- File Size: 1476 KB
- Print Length: 554 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00531CPHC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book is about two enlisted men going to space. Their interactions with the officers who command the rest of the detachment and the alien crew. This is not a military action book, while there are some action scenes they are short and mostly used as ways to meet new people. This is more a book about peaceful trade and exploration.
The main character is interesting and it was fun to watch his development throughout the book. The supporting characters were enjoyable and fulfilled their roles being easy to dislike if that was their role.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed books such as The Solar Clipper Trader Tales.
Edit- Well shoot, I was hoping for a sequel but I literally just found out the author passed away a few years ago. I had no idea.
The story is about two lowest-ranks Navy men who had an unique opportunity to come aboard the first alien ship that ever visited Earth ahead of everyone else. The US is being run by bureaucrats, IRS agents are running around with guns and all US Navy officers are kids of the power magnates. The enlisted men are much more adaptable to the alien ways and languages than the officers, so they gain an upper hand in space after barely surviving on the war-devastated Earth.
The aliens are many but by the plot they all share humanoid traits and for the most part act very much like humans. I didn't find this to be of a problem however. The book is filled with military terms and jokes, which might deter some readers, but the plot makes up for that. There's plenty of adult scenes and language as well.
The plot thickens when one of the men realizes that his enlistment has ended, he's no longer a member of the US Navy and he can live his own life and make his own decisions on an alien spaceship....
My only small problem with the book is that it seems a bit rushed towards the very end. I'm still giving it 5 stars!
The fan site is now up, the address is temporaryduty-dot-org
The author blends 20th century carrier aviation with a spaceship and kept me reading for three nights. Picture two young enlisted sailors dropped amongst this alien race, speaking a different language, with social customs that they must adapt to. They help make their unorthodox combat wing a galactic success. Along the way they break some paternalistic traditions and a few hearts.
Not that it is a polished work; there were at least two disconnects in the story that will cause you to re-examine the previous scene, and one glaring aeronautical fault. Some part of the rough draft must have been deleted which set the scene encountered upon return to earth. -minus 1 star-
Other reviewers focus on the unequal status of the main characters versus their officers- but every hero needs to overcome challenges before achieving success. No, it doesn't reflect present day social strata, but it is 2053, and the world has gone through wrenching changes. It is a bleak place, feudal in many ways, bound by bureaucracy in others. The sex complaint ignores the close association of sailors and sex. So duty placing young males close to women is sure to result in occasional liaisons. Personal combat? Well, John did practice with a self-defense class, so that might give him an edge.
But I give the book 2 stars for placing a talented young guy into a universe of possibilities and taking us with him through strife and combat to earn his share of a reward.
This deserves to go on your shelf of trader stories.
For fans of mil SF, space opera, and human wave or superversive fiction, this is gold. Engaging characters, interesting and original setting, excitement, and a gripping tale. Highly recommended.
It is a true tragedy that this man will write no more.
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