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The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) (The Battle for the Solar System) (The Battle for the Solar System Series Book 0) by [Sweeney, Stephen]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 288 customer reviews
Book 0 of 3 in The Battle for the Solar System Series (3 Book Series)
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Length: 351 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 919 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stephen J Sweeney (January 24, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DWCDO
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By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on September 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Advertised as having an appeal to those who enjoyed "Babylon 5, Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica (tos)" this is a space actioner with a fair bit of characterisation thrown in.
The focus is on a small team of pilots who are trained up on a secret star-fighter, only to not quite make the grade for further testing, only to find circumstance will put them back in the cockpits once more.....
The environment is somewhat confusing with two space Empires at odds with each-other (one of whom is going through a civil war) and it took me a while to work out the background as to who was who.
Then we have secrets and conspiracies as we realise there is more to the secret star fighters and the bad guys then we suspected......
Not bad and one has to admire a self published novel. This works better at the sharp end with fully rounded characters who do have personalities and flaws but is weaker in conveying the bigger picture. It's a nice book, with an eye-catching cover but probably a little bit expensive for what you are getting. So overall this is okay, not spectacular page turning stuff but solid, reasonably well written and dependable SF reading.
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Simon Dodds is on leave from his duty as a Confederation Stellar Navy fighter pilot working for his father running an apple orchard. It's not all good. He is on forced leave after a court martial for trying to be a hero and disobeying orders. His reckless actions resulted in the death of 2 civilians.

A dying Stellar Navy Pilot inexplicably winds up on his doorstep with gunshot wounds, and begs not to tell the navy or authorities about him just before he dies. He is protecting information about a new advanced fighter project. Very mysterious.

In the middle of the investigation of the pilot's death, Simon is suddenly recalled because there is a crisis. The political situation is convoluted, but the Confederation is being threatened by another entity of allied planets, the Imperium, which itself is embroiled in what appears to be a civil war.

Simon is sworn to secrecy about the dying pilot, and rejoins the fighter force in time to train with his old squadron mates in this new, highly classified fighter.....but there is a lot more to the new fighter, the conflict, and what is ultimately in store for him and his squadron.

Comment: Fast paced with interesting characters. A very good read, especially if you like military SF. If I have any criticism it is trivial; the story wanders a bit trying to identify with and explore the nature of the major characters, and it's difficult to initially sort out the political background of who's fighting whom and why. Minor issues in what is a fun read. The next part of the Trilogy of the "Battle for the Solar System", "The Third Side" should be forthcoming, and I anticipate it's release.
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A solid sci-fi adventure/military action book. The story at the beginning was decent but felt a little rushed. A lot of plot parts seem to get left on the cutting room floor in this one but overall the story flow is decent and you can enjoy it as a good action read. It felt sort of like a cross between star wars and babylon 5 as far as story type.

The story was well paced, moved smoothly along and the action scenes were well written as well. My only problem with the story is the number of plot items that the author tossed in then never explained at all. I'd rather not go into much detail on them because the book is a solid read and getting into too much detail would ruin it for folks who haven't read it yet but suffice to say that there are enough cliff-hangers in the story to easily spawn an entire trilogy or even a small series based on this as a first book. A lot of questions come up during the book that never get answered.

My overall feel was that it was a very good book if it becomes part of a series. If it's intended to be a stand-alone effort some work should be done to tie up the numerous loose ends left in the original work.
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This is one of those books that read like "a good first effort." The author seems to be a former military pilot who clearly enjoyed his job. But the writing is pretty simplistic. Characters are pretty one dimensional (the female wing leader is all about needing recognition, Dodds is reckless and needing to make amends, none of the Knights are very bright about reading and reacting to suspicious things that are virtually thrown into the reader's face). It used way too many simplistic literary devices like rhetorical questions. Moreover, for being set six hundred years into the future, it does not seem terribly futuristic -- no cultural evolution, and military warfare seems pretty early 20th century. A good editor might have been able to help some of this (or at least catch the typos). If I hadn't been in the middle of the ocean and couldn't download another book, I wouldn't have bothered to finish it, but the story itself seemed worth pursuing. The ending was so lame, however, that I will not continue with the second in the series.
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I may not've finished the book if I hadn't had it on Kindle, but I got caught up in the remarks --sometimes making snarky comments keeps me gong on a book I'd otherwise quit in boredom &/or disgust.
Some of the grammar gripes (I hope) were fixed in the 2nd Ed, so I'm not going to go into those much.

My main complaints with the book are with the characters & the science, tho there are some definite plot problems. The most annoying plot problem, IMO, comes from the fact that even if you do finish the book you still won't actually know precisely what's going on. There are some hints right at the end at an explanation for the black-clad, ruby-eyed, amazing-fightin' bad guys, but if you really wanna know, ya gotta spring for #2. I know authors really go for series or trilogies to boost sales, but really, each book should stand on its own. Leaving a large bit of explanation of what's going on til book 2 doesn't make #1 a stand-alone book in my dictionary.

The characters: they are total weenies, & not too bright either. I don't know what the heck kind of military this 'space navy' is supposed to be, but the 5 big heroes of the book are pathetic; they can't stand boredom, or inconvenience, or discomfort; they consider staring at a simulator screen for an hour to be grueling & sitting in a 'spacefighter' for 6 hours watching ships go by to be tantamount to being tortured to death.
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