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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134306
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I've been waiting years to publish this one. It was a bundle of fun to write. I love stories about the intrepid young hero who sets out to change the world, and I love PG Wodehouse, so the combination was just percolating in my mind, anticipating its opportunity. Thomas and Parsons turned out to be a terrific pair. I had so much fun with Thomas's family, his hobbies and his unconscious snobbery (he is really very good-hearted in spite of his rank). Parsons is so fantastically competent that I wish I had a minion like him myself.

Enjoy the book!

About the Author

Jody Lynn Nye lives in Illinois with her husband and a cat of superior bearing. Her numerous works of science fiction and fantasy include An Unexpected Apprentice and its sequel, A Forthcoming Wizard, Applied Mythology, Advanced Mythology, and others. She has collaborated with New York Times best-selling author Anne McCaffrey on The Death of Sleep, The Ship Who Won, Doona and other novels, and with another New York Times best-selling author, Robert Asprin, on books in his beloved "Myth-Adventures" series, such as the recent Myth-Fortunes, and the new novel in his Dragons series, Dragons Deal. Her next book, Myth-Quoted (Ace Books, December 2011), continues the Myth-Adventures series.

Customer Reviews

Again The characters are thin and the plot line is weak.
Linda S. Wright
It's obviously attempting to be a Jeeves and Wooster in space, with a bit more character depth.
K. Maxwell
It is good when you cry from laughter and deep emotions in the same book.
cybermage.se

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cybermage.se on April 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ensign Thomas Kinago starts by making a fool of himself the first day by pimping out his uniform in admiral stripes and arriving late to his first dinner with an Admiral known for adhering strictly to punctuality. The dressing-down he gets afterwards is a beauty I enjoyed greatly as a reader and it sets the tone for the rest of the book. I laughed out loud for a long time when the Admiral asked if he had trouble keeping inside the lines with crayons in kindergarten too.

Thomas is a member of the imperial family somewhat distant from the throne but nonetheless firmly removed from reality when the book starts. It is amusing, emotional and revealing as he realizes how protected he has been. He is a good-hearted fellow it is easy to love but he keeps getting into trouble due to inexperience. It is lucky that he has his Jevees sorry Parsons that steers him the right way.

Jody Lynn Nye isn't exactly new to me. I have enjoyed her Doona collaboration with Anne McCaffrey and a few short stories especially in Worlds of Honor. This is promoted as a space opera version of the P. G. Woodhouse's Jeeves books and it is not too far from the truth but Thomas is more talented than his counterpart.

The story is about as much about his journey of discovery, including some military adventures not mentioned in the blurb as it is about how a mysteriously charismatic leader threatens to take over a distant former sector of the Imperium the new Emperor wants to re include. It makes sense to send Kinago and Parsons there to find out what is going on.

The characters are great and I love the story even if I get to stretch my sense of disbelief a time or two.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on June 17, 2011
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I wish I could give this book a better review. It's obviously attempting to be a Jeeves and Wooster in space, with a bit more character depth. However, I found the story a slow read that struggled to hold my attention, especially in the political sections in the early part of the book. While I understand these sections were important to provide a background to the main story in the second half the book they weren't really lively enough to make them interesting till we got back to the main story that is Ensign Lord Kinago. Kinago is an upper crust fop who has spent his life in the lap of luxury in the imperial compound.

Assigned to a ship in the navy on the edge of civilized space he has no idea how 'the other half' live or the realities of life. Unfortunately, while Kinago does get an eduction in this book it's not really that funny though you can tell it is supposed to be so and the threat he goes up against is in strange in the extreme. This is not a book I'd be in a hurry to read again as while the author seems to be trying hard to provide a funny story with some depth of character it never really gels into something that carries you along easily or is memorable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith W. Oschman on November 5, 2011
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Call me an old grump, but this book was tedious--I guess I can take only so much endless cutsieness. I read the first ¼ and then the last few chapters and didn't feel that I had missed much. You'll likely love it or hate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SanteeFats on October 29, 2013
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From the cover and the front intro page I thought this would be a much more humorous book. Kind of like Asprin's books. Wrong!! It turns out that it is written more for younger readers than adults. The plot is very simplistic. The main character is a dilettante from the Imperil family. They are all gene manipulated over centuries so people will like them and such. The pirate debacle at the space station is funny enough but that is about it. When the scout ship goes to the Cluster things come to a head very quickly and rather dumbly. If you like simplistic claptrap you might enjoy this but not if you like a deeper story line and better developed characters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Wright on July 16, 2011
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Very long winded. Character development is spotty and uneven. There are many attempts at humor and most fall flat. I could have been a humorous fast paced good old space opera. Again The characters are thin and the plot line is weak. I loved the Myth series with Robert Asprin and this author. I think that she entered into the space opera field without scouting far enough ahead. Hopefully she can get her head around real SI FI get it right for the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 29, 2011
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The back cover of this entertaining SF romp describes it as "P. G. Woodhouse meets space opera" and the first part of the novel does indeed resemble a "Jeeves and Wooster meet Honor Harrington" storyline, but there is quite a lot more to this book than that.

During the first part of the novel, the narrative alternates between two storylines. In a remote section of the galaxy called the "Castaway Cluster," which has been out of touch with the star empire called the Imperium to which it nominally belongs for a couple of centuries, an ambassador arrives from the Imperium wanting to re-establish contact.

At the same time, another ambassador arrives from the rival "Trade Federation," who calls himself Captain Sgarthad, who wants the Castaway Cluster to agree to become part of the Trade Federation instead. He has an uncanny ability to make most people believe that he is their best friend and that everything he says, no matter how ridiculous, is true. To the reader and a small minority of the cluster who are partly immune to his power, it is increasingly apparent that Sgarthad is a sinister and dangerous fraud, but to the majority of residents of the Cluster he could say that black is white and they would believe him.

Meanwhile Ensign Thomas Kinago, fresh out of the Imperium's naval academy, arrives on the Red Fleet's flagship, "Wedjet", accompanied by his aide-de-camp, Commander Parsons.

What on earth, you may ask, is an ensign doing with a full commander as an A.D.C? Well, for one thing, outside the navy he would be known as Lord Kinago, cousin to the Emperor and a member of the Imperial family. His mother is also the first Space Lord. Part of Parsons' job is to keep an eye on him, hence the P.G.
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