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Starswarm | [Jerry Pournelle]

Starswarm

Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.
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Publisher's Summary

Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.

One day, finally daring to ask the voice some tough questions, Kip discovers that his computer scientist parents implanted an artificial intelligence chip in his skull, which connects with a powerful mainframe computer via satellite. He also learns that his parents died under suspicious circumstances and that his very existence is a well-kept secret that will soon come to light - putting his own life and the whole of outpost Starswarm in grave danger.

©1998 Jerry Pournelle; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An extremely strong story....plenty of suspenseful action in a well-realized setting." (Booklist)
"This is one you won't want to miss. [A] taut, credible, fast-paced adventure story." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
"SF veteran Pournelle demonstrates his gift for traditional SF adventures in this coming-of-age tale that combines fast-paced action with...an appealing protagonist." (Library Journal)

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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 09-15-13
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Reminds me of Heinlein"

    Starswarm reminded me of a Heinlein read. This book is similar in some respects to Citizen of the Galaxy, but there is also some other aspects, such as, alien and artificial intelligence, that are explored. The story is about a child coming of age who discovers that he has a God like voice in his head. This entity tutors and helps him on his adventures. The child is raised by a guardian on a alien world that can be classified as hostile. His identity and reason for being there has been kept a secret and is slowly discovered throughout the novel. The child acts fairly adult for his age, which can make a coming of age story more enjoyable for everyone. The narration was great and I didn't have a dull or boring moment to complain about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Anderson 09-21-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting Story"

    Overall the story was very good. The author did a good job building up Kip, the main character. The end was a little rushed and abrupt. I would recommend this book for SF fans.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Westminster, CA, United States 01-25-12
    Mark Westminster, CA, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I would read It again, but..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good story and is good Sci-Fi. You could say the science is dated but heck, we were supposed to have flying cars by now too!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jerry Pournelle? Why or why not?

    Love Pournelle! He knows his Sci-Fi. Don't listen to people that say he pushes his politics in his stories. Everyone who has EVER told a story includes their own opinions.


    Did Lloyd James do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't like this narrator. Lloyd James reads well but every character sounds the same.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Good story but I could wait until the next day to start listening again.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes I would recommend it but with warnings. I hate a story that takes me through 250 pages just to wrap up in 5. Don't take 10hrs to tell a story just to wrap up in the last 15 minutes.

    A quick ending just leaves me with the feeling that author asked his teacher

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    Robert Hughesdale, Australia 05-04-11
    Robert Hughesdale, Australia 05-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story, Good Characters and interesting"

    It may seem like a childrens story but it is not, although the main character is Kipp. It is quite and intriguiging story line with suspense and trechery set in a not too alian landscape and some interesting characters. If there was one flaw, it is the abrupt ending of the story.; like running into a brick wall, like one of these 50's style never ending serials where it finishes without really completing the tail. And there is no 2nd book. Else i would have rated it 4 stars!

    Sijo

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    G. Beauchamp Oklahoma 07-13-10
    G. Beauchamp Oklahoma 07-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Classic SF style"

    Do you remember old style SF stories where a precocious child with a gift and his friends sets out on an adventure to stop the bad guys and save the world?
    This is one of those tales, but crafted so that putting a child in dire and dangerous circumstances seems a lot less unlikely than most stories of the type.

    With classic SF story-telling, there are aliens (both known and hidden), allies, friends and enemies, enemies turned into friends and enemies plotting in secret. There's a long perilous trek and beings with odd god-like powers. And despite all of this, it often feels understated. Though I may review with some hyperbole, there is very little of it to find in the story, though my descriptions stand as accurate.

    Finally, the story's climax seems a bit rushed, but other than that, it works pretty well.

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    J Scott Hurst, TX, USA 06-03-10
    J Scott Hurst, TX, USA 06-03-10
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    "Young Main Characters Make for Good Story"

    The youth of the main characters caused the story to feel a little like "Ender's Game", but not quiet as good as Card's classic. I really enjoyed the book and missed it when it was over.

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    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 10-06-09
    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 10-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful adventure"

    Story was well written. However the recording has a couple of repeats. Kip has a secret. Growing up on an outpost research planet, he lives a quiet life. Until things start to change and he looses the voice in his head. Kip has to grow up fast. Kip's journey is well told and has interesting twist and turns.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Austin, TX, United States 09-01-08
    Charles Austin, TX, United States 09-01-08 Member Since 2005

    Yo

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    "Great Audio Book"

    I liked this book a lot. The only weak part is the ending, too much stuff happens in the last 20 minutes, would not of minded if it had been more detailed. Perhaps there will be a sequel (or there already is?).

    Great book though!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Vernon, NJ, USA 06-23-08
    Jason Vernon, NJ, USA 06-23-08
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    "Great story!"

    This was a great story and well narrated. This was good for an adult, but a 9+ year old will enjoy it as well!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Wakefield, RI, USA 10-21-07
    Robert Wakefield, RI, USA 10-21-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Well developed story"

    I have been listening to these audio books for many years while driving from site to site. This book was very good listening and the story was very well timed and keeps you listening for what will unfold next. Characters enter the story in perfect order and support the writer’s vision. Not like some I have read where the story line jumps and you cannot follow the events. This will entertain you and pass the time without you realizing it.

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