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- Print Length: 447 pages
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- Publisher: Theogony Books (March 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 27, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BRTDBCJ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Both Chris and Tom are Navy. Chris Kennedy's biography lists him as a former Naval Aviator, and Thomas Mays is a career Navy Officer who has stood watches as a tactical officer and wrote his master’s thesis on rail-guns. Both use their backgrounds and expertise to write about the intricacies of possible future conflict in space, in the air or on the ground in a crisp, precise, and most importantly, an understandable way. The fact that the book also has a fast paced story line, a well built, consistent setting, and most importantly, believable characters that you either grow to care about or loathe is the icing on the cake.
The story follows a father and daughter who are separated by the conflict that has erupted between the Terran Union (TU) and the Alliance of Liberated Systems (ALS). The father, Benjamin "Benno" Sanchez, is a Warrant Officer aboard an ALS Destroyer, and his daughter, Mio Sanchez, is planet side living with family friends since her mother has passed away prior to the beginning of the story. Both characters start out relatively trapped in their situations, but are forced quickly outside their comfort zones by the events of the war unfolding around them.
The book does several things well.
* The science and tactics are believable and explained in language that doesn't require an engineering degree to understand, but is solid enough that us engineers do not wince when reading it.
* The mutiny (no spoiler there, it's in the title) is not clear cut. There are various factions within the mutineers. This creates a tensions and helps to drive the relations between the characters. I can see many readers being on different sides as to the validity of the mutineers actions.
* The resistance planet-side also has internal conflicts and varying motivations between characters that drives their interactions as well. Nothing is clear cut and dried. Just like real life.
* The story ends with a strong possibility of a sequel. I am looking forward to it.
As a final note, Thomas and Chris asked for volunteers from their friends to be "Red Shirts" in THE MUTINEER'S DAUGHTER. I was one of the eight who volunteered and suffered a grisly end in the book. My character is a ruthless SOB, who started out in some ways with a glimmer of hope, but quickly reveals his true callousness, and fully deserved the end he got. :)
All in all, I am going to highly recommend this book.
BRAVO ZULU Chris and Tom! Looking forward to more!
It's a space opera set in the far future where a group of human-colonized worlds have broken off from Earth, AKA the Terran Union AKA the "turds." Warrant Officer Benno Sanchez is serving on one of the breakaway destroyers while his 14-year-old daughter is stuck on a boring colony world. Perhaps needless to say, neither character is bored for very long. In alternating chapters, we get the story of the daughter and Benno.
Benno is the titular mutineer of this story. The breakaway worlds have a semi-aristocratic government for reasons (valid, not just because) and this causes quite a bit of friction between the various classes. We don't get to see much of the Terran Union and what we do see suggests they're not any better, although how much of that is hidden by the fog of war is not clear.
I especially like how the lead characters are handled. Both are just competent enough to live, which means they make mistakes and bad decisions. I also like how the secondary characters are portrayed. They all have realistic motivations and behaviors. Overall, well done.
Kennedy and Mays both continue to improve as writers. Like Niven and Pournelle, what Kennedy and Mays have written together is better than anything either of them has written alone.
I am very much looking forward to the sequels.
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I'm not the intended audience for this novel, or at least I don't think I am. One the one hand, the journey of Mio, the daughter in the title, is aimed at an age group well below mine. That said, Mio's struggle is engaging and interesting. You want her to succeed, and understand her frustrations when she doesn't. Her situation is grim and finding out how she faces it is part of the fun.
Then there's the Hard SF element, which I thought might surprise the intended audience, but instead works. I'm a sucker for some military SF, and I always enjoy it when a writer who knows their subject really gets into the crunch of a subject. This happens here.
Do the two elements belong together? I think so. You need Mio's story to soften and humanise the space battles that her father engages in, and the regular breaks in narrative mean that even if you want to skip the bits you don't like, this story still works as a complete novel. I found both writers engaging and entertaining, the story is easy to follow and I got thoroughly caught up in it. Definitely a good purchase.
It is bold with its moral questions, daring with its handling of characters, and revels in its realism - both in the plot (bad and good things happen to anyone) and in the science (which makes for a refreshing take on the military/sci-fi genre).
The closest comparison is Leviathan Wakes, which set off the success of The Expanse, in the attention to detail in the worldbuilding and the multiple plot-lines which intersect for a grand finale.
In fact, the scientific accuracy is in many cases striving for a higher standard (radiators on the spaceships!) while leaving some of the technologies that solve some of the stifling problems with space travel justifiably glossed over.
You will enjoy this read, and will be flipping through pages of space battles against the odds and tense stand-offs on the ground.
In a sneak attack, the Terrans invade Adelaide, and when Benno finds out, he causes the ship to mutiny to come to the rescue of their homeworld and five other Alliance planets attacked by the Terrans. Mio, meanwhile joins the resistance, and despite being "just a girl", so shows she is brave and resourceful, ultimately leading an attack on the anti-ship missile position that could blow her fathers ship of of space. Benno's ship, having fought and liberated 2 other planets, manages to pull off a sneak attack on the Terran ship defending Adelaide, and rescues Mio just in time.
And that's where the story ends. Abruptly, with Benno's ship virtually destroyed, wanted by the Alliance for mutiny, but with his daughter safe, for now.
I hope Thomas and Chris write a sequel to this, and I'm fairly certain one is planned, because the way it ends leaves way too much left hanging. And I want to know more about what is going to happen next.