Capital Starship

Ixan Legacy, Book 1
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: Ixan Legacy, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (294 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Galaxy's Doomed Without Him

The Ixa smashed the galaxy to bits before they were defeated. Captain Husher has sounded the alarm in the decades since: the Ixa’s creators will return to finish the job.

But unlike Husher, the galactic government didn't battle the Ixa, and the politicians have convinced themselves that maintaining peace means limiting the ability to wage war.

Now the enemy has returned, with high-tech weapons that prove they haven’t limited their own combat capabilities in the slightest. If Captain Husher and his beleaguered supercarrier crew can't manage to stop the invaders, they will happily devour the galaxy whole. 

Fans of Daniel Arenson and Jay Allan will love Capital Starship, part of a new military science fiction series set in the Ixan Prophecies universe.

©2018 Scott Bartlett (P)2018 Scott Bartlett

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A gutless captain(so far)

Okay i'm almost halfway through this books and if the captain doesn't grow a pair soon I'm not sure I will be able to finish this.

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Good God SJW the book!

Just can't deal with the bullshit in the book. The Battles & command is entertaining and fun. Anything to do with the ship's city is just sooo dumb. The Capitan is right.

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A solid performance of an entertaining book

I usually don't do reviews but I received a free Audible download code for this trilogy from Scott on Reddit so I feel like I should return the favor. I want to give five stars to this book solely because of what it did to me emotionally but I want to give book 2 something to aspire to, so I'm holding myself to four. The battle action was fantastic. There was stealth, intrigue, and Marine oorahs galore. More than enough to keep this fan occupied. Where this book excelled for me, though, was in the civilian storylines. The protests and the attitudes displayed by the protestors and Husher alike could have been ripped right out of today's headlines. If this had been a new release I might have even thought it commentary. Maybe it should be, anyway. Excellent narration, as well. I hadn't heard Mark Boyett before, but he seems to be out of the Scott Brick school, which is never a bad thing for me. A great voice that lends gravitas to the battle scenes and can keep it light and/or bewildered where needed elsewhere. Looking forward to the next one, and thinking I need to check out the other series in this universe as well. Good stuff.

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Riveting, gripping, military space opera

This was the first book I'd read or listened to from Scott Bartlett. I was really interested in his writing. Narrator Mark Boyett did an outstanding job of characterizing all the different people - particularly since there were many alien races in the mix. This is the story of a supercarrier, the Vesta, and her crew. Led by Vin Husher, her captain, who has a troubled past indeed. In this first book of the 3 part series, Husher must defend the IU, the Interstellar Union, against enemies both foreign and domestic. And his hands are tied in many ways. There are politically based rules of engagement he must follow, even though he is the captain of one of the most powerful ships in the galaxy. He is not allowed to shoot other attacking vessels. He is also hobbled by the fully populated civilian city that exists at the heart of the Vesta. And those people don't like him. There are political struggles abound, even on the ship, and to make matters worse, not everyone's motives are virtuous. Husher has some interesting characters to deal with. His first officer is an avian species, a winger named Fesky. And she is utterly loyal to him. He has a scientist on board, whom he secretly has developing military hardware. And to make matters worse, this scientist is a war criminal from the last galactic war. So with a complex and complicated plot, with twists and unexpected turns abound, this is a really good book. I have to admit, it started a little slow for me. I was really wondering if I was going to make it through the first few world-building chapters, and character-building chapters, but even as I was wondering about this, and not liking the descriptions of Cybele (pronounced Sibiley), the city at the heart of the Vesta and its inhabitants, all the action and intrigue caught hold, and I really started getting into it. So much so, that I got very involved, and I purchased the next two audiobooks, as I knew I had to read them and see where the series went and what happened to the characters. Scott uses really interesting and imaginative technology in this book. Oculenses provide virtual reality vision for everyone. They seem to be like virtual reality contact lenses, and they also allow the control of the ship and the display of tactical information. They play a huge part in the series later on. Scott also does a magnificent job of capturing the different perspectives of the characters and the various diverse races. Somewhere along the line Scott was either exposed to or worked for a military organization or a government or both; his descriptions of the political and hierarchical processes are very realistic. Most importantly, this is a story of our galaxy on the brink of war. We face overwhelming odds and racial obliteration. That's more than enough to make for an incredibly gripping and action-packed read. On the whole, this was a 5-star read and listen, with fantastic narration by Mark Boyett and exceptional writing by Scott Bartlett. I ended up really loving this book, and I think you would too. I highly recommend it. Just be aware that if you go down this rabbit hole, you're going to want to read the whole series!

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Excellent beginning.

Capital Starship is the first book in the Ixan Legacy and it definitely gets the series off to a good start. Scott Bartlett drops us into an interesting universe, full of diverse sentient beings struggling to live in harmony. Our main protagonist, Vin Husher, is the Captain IGS Vesta, a military warship that also happens to house a massive civilian city. And it is due to the dual nature of the ship that much of the story tension arrises. While the book starts with the galaxy at peace, and has been for well over a decade now, there are still threats out there, and the specter of an old enemy seems to be one the rise, but it seems like only Captain Husher is willing to acknowledge that fact. Bartlett does a great job with the characters was able to truly make your feel and sympathize with Husher having to deal with there infuriatingly annoying extreme PC activist that inhabit the city within his starship. Seriously, I could feel my blood pressure spiking whenever he hand to deal with the obnoxiously oblivious civilians. Now while this is the first book in this series, there are references to the past war, which I believe may have been coverage in an earlier of Barlett's series, and there is another character that is mention and seen, though only briefly, that I know is from yet another of Barlett's series. I'm not sure if there is a recommended reading order for Mr. Bartlett's books, but that being said, I don't believe anyone will have trouble following the story. However, if you are like me, you will likely find yourself intrigued enough to want to check out those other series. Mark Boyett does a great job with the narration, and I look forward to jumping into book 2 soon. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great start to a excellent series

Capital Starship is the first book in the Ixan Legacy series. If you are looking for a well written SciFi Military book, this is a good one to listen to. Having read all the series of books looking forward to listening to the remainder of the series now.

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Had some doubts at the beginning.

Starting this listen I thought I might not finish this book. Then Scott Bartlett not only hit top gear but kicked in the NOS! Great listen, grabbing book 2 now even though I was saving a credit for another book. I don't think I'll be sorry one bit!

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Fun book

Space Combat, ground combat, hi tech, SJW, current issues in a scifi setting. very enjoyable book.

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Starship Social Justice

I made the mistake of starting this book before reading previous ones in series. If they are all like this, I won't be able to continue with it. The basic premise is military sf in the Battlestar Galactica style, a lone ship with a grizzled, weary captain, protecting humanity from aliens, the book does this part well enough but doesn't stand out. In one of the most preposterous scenarios I can imagine though, this ship is hauling a city full of civilians within it like some immense, bloated carnival liner, because who wouldn't want all of that extra mass and civilian mouths to feed and protect when you're flying into a war zone. Most of the drama in the book focuses on the captain being beset upon by the trivial demands of civilians who are rendered as over the top caricatures of present day campus PC activists, complete with a point by point retelling of the recent Evergreen college/Bret Weinstein debacle... In space! I might be as annoyed with runaway identity politics as the author but to have this all play out on a warship in wartime is beyond absurd, I would suggest he find another format to vent his political frustrations. The narrator is great, he excels at this style and is one of the reasons I gave this book a shot.

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Not like the first series.

Forced myself to finish it and hatred that I bought the second book. Of it weren't for the city in the ship I think the book would be a 5 star book. I'm not looking forward to the second book at all. The story was slow to get going and then poof is over.

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  • RL Pike
  • 02-20-18

Good work by Scott

Good narration on a well written story. Looking forward to more in this series soon.

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  • Adrian
  • 07-04-20

Takes effort

Let me caveat this by saying I've not read the authors earlier series, so if you have perhaps your take will be different. For me this book takes a long time to get going. The first 30 odd chapters feel like one long political lecture and far too much time is spent on that as opposed to meaningful character development or action - we are all here for the space battles right? Eventually we get to the point that politics are complicated, the book starts to get moving at a faster pace and the final quarter was pretty enjoyable.

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  • Azura S
  • 06-21-20

Excellent And Quite Topical Really

I confess I was given a copy of this book but I'm given quite a few books each year and don't feel it incumbent to give good reviews unless the book is good, this one was excellent. Very entertaining look at an interstellar woke culture with some nice sci-fi trope-style action scenes. Lots of fun and very well narrated. Don't miss out, grab it now!

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  • Jonathan
  • 06-08-20

The beginning of the end

I received review copies of the books in this trilogy, and this review covers all of them. Whilst this book is the start of a new trilogy it would be better to consider it the 8th book after the excellent Ixan prophecies trilogy and, to a lesser extent, the 4 Mech wars books. This trilogy starts just as the events of the mech wars books conclude, with the galaxy once again coming apart, as the great AI menace begins to conclude its campaign. After the long peace from the events of the first trilogy, support for the fleet has reduced and the political compromise was to build space faring cities on military ships which leads to events as ridiculous as you might expect. As usual the narration from Mark Boyett is excellent whilst the writing adds a relevant political commentary which is as interesting as it is unusual. This stands as a reflection of the commentaries from both the prophecies and the mech wars books. The final twist made this series for me and it fit well with the commentary of the series.

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  • Krzysztof Kolata
  • 06-05-20

space opera with politics (little too much)

good listening sometimes slow with little too much politics for my taste. first book in second trilogy in this universe did not listen to first one yet (did not felt like I was missing anything) Like always Mark Boyett did a great job narrating this book

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  • Mark Say
  • 01-10-20

Capital Starship and intergalactic politics

Continuing the Ixan series of books this book brings us back to Captain Vin Husher about 20 years after we last saw him for another set of galaxy threatening problems. It's very hard to not give spoilers (I've tried my best) but there are the return of a few characters we know and it's interesting to see who is still hanging around 20 years after the last book in the series. The book is set aboard a 'Capital Starship' which is a city based within a huge spaceship with an entire non military population living there full time. Quite a lot of this book is Vin dealing with the struggles of politics and leading a ship meeting pushback from politicians and the general public and honestly the way that this pushback was written got me so frustrated because it's so true, the way that Vin is practically forced to jump through some hoops to try and placate the public is so true to life I was really wound up by it.. That said when Vin overcomes the odds (and you know he will!) it is that much sweeter. This is the first book of a trilogy and sets up the next book right at the end. I'm looking forward to the next past which will reunite us with another of the characters from the universe. I definitely recommend going back and starting with the Ixan Prophecies if you haven't read those books yet as you'll miss a lot of background otherwise and go from there.

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  • Poppey
  • 04-19-18

Good start, albeit a slow one

If you can persevere through the slow start of the first 9 chapters, then you will find this book has definite possibilities to become a very good series.

This series is also helped along by the brilliant narration of Mark Boyett.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-19

Fun

Awesome story to follow, can't wait to read the other books. Politics and Action follow a starship captain

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  • Alan
  • 11-26-18

great start to a trilogy

this was a great start to a three book series, looking forward to hearing the next in the series

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  • Clemens
  • 03-19-18

Quality installment

Great sequel and Mark Boyett delivers as always. I am looking forward to the next