Gripping, fast-moving military science fiction starring the hero of Of Treasons Born.
As a lifer in the Imperial Navy, fighting in a war that has lasted generations, Lieutenant York Ballin's only hope for an honorable discharge is the grave. Neither the Empire nor the Directorate seems to care that millions have died or that millions more are doomed as hostilities continue. Ballin's only option is to hunker down, keep his crewmen and women in top condition, and try not to get them all killed. But matters take a turn for the worse when he's forced to hijack the cruiser Cinesstar in order to evacuate the empress, her daughter, and the imperial embassy just before the planet Dumark falls to the enemy.
Now, deep behind enemy lines, aboard a ship without a trained crew and commanded by an incompetent nobleman, it becomes clear to Ballin that the empress has a dangerous agenda - so dangerous it threatens the power structures of both the Empire and the Directorate. Now even their comrades in the Empire are hell-bent on turning Cinesstar into a cloud of radioactive vapor. It falls to Lieutenant Ballin to save them all, but every option leads to a quandary - and he finds himself faced with a choice of treasons.
A Choice of Treasons is part of J. L. Doty's Treasons Cycle, which also includes Of Treasons Born, the story of York Ballin's reluctant enlistment in the Imperial Navy, his loyalty to his friends, and his doubts regarding the imperial uniform he once wore with great pride.
©2016 J.L. Doty; Published in 2016 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science
If you enjoyed the Lost Fleet military science fiction series written by John G. Hemry under the pen name Jack Campbell or Evan Currie's books or Horatio Hornblower -- you will like these. Two books in a new series: "Of Treasons Born" (prequel) and "Choice of Treasons". [[[Read the prequel first.]]]] Embattled ship, a destination and mission, desperate, running space battles, a tough captain who came up the hard way -- the whole enchilada. The first book gives you all of the background -- then comes this 21-hour second book that is a continuous, destination-oriented space fight at its best. Enjoyed these very much. Also enjoyed the performance greatly !
An interesting tale that involves warring galactic empires, kings, queens, lords. ladies, court intrigue and a lowly starship Lieutenant Ballin that continues to act as a figurative monkey wrench who unknowingly thwarts the schemes and plans of the royalty and warring factions while successfully executing his will to save the crews of star ships he is assigned to.
The writing is very good as well as the narration; however, the many catastrophic situations and the amazing ability of Ballin's life-saving intervention begins to become a bit too predictable after the first few situations. Also, several of the key players (king, empress, admirals, &c) have a rather thin veneer in terms of their backstory which makes their involvement and predicaments less interesting.
This is a well written sci/fic book. It kept me glued to my iPad until the conclusion. What a conclusion! There were some violence but it is to be expected in a military plot thrown in with politics and allies and enemies. The main character, Lt. York Ballin has courage and commands the respect of his crew to help the empress and her daughter to escape from enemy hands. He also has to confront enemies from within the empire. The plot was very exciting throughout with action all the way. All in all a fantastic space opera. I hope the author, J L Doty will continue to write more in this series and to release them to the public ASAP.
Check it out York is the man and as the shit piles high on him he sifts through it !
Just love the hero & major characters. While not totally unique by any means, it is well crafted for the genre. Action & intrigue from start to finish & it's a long book. This novel stands alone well, but I'm loathe to spend a credit each on the other two (8 hr?) books---I've acquired the discipline to resist because of cost. Review by Rick Lightbody, Feb 2,2017
If you like intrigue and running space battles, you'll love this! Characters, plot, final solution. It's all there. Recommend the first book first though.
This book is action packed. Navy style battles, marines blasting holes in things and a bit of political intrigue, likable characters...and some characters you'll like to dislike. A good book to listen to on the go. Not taxing but extremely enjoyable.
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