War Pigs
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War Pigs

War Pigs 

War Pigs is a new book from up and coming novelist R.P. Gosswiller. I’ve had not only a chance to read War Pigs, but to interview Gosswiller about this book as well. 

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Have you read War Pigs yet? Come on in and let me tell you about it! 

About War Pigs 

Lieutenant Grierson had been promoted, and demoted, more times than he could count before leaving the military. Now, at the head of a rag-tag group of psychos and war criminals, he is forced to turn this group of misfits into a proper fighting unit. 

Employed by a woman who is cold and aloof, Grierson is thrust into the middle of an intergalactic conflict that is far more than he can chew. Not sure of who to trust, or when he will die, his battle becomes one to keep his men alive within the turmoil of war, and possibly betrayal.

Thoughts on War Pigs 

War Pigs follows Lieutenant Grierson after leaving the military and going to work here. He is tasked with leading a group of misfits who shouldn’t actually work together on dangerous missions in space and on other planets. 

If you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones and know the kind of people who are in the Night’s Watch, it’s the same here. That is the kind of misfits that Lieutenant Grierson is trying to train to be a cohesive group. 

It is certainly entertaining to read about this, to say the least. I laughed out loud many times. Tigger, my cat, would stare at me like I had sprouted an extra eyeball and horns on my head because I would randomly start laughing while reading this book. 

The book is science fiction, based on a future time where space travel is a thing and people live on other planets. Which is not my normal style of reading, believe me. But this was real, relatable, and just great. 

Gosswiller did a wonderful job with character development in this book, and I found myself being able to envision each character in the book, and the interactions they all had together. Every character made perfect sense to me, and I really enjoyed the ability to actually envision and relate to them. 

Grierson training his group led up to one really big and very dangerous mission, which was mainly what the book covered. I’m not going to spoil that for you, I’m just going to tell you to grab this book and read it. 

The ending was not what I expected, but I’ve come to expect that from R.P. Gosswiller’s books. The way he develops the characters, there is always the possibility things can go in completely different directions, and that is fun. It makes the end a surprise every time for me. 

Final Thoughts on War Pigs 

War Pigs is not my usual genre of books, but that is what made it even more enjoyable, and it is definitely worth taking the time to read! I hope you enjoy War Pigs as much as I have. 

Discussion 

Have you read War Pigs from author R.P. Gosswiller, or any of his other writing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

About the Author 

R.P. Gosswiller is a world traveled adventurer who spends his free time exploring Texas. Once a wildland firefighter and disaster responder, he now sails the world as a Merchant Marine. He enjoys playing hockey and doting on his two love-spoiled children. He has been writing his entire life and plans on writing until the day the coroner pronounces him dead… 

Purchasing War Pigs 

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More From R.P. Gosswiller 

Did you enjoy the review of War Pigs? Need another R.P. Gosswiller book to read? Here are my favorites! 

Author Interview 

I had the chance to sit and visit with R.P. Gosswiller about War Pigs, as I generally do. This is fun because I learn so much about his writing process and character development. 

This book isn’t part of the Father Jericho series, and stands alone. What made you go in this direction? Will War Pigs turn into a series, or is it a stand alone book? 

War Pigs was written to be stand alone, but I really enjoyed the style and genre. As much as I love Father Jericho, I wanted to stretch my muscles, so to speak, and tackle other projects.

Tell me about your other in-progress projects you’ve got going on now. 

Right now I’m working on a series for young adults, although adults have enjoyed the first book. Books that tackle hard, real world issues while still maintaining an adventurous fantasy setting. They blend reality, fantasy, faith, morals, and hard subjects. The first book, First Immersion, just released, and deals with domestic abuse and child abuse. It’s an exciting project.

Seneca Jones, my favorite character, makes a more prominent appearance in this book. I love that! Will he be a recurring character in all of your books?

Seneca Jones is special to me. I created him a long time ago as a filler, nothing more. He has evolved into this madman, who is possibly not a man, and who directs the flow of the plot at times. He is an enigma, and to this day is only absent from one of my books. 

For being a filler, he’s just brilliant! Lol. I find him hilarious and disturbed both.

Seneca Jones has gone from filler to villain to comic relief. He’s always moving. 

That’s what makes him so much fun! Watching him evolve. Scar in the Father Jericho series has been the same kind of evolution.

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24 Comments

  • Kelly Martin

    War Pigs sounds really interesting. It’s great that you got to interview the author. I’ll look out for this book when I finish reading my current book.

  • jerry godinho

    I am a big fan of GOT. I love the night watch and would not be surprised if they make a prequel or sequel just focusing on that. You have written a great review of the War Pig and it is something i will buy for the holidays for someone. I like how you have done it as a question and answer session. Thanks for this well written prose.

  • Dreams Abroad

    Just my kind of novel. I am an army vet and I am sure that War Pig is right up my ally. I am sure that R.P. Gosswiller did a wonderful job writing this. Do they have it in audiobook format too?

  • Sushmita

    This is such a wonderful review. You told so much about the book without giving it all. And it’s a short review so loved it! I would definitely want to read this book now! 🙂

  • Subhashish Roy

    War Pigs surely sounds interesting. Need to check it out as am currently looking for a good book to read with festive celebrations around and hence a little bit of breathing space.

    • The Prepping Wife

      This isn’t my usual reading either, Lyosha! But that is part of why I enjoyed reading it. It took me outside my normal comfort zone of books.

  • Stephanie S

    Sounds like a very interesting read! I like to explore different books, and I mean honestly you never know how a book will be until you dive in and start reading. Great review, and I really think it might be time that I go and explore some new books. And also what a great interview with the author as well.

  • Nicole Anderson - Camping for Women

    At first, War Pigs sounds a little like a science fiction adaptation of ‘The Dirty Dozen’. I’m not a huge science fiction fan myself but it really says something that you enjoyed this when this is not your normal style of reading. Love that you managed to get comments to questions from the author. It does sound that he has achieved a lot and has a number of projects in the pipeline. I should pick up a copy of War Pigs since it is a stand alone book and find out more first-hand.

  • LuLu B

    Great review, Erica! War Pigs sounds like it has a really interesting storyline. Character development is really important to me when it comes to fiction, I need to feel like I know the characters and can picture them in my head. And how wonderful to be able to chat with the author and get a more personal look into the writing process!

  • Ben

    I really love the concept of this book. I’m a big sci-fi fan, so it’s right up my alley. What intrigues me is that it got you hooked even though you’re not really a sci-fi person. That’s a big endorsement.

  • Stella

    Sci-fi is my genre and while I am more of a hard sci-fi fan, I will devour almost anything on the subject. War Pigs sounds like an interesting book. The interview with the author is such a great way to complement the book review.

  • Britt K

    I am really intrigued by the fact that it’s written in the future and yet manages to still be relatable. That’s the sign of a good book, in my opinion. This isn’t my normal genre of choice, but I might have to check it out. I’m always looking to expand my comfort zone a little when it comes to my reading. I used to have a bad habit of prejudging books and never giving anything a chance that didn’t fit the little box that I knew that I enjoyed. Thank you for sharing!

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