Cannon Fodder - A LitRPG Story

Cannon Fodder - A LitRPG Story

by Nole Moody

Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

Not even alien scum can take down a squad of US Marines!

When his dad died, Kerry Peters did the one thing he knew would have made his father proud. He signed up for the Marines. After barely making it through basic training and four days after deployment, he wasn’’t confident he’’d survive his first tour.

As a bookworm, he wasn’’t considered a real soldier and most definitely not a hero.

Fate, however, has had other plans for Fire Team One, and when the squad wakes woke up alone in camp alone, the fight is was no longer against the Vietcong … but against creatures from other worlds entirely.

This is a fairly smooth LitRPG story - so will incorporate aspects of RPG and gaming in the writing. The LitRPG side of things is most visible from Chapter 7 onwards.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. Patrol ago
2. Rinse & Repeat ago
3. Too Quiet ago
4. Contact ago
5. Consequences ago
6. Replay ago
7. Level Up ago
8. Skirmish ago
9. Planning ago
10. Reconnaissance ago
11. Hunting ago
12. Aerial Assault ago
13. Scorched Earth ago
14. Exploration ago
15. The Long Way Home ago
16. Welcome Home ago
17. Up Close & Personal ago
18. Improvision 101 ago
19. Tanks For The Memories ago
20. Plan B ago
21. Enemy Quarters ago
22. Clan Journal ago
23. A Hill To Die Upon ago
24. Guts and Gory ago
25. Kuwta ago
26. The Quiet Before The Storm ago
27. Into The Breach ago
28. Rock Meet Hard Place ago
29. War Zombies ago
30. The War Machine ago
31. Burying The Dead ago
32. Aftermath ago
33. Command ago
34. The Last Supper ago
35. Welcome to the radback ago
36. Hard Rain ago
37. Aftermath ago
38. The Edge Of Reason ago
39. No Rest For The Wicked ago
40. The Ambush ago
41. Nothing Lasts Forever ago
2.0 Prologue ago
2.1 Grave Robbery ago
2.2 The Graveyard ago
2.3 War Orphans ago
2.4 Village Life ago
2.5 And Death ago

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I think what I've loved the most in this series so far is the growth our MC gets as the story progresses. Most novels prolong the cowardly MC long enough that I hate the story even if its good, but our MC manages to really toughen up through his life and death struggles. Even better, he isnt spontaneously a badass marine version of doom, he still has his nerdy cowardly tendencies in some moments which show that he still has room for growth. 

Aside from the awesome MC development, the story is pretty interesting- its not too heavy on LitRPG elements, but it still has enough to give it the system spice alot of LitRPGs have.


Excellent all-around guide to trout

Reviewed at: 22. Clan Journal

Who'd have known there were so many places you can find trout, so many ways to cook it, or just how glorious and majestic the trout truly is. The trout is a group of species of freshwater fish, closely related to salmon. 

This trout fishing and cooking guide is both informative and entertaining, with frequent asides referring to some alien conscription program. While interesting, I'm just reading for the trout facts. 


So far the writing is pleasant and easy to read, but almost all of the difficult/important bits are left for the future so this is more of a placeholder.


+ Feral beauty Orc.

+ Low drama and tearjerking.

+ No hummanity is the best/worse.

+ Annoying characters aren't simply disposed of by the "good guys".


- Little to no diplomacy or context sensetive responses beyond "kill em all".

- The whole "We kill our own cannon fodder before the war" approach is a bit of a head scracher.

- FBO's introduction was a bit of a mixed signals affair. "She's pretty! But that's none of your business."


War, alien conspiracy, litrpg...need i say more?

Reviewed at: 21. Enemy Quarters

I'm not one for giving reviews but i was seriously impressed by this story. 

I just wanted to start with the character score. 10 out of 5 stars. Each character is unique and realistic.  You find yourself rooting for them without even trying. 

The style is unique and breaks away from the common litrpg we see on royal road. 

The story is well thought out. Not being forced in any way. No plot armor. No stupid plot choices. Just great writing.

Grammar is impeccable. Spelling is good. Vocab is robust.


Recalcitrant Urchin

I held off for awhile because I didn't figure that a fiction as already as renowned as this one needs more love, but I really do like it and I've been hungrily devouring chapters as soon as they're available.

Squad of marines gets "conscripted" into an alien army. "Training" is remeniscent of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games. At the time of writing this review, we have no idea whom the arrogant alien overlords are fighting against, but knowing the author I am sure we won't be disappointed.


The story is very stylish and has a great premise. The premise being 'Nam marines being conscripted into the empire to be jungle stormtroops, who have to earn levels to stay alive and fight aliens. I do have some complaints about the characters, sarge is box standard, and two characters, who die and I will leave them unnamed seem to have no charactization. I'm ok with characters dying, but if they are unknown and die for no reason, they only seem to rease the stakes and tension, but leave the feeling of "I didn't really care about that guy.". So their deaths seem meaningless in the grand scheme. Again, I really like the series and want to see more because all the other details are great. 

Some things I would like to see in the future for the story is the characters customizing their weapons and adding unique details to their equipment and uniforms(or getting a new ones) as the story progresses. Also I would be curious to see how recruitment for new soldiers into the squad would look like. Do they get robots/drones to replace the fallen? Do they get clones of their deceased comrades? Or do they kidnap new people to refill lost ranks?


Im writing this at Chapter 7.

I think the story is coming along pretty well, good progress and a nice approach to the RPG system. He blends in the military aspects with the nerd without making him look stupid/cocky/so many other things.

Give the story a shot :D I hope he keeps it going


Reviewed at Ch11. Hunting

Reviewed at: 11. Hunting

I was looking for a new LitRPG to read and using search found this. I like the 1960s setting of the story with it being in 'NAM and the author is doing his best to ensure references to that era accurate, this includes weapons, technology and even word usage.
The story itself is well written and moves along nicely with a good solid flow and pace.
There are lite RPG touches so the casual reader should enjoy it just as much as us Vet Geeks.... I've also found it to be grammatically solid, with only a few issues that the author is quick to fix if pointed out in the comments. I would even go as far as to say the ones’ noted aren’t even that jarring but it’s great to see followers helping out.
Seeing as I've come to this 3 months after it started a lot of the chapters have been tidied up because of followers’ guidance/advice.The characters so far are good and although the MC is the main one the others are getting mentions and little bits and pieces of their personality added to so that they develop along with the MC. I would like to know what the others are doing progression wise but that may come as I read further into this story.Overall a very good story and interesting read so enjoy.


The story has solid writing and an interesting start, i'm a bit worried that it will derail as it goes along. To me the story isn't very logical at all with the information we have. Some things that are happening in the latest chapters are interesting to read, but in the bigger sense it makes the story flawed, at least to me. I'll not go into details to avoid spoilers. I'll keep reading and hope for the best.