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Alarm of War [Kindle Edition]

Kennedy Hudner
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Book Description

Intrigue. Betrayal. A devastating surprise attack and a frantic fight to survive.
Gritty warfare in space as four young officers respond to the alarm of war.
Four officer cadets in the Victorian Fleet meet in training camp. Emily, the young woman who dreams of becoming a Fleet historian, but discovers her real talents lay elsewhere. Grant, the arrogant son of Victoria’s most famous admiral. Hiram, the nervous but brilliant strategist, and Cookie, intent on joining the Fleet Marines. Together, they survive the trials and hardships of training to join the Fleet, unaware that that their home is about to be plunged into a maelstrom.
For three hundred years, the Kingdom of Victoria has enforced peace across the galaxy. But it has grown complacent, and its enemies are ready to strike. The Tilleke Empire and the Dominion of Unified Citizenry have been waiting a long time, and now is their chance. As their web draws closed around Victoria, the band of new officers find themselves on the last line of defense. They’ve been well trained – but will it be enough to save the kingdom?

Product Details

  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 462 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kennedy Hudner (August 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00908EOBE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, engaging, plausible science fiction September 4, 2012
By Allan
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Alarm of War weaves classic military strategy considerations into a fast-paced sci-fi narrative. The result is an wholly believable and completely absorbing story, which transports the reader into the future, and into the minds and motivations of the protagonists. Alarm of War is intelligent, stimulating, and well-written---it left me hungry for sequels. I thoroughly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Military Sci-fi at it's Finest! October 5, 2012
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After reading through this book, one could be forgiven for forgetting that it is the author's debute title. Mr Hudner demonstrais an innate sense of timing as he switches between the various viewpoints of the story. The plot is spilt not just between the four main characters but also their adversaries and allies. It serves to heighten the reader's interest in the characters and plot early on and maintains a sense of tension and suspense once the war itself gets going. The technology of this future is less fanciful and more hard science (more BattleStar Galacitica than Star Treck). While inter-stellar travel is possible, human colonization still greatly relied bassed upon the convenient discovery of wormholes, which also play a key roll in the plot of this story.

One thing that becomes clear early on in this story is that this book was most definitely NOT written by a military man. However this turns out to be more of an asset to the writing in that Hudner makes his characters more human. Where as someone with military experience would be willing to write off mistakes as "an inevitable part of war" or pass the blame further up the faceless chain of command, Hudner is more than willing to point fingers. He is not afraid to show military officers are more than just their uniforms and still just as human as the rest of us. Arrogance, vindictiveness, distrust, self-doubt, cowardice, power struggles, blind optimism are all revealed during the course of the story and each one comes with a price. One Aspect of the military this author is quite fluent in is military history. There are several references to actual historical events and trends which guide the characters' actions. Hudner also shows an appreciation for how much personality and different preconceptions can drive history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Space Opera March 3, 2013
While not without flaws, Alarm of War is a fun read. The four main characters are likable enough (well, three are likeable from the start, the other one has to grow on you), the storyline is rather unique and the action is bloody and frequent. Most SF fans will enjoy the ride. I read this as a "borrowed" book, but will most likely purchase it once the next is published so I can read them both together.

As for the flaws mentioned above, this novel would have benefited greatly from one more round of editing. It never gets too distracting, but the small errors are certainly noticeable. And while the space battles are without question thrilling, I'm not so sure the laws of physics are being obeyed to the letter. That's not a problem for me, but for hard SF fanatics, it may be. Keep that in mind if that describes you. And lastly, yes, the circumstances surrounding the rise to greatness for our heroes is a bit too easy and quick, but again, it doesn't ruin the story for me. I will say the only thing that had me wanting to yell at the author was the fact that our main hero sat on her hands to hide her nervousness about 75 times in the last battle. We get it, Mr. Hudner. No need to bash us over the head again and again with it.

Overall, I recommend this book to most science-fiction fans, with the possible exception of those who demand perfect science at all times. If you're more interested in well-fleshed out characters put into harrowing situations and conquering their fears and doubts, then you WILL enjoy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining. September 7, 2014
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I bought this not too long after it came out. I have read it 3 times since then, always getting something new out of it each time. A very enjoyable book, entertaining and kept my interest. A book that left me wanting more! I recommend it to everyone that likes sci-fi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding October 9, 2014
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At the outset, we may fear that Mr. Hudner is simply retelling a very old story: Impoverished young girl forced into "space corps" where she begins the all too well treated "boot camp" hell. But wait. Quite soon, we are into new territory, and it's a wonderful thrill ride. Other reviewers have said most things better than I, but a few highlights:

1. Our heroes are outsmarted about as much as they outsmart the enemy.
2. The cabal of enemies (with their own agendas) are intriguing.
3. Hudner shines in bringing the impact of violence and death to our eyes, and hearts. The emotional cost of space war is extremely well portrayed.
4. There is AMPLE ROOM for sequels--and I hope to see several.
6. Hudner "dumbs down" the astrophysics to make a more readily understood story. Purists will howl, and demand "light minute/light year" measurements, "plane of the ecliptic" jargon and much more. [Not Hudner, bless his heart: "up" "down" "east" and "west" and he uses MILES as units of measurement (the cad!).
7. He passes my "sweet spot" for cost/value, i.e. he is less than 0.01/page.

Well done, Mr. Hudner. This is not merely as entertaining as David Weber's Honor Harrington some ways it's better. [In other ways, it's less--but for the PRICE, IT'S SIMPLY OUTSTANDING
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grippingly Good !
Truly wonderful! You will think the first half cannot be topped, but then the second half begins. I honestly cannot tell you how many times I have re-read it in the (now)... Read more
Published 18 days ago by bildadf
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book a lot
Mr. Hudner is a new author for me. I like The way he writes. I could use a little less profanity, but it did lend realism to the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monty
4.0 out of 5 stars cj
Great read I am looking forward to more. Hudner has a great future. I recommend this series to all e readers.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
Alarm of War was recommended by a friend of the author. I'm a huge fan of SciFi and was a little worried about reading this book. No worry. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Les VanDine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A excellent read, great storyline. I'll definitely be buying the next book in this series. Great character development, believable tech. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry C. Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to book 2
I'm keenly interested in the next book. It appears that Kennedy Hudner is an Attorney for his day job. Maybe we should all pitch in and hire him to finish writing book 2. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric Svetcov
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 2?
I really enjoyed this book, read it quite awhile ago, and have been waiting ever since for the next book. Does anyone have any idea when or if we will be getting a second book?
Published 4 months ago by Tom E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding space opera / mil scifi. Read it over a year ago, dying...
1st class plotting, character development, and realistic political tensions. HiGHLY recommended to readers of the old space opera classics. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T in KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong military science fiction entry
recommended for any fans of David Weber. Strong plot, good world creation, and believable characters. The empire of Victoria is attacked by three rival powers acting in concert. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terje Fokstuen
5.0 out of 5 stars More!
I very much enjoyed this book. What a great story line and character development. I found it hard to put the book down and was so disappointed when I finished the book that the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. A. Roberts
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Alarm of War - a note from the author
Mr. Hudner I must say I enjoyed Alarm of War very much mostly because the characters were believable - no "supermans" as you said. Please ensure that you continue on this line, be sure the characters do make some mistakes and learn by them. Making hard decissions and loosing when no... Read More
Sep 30, 2012 by CGR710 |  See all 44 posts
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