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Darkship Thieves (Baen Science Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010

Book 1 of 3 in the Darkship Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Baen Science Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133989
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah A. Hoyt has sold a dozen novels in various genres, including her new Musketeers Mysteries series, starting with Death of a Musketeer, and her acclaimed Shakespearean fantasy series, which started with the Mythopoeic award finalist, Ill Met by Moonlight. An avid history buff and longtime reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries Sarah has published over three dozen short stories in esteemed magazines such as Asimov's, Analog, Amazing and Weird Tales, as well as several anthologies. Residing in Colorado with her husband, two teen boys and a pride of cats, Sarah is hard at work on her next dozen novels.

Customer Reviews

Great characters, good pacing, really gets you involved with the action!
Sarah Hoyt has created an enjoyable read that should please fans of urban fantasy, science fiction, and even diehard adventure/thriller fans, too.
Dr. Rob
I was a bit disappointed but perhaps that's due to some unjustified expectation that I had.

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rob on December 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I like Science Fiction.

I'm not picky, I like all kinds: Space Opera, Hard Science, Science Fantasy, Alternate History, Action, Thriller.

OK, I AM picky. It has to be GOOD Science Fiction. I want likeable characters, an interesting plot, and believable science (with allowances for the classic dictum that any sufficiently advanced science could well be indistinguishable from magic).

Sarah Hoyt is an experienced writer of historical fiction, romance, fantasy, urban fantasy and yes, science fiction. Darkship Thieves is Sarah's first venture into space opera for Baen Books. However, DST is more than just Space Opera. It is part thriller and part adventure with just a touch of quirky romance, all set in a future that may not be all that different from our own present. Why would I call it a thriller and adventure novel? Well, in addition to Science Fiction, I also like to read thrillers and adventure. Spy novels by Ludlum and Le Carré, adventure by Cussler and Clancy and psychological thrillers by Koontz and Sandford. There is one feature of all of these novels styles that stands out - investment in a character, and an overwhelming urge to pick the protagonist up, shake them by the neck, and shout: "I figured this out, why can't you!" Instead, we keep reading until late at night (or early in the morning), just one more page - surely they'll figure it out on the next page.

You know what I'm talking about - the same urge that drives people to watch those slasher movies where you want to tell the clueless college student "DON'T go in the attic! That's where the bad guy is hiding, can't you SEE it?"

It's called psychological investment, or identification, with a character.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By john wagner on January 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really do not have much to add to the three previous reviewers, except to say I loved the book. I'm older (assuming here, with all that entails...) than they are and I've always loved my Old World Wrecker Edmond Hamilton, the Three Planeteers by Williamson, my early to middle Heinleins (the so called Juvies like Citizen of the Galaxy, Space Cadet etc) and, of course, Asimov's Foundation series.

Darkship Thieves revives that feeling. While planets are not destroyed (do corrupt regimes count as destroying a planet?), stars do not go novae and vast fleets are not laying waste to entire civilizations, this book has the feeling that it could happen. If things went just a tad wronger (wronger?) then total planetary destruction could happen.

If I close my eyes while reading this book (okaaay, good trick!), it could very easily be a book written by Heinlein. She has his voice, his pacing, same tight writing.

I really hope this book does well, I really want a sequel. More in this universe. So many well thought out throw-aways, casual items, broomsticks (take a skateboard from Back to the Future, ram it together with a Harry Potter broomstick and you have the high tech broomstick with its attendant culture) and power trees for example. Power tree? Yes, power tree. In orbit, vast "plantations" of bio-engneered power trees sucking solar radiation directly into their power pod production.

Ms Hoyt's world is extremely well thought out. EVERYTHING fits together, a giant jigsaw puzzle. Fantastic! Order this book now, you will not be disappointed.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Space Opera" is an interesting term. It kind of means "science fiction as a setting but not as science", and kind of means "larger than life". This is all that and more. The world is much more developed than I typically associate with "Space Opera", but is still painted (to use a metaphor) in rather bright colors and is referred to more environmentally than analytically (all this is really just attempting to say "sf is used as a setting").

The story is fantastic, in all senses of the word. This book two rather widely separted parts -- other authors might even have released this as two books. The exile society of the "mules" is quite well thought out and interesting, as is the future earth. An interesting touch was the evolution of biker gangs. The future equivilant of motorcycles is an open personal flyer called a "broom". Given the world that had been built up this felt entirely natural.

I don't want to get too much into the details of the main characters except to say that I look forward to the Masquerades at the next few cons after this book gets read a bit (actually they may not let the Athenas enter for fear of being shut down on morals charges ...)

Elsewhere the author has characterized this as an urban fantasy set in space. That may be as good a description of it as anything. A mystery. A romance. A romp. Whatever you want to call it, it is _good_. A very enjoyable read.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Rychnovsky on March 15, 2010
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I found Darkship Thieves to be a pleasant and engaging read. Others have described the plot, so I will just touch on a few points. It feels like an old-style space opera with a very strong female character, but written as a Romance. The whole setup is a bit strange with Earth dominated by "Good Men" and the Darkship Thieves of the title formed from and exiled group of humans and genetically modified humans. The touch of libertarian (Ayn Rand) politics in Eden is a bit jarring. It is one of those books where all the important characters are special and superior to the normal humans. In old romances they were all hidden royalty. In this book most characters are either royalty or modified humans. There are plenty of plot twists to keep it interesting, although none of them are very surprising. It feels like 1970's science fiction and brings to mind "Telezy Amberdon" and other work by James Schmidt, if he had written romances, which he did not. Overall it is an enjoyable book.

I have given it a three-star rating because it was pleasant but not memorable. Will any of us remember this book a few year's hence? A five-star book should be one that stands out from the crowd, and I do not think Darkship Thieves does that. It does provide a pleasant diversion for an evening or two.
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More About the Author

Sarah A. Hoyt was born (and raised) in Portugal and now lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and a variable number of cats, depending on how many show up to beg on the door step.
In between lays the sort of resume that used to be de-rigueur for writers. She has never actually wrestled alligators, but she did at one point very briefly tie bows on bags of potpourri for a living. She has also washed dishes and ironed clothes for a living. Worst of all she was, for a long time, a multilingual scientific translator.
At some point, though, she got tired of making an honest living and started writing. She has over 23 -- the number keeps changing -- published novels, in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical mystery, historical fantasy and historical biography. Her short stories have been published in Analog, Asimov's, Amazing Stories (under a previous management), Weird tales, and a number of anthologies from DAW and Baen. Her space-opera novel Darkship Thieves was the 2011 Prometheus Award Winner, and at this moment the third novel in the series, A Few Good Men, is a finalist for the honor.
She also writes under the names Sarah D'Almeida, Elise Hyatt and Sarah Marques.
To learn more about Sarah A. Hoyt and read samples of her work, visit http://sarahahoyt.com

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