This week I had the pleasure of reading a fantastic scifi/military/thriller/gender swapping/erotic/romance story ( I know, there are a lot of slashes there, right? This book contains all of those things and manages to do it all very well). The book is Swapship Troopers by Walker Long.
Swapship Troopers is a futuristic story about marines who are tasked to defend human colonies and infrastructures from ferocious giant spider like aliens. The marines have recently come up with a DNA modifying serum, that can change a male into a female and back again, as a way to help boost morale for these units that are deployed in space for long periods of time. The troops all enjoy this chance for a bit of fun, but for two marines it becomes something more meaningful.
As I mentioned above this book has elements of scifi, military thriller, and gender swapping erotica with a bit of romance to top it all off. The amazing thing to me was how well the author managed to mesh all these into one terrific story. The scifi/military thriller part of this story is very well done, and with the added fun of the gender swapping erotic elements it becomes an absolute joy to read. There are thrills, laughs, and sexiness all enmeshed throughout this terrific story.
The character, plot, and scene development are all first rate. I was totally drawn into the story, I connected with the characters, and thoroughly enjoyed the story arc from beginning to end.
Since I generally review erotica here I suppose I should touch on that specifically: The erotic scenes in this book are fantastic. The sex was hot and steamy, described very well and the author absolutely shows the reader rather than telling them (that is true for the entire book from the battle scenes to the romantic scenes, to the sex scenes). I loved the gender swapping, it was written in a fun and, I thought, rather insightful way.
The copy editing was quite well done, there were a perhaps two or three small things that caught my eye as I read, but nothing that interrupted the story flow.
I'm giving Swapship Troopers five out of five paddles, I highly recommend this fun, exciting, sexy, and entertaining book.
I received a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.