Its a Space Opera, without the drama or character depth. More like - a space musical featuring elevator muzak. No depth to the characters, a very dry delivery. I like my Space buccaneers to serve up a little emotional depth with their plasma cannons.
I finished it, it wasn't terrible, but i won't be getting the rest of the series.
This book would have been more slightly enjoyable without the preface by the author, but only just. The author specifically says that he had no interest in genre military/scifi, and ironically creates the worst kind of genre fiction. William Cole is an arrogant, sarcastic nonconformist who is never wrong, yet pretexts himself to be a humble soldier. The supporting cast is entirely hollow and the antagonists are strawmen. Too many nonsense "alien" words. No depth of plot.
I can't say it's all terrible, but it's terrible military-political fiction and middling scifi. I had to put it down.
This novel wasn't as interesting as other recent Sci Fi military epic series. I read the first and second because I was traveling and it is all I had to listen to. They were somewhat entertaining, but the plots were two predictable and redundant. I wish Wilson Cole and his ship goodbye while I go find some more more interesting sci fi that takes much more advantage of the genre.
The author is a good story teller but he has strong political views and he lets them come through in this book. He apparently has a great hatred for the military.
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
This is the series that I came up on by accident. As the author sets out in a preamble to each story, he is more concerned by the human side of being a military officer in space. Furthermore, he is a man of principle in a system which is all too fond of demoting him. A drum head court martial on trumped up charges lead to the crew of his ship, the Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt breaking him out of jail and running out of the system in an antiquated warship always on the run for being a mutineer. Mike Resnick has done a wonderful job in presenting Capt. Wilson Cole as a fallible human being but nevertheless, gifted with a touch of military genius combined with sheer human cunning. The aliens who serve aboard the Teddy Roosevelt are a strange bunch by anyone's definition but they come to life quite remarkably. The narration is excellent and the series ties together very well as the captain and crew come to grips with being on the run, and evolving from mutineers to pirates, mercenaries and finally, rebels trying to overthrow a corrupt and brutal republic which spans galaxies. The science is not terribly demanding but the characters and the interplay make for enjoyable listening.
This review goes for the whole series and contains one very mild spoiler with reference to book 5.
Firstly, I would like to point out that when an author begins with an introduction explaining that he is writing this series as a favor for another person, it can mean that the series will not be a sterling piece of work.
It was not.
It is repetitive and slow going.
The relinquishing by the protagonist of certain "principles" in book 5 is, while understandable from a current events point of view, absolutely out of character for Cole. It is totally inconsistent with his position in the previous book, insofar as it is repeated as nauseam that he is against war crimes under any circumstances.
Finally, the particularities of certain secondary characters, such as David C. just get annoying in the end.
On the other hand, I don't expect my Space Opera to be much better so I will not shoot it down with less than 3 stars.
It would be as if I went to see Star Wars then beat-up on Lucas for having a thin plot. I don't watch Star Wars for a plot and I don't read Space Opera for incredible literary content.
The three stars is the difference between what I expect Space Opera to be and what this is.
In one sentence: it will help you to pass a slow work week or a series of long intercontinental flights, just don't expect too much out of it.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is looking for hard science or military sci-fi.
I've read two books of the series, and I wouldn't recommend them to fans of hard science or military sci-fi.
It was satisfactory.
No, but I'd watch it on Netflix.
These books are not for the hard science/military sci-fi lover. Too many things inconsistent with military and hard science sci-fi to be enjoyable for me. I kept getting taken out of the story by things that didn't work. (You can't have FTL travel *and* Newtonian physics applied at the same time to a starship. No naval officer gets command of a ship without knowing anything about how a ship works. You can't be both smarter than everyone else around you AND ignorant of the common things in your area of expertise.) The drama was too melodrama for my tastes.
I tried listening to it twice and bought the sequal. I can't say I really understood why I did that, I hoped for a good starship pirate story but didn't get it. It sounded so promising though.
Inconsistencies in the story, clearly unbelievable jumps in logic and a lack of focus on what actually was happening.
No real favorite, it was all rather bland.
After carefull consideration I can't recommend it.
I listen to many sci fi stories and while ofcourse you can't always understand the choices people make this universe seems made up especially to show just how great the main character is while his "deductions are half guess and half wrong half the time". That is fun when Jack Vance writes a story but not in a story that takes his character so serious.
The Starship collection of novels are Mike Resick’s go at military science fiction, it is along the lines of Honor Harrington.
This book did not blow me away, it held my attention, but I am a big fan of Mike Resnick and I felt a little let down by this book. It doesn’t have the sense of humor or suspense that I enjoy so much from him and I found much of the story to be obvious and uninspired.
But… there is a reason to read this book, so that you can move on to the second book in the series Starship: Pirate which a solid work of fiction and brings in a little more of Resnick’s sense of humor.