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The Fleet - Book One [Kindle Edition]

Bill Fawcett , David Drake
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett

Featuring stories by:
David Drake
Anne McCaffrey
Poul Anderson
E. Gary Gygax
Janet Morris
Steve Perry
Margaret Weis
John Brunner
Robert Sheckley
Jody Lynn Nye
Bill Fawcett

The Fleet: In the far reaches of space they are mankind’s last line of defense against hostile alien forces.

Mankind has taken one step too far in exploring the galaxy - and has run smack up against the Khalia. Vicious, weasel-like carnivores whose culture is totally different from our own. they see other sentient beings as prey - as MEAT! They take no prisoners. Ever. Just the occasional slave who will never see his home world again. It is up to the brave men and women of the Fleet to keep the home planets safe.

Meet the men and women of the Fleet, who are pledged to protect us all:

Terry English, eyewitness to a brutal Khalian raid (by Janet Morris)

Hansing, a brain ship, and B’grah, a Hruban commando, whose duty it is to outwit the Khalians on an occupied world (by Anne McCaffrey)

Geno Deledda, whose body has been modified to fit an alien world (by Poul Anderson)

Captain John Roberts, who must go to the infamous Club of the Thirty-Nine Buttons to reclaim one of the Fleet’s most decorated war heroes (by Margaret Weis)

Captain Kowacs, whose rescue mission turns up a human traitor (by David Drake)

And the others, who fight beside them to protect mankind.

This is their story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6527 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Britton & Knowles--Event Horizon EBooks (November 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066DLQIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun! March 5, 2013
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I bought this book long ago when the series first debuted and purchased all of them but one I missed. I really enjoyed these collections of short stories contained in the same universe. I've always had a soft spot for military sci-fi, humans versus aliens, and this series did not disappoint. Especially since the first volume contained the only short story I've ever read by E. Gary Gygax, which was actually one of the best of the lot. There's a lot of humor to be in this book as well. The overarching story that connects each tale really frustrates its character!

Granted, it's not the best set of short stories ever, but it certainly is fun to read. Now, the worst part of this... This book has some horrible editing. The physical copy I owned years ago was not this bad. It's almost like they sent it thru a computer that transcribed it for them and never looked at it again. I would expect better of something I paid so much for. This book is over 20 years old and cost more than it did when I first bought it. You would think they could have someone read thru it for errors.

Other than that, the stories were well worth the effort to read them. I really enjoyed it. And getting it in the ebook format helped because finding a physical copy now is difficult.

EDIT: Just to let you know, I contacted the publisher, Britton Knowles, to let them know know about the editing problems in this book. Not only did they explain they had some problems with the version on Amazon, but they also made an effort to correct the version on Amazon and also sent me a better copy. In addition, they threw in a free book from their library. They stayed in constant email communication until the problem was rectified, and I have to give them props for their great customer service and attempt to make things right.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Fleet - Space Opera With Many Voices July 30, 2012
By KRD575
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Interesting and skilled editing for a Space Opera from Many authors. Each voice brought a unique style to the stories and aided in the believability as different Points Of View made the story move forward at a quick pace but with individual insite to the current story. Pretty predictable once you got to the sudden stop at the end. Lots of room to grow the world. Fun read for a summer afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I own the old PC game version of this book January 4, 2013
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and that was the main reason why I bought this book, and the fact that it was in kindle version quickly sealed the deal for me, I'm reading this book now and look forward to reading the 2nd and 3rd books afterwards. I do wish the price would come down a bit though $5.99 for these old books is a bit more than I want to pay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Space Yarn June 30, 2013
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One is a series of space yarns, this is part of a good tale that is easy to read and enjoyable. Not the best of the genre but still a good summer read and entertaining.
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