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- Print Length: 320 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RS8FT2G
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Warship (Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I did not regret reading this book.
On the one hand many people mention and/or complain that the story matches the one of the book "Ark Royal" by Christopher Nuttall - this is correct, but personally I don't care.
On the other hand I liked more this "version" of the story than A.R. especially because in this book people spends much less time with despair, self-pity, etc... - while in A.R. a big part of the story were personal conflicts and interpersonal relationships (which absolutely do not interest me)- Here the book's core is the action itself.
I downloaded the sample and while reading the first sentences I thought "ooohhh please, not another sci-fi book with the stupid roles of the deceitful bad powerful person vs good guy" => I stopped reading and switched to another book.
After a few weeks I started reading again the sample (went through the reviews and saw that much of the mentioned positive stuff matched my taste) and ended up thinking "mmhhh, it's really boring, but I like the writing style and as nothing has happened yet chances are that something will happen soon" (I'm just too clever :D ).
I therefore blindly bought the whole book as it's so cheap and yes, the first 20-25% are really boring, but then all of a sudden everything changes drastically and keeps going like that until the end.
Chances that I'll read it again in the future are not very high as there aren't memorable moments nor great dialogue.
As many have mentioned: it's true that you don't get much insight for the main characters, but I definitely prefer this than the romances that keep popping up in the A.R. series - in the end this is a military novel, and at least for me my military experience does not include the adjective "romantic".
I debated if to give it 4 or 5 stars and came to the conclusion that yes, in my case it would be probably 4 up to 4.5 (my baseline is Jack Campbell and John Ringo) but thinking that it's a great "common ground" for people new to sci-fi that might split at a later point to the authors that I just mentioned or to others that have a different style, I ended up going for the 5 => I have started reading the sequel and will go back to at most 4 if its story and contents do not improve towards my taste compared to this one.
This is hard Military Sci-Fi and that's a genre that appeals to me greatly. The technology isn't so advanced that it may as well be magic, but it seems reasonable for its time frame of approximately 400 years from now. Something I really appreciated is Mr. Dalzelle adds the requisite amount of political intrigue which our protagonists must deal with, but he doesn't go overboard with it and flog it to death as some authors are inclined to do... there's just enough at the right times to keep things moving along.
In the last few days I also bought the remaining two books in the trilogy. Had to have more of Captain Jackson and his crew; I'm halfway through the third and have enjoyed them immensely.
I can recommend this series without reservation. I'm now hoping that there's more to the Black Fleet saga than just these three books!
I picked this up for $3.99 in the Kindle store, which is the same price as I type up this review. If you enjoy a good sci-fi / military thriller, I would recommend this one.
Think instead of the ebb-and-flow of space empires.
Remember the exchanges with an obnoxious guest. Consider the strange gift given to Captain Jackson and how it affects his decisions. Also his choice of personal weapons.
The plot is a collage seen in other space opera. Pacing slows while cruising between planets. The imagery during battle is abbreviated jolts and casualties, the conclusion is predictable. - I’d call it O.K.
Still, the setup for book #2 is intriguing, and it is on my reading list.
The book is entertaining, and competently written. I will buy the further volumes in the Trilogy. Dalzelle appears to deserve his high ranking among Amazon authors now active in F&SF.
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