- File Size: 1250 KB
- Print Length: 462 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kennedy Hudner (August 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00908EOBE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Alarm of War Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Reading became an escape, an adventure and increasingly a window into the world (actually, into many worlds). College followed high school, and then there was a brief stint as a newspaper reporter. He quickly discovered that he could slowly starve to death as a news reporter, so he went to Yale Law School and was exposed to yet another world. He has practiced law with the firm of Murtha Cullina LLP since 1978, first as a commercial litigator, then in the fields of health care law and intellectual property, an odd combination that has worked out pretty well, keeping him busy and challenged.
But always in the background there were authors and the books they wrote: the incredible Octavia Butler, the insightful Ursula Le Guin, John Scalzi, David Weber, Steve White, Markus Zusak, Chaim Potok, Cornelius Ryan, Stephen Ambrose, Ian Toll, Abraham Rabinovich (and if you have not read his "The Yom Kippur War," stop right now and go read it) and countless others.
In the end, reading wasn't enough. The compulsion to write fiction was a constant background itch, leading first to Heirs of the Kingdom, which he wrote in law school. The writing got put on a shelf for a while as he immersed himself in his career and his family, but about seven years ago he started "Alarm of War," which was published in 2012, followed by the second book in the trilogy, Alarm of War -- The Other Side of Fear."
Kennedy will retire from practicing law at the end of 2015 and turn his attention to writing full time. He is currently working on the third book in the Alarm of War trilogy.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
This is a good science-fiction book. It’s got a lot of good story content. Initially, I was not sure which side I was supposed to be cheering for since the book starts out with a sinister plotting that will lead to war.
You get introduced to the Dominion of Unified Citizenry (D.U.C.s) and the Tilleke Empire. They and a few minor planetary systems are not pleased with the Victorians (Victoria).
Victoria is the dominating civilization residing in a system that just happens to lead to six others. Obviously, all trade has to go through Victoria and then through one of her six wormholes other wise the shipping lanes are extremely long. Victoria hasn’t really taken advantage of this situation. They haven’t levied any kind of passage tax on any shipping going either way through any of the wormholes, but the trips between systems does require stops for fueling and minor repairs. Also, most goods are transported to Victoria’s home planet and then placed in warehouses so the customer can then come pick them up. Warehouse storage fees are becoming a problem or so the Dominion and Tilleke Empire believes. Additionally, the Tilleke Empire needs a certain mineral which is mined in a system they do not control. Transportation of that mineral to Victoria does have to go through the Tilleke Empire and they do take a portion as transit taxes but they believe they are not getting enough. Unfortunately, the Victorian Fleet is quite large and they protect the shipping lanes.
So, with all this politicking going on, it’s a wonder a war doesn’t start. That’s the overall big picture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Space Opera / Coming-of-Age Story
This was Victoria's weakness: ' "Without a doubt." Mello smiled coldly. Read more
Alarm of War has a can't put me down pace. Principal characters have depth and purpose. Plot had plenty of solid substance. Looking forward to continuing reading this series.Published 2 months ago by CHARLES R. MAFFETT, JR.
Enjoyed seeing a strong female lead character. Wonderful character development as I feel I really know them and cheer for them. Great book looking for part 2 now.Published 3 months ago by Rob Morrison
Great start to the series. Read it quickly, then purchased the second book. There are flawed characters you root for, and the opponents aren't evil (mostly) so its more nuanced... Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Lammers
Although I am not typically a science fiction fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Alarm of War. Right from the beginning, I was drawn into the story and the characters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sirtippy
Best space opera, in a long time great daring do and battles strong female roles and heroics I loved itPublished 9 months ago by jim murray
I'm going to start out with the good. The writing is ok. The grammer is good. It's fast paced. Now with the bad. The main character has no depth. We hardly know who she is. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mattmuttsmith
Not to long ago, I started reading novels and series within the science fiction genre. I quickly found that I liked the fleet/marine/military type books, so that is what I am... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John
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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 48 posts
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