The Misfit Soldier

Ocean’s Eleven meets John Scalzi in this funny, action-filled, stand-alone sci-fi adventure from the author of Planetside, in which a small team of misfit soldiers takes on a mission that could change the entire galaxy.

Sergeant Gastovsky—Gas to everyone but his superior officers—never wanted to be a soldier. Far from it. But when a con goes wrong and he needs a place to lay low for a while, he finds himself wearing the power armor of the augmented infantry.

After three years on a six-year contract, Gas has found his groove running low-level cons and various illegal activities that make him good money on the side. He’s the guy who can get you what you need. But he’s always had his eye out for a big score—the one that might set him up for life after the military.

When one of his soldiers is left behind after a seemingly pointless battle, Gas sees his chance. He assembles a team of misfit soldiers that would push the term “ragtag” to its limits for a big con that leads them on a daring behind-the-lines mission, pitting him not only against enemy soldiers but against the top brass of his own organization. 

If he pulls this off, not only will he save his squadmate, he might just become the legend he’s always considered himself. He might also change the way the entire galaxy looks at this war. But for any of that to happen, he has to live through this insane plan.

And charm rarely stops bullets.


Highly recommended for readers of military sf who love stories where just as it seems the grunts are utterly FUBAR’d, they pull another half-baked plan out of the fire, screw the brass, and save the day.

Library Journal, starred review!

"You don’t have to be a fan of space marines to enjoy this book (though their power armor is pretty cool), and Mammay has shown obvious growth as an author, with this being his most intriguing work yet."

Lightspeed Magazine

"Mammay is one of the best authors writing military sci-fi at the moment...[The Misfit Soldier] stands to be a pretty awesome book"


"The Misfit Soldier is a fun, explosive military-SF romp with airtight pacing, succinct prose, and plenty of laughs to go round. Those looking for an entertaining sci-fi read with all of the explosions and snark Mammay brought to the table in his Planetside series will be right at home."


"[I]f you love cheeky scifi like Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Wells’ Murderbot, this book is right up your alley. Great characters, fun plot, and excellent dry humor – what’s not to love?"

The Obsessive Bookseller

"This standalone book will bring fans old and new to the scene and open up the playbook to what the genre can bring. This was my first book by Michael Mammay and it certainly will not be my last."

Under the Radar SFF Books

"THE MISFIT SOLDIER by Michael Mammay is ‘Starship Troopers’ meets ‘Saving Private Ryan’ with a dash of ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’ A fun, fast-paced Military-SF space adventure. As with all of his books, I highly recommend."

Zac Topping, author of WAKE OF WAR