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  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 462 pages
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  • Publisher: Kennedy Hudner (August 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00908EOBE
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Kennedy Hudner (1950 -) grew up in the small, mostly Catholic blue collar town of Swansea, MA. He was ill-equipped for sports, being built like an undernourished bean pole. This was a bad thing in the 1950's and 60's Swansea, where sports were king. Somewhere along the way, he discovered books, which led to mysteries, which led to science fiction, which led in turn to military history.

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.

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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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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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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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I read this book awhile back but failed to post a review. So, after re-reading the book, I’m going to correct that mistake.

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.
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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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