They stand against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The main battles are taking place in the Spiral Arm and toward the Core. But far out on the Rim, the Theodore Roosevelt is one of three ships charged with protecting the Phoenix Cluster - a group of 73 inhabited worlds.
Old, battered, some of its weapon systems outmoded, the Teddy R. is a ship that would have been decommissioned years ago if weren't for the war. Its crew is composed of retreads, discipline cases, and a few raw recruits. But a new officer has been transferred to the Teddy R. His name is Wilson Cole, and he comes with a reputation for heroics and disobedience. Will the galaxy ever be the same?
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I originally passed over this title as dull sounding. Finally, after running very low on any interesting looking volumes, I decided to try it.And was I surprised! It's not very cerebral for sure, but it IS entertaining. Just what I like when I'm suffering from burnout - an escape. As I listened, the writing just started to sound better. The characters grew on me...well, except that Chief of Security...and by the end I found myself engrossed. The fence David Copperfield is a real hoot and an engaging character. He lives in his own world and is a great comic relief. The hero, Wilson Cole, is no James Kirk or even a Jean Luc Picard, but he is a rogue, a scoundrel, and totally believable. Overall, I really liked it. So much so, that I immediately bought the 2nd and 3rd volumes. AND I'm hoping for more!
Funny, intricate, action.
Starship Mutiny compares favorably to the Horatio Hornblower nautical series where the buildup is as important as the action.
I really like FourEyes, the alien first officer. His sense of humor is the best of all the characters.
When Wilson Cole does decide to mutiny and his reasons are moving. I especially like how his atttitude of saving lives if at all possible infected the entire crew, including his former captain, and made them into heroes.
This is a fun space roving adventure, I wish there were more battles, but overall a good mix of interesting characters, plot and action.
I finished the book. Ouf!
Resnick writes decent prose, so the story moves along pretty well. Good thing, too! 'Cause if it ever slowed, the reader would notice that the plot is trite and predictable; the characters are stereotyped and predictable; that there really is no reason for this book. Not recommended at all.
This series of books (i'm on rebel next), its great. i've never had an audio book progress so fast and feel like im not missing anything before. Each book is pretty short, but still conveys the story of a 20 hours+ book. The characters have just enough definition to give you an idea of who they are and not enough to bore you to death with descriptions, very minimal repeat of information compared to books like the lost fleet, ++
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It's amazing how he knows so much more and performs so much better than every single person in the universe. Amazing.
He's like Superman, in space... jumping from one dilemma to the next and only he can save the ship/planet/people because he is faster and smarter and more skilled than anyone else. And the only reason he isn't King of the Universe is because those in power are too stupid to see how smart he is.
There are a lot of "aliens" with detailed descriptions, even though it seems like they were added in for no purpose other than to show that the author was creative enough to think of decent aliens.
Anyway... the story is fast paced and interesting. The narration is good. The sci-fi is good. Overall, it's average-good. I got it on sale and am ok with it, but it's way too smug a story to be worth full price. (I'd give it 2.5 stars if possible.)
Sorry there isn't a rating lower than one star. If you are, have ever been, or are ever considering serving in the military, this story will make you cringe. I guess if I had no idea what the military was about, I might have enjoyed this a bit more, but nothing over two stars. the protagonist is supposedly a decorated officer who is resisting the stupid orders of the persons above him, and relies on his superior intellect and moral judgement to justify all of his mutinous actions in the end. He also is supposed to be a natural leader who inspires the loyalty of his enlisted crew by always being a stickler for the rules. Alright, I can buy the premise, and can think of some good characters who have had similar situations (Honor Harrington leaps to mind). But, and here is the problem, the total incompetance of the officers above him is so over the top that you would never buy their getting to positions of power. Also, his total disregard for the rules personally, while enforcing the rules in a draconian manner with subordinates is unbelievable at best. Believe me, that sort of behavior does the exact opposite of inspire loyalty in the real world. Listen, I like military fantasy a lot, and I enjoy difficult, even untenable situations, but this is just too unbelievable! Combined with the poor character development, the one-track narrative, the reader's performance (he sounds so bored and supercilious I have the feeling he liked the story about as much as I did, and did everything in his power to make it unappealing), the ridiculous aliens and the pointless romantic and sexual innuendo (one character was blackballed for an alien liason, and spends the time hinting about her kink) this novel is just too awful to recommend to anyone.
The story is about a man that is more intelligent than his fellow citizens. But if my fellow people was as slow as them in the book, I would be considered quite intelligent myself.
The book is introduced as a book not about technology, but about leadership. True, not much about technology and what can be considered tech or science related is bended to suit the purpose of the story. The leadership part is not too strong with a leader that makes sense all the time, but every one in higher command is just not making any sense.
I felt that the story failed to explain things more detailed and left with an incomplete picture a lot of times. Too many situations was tailored to fit the hero to feel real.
The narrator did a fine job - maybe overdoing our hero of the story.
I enjoyed the characters and their personalities. This is not a "War" story so please do not buy if you want that type. It's a pretty light romp about cantilevering captain that has trouble following stupid orders that will cost lives. This book is first in the series and sets up the story - so it was somewhat predictable but looking forward to the second book to see the future adventures of the characters.
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