- Series: Starship (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 335 pages
- Publisher: Pyr (December 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781591027881
- ISBN-13: 978-1591027881
- ASIN: 1591027888
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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Hugo-winner Resnick sets his fifth Starship novel, a classic sprawling space opera, in the vast Birthright universe. Newcomers would probably prefer having the informative appendix shifted to a prologue, but even those who skip ahead will find themselves drawn in by the valiant struggle waged by Wilson Cole and his motley assortment of allies (including an alien convinced he is the real David Copperfield, and an eight-handed criminal kingpin) against the nameless interstellar Republic. The odds are appropriately daunting: while their foes have three and a half million ships, Cole can only muster about 800, forcing the rebel leader to rely on his wits rather than strength to prevail. The cleverness of his schemes and the interesting political struggles will remind genre TV fans of Babylon 5. The only real flaw is a rather contrived conclusion. (Dec.)
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Wilson Cole heads a vastly outnumbered, largely out-gunned armada of rebels, and Teddy R, his ship, is wanted across the galaxy. He is absolutely convinced that the Republic is hopelessly corrupt, or at least its top politicians are, and that somehow he must overthrow it/them. His people can’t afford armed conflict, so he wages a brilliant war of propaganda and trickery. Of course, in order to make sure it has the correct effect, he must get to Deluros VIII, capital of the Republic, and deal with the politicos himself. When he and his loyal crew, understandably a bit concerned about his mysterious plans as they travel closer to the heart of the Republic, reach the Deluros system, there’s another threat to deal with, which means that events take an entirely unexpected turn. Cole thinks well on his feet, though, and turns the tables quite nicely. Fun, fast-paced, laced with a satisfying amount of moral quandary, Cole and crew’s adventures in rebellion constitute excellent entertainment. --Regina Schroeder
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As in each of the first four, Wilson Cole displays the value of utilizing a superior intellect to defeat an opponent. As I like to say, when your opponent is physically superior or has vastly superior weaponry, give him enough rope to hang himself.
That aspect of this story was quite well done,
However, I did find the existence of this new fearsome enemy and the circumstances related to them and their attack was really a stretch. Indeed, this whole aspect was just a cop-out. Far too convenient and far too hurried. As if the author was in a fix that he simply decided to end the story a book sooner than he would have preferred.
Mostly, though, I felt a bit cheated by such an abrupt, inconclusive end to an otherwise magnificent story arc.
I wish Resnick would write more on the after story for the Teddy R and her crew.
What happened to Val? Were there ever any little Wilson's or Sharon's. What happened to Duke or David Copperfield?
Darn it, Resnick, we want more!
Yes, I loved the story but hated the ending.
My favorite contemporary authors include Ian Banks, Richard Morgan, and Alastair Reynolds (not my choice to like authors from Britain, they just seem to have the fresh ideas lately). I love and re-read Herbert (Dune), Asimov (Foundation), and Weber (HH Series). Great respect for Drake, Modesitt, Resnick, and Campbell (not the most creative but are consistent and reliable to my tastes). I prefer Military Sci-Fi, Empire Builders, and the dark gritty explorations of biology and science. I had been complaining about all the Vampire/Occult titles infesting the SciFi section of the Book Store when my wife bought me a Kindle. I haven't set foot in a brick and mortar book store since. I'm back up to reading a book every 2 days and have found many interesting authors at very reasonable prices.
Wilson Cole could not have been portrayed in a single book, but five is stretching it. It would be intriguing to make him into a Caesar and follow the empire he builds. At the ending, you are left wondering.
Otherwise, it is weak science and military strategy.
For an interesting look into the author's motivation, read Appendix 5, Ethics.