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By Regrae VINE VOICE on December 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
You have to have read the first two books to read this one. This is an on going chess game between Resnick, the author, and you, the reader. The first tdwo set up the story line of a wandering Navy hero without a country with a ship and crew of dedicated followers roaming the edges of space looking for a purpose. You had the story of them getting kicked out of the navy and then the story of them trying to be "good" pirates. Each of the first two books has the the hero and the crew evolving to ... what? Ah now that is the question or hooked that is used by the author. There are just so amny jobs in space for a noble hero and crew without a country and a whole navy after their heads. MERCENARY is the next step for this group. Here they do what they think is thier best, being a mercenary. However ethics and morals keep getting in the way and this line of endeavor soon wears out. An the author has athe reader set up for thenext evolutionary step. The book is like a Gary Grant screw ball comedy in the way the characters talk and like FIREFLY is the excution of the schemes. However I like to think of it as "book candy" for your literary sweet tooth. It is fun and a fast read. The cast of characters is charming and expanding. This time the author tells no one story but several stories leading to the next book. The character of Val is what the author or leading character Wilson seem to want to build around or rarther use to teach the moral of the story. Oh yes their is a moral to this story and it is brought out in the lst ten pages. If you are looking for high concept or mind bending ideas this isn't for you. It is entertainment that makes you laugh and want to read more. Hey that is pretty darn good thing for a book to do.
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The cunning Captain Wilson Cole and the cast of the Starship Teddy R. are back in the third novel in this vastly entertaining series. Easily accessible to non-science fiction readers, its larger-than-life, witty and mythic-sized characters propel the book through snappy dialog and clever plotting. I loved this book and it surely will win a spot on my 2008's best list. (C'mon Hugo award givers, isn't it about time Renick won a best novel award?) Fans of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly really should be reading this. Highly Recommened!
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By Ilbob on September 2, 2012
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I actually paid full price for the 3 sequels to the first book in this series because I liked the first book so much.

I am not sure I got my money's worth.

This is not a great book. Just mediocre.I kept reading hoping it would eventually live up to the promise of the first book, but it didn't.

Cole just has it too easy. he turns into some kind of tactical genius who somehow figures out exactly what to do, but the stry is never clear about why that is, or how he comes to those decisions. it just happens as much as anything else.
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I have all five books of this series so I am going to put up this review for them all. My critique doesn't really change in any of the volumes. The main character Captain Cole is sadly one dimensional. He is a virtuous officer in a corrupt navy who always does the right thing and ALWAYS has a brilliant plan that saves the day. The entire series lacks edge or suspense. All of their plans tend to work out and it becomes a little boring. Other characters that could have been fleshed out never were and you don't know much more than their names and a few character traits. Other supporting characters are more cartoonish like the Platinum Duke or Val. This is all a shame because there is some original science fiction that had real opportunity. The universe is interesting but becomes the only thing of interest amongst flat two dimensional characters. I know Mr. Resnick is a great writer from some of his other works and he could have done better in this series. It almost felt like it was hammered out too fast, for a paycheck maybe.
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I find this series refreshingly different. Each book is its own story. The characters are varied and interesting. There is a little redundancy in each book regarding the clarifications of the charterer’s interplay but it is warranted and it is held to a minimum.
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At 324 pages, this science fiction book, the third in a series of five, is a fast-paced page turner that will keep you up late at night.

This series is reminiscent of my favorite series, Foundation, by my all-time favorite writer. Isaac Asimov. To Resnick's credit, he did not write this series in a manner at all similar to the Foundation series.

I'm launching right in to the fourth book, but wanted to take a few minutes to post this review.

Wilson Cole is a unique, principled character whose only flaw seems to be that he can't see the lighter side of life. But, he is the guy whom so many of his colleagues respect and admire that they abandoned their navy, their family, and their nation so he would not spend the rest of his days behind bars.

Mutiny in book one led to piracy in book two, which proved less fulfilling and less enriching than they expected, so they transitioned into life as mercenaries, book three.

With this book we have a great cast: Cole's one true friend, Forrice; Sharon (Security Chief who loves Cole), an alien named David Copperfield whose comic relief helps lighten Cole; Val, the vivacious seven-foot tall killing machine; The Duke and Jakovic, plus some unique supporting characters.

It has taken until book three for me to begin to like Wilson Cole, for he is a stubborn, almost arrogant genius who is so brilliant and so certain of his perfect intelligence that he, frankly, is a difficult hero to identify with.

But, each of the other characters are well written and have flaws that endears each of them to the reader. Well, to me, anyway.

One other flaw is that we've not yet seen a real life and death battle. Cole is not willing to risk lives for glory or riches. Will he do so in book three?
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