready Android would only kill the fish-like Kasago if they were for consumption. Jocko convinced it that was the case, and then had to consume some of the aliens to back up his lies.

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