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Starship: Pirate | [Mike Resnick]

Starship: Pirate

Seeking to find a new life for themselves, Cole and comrades remake the Teddy R. as a pirate ship and set sail for the lawless Inner Frontier. There, powerful warlords, cut-throat pirates, and struggling colonies compete for survival in a game where you rarely get a second chance to learn the rules. But military discipline is poor preparation for a life of pillaging and plundering.
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Publisher's Summary

Captain Wilson Cole's latest exploit saved millions of lives but embarrassed his superiors. He is a man with a reputation for exceeding orders but getting results. Cole has found himself the victim of a media feeding frenzy, a political scapegoat despite years of dedicated military service. Faced with a court martial, he is rescued by the loyal crew of his ship, the Theodore Roosevelt. Now branded mutineers, the crew of the Teddy R. has quit the Republic, never to return.

Seeking to find a new life for themselves, Cole and comrades remake the Teddy R. as a pirate ship and set sail for the lawless Inner Frontier. There, powerful warlords, cut-throat pirates, and struggling colonies compete for survival in a game where you rarely get a second chance to learn the rules.

But military discipline is poor preparation for a life of pillaging and plundering, and Cole's principles limit his targets. Seeking an education on the nature of piracy, Cole hunts more knowledgeable players: the beautiful but deadly Valkyrie, the enigmatic alien fence David Copperfield, and the fearsome alien pirate known as the Hammerhead Shark.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Mike Resnick.

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©2006 by Mike Resnick; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Readers craving intelligent, character-driven SF need look no further." (Publishers Weekly)

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    James Bradenton, FL, USA 07-25-08
    James Bradenton, FL, USA 07-25-08 Member Since 2015
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    "It Gets Better"

    Book 2 is worth taking a chance on if you had read Book 1 and thought it was a slow start.
    It was. But Pirate picks up the pace and adds some interesting characters. The Narrator, Jonathan Davis, does an excellent job of allowing your imagination to believe you are listening to the different voices of all these characters.Forget the "he said, she said" complaint of a previous review, you'll be too engrossed with the action.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lars 04-28-08
    Lars 04-28-08 Member Since 2015

    Long time book listener on the left coast. I work outside and spend many hours per day with a good book in my ear. Love Science, History, and above all Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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    "More"

    If you didn't like Mutiny, don't buy this one.
    That said,
    If you did like the first one, the story continues and gets better. Good pace, never boring. It has fun and funny characters, yet always belivable. These three books would have made a very fast paced 25 hour book. They are good enough to seem very short at 8 hours each.
    And so,.. I am running back to download book 3.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 06-30-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 06-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Great Book!!"

    Great Story,lots of Action with Good Drama. Very easy to listen to. With Geat narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-25-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Much better than Starship Mutiny"

    This is the second book in Mike Resnick’s Starship series.

    This book is much better than the first book Starship Mutiny, Mike Resnick’s sense of humor sneaks its way in, not as much as I would like, but it is present.

    Even though I found this book not quite in the same league as Santiago or Widowmaker, it is a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick BarbadosBarbados 06-15-08
    Frederick BarbadosBarbados 06-15-08
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    "Starship #2 Pirate (Sweet)"

    Starship #1 was rather nice to listen to.
    But #2 was sweet could get enough I fell in love the the roles the added characters play as the book progress. "Just sweet"

    Mike is really good!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael McCarthy Florida 11-14-14
    Michael McCarthy Florida 11-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for military sci-fi lovers."
    Would you try another book from Mike Resnick and/or Jonathan Davis and Mike Resnick ?

    I tried the first book in this series. It was the same.

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mike Resnick again?

    The writing, in general, was good and I've read other stuff by the author before that I liked. However, after two books from this series, I don't think this is the area of the genre that he should be writing for. It seems like military sci-fi written by someone who doesn't know military sci-fi for people who also don't know hard science military sci-fi.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis and Mike Resnick ’s performances?

    Maybe, but not in this series.


    What character would you cut from Starship: Pirate?

    The Hammerhead is the main villain and I would cut that character. He was so over the top, I kept expecting him to stop, strike a pose, and twirl his mustache.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 10-07-10
    Andrea 10-07-10
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    "Good narrator, poor writing"

    I liked Starship: Mutiny, but this second installment is a poor companion. The narrator was quite good, and the plot wasn't terrible. Unfortunately the author bombards us with constant, tedious reiteration of information from the first book ("We can't go back because we helped you escape...blah, blah, blah for three more sentences"). Some characters became unbearable, particularly Security Chief Sharon, whose main function in this story was to threaten to withhold sex from Cole and to pout. I was looking forward to a good series after Mutiny but am disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read 03-30-10
    Luv2Read 03-30-10

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    "Talk Talk Talk"

    This episode appears to be a set up for the next novel in the Starship series. There is very little action. Most of the time is spent with the main character talking about what might happen next and what he is going to do about it. If you like lots of talk this one's for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 05-30-09
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 05-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Simple and fun"

    Again i think the author makes simple and fun books, this one is no exception i think he does his research when he comes with a story line for this cast if you want to learn to be a pirate then take a listen great for most ages i think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-07-08
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-07-08 Member Since 2014

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "no suspense"

    I had to stop listening halfway through this non epic tale. No fault of the narrator, who is good, but this story is not only badly conceived but full of errors that evidently were overlooked by the editor. I was and still am terribly disappointed by the author's contrived plot, this scenario has been done before and better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "seventeenth century pays in space"

    Unmitigated rubbish! There is nothing here for anyone with the slightest interest on actual science fiction. he might as well have had the spaceships built of wood.

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