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The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) (The Battle for the Solar System) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Sweeney
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When starfighter pilot Simon Dodds is enrolled in a top secret military project, he and his wingmates begin to suspect that there is a lot more to the theft of a legendary battleship and an Imperial nation's civil war than either the Confederation Stellar Navy or the government are willing to let on.

Within weeks of being reassigned to the Confederate border system of Temper, the five would begin to untangle a web of lies and a cover-up that seemed to span the length of the entire galaxy. And it would not be long before they themselves would come face to face with that which destroyed an empire: an unforgiving, unstoppable, and totally unrelenting foe.

There seemed to exist only one glimmer of hope of driving back the darkness: The ATAF Project - a secretly developed set of starfighters that may well just harbour some terrible secrets of their own.


"A tightly plotted action-adventure yarn with a good mix of likeable, interesting and nasty characters"

"Written with perspicacity and drive, with a strong voice and good attention to detail."

124,000 words
~ 450 pages

Product Details

  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stephen J Sweeney (January 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DWCDO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,771 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad SFdebut September 7, 2009
Advertised as having an appeal to those who enjoyed "Babylon 5, Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica (tos)" this is a space actioner with a fair bit of characterisation thrown in.
The focus is on a small team of pilots who are trained up on a secret star-fighter, only to not quite make the grade for further testing, only to find circumstance will put them back in the cockpits once more.....
The environment is somewhat confusing with two space Empires at odds with each-other (one of whom is going through a civil war) and it took me a while to work out the background as to who was who.
Then we have secrets and conspiracies as we realise there is more to the secret star fighters and the bad guys then we suspected......
Not bad and one has to admire a self published novel. This works better at the sharp end with fully rounded characters who do have personalities and flaws but is weaker in conveying the bigger picture. It's a nice book, with an eye-catching cover but probably a little bit expensive for what you are getting. So overall this is okay, not spectacular page turning stuff but solid, reasonably well written and dependable SF reading.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fast paced military SF June 25, 2010
Simon Dodds is on leave from his duty as a Confederation Stellar Navy fighter pilot working for his father running an apple orchard. It's not all good. He is on forced leave after a court martial for trying to be a hero and disobeying orders. His reckless actions resulted in the death of 2 civilians.

A dying Stellar Navy Pilot inexplicably winds up on his doorstep with gunshot wounds, and begs not to tell the navy or authorities about him just before he dies. He is protecting information about a new advanced fighter project. Very mysterious.

In the middle of the investigation of the pilot's death, Simon is suddenly recalled because there is a crisis. The political situation is convoluted, but the Confederation is being threatened by another entity of allied planets, the Imperium, which itself is embroiled in what appears to be a civil war.

Simon is sworn to secrecy about the dying pilot, and rejoins the fighter force in time to train with his old squadron mates in this new, highly classified fighter.....but there is a lot more to the new fighter, the conflict, and what is ultimately in store for him and his squadron.

Comment: Fast paced with interesting characters. A very good read, especially if you like military SF. If I have any criticism it is trivial; the story wanders a bit trying to identify with and explore the nature of the major characters, and it's difficult to initially sort out the political background of who's fighting whom and why. Minor issues in what is a fun read. The next part of the Trilogy of the "Battle for the Solar System", "The Third Side" should be forthcoming, and I anticipate it's release.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, decent page turner August 3, 2011
By Kevin
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A solid sci-fi adventure/military action book. The story at the beginning was decent but felt a little rushed. A lot of plot parts seem to get left on the cutting room floor in this one but overall the story flow is decent and you can enjoy it as a good action read. It felt sort of like a cross between star wars and babylon 5 as far as story type.

The story was well paced, moved smoothly along and the action scenes were well written as well. My only problem with the story is the number of plot items that the author tossed in then never explained at all. I'd rather not go into much detail on them because the book is a solid read and getting into too much detail would ruin it for folks who haven't read it yet but suffice to say that there are enough cliff-hangers in the story to easily spawn an entire trilogy or even a small series based on this as a first book. A lot of questions come up during the book that never get answered.

My overall feel was that it was a very good book if it becomes part of a series. If it's intended to be a stand-alone effort some work should be done to tie up the numerous loose ends left in the original work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good First Effort... the Start of a Series? December 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an excellent read for a first effort.
Good story line, plenty of action, good characters. This would make an excellent SF series of book... backstory books and future stories.

The formatting and editing is not good, there are mistakes... some spacing errors, some wrong words, some missing words and these errors need to be fixed. I hope this author addresses these issues and fixes this Kindle edition... and any other editions of the book.

I look forward to the growth of this author and hope to read more by this author. I sincerely hope that more time and effort is put into the editing and formatting... as success depends upon the word structure and flow... as much as it does on the actual story and writing.

Because of the formatting errors... I could honestly only give this book three stars. I look forward to reading another book by this author... and hope I will be able to give the next book 5 stars! The potential is definitely there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great start April 2, 2013
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I realize this is a first edition that was later cleaned up, but outside of a complete rewrite, i would not recommend reading this book. Tons of tropes, plot holes you can drive a truck through, and awkward writing make this a book I battled through to finish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Whilst
This was a pretty good story, but the author seriously needs to proofread his work better. The word whilst appeared in this book more times than I could count, sometimes more than... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bryan Wever
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller
Pretty well put together and gives the suggestion of a major climax at the end! However, the story come to an end too soon, leaving many questions unanswered!!! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Doyil Bibby
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book!
I was looking for a good free book to download and since this book had some good reviews I thought I would give it a try. I was not disappointed! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Laura Lapierre
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a start to long story
a very good read but you loss your place some times and you have to go back this does not take away the good story line.
Published 9 days ago by nealm
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
There are a couple of threads running through the book building to the great mystery, unfortunately when you don't touch on one thread for half the book I tend to feel lost when it... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Melissa Damerell
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book but a bit repeative
I enjoyed the book and from how it ended I expect there to be other in this series. Not sure what it needs to give a 4 star rating but it seemed to repeat the same action sequence... Read more
Published 17 days ago by G. M. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Keeps you on the edge of your seat always. Full of action and adventure. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
Published 20 days ago by Lester Hensley
4.0 out of 5 stars Honour of the knights.
Very well written. Great military declintion. Good characterization. The plight of the enlisted is well represented in both word and image. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Marie Bramblett
2.0 out of 5 stars whilst whilst whilst whilst whilst whilst whilst whilst whilst whilst...
No one uses that word. I felt the urge to throw my kindle with each repetition. If the author had used the word ' while ' this would probably be a glowing review of an otherwise... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Seth Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was awesome!
This book was really good. The characters were interesting and the storyline was awesome. It's also a good book if you want to read a long book.
Published 27 days ago by Riley Chapman
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More About the Author

Stephen Sweeney was born in Brighton, UK in 1977 to Terry and Emma Sweeney and has spent many years thereafter making up stories about stuff that doesn't exist.

He attended Worth School in West Sussex before studying Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University.

He currently lives in London where he works in the City performing various IT related bits and pieces (although he's worse than useless if you ask him to help fix your computer).

When not working he enjoys listening to music, reading, snowboarding (or at least attempting to) and spending time with friends (generally talking nonsense to them in the pub).

His favourite authors include JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Iain Banks and Stephen King (although he doesn't read too much King any more since he's too scared of finding an old decaying dead woman lying in his bathtub, grinning at him).

Twitter: stephenjsweeney

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