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Temporary Duty [Kindle Edition]

Ric Locke
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99

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Book Description

A pair of enlisted sailors are assigned to an alien spaceship, to clean and prepare quarters for the real human delegation. Once there, they find that there's a little more to it...
Alien worlds, exploding spaceships, IRS agents, derring-do, and a little sex. Oh, and mops, brooms, and dustpans. Truly there are wonders Out There.

Product Details

  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 554 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00531CPHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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141 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great irreverent fun June 3, 2011
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I came upon this while browsing around during a slow time of day. At first I was hesitant due to the fact that the Product description is incredibly useless, but I took a chance with the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book is about two enlisted men going to space. Their interactions with the officers who command the rest of the detachment and the alien crew. This is not a military action book, while there are some action scenes they are short and mostly used as ways to meet new people. This is more a book about peaceful trade and exploration.

The main character is interesting and it was fun to watch his development throughout the book. The supporting characters were enjoyable and fulfilled their roles being easy to dislike if that was their role.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed books such as The Solar Clipper Trader Tales.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first book by an up and coming writer June 11, 2011
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As the other reviewers have said, i picked this book not knowing exactly what to expect (there is an incredable amount of sci-fi sh** on kindle). while a little slow in spots, he does a fine job. The characters are believable, the science is good, and he writes a believable near future of the U.S.
As the others said, i will not give away the storyline but I do say, buy it and read it. I have been reading sci-fi since the first Ace double book and have a very low cut-off for bad writing. This is good. Buy it, The auther is on my buy list and I wait for the next in the series.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New for me Author Great book. June 10, 2011
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As with others I was not sure about buying this book as there was only
a one line decription. If this was changed I think alot more would sell.
This is an interesting story of a young low rank Navy guy assigned
to a spaceship from afar after first contact. He and his friend were sent
to prepare for a flight group. They were to learn the language and get
things ready.
Meeting new aliens at each new stop adds interesting folks. The whole
trip is 2 years and does not turn out as everyone expected. I don't
want to give away any of the plot.
As an avid SciFi reader I applaud the author and wait for Ric Locke
to add another to the Amazon list. I don't do 5 star often either.
Thanks Ric.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, Wasted Potential September 5, 2011
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The premise of Temporary Duty is interesting. It tells of humans in contact with aliens, but from a point-of-view of the lower-echelon worker-bees, in this case, enlisted sailors. However, the potential of the story never really develops.

John Peters and Kevin Todd are two lower-ranking sailors who are suddenly sent to an alien ship which has appeared over the US and has invited humans to board in order to create trade for whatever humans can offer. The two sailors are ordered to prepare the ship for the arrival of a Navy squadron of Hornets and Tomcats, which will be the main human offering.

Peters and Todd have no real briefing on what they are supposed to do, but they get on with the tasks, getting to know the alien crew as well as prep for the arrival of the squadron. For the rest of this rather lengthy story, the ship travels to various planets where most are amazed b the prowess and technology of the humans. A few battles ensue, Peters and Todd try to deal with buffoonish officers while endearing themselves to the aliens, and interspecies sex abounds.

But the tale just has too many holes in it to be believable.

One glaring example is that the aliens are almost human, as are most beings of the "kree." The various peoples of this section of space are very similar in looks, what they can eat, how they think, how they live (every planet has resorts with bars which serve beer, for example), and using gestures like using a thumbs up. The different beings are barely more different than say a Japanese factory worker and a Brazilian lumberjack. This is really beyond belief, but taking the "kree" origin to heart, it could be almost accepted. However, then there are huge differences.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Alien traders, frustrated with dealing with politicians and officers, hire on a pair of enlisted sailors to see if regular folk have more sense than suits. Peters and Todd, both US Navy enlisted personnel, are sent "TDY" to help set up spaces for the Navy squadron that an enterprising Captain got the traders to take along.

The alien spaceship, our boys realize, is a surplus carrier, and while the aliens may be pretty good traders, it's clear that they don't know much about maintenance, nor do they have any microelectronics technology. Though its obvious from the start that the two groups have a lot to offer each other, the military hierarchy can't get out of its own way long enough to make it happen.

Fortunately Peters and Todd's orders are just vague enough to give them enough rope to tie things up in a nice package for both parties, if they don't hang themselves first.

Temporary Duty is a pretty good read, and considering the price it's a great value. With a bit of work this could have been an excellent first book, or actually, it could have expanded into a very solid trilogy, but as it is the story lurches sideways halfway through the book rather than resolve the very real conflicts that the author has set up.

Temporary Duty is self published, and its rough edges make that no surprise. If Ric had worked with an editor, or more seasoned author, he would have come out with a book that hung together better, but even as it is, there's a lot of good there.

Keep writing Ric!

Ernest Lilley
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting view of the future
Temporary Duty has a pretty good story in a not far future where the radical Islamist have succeeded in getting and using an nuclear weapon. Read more
Published 27 days ago by D. Patelzick
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book and story line
With only 1 regret, that being I cannot read a sequel.

A story with believable characters, if somewhat amazing stories you would only hear and wish they could happen to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a humerous story about first contact
I really enjoyed this book. A couple of low rank sailors turn out to be the only ones who eeem to understand what is really going ona. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars SF with a different approach.
I could not put this book down to eat dinner let alone go to bed. Very interesting activity, a bit out of practicality, but great read.
Published 2 months ago by William Belton
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice sci-fi
The science fiction is nicely done. The politics are too simplistic and detract from the story. zza xxbb yyyyyccc ddeeff
Published 2 months ago by John D. McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Breed Space Opera
I like commercial space opera such as "Quarter Share" and military space opera such as "The Empire's Corp." This is a delightful combination of both. Read more
Published 2 months ago by frank c hemingway
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
Temporary Duty is a lot of fun. The ideas behind it are unique enough, the writing is above par, the characters are enjoyable - there is nothing wrong with this book at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ArmyEng pipe6
5.0 out of 5 stars So bittersweet to fall in love with an author to learn he has died...
Thank goodness it was 500 pages. So chock full of wry humor and smart writing, I look forward to re-reading it and wondering where the sequel could have taken things. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paula Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novel
Great novel and excellent quality of writing. I could not stop reading it (literally read through the night and was paying for it in the morning). Quality of language is excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A visit with old friends
my rating system 1- utter garbage 2- just garbage 3- an enjoyable read may or may not read more by the author 4- I'll be looking for more from the author 5- I want to read more by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MJG
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Is there going to be any sequels?
Unfortunately, Mr. Locke apparently passed away this week from recently discovered lung cancer. He was working on another book in the Temporary Dury universe, but It was unfinished at the time of his death.
Jul 26, 2012 by Robert Crosley |  See all 4 posts
Italics issues
I just finished it on my iPad 2 and didn't have any trouble. Where has this guy been all my life?
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