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1.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster, August 20, 2011
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I have yet again wasted my money by buying a ebook after reading the reviews. The first chapter is bad enough that I will never finish this tragedy of literature. If this is what y'all think military scifi should be like, there is no hope for you. Seriously, the captain of the first FTL exploration ship doesn't even check to make sure his uniforms are on board before showing up one night before they haul anchor; what other mass stupidity is in store for me?
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Initial post: Aug 20, 2011 10:19:21 PM PDT
Uh... I wrote that and I can say with a fair degree of certainty that you misunderstood what you read... really, really, badly. So badly that I'm actually kinda stunned. Don't get me wrong, the first few chapters are weak, I make no bones about it... but honestly, this particular critique isn't just looking for something to attack, it's making crap up.

The scene you're referencing was making a point of the efficiency of the Navy support personnel, not the Captain's 'forgetfulness'. I suppose I could have added a paragraph detailing that the Captain had his personal effects shipped weeks earlier, but I somewhat assumed that was a given since he arrived via his fighter and couldn't, you know, pack much into one of those.

It wasn't about the fact that his things were there, he knew that. It was the fact that everything he needed right THEN was already laid out and waiting for him to make use of... despite the fact that he hadn't yet visited his rooms, given orders, and so forth.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2012 3:20:40 PM PDT
Its not that I don't understand that everything is really impressive about the ship and characters; its that I spent 14 months in Iraq kicking in doors for Special Forces. I have a firm grasp on military procedure and the like. My real complaint is that no one, especially not preeminent explorer/captains, takes things for granted in the military. That being said, he showed up the day before launch? How can he command a ship well if its his first time on board?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 12:04:36 AM PDT
This is termed the "shakedown cruise" or in the case of a new ship class, "sea trials." Both the captain and prospective sailors would be on board. You dont just 'show up' to a new class of ship, assume command, and get underway.
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