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Helfort's War Book 3: The Battle of Devastation Reef [Kindle Edition]

Graham Sharp Paul
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If he survives, hell just may freeze over.

The savage Hammer Worlds are not only near invincible but almost certain to win their war to crush the Federated Worlds and control humanspace–unless the Feds can find and destroy their secret antimatter warhead facility.

Only dreadnoughts, the lone Federated ships able to withstand antimatter missile attacks, can do the job, and only Lieutenant Michael Helfort has the skill to lead them. But skill may not be enough, because Helfort is more than the newly appointed captain: He’s a hero, and this means that his own senior officers want him to fail–and that the enemy’s kingpin wants him dead.

Helfort’s early victories merely intensify everyone’s determination. No action is too low, no price too high, to bring him down–with treachery, or betrayal, or an offer he can’t refuse, even if it means selling out his own side.


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About the Author

Graham Sharp Paul, born in Sri Lanka, received an honors degree in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University and an MBA from Macquarie University. He joined the Royal Navy in 1972, qualifying as a mine warfare and clearance diving officer before reaching the rank of lieutenant commander with the Navy’s mine warfare flotilla. In 1983 he transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, serving in its Trials & Assessments Unit and Clearance Diving School before transferring to civilian life in 1987. Paul worked for two Australian companies in the banking and media sectors before setting up his own business development and corporate finance consultancy in 1991. Over the next twelve years he worked on a worldwide range of projects. In 2003 he gave up corporate life to write full-time. He is also the author of The Battle at the Moons of Hell and The Battle of the Hammer Worlds, the first two novels in his Helfort’s War series. Paul has three sons and lives in Sydney with his wife, Vicki.

Product Details

  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345513703
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UM5BG4
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read November 30, 2009
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Fun read but not great literature. (potential spoiler) Get ready for another cliff hanger ending and be aware that their will be a Helfort's War Book 4.

The story picks up with the launch of the new Dreadnought strategy and we get into the internal politics of the Navy and society. You will see a thinly veiled story based on today's headlines with a futuristic spin. Young idealist frustrated by the "system"and by his personal heroism, grit and determination he attempts to overcome both the Hammers and the system.

Lots of bang bang action, multiple threads and a lot of heroism and team camaraderie.

View this as an old fashioned Space Opera with lots of villains, good guys, and beautiful women. Lots of fun but not great literature

Why four stars? It is a fun read to give you a break from a hectic day. I really like series and the books are easy to read and fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ship to ship battles are still lame January 5, 2010
By H. Pau
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A reviewer for the first book opined that the space battles were lame. I gave the series the benefit of the doubt at the time, but now I've concluded that I have to agree. The space battles in this series are just not exciting. They do not involve any large scale ship maneuvers, defensive or offensive formations, dog fighting, running fights, or even dodging incoming shots. The only tactics seem to be: sneak in, be the first to shoot and hope your shields can absorb the response when it arrives in 10 minutes.

In addition, Paul continues to have his characters do, in my opinion, totally stupid things as if that was their only option. Case in point (SPOILERS!), Lt. Helfort has disabled the Hammer's asteroid's defensive positions with missles and followed up with rail gun strafing. A couple of severely damaged Hammer Battle Stations are still taking pot shots at his approaching fleet of Dreadnoughts with their few remaining guns. It is clearly stated that because of his Dreadnought's armor, these were futile attempts to stop him. Yet, he orders a couple of his Dreadnoughts, which incidentally are the only remaining combat effective Fleet World ships left and are still pretty much undamaged, to kamikaze the battle stations! Why?! Why couldn't he have rail gunned the Battle Stations some more? Why did he throw away good ships especially when he was expecting additional Hammer reinforcements due to the importance of this asteroid base?

I was really tempted to give this novel 2 stars just for this idiocy. However, the rest of the story was ok. The writing is pretty good. The dialog still needs improvement though. The banter sounds fake or forced. The stories have not endeared me to the characters, but are interesting enough for me to follow to see what happens next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoy Mr. Paul's writing. It pulls me in and hold me there. It is gritty, 'realistic' view of space navy conflicts. Beyond just the naval operations he pulls in the politics of the 'nations' and Navies and, in this book, even the media. His background in naval operations with the U.K. and Australia shows in the details. I soak it up and revel in it.

The downside ... I actually have to pause when Mr. Paul uses some of the plot devices he does. In particular the fact that it seems people he knows keep getting captured. Mr. Paul paints a picture that naval warfare involves fusion plants that go critical, and, when people are lost, that the navy makes it a priority to acquire prisoners ... yet it keeps happening to Helfort and his familiy and friends. If he just had another plot device consistent with the universe he paints I would so go along on the ride with him.

That said. I love the books. The writing is so strong that I am willing to let go some weak story elements and just enjoy the ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars [caution... spoilers imminent...]
Helfort's War
January 15, 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
I am relatively new to the Helfort's War series, and am proud to have finished the whole series to date within a week. I just read a few of the other reviews, and feel obliged to share my opinion. It seems to me, at least, that Mr. Paul has most certainly gotten down the process of creating a suspensfull behind-the-lines story, and it's not repetetive at all from book to book. Unfortunantly, I can see with equal clarity the need for more exciting ship-to-ship battles, perhaps adding new additions such as a fighter/bomber and plasma anti-ship cannons. Personally, I like his idea of a "trashpress," that and his view of corrupting political decisions interfering with military planning and needlessly wasting human personell. If you're wondering why I gave this five stars, it's because the rest of the book balances out the space conflicts. Work on #4, Mr. Paul. We'll wait for it, and it'll be the best yet.
Signing out,
~Theo C~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid third outing December 6, 2009
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Once again we see Michael Helfort confronted by enemies on all sides.The space battles were well choreographed and we start to see a little more character development though the Hammers need to be fleshed out more. At times the story seemed rushed especially with regards to the Hammers. Still an entertaining read and a solid outing in the Helfort saga.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The third book of a good series June 5, 2010
By Adrian
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The Helfort series is a little different to what I expected. Although he's the person the book is titled after, many of the major decisions are made by those around him. In contrast to many books, some of his immediate superiors are not total morons. In fact, they are intelligent and good role models.It's pretty obvious he's still around simply due to blind luck, like when he survived 387's near demise. (387 is the designation of the first ship he was ever assigned to after he graduated from military college. He is humble and just wants to gt on with his career.

This time around, his situation is a bit more stereotypical, with lots of politics and incompetent superiors. However, even with this, it's become obvious to me that Helfort is simply a normal guy in the armed forces who deals with stuff as it comes along. The series is about how the man that you are is not what station you were born in, but how you react and deal with circumstances and adversity as it hits you. And boy, does he face a lot of adversity.

I'm looking forward to seeing how he deals with the newest problem thus far. My personal preference is that he takes his friend's and blows the s*** out of the the Hammer government and DocSec. He can do it twice if he feels like it , I won't mind :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good series
Published 14 days ago by henry pellegrino
4.0 out of 5 stars Fleet against Hammer fleet battle action!
Very consistent with the first two books of this series. A little more fleet on fleet battle than the first two. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nightwatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars quality continues
A bit weak on character development but a great story well done. I highly recommend the first three in the series.
Published 10 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Book
With a series book such as this, of course if you are reading it, you liked and were caught up in the story and characters and wanted to follow to see what happened next. Read more
Published 20 months ago by AJW
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Unfortunately, I had bought the whole series before I started reading; had I read even one, I might have saved myself the money. Read more
Published on January 23, 2011 by John K. Pearson
2.0 out of 5 stars Unhappy with gratuitous cheap shot
I have been reading all of the books in this series on my Kindle app, and I was having a good time until the end of this book. Read more
Published on December 6, 2010 by T. Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Helfort's Ward Book 3-Devastation Reef
OK, it is not rocket science, but I really do enjoy these books. I have developed a real liking for the characters and the space war action is just what I am looking for. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by J. Hanney
4.0 out of 5 stars More Great Military Science Fiction
Michael Helfort's life is not getting any simpler. Being a hero has painted a target on his back. Not only do the Hammers want him to fail, so do many of his senior officers. Read more
Published on April 1, 2010 by J. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Grrrr...kill Those Hammer Scum!
These novels are good clean fun and I really hate those Hammer scum and want to kill me some. The only thing I dislike about these books is that after saving humanity three times... Read more
Published on February 23, 2010 by L. E Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars thud, crunch, grin
There, that is the extent of the vocabulary used in this book. But that is not all you get with your $6.99! Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Dadbeh Rouhbakhsh
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More About the Author

Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon).

Educated at the Hill School in Nuwara Eliya before completing my secondary education at Glenalmond School in Scotland, then on to Cambridge University before joining the Royal Navy. Why the navy? Simple. From the day I started diving as a 16-year-old in Trincomalee, I wanted to be a diver and, when it comes to the business of military diving, the Royal Navy was the best.

Migrated to Australia with my wife and three sons in 1983 by transferring to the Royal Australian Navy (best decision I ever made) before moving into a new career in corporate finance in 1988. Retired from what was a stressful if well paid business in 2003. Now I write military science fiction in between diving, which is - after my wife, my three boys, and my two granddaughters - my greatest passion.

Why write sci-fi? Well, living next door to Arthur C. Clarke in Colombo had a lot to do with that. The first SF book I ever read - thanks Mum - was his "Fall of Moondust". It captured my imagination in a way no other book ever has. Thanks to that book, I still look to the stars and will write SF for so long as I can.

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