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- Publication Date: January 3, 2015
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- Language: English
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I don't know what is up with sci-fi writers today, it's like they stride to craft cardboard characters who all act dissimilar, lack lust details and plots that are pretty much Star Trek/ Battlestar rehashes. I've read plenty of sci-fi space novels to discover that they're starting to sound and act the same. One of the main reasons I crossed over to the fantasy realm just to have novels that are refreshing.
This novel itself is just okay, it's not great nor original. Don't get caught up with the 5 stars. I came fo realize most of them were written by loyal fans of the author, and there's nothing wrong with that. I myself had read the author's 'Omega Force' series and thought it was the best action novel I've read in a while. It wasn't much sci-fi, but it was a good action through and through. But if you're looking for a refreshing space opera, then this isn't it.
Those of us who have seen their military careers wind down to an ending, probably never wanted that career to end or didn’t fully understand why it had to end when it did. And most of us probably had a superior officer that at least thought we were significantly to a purposeful mission even while are careers were coming to an end. Not so for Captain Jackson Wolfe. He’s an Earther, which in his universe, is about a bad a planet of origin as can be. Earthmen may have moved off their mother planet and settled the galaxy, but they also quickly forgot where they came from. Now anyone from Earth is considered a backward neanderthal and certainly not fit to command a Confederate star ship. Yet, Captain Wolfe has fought his way through the ranks and now commands the "ISS Blue Jacket", an integral part of the Black Fleet located in the Alpha Centauri system and ported on the planet Haven.
Now, the "ISS Blue Jacket" is not a sleek state-of-the-art spacefaring destroyer you might imagine it would be in 2423. Instead, it’s a bucket of bolts that’s barely being held together. It hasn’t been updated in hundreds of years and probably should have been retired a long time ago. The Blue Jacket’s crew also isn’t the most highly prized crew around either. In fact, this is where the mis-fits, trouble makers and rift-raft of the Black Fleet get assigned. They are sent on extremely long voyages to keep them from Haven and out of trouble. Admiral Alyson Winters is Captain Wolfe’s immediate superior office and she hates him with a passion, mostly because he’s an Earther! So, now he’s been ordered to take on an unknown Commander as his XO. He knows with certainty that Commander Celesta Wright has been hand picked by Admiral Winters to replace him as soon as possible. This next mission could be his last and will be if Admiral Winters has the final say.
So, now the fun starts. The "Blue Jacket" is sent to the far frontier to find out what’s going on for real and report back to Haven. There have been some alarming activities going on that make it appear that one or more of the different colonial factions are preparing for war. This is extremely frightening to a number of military people since a war hasn’t been fought between humans for several hundreds of years. With the colonial expansion going on and the fact that no one had ever found an alien civilization to contend with, anyone and every one with the money can colonize whatever planet or system they desire and reap the economical benefits of doing so unopposed.
That is going to come to a sudden halt. The "Blue Jacket" finds two formerly human colonized planets that have been wiped clean. Nothing left on them other than a slick, smelly sludge. Humanity has finally found someone that doesn’t like their presents and is wiling to go to war over it. Unfortunately, humanity will be represented by a ancient, barely space capable starship. Guess who’s going to win this first battle?
This series is so good that I immediately bought the second book, “Call to Arms” and will more than likely buy the third book immediately after reading the second.
Captain Jackson Wolfe has battled the prejudice of his Earth heritage his entire carrier. His uphill battle has seen him in command of the Blue Jacket a destroyer and technically one of humanity's strongest warships, the only problem is that its decades out of date and part of the partially decommissioned Seventh Fleet. The "Black Fleet" is all that remains of this once united core service that patrols the space-lanes of humanity and has become the dumping ground for the disorderly, incompetent, and disaffected. His decades of service have only enabled him to see just how hard his superior is working to strip him from the ranks.
His latest cruise has barely begun and a new executive officer hand picked by the admiral that despises him has been assigned. A Senator's obnoxious aid was added to his roster and the admiral has cut orders forcing him to disembark. All this before he can even inspect the ship after being in the dockyard getting the systems updated. He has always found a way despite the prejudice of his fellow spaceman and the actions of his fellow officers undermining his authority. Despite all this he takes pride in his "warship" and is determined to do the best he can but the scales are no longer even slightly in balance. He can feel the pressure being brought against him but Captain Wolfe must find a way to keep his crew in check and his ship able to meet its obligations because humanity hasn't changed and the Black Fleet may be all that can can hold the line and keep the species together.
Mr. Dalzelle has proven that he can not only write entertaining fiction but his characters shine in a darker settings. I would say that until about 20% into the story I still hadn't connected with the characters. My biggest issue was that during the slower portions of the novel the transition between perspectives and scenes could be abrupt and the poor scene phasing doesn't allow the multiple perspectives too mesh into a cohesive narrative.
Overall, the story is a new and welcome addition to the space-opera genre and shows Mr. Dalzelle's imagination going strong. The book is solid and entertaining but it lacks that special "twist" that sets it apart from others in the genre. However the background for his universe is sprinkled through the novel; leaving the history and details vague enough that future books may well correct this imbalance. It feels we only have a glimpse of everything this series has to offer. In many ways this book focuses on the characters and is simply setting the stage for the series.
Many aspects of Warship remind me of the first Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. We are given a strong lead character, multiple strong supporting characters, and the glimpse of a larger galactic society; all of this set on a single military vessel that is outclassed. The info says this is the start of the Black Fleet trilogy but it might just be the start of the next big space-opera.
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