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  • Series: Liaden Universe Novels (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134559
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late 80s to bring the world the story of Kinzel, a inept wizard with a love of cats, a thirst for justice, and a staff of true power. Since then, the husband-and-wife have written dozens of short stories, and eighteen novels, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®.  Before settling down to the serene and stable life of a science fiction and fantasy writer, Steve was a traveling poet, a rock-band reviewer, reporter, and editor of a string of community newspapers. Sharon, less adventurous, has been an advertising copywriter, copy editor on night-side news at a small city newspaper, reporter, photographer, and book reviewer. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Elektra Hammond on July 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ghost Ship is two books-in-one. I can make a case for it being two-and-a-half or even three books-in-one, each of them a gem. Let me explain.

This is a stand alone story in the greater world of the Liaden UniverseTM, although those who start their journey here will take some time to figure things out. There are a lot of things packed into this book: star travel, family, adventure, relationships, parties, "Bosses", pilots, juntavas, scouts, 8-foot-tall clutch turtles, scholars, scholarly research, cats, AIs, Department of Interior, strange new ports of call, couriers, traders, trade ships, and The Tree.

First and foremost though, this is the continuation of Theo Waitley's story, begun in the coming of age duology Fledgling/Saltation. But it is also the long-awaited sequel to I Dare, telling the story of Clan Korval's exit from Liad and the start of their resettlement on Surebleak. In addition to packing in all of those elements, Lee & Miller also slip in some tantalizing scenes that belong in the sequel to Mouse and Dragon, a book that takes place chronologically quite a bit earlier, but was only released into the wild last year.

I enjoyed every moment of the book, and devoured it as soon as I could pry it out of my husband's hands. Inside of two days we had both read it. Among my favorite parts were the interactions of Theo with various members and associates of Clan Korval-Theo has been on her own for a while now, and it's interesting to see her discover a whole new family she didn't know she had-consisting mostly of pilots.

It was also nice to visit with so many old friends and catch up with them. And to get some insight into just what Bechimo (the Ghost Ship of the title) was doing. And even where the PODs came from.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on July 28, 2011
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This was another great adventure in the Liaden Universe. Theo has come to the Delm of Korval with a couple of problems that are beyond her own solving because that is what she learned from her father Jen Sar Kiladi when she was a child on the safe world of Delgado. Now she needs to try to figure out what to do when a ghost ship containing Old Technology wants her to be its captain and what to do about helping her injured friend Win Ton who may be able to be healed by that same Old Technology and, incidentally, what happened to her father who has disappeared suddenly from Delgado.

Theo is a competent pilot who is just learning to make her way in the broader universe. She has been expelled from piloting school for being a "nexus of violence" and what Liadens call "the luck" does also follow her around. Seeing Korval through her eyes gives us a new viewpoint. She is struggling to understand why and how her father has reappeared as a pilot of Korval and a member of one of the most powerful clans of Liadens in known space.

She comes to Korval as they are being forced to leave Liad and take refuge on the planet Surebleak and while they are still in major danger from the Department of the Interior which is trying to eliminate all of Korval from the universe.

The episode was a nicely braided series of stories that talk about Korval's relocation on Surebleak, Theo's adventures as a pilot, and the doings of the Department of the Interior. We get a chance to reconnect with the old friends we have met in earlier volumes of this series -- among them are Dav and Aelliana, Miri and Val Con, Pat Rin and Natessa -- and learn about some of the children who are growing into more public roles -- Quin and Padi.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 24, 2011
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Once upon a time Theo's father had told her, half-teasingly, if she were ever in serious trouble, to take that trouble to the Delm of Korval. And as noted in FLEDGLING and SALTATION, young Theo Waitley - officially registered on her peaceful world of Delgado as a "nexus of violence" - had picked up a gaggle of serious troubles. And as we saw in SALTATION she did go to the Delm of Korval on the planet Liad. GHOST SHIP picks up the tale moments after. Except that GHOST SHIP isn't just about Theo Waitley.

When in the mood, no one sprawls a story quite like Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. GHOST SHIP is the direct sequel to I DARE and SALTATION and I'll tell you straight: this novel ain't for newbies unless you're one of them blokes what likes to come in halfway thru the movie and try to figure things out. Even more than PLAN B and I DARE, GHOST SHIP features central characters from past Liaden stories. The authors also sprinkle in a heck of a lot of cameos and references to past events. This helps to anchor the Liaden universe, to establish time and place and continuity. But first time visitors will wish Lee & Miller had accomodated them more. Fair warning.

GHOST STORY tracks the interweaving story arcs of the Korval Clan, namely Theo Waitley, her father Daav yos'Phelium, and Theo's half-brother Val Con and his lifemate Miri. And, to a lesser extent, we also catch up with what Pat Rin's been up to. The big bad of this series continues to be the planet Liad's insidious Department of the Interior which is still and forever bent on exterminating the Korval line. In fact, I urge all new readers to first pick up AGENT OF CHANGE or THE AGENT GAMBIT omnibus (which contains AGENT OF CHANGE and its absolutely addictive sequel CARPE DIEM, the book that made me a diehard fan of all things Liaden).
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