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First Admiral (The First Admiral Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 7, 2012
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First Admiral has some very epic space battles, does a few things I rarely see in space opera, like firing solutions that work. Reasons why a fighter really is just a convention of space opera and not a good idea at times. Although in fairness to those who love space fighters, the author does use them well on both sides of the space battles.
I know I found a book I would return to again when I saw our hero not just winning battles but making the universe a better place. Its more than just about survival and that last message is one the author paints back on Earth as well as out in space.
Billy's life before was just survival as I hope you'll read. I skipped it at first, thinking 'oh another average school life while I wait to get back to the -real- story'. I was quite wrong. What was happening out in space was building a better Billy at home. At school, against bullies, even saving a life, and helping his parents be happier, its a Billy who doesn't just use superior abilities newly gained in and of themselves, he uses them wisely.
There were some wonderful moments that I found myself bookmarking (hey its a kindle!), and surprised that most of them weren't how well a battle was fought. The author can be so surprisingly warm and meaningful. Billy seeing the cost of war was expected, Billy seeing how he could make a difference in some refugee's life, still chokes me up a bit.Read more ›
"The First Admiral" reminded me of my grandson's style, it's the kind of book he might be writing when he's 15.
Totally lacking any pretense of sophistication, and contemptuous of internal consistency and the laws of physics, it nevertheless succeeds by shear dint of pace of narrative. Having started it I was reluctant to put it down.
The story takes place on two (unlikely) fronts. Young Billy, an English schoolboy, flits between his role as First Admiral of an alien alliance and battling bullies at his school. Does this sound strange? Well, yes it is, unbelievably so. But there is always something happening and the story just drives along.
Mr. Benning, please learn some elementary physics -- when a space ship runs out of fuel it does not stop dead. And a stricken craft does not "fall". But by all means write some more of these stories.
As noted in several reviews, the "science" was atrocious, in physics & biology at minimum. "Aliens", defined only by skin & hair color, was a unbelievable until a possible explanation was presented far too late in the story.
Mentioning only a few difficulties:
A refugee fleet, averaging only 400+ Km/hour (moderate for a WWII prop plane), then stating a search area in square Km (vs. cubic) was ridiculous. Carrier space defense weaponry, spaced every 50 yards for a Km (confusing measurement types) was incorrectly calculated.
With battles within only a few Km, much sounded like a land/sea battle hastily converted to "space".
There was also far too much detail & redundant explanation -- colorful phrases followed by drab explanations of the phrases, and repeated detailed (and erroneous) explanations of physics.
As also noted in other reviews, the lead-in segment was far too long & detailed, losing the audience in the "final battle" where it should have led them into the primary story.
Losing colorful redundancy, inaccurate physics, and far too detailed explanations, this book should have been half its size, while concentrating on its theme rather than the superfluous.
I really dislike being this negative. The story-line does have potential, as long as the author concentrates more on (his) experience, and accepts assistance from outside sources in developing consistency & accuracy in the sciences...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read!
Fun but a little predictable.
Need a diversion from reality? A good escape. Fun!
Definitely too short.
Badly written slock, terrible characters, horrible writing, not worth the price or the time involved in reading it. Avoid at all costs.Published on March 13, 2013 by tkioz
First Admiral by William J. Benning
This saga is split between a space battle and a life of a boy named Billy here on earth. Read more
When 14 year old Billy is stranded during a mission to earth, this unlikely hero will have to use every bit of will power he has to rise to the occasion. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Heather L. Alexander
I will enjoy reading a few novels about this world. The characters all desrve to be much more filled out. I want to know more about them, and how they interact with one another. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by George Russell
Apart from the teenager aspect, the total plot line was enthralling and when can we expect a sequel!!!!!!!! These SF Sagas always seem "to end too quickly" . More pleasePublished on December 16, 2012 by Peter Welsh
But it is as if the book was meant to be written in several parts and at the last moment it was compressed to fit in one volume.Published on July 18, 2012 by Client Amazon
Actually had to stop. After reading the first page then speed reeding the next five pages I was so aggravated I deleted the book. The word that comes to mind is verbose. Sorry.Published on June 24, 2012 by Zeus
The book wa questionable at the start (typical space opera start) but the twist was great. I will buy the sequel!Published on June 15, 2012 by Typical Engineer