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Alarm of War [Kindle Edition]

Kennedy Hudner
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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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?

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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: #99,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readers of Military SF Unite! August 28, 2012
By Dave
A sparkling new entry in military science fiction. Mr. Hudner - you have a new fan and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Fans of Jack Campbell, R.M. Meluch and David Weber will recognize another brother in arms.

This is not an easy field in which to write - characters must be given depth to be meaningful, for losses to be felt and victories to be meaningful, while at the same time the author must pay attention to the science aspect of the science fiction. The science must be well considered and reasonably understood by author and reader. Furthermore, the science and space maneuvers must be based on a consistent application of rules so that the reader does not feel cheated or insulted by the author.

Mr. Hudner's book does not fall prey to these traps - it meets all of the criteria of great military SF and then some. I thoroughly enjoyed the well thought out space battles, the maneuverings of ships and crew, and the politics of the nations at war.

Thanks Mr. Hudner. This Victorian is waiting for round two!
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24 of 28 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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3 of 4 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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2 of 3 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alarm of War November 7, 2012
By Donald
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Decent Space Opera. I stayed up way to late the night I finished it. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eager for the next in the series April 14, 2014
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This is a genuine page-turner. Well thought out, fully developed characters. Needs a bit of fine-tuning, as there were two or three contradictions, tho not seriously affecting the over-all story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to Series! March 29, 2014
By Gene
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Just finished what I think will be a really nice series over time. The plot moves forward at a good clip and the characters are interesting and interact well with each other. The direction of the series can be expanded and I encourage the writer to do so. I think the second book will be out in the summer. Not too long to wait at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This story will hold your complete attention from beginning to end. The characters come alive with their action packed lives.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent military Sci-Fy
Alarm of War was an exciting and well thought out novel that kept me up late. I found the main characters to be likeable and the plot gripping. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Harbor meets Starship Troopers
While a little slow out of the starting gate, once Alarm of War gets its anti-matter engines in gear, it becomes a real page-turner with a forceful narrative that will keep you on... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Mello
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice read
i enjoyed the book immensely, even though i found it hard to believe officers would go thru that type of basic training. Think naval academy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by marka
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
I had my reservations, but decided to give this one a try. Glad I did. The synopsis does not give a good idea of what to expect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeff Pruett
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb first book
Kennedy Hudner have in this book created a magnificent new world with a number of characters whom you are allowed to follow. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bengt Thuree
5.0 out of 5 stars Head and heart swelling read!
I bought this some time ago and just forgot about it, now I read the whole thing today and now hope the promised Book 2 is on it's way. I don't want to wait to read it. Fred
Published 6 months ago by Fred Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars An all . Night book
I just couldn't put the book down
Even with the grammar mistakes that I would normally cut stars for, this book was a five stars because of the intense action all through the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ecofreak
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
There were aspects of this book that I really liked. The characters were good, with decently developed backgrounds. Read more
Published 8 months ago by scifi-fan1
5.0 out of 5 stars Alarm of War
I'm a new reader of electronic books and a great fan of Jack Campbell, David Weber, Isaac Asimov, and most of the classic writers of science fiction. Read more
Published 8 months ago by El Gordo
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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
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