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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!
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.
Personally I disagree with the main character. You can't be in support of a military operation at one point, but flip your mind about it once your loved ones are threatened. Despite that, I understand where he's coming and it makes it an interesting journey to follow.
The book does several things well. The mutiny--as the title suggests--is nuanced with various opinions. From factions that agree, but favor less commitment in pursut their objective to factions that reject it entirely and want to strike both at the enemy and their former allies. This creates a nice layer of possibilities and it's fun to think about how things that could have turned out diffrently.
There are two main characters. The dad, who is on a spaceship and his daughter, who resides planetside. This is a nice touch that makes the story more grounded. A different flavour to the classic 'two nations fighting each other for dominance in space'.
I like a few ideas about space battles presented, as well. One fleet strikes at the enemy, while the other repairs. Then the second fleet strikes, allowing the first to replenish and keeping up the tempo of the assault.
The antagonists could have been a little bit better. Most of the time you meet or hear about them, they're doing horrible things. Most people won't mind that, though, as it's quite fun to hate the bad guys.
Overall, a very nice book that poses multiple questions, answers to which I hope to find in a sequel.
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