Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.
©2012 John Scalzi (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
So much better than the fluff I expected. I liked virtually all the characters. I blew off actual life to find out how the huge convoluted puzzle resolved. Wil Wheaton was a tremendous bonus. To have a guy who lived one level of the story read it.
The book is a great story! Very interesting! Well thought out! Great performance by Wil Weaton! But the incessant "he said" due to so much dialog gets distracting. It may have been better to write the book in first person. The "Codas" after the book are rather extraneous. The final one is the best of the three though, so worth going thru to the end of the audiobook.
Interesting take on an old Star Trek observation, fast paced, loose tie up of story lines in the end so no great dessert but still a nice meal.
However, if you DO get the meaning of the title, you will find this book to be deliciously cheap thrill. These are the voyages of the starship Intrepid. A fun read.
John's books are a bit short for me I like longer books. His writing style is so exceptional, wonderful and different I'm always shocked by how much I love how funny and different his stories are. So thank you John for your quirky crazy characters...
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