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Warship: Black Fleet Trilogy 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – January 16, 2015
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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.
On a routine mission to deep space he is trying to whip his aging ship and crew into shape while training a new Executive Officer. Missions in his battle fleet are routinely and primarily message carrying. Mankind has not been at war in over 200 years. While transversing into a human colony solar system they discover that the primary inhabited planet has been attacked and all of the life and the cities on the planet have been destroyed by a massive alien battleship. He now faces the first intelligent alien race that mankind has even met and all the aliens seem to want to do is destroy all the humans that they find. Planet by planet total extermination!
Jackson is faced with taking his ancient warship into battle with a ragtag crew and weapons that haven't been fired or used in decades. Even the nuclear weapons on the ship have been dismantled and rendered inert. With no spare parts and weapons that don't always work, all he has to do is defeat an alien spaceship with technology far beyond his ship’s capabilities or else mankind faces extinction………
I purchased the Kindle book version and the Audible version of this story. The audible book was excellent in the way it was professionally narrated. I enjoyed the book and I rated it at 5 stars. I was surprised at the way the crew of the ship disrespected the captain but that is part of the storyline. This is a good book and I have already purchased the next book of the series and the Audible version of the second book also.
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