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A Few Good Men (Darkship) Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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Sarah A. Hoyt is the author of a dozen novels in various genres, including Darkship Thieves, The Gentleman Takes a Chance and Draw One in the Dark for Baen, as well as her acclaimed Shakespearean fantasy series, which started with the Mythopoeic award finalist, Ill Met by Moonlight. An avid history buff and longtime reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries, Hoyt has published over three dozen short stories in esteemed magazines such as Asimov's, Analog, Amazing and Weird Tales, as well as several anthologies. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two teen boys and a pride of cats.
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So the revolution starts with the idea of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Should this ideal only be for the proscribed religion who had carried the flag of freedom for centuries? Or was it for all men? Would they follow the American or French model of liberty?
As Luce is pulled into the USAians revolution, he learns the history of his family line.
I received this book on Thursday, and decided to read a few chapters before bed. The story completely took over and at around 2 a.m. in the morning, I was trying to frantically finish the story so that I could get some sleep. The book has a very satisfying ending. Plus I am pretty sure that I am going to read this book again and again.
A Few Good Men takes that trope and blows it into flaming chunks that reach orbit. It starts with a jailbreak, with a the death of a tyrant, and the chaos that envelops a long-statist country as different factions fight for control, for friendship, for ideals, for greed and power. Luce Keeva, son of a tyrant sentenced to solitary confinement, gets swept to freedom during someone else's jailbreak, and find himself unprepared for the plots, power, and politics that land on him as the sole surviving heir. His household and many of his subjects desperately want him to take over his father's shoes so they don't get murdered when the ruling cabal annexes and carves up his country. The cabal wants him dead, because he knows too much and still holds no loyalty to them. Half a dozen different would-be rebel groups want him dead or as a figurehead. His own household, the only people he can trust to want him to survive, are revolutionaries themselves who want their glorious new chance at another government. Rebelling against the cabal, against the power to which he was raised but doesn't understand how to hold, may be the only way out.
But survival itself is chancy in the scramble to fill the power vacuum, and what started with an explosion has a lot more blood and blasts in store. When idealists get their hands on power, their beautiful theories meet harsh realty. Some adjust their theory, and others are determined to adjust reality, by as many deaths as need be. Dante just want to keep his household and his friends alive and safe, but their own allies are as much of a danger as their enemies...
Whether you read this for the action and the explosions, the complex and thoughtful examination of various forms of government, the hilarious one-liners, or the slow, sweet romance story that snuck into the background of it all, this is a book worth reading and rereading to catch the many layers of what's going on - especially after reading the other books in the series.
The book is set in her "Dark Ship Thieves" universe and is a sorta sequel to DST/sorta parallel work to Dark Ship Renegades. It has mostly new characters though and an all new hero. It is also probably her most political work ever and seems likely to make diehard statists and homophobes froth at the mouth and possibly other orifices. Which is a good thing. I recommend buying a dozen and sending them to the Westboro Baptists and/or the European Commission. On the other hand those of us of a more libertarian bent will greatly enjoy the book.
Essentially this is the sort of book Mary Renault might have written if she'd met Robert A Heinlein.
While it may have a political subtext the politics do not overwhelm, the story is gripping, the characters engaging (and yes I'm annoyed that one of them died) and the world-building is superb. From what I can see there is very little handwavium required for this story and it extrapolates a number of trends that we see today.