Reading Tanya Huff’s Valor’s Choice actually made me miss being in the military. It successfully captures both much of the gallows humor that is ever-present in a combat unit (and that many people with no experience insist doesn’t happen) and the camaraderie that exists there.
Like Battlestar Galactica, it strikes the right tone and I could tell without even looking up her bio that Huff had served herself at some point.
Not that non-military folks can’t write good mil-fic. Some can and do. But it is exceedingly rare.
Huff gets exactly right how military people actually talk with one another and that is something seldom found anywhere in mass media fiction.