I did like it. Better writing than most in this type of book. Author took the basic story of a old, ageing ship or as in this story a star ship. Looked down upon by most others in the fleet. A Captain that was different than other Captains, thought of being rogue or not good enough to be a Captain by most others in the fleet. A ship of misfits, most of the fleet did not like. And they end up doing a great job. Enough twists in this story to make that old story line fresh and interesting.
After spending quite some time reading detailed histories and geographies of the hellenic and Babylonian worlds I needed some light relief. I've had Space Cruiser Musashi Book 1 on my Kindle for some time, just for this eventuality. I like space opera. I'm proud of liking space opera. I grew up with E.E. "Doc" Smith and the Lensman Books. Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars books also featured. Space Cruiser Musashi is great space opera. Dean Chalmers maintains the pace very well. The characters fit together well and the plot is coherent. Unlike the Captain Harrington novels the technology and politics don't get in the way. The plot? Well I'd rather you read the book and enjoyed it without me spoiling it for you. It concerns a crew of misfits in a starship. Their milieu is a decadent society where naval officers can become media stars. Then the zealots show up. So it's fast paced, sexy and really quite hard to put down. As a two (or possibly three step) book: Sit down, enjoy or sit down, open beer, enjoy you really can't go wrong.
I find myself asking if I consider this more Space Opera or Military Science Fiction. Honestly, the military part seemed more than a bit twisted into a pretzel. A combination of the way space travel works, the personalities of the characters and the sheer dastardliness of the villains makes this tale a bit hard to look at as a military piece.
But that same package of twists gives this a flavor and depth that many space operas have a hard time attaining. It's a fun tale, with characters that are over the top and yet somehow don't end up feeling totally inhuman at the same time.
It's not a perfect book, but the fun of the tale and the silly characters make it worth a read.
Where do you go if you don't fit in? The Musashi, apparently. The unique blend of 'characters' come together in a surprisingly cohesive group, and their special blend of talents give them surprising strength. They'll need it all as they go up against a powerful foe from outside the Republic, while being challenged by the unexpected from it's highest levels.
The story is clear, with enjoyable plot points and well defined characters. A couple of typos made it through, but that doesn't really impact the overall story, so I think it would be a worthwhile read for most. There is some mild sexuality, but not overdone at all.
i went into this book with pretty low expectations-- and it worked! this is perfect for a really quick escapism. it's really a 3 star book but the last page bumped it up to a 4 star. the only reason I'm writing this review is that out of the thousands of books I've read in my lifetime, this one had the best ending ;-) call me a pig if you must, but i loved it!
Loved the characters and the story. Didn't care too much for the sex scenes but I guess every book has them. The book has enough action to keep you entertained. The story and characters are all unique and wonderfully written. Can't wait to read the next one in this series.