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The date is 1966 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now, and the Republic, created by the human race - but not yet dominated by it - finds itself in an all-out war.

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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Enjoyable story if somewhat predictable

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • El Paso, TX, United States
  • 08-22-09

The publisher was asleep at the wheel

Not good, not well conceived, not interesting. Not good.
It's like when Britney Spears made her 1st comeback, we all asked, "Doesn't anyone love Briteny?" It's like that. Resnick is not a bad writer, but man....

He says he doesn't want to write a "techie" space battle book, so he has the main character go AWOL on some back-water retro planet right out of "GunSmoke"

It's like on the old Battlestar Gallactica series when the malfunctioning Cylon becomes a gunfighter in the western style town; and the crew has a gun-fight at high-noon. It's like that. Leave all that "techie" stuff behind in deep-space...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Dominion, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 11-26-08

A bit dry, but delivers what it offers

Its a Space Opera, without the drama or character depth. More like - a space musical featuring elevator muzak. No depth to the characters, a very dry delivery. I like my Space buccaneers to serve up a little emotional depth with their plasma cannons.

I finished it, it wasn't terrible, but i won't be getting the rest of the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not worth your time

This novel wasn't as interesting as other recent Sci Fi military epic series. I read the first and second because I was traveling and it is all I had to listen to. They were somewhat entertaining, but the plots were two predictable and redundant. I wish Wilson Cole and his ship goodbye while I go find some more more interesting sci fi that takes much more advantage of the genre.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Evil military

The author is a good story teller but he has strong political views and he lets them come through in this book. He apparently has a great hatred for the military.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • East Peoria, IL, United States
  • 01-10-10

It's Good

This is a fun series. Podunk deserved to be deposed.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Military science fiction at its best

This is the series that I came up on by accident. As the author sets out in a preamble to each story, he is more concerned by the human side of being a military officer in space. Furthermore, he is a man of principle in a system which is all too fond of demoting him. A drum head court martial on trumped up charges lead to the crew of his ship, the Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt breaking him out of jail and running out of the system in an antiquated warship always on the run for being a mutineer. Mike Resnick has done a wonderful job in presenting Capt. Wilson Cole as a fallible human being but nevertheless, gifted with a touch of military genius combined with sheer human cunning. The aliens who serve aboard the Teddy Roosevelt are a strange bunch by anyone's definition but they come to life quite remarkably. The narration is excellent and the series ties together very well as the captain and crew come to grips with being on the run, and evolving from mutineers to pirates, mercenaries and finally, rebels trying to overthrow a corrupt and brutal republic which spans galaxies. The science is not terribly demanding but the characters and the interplay make for enjoyable listening.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Average Space Opera, no more, no less

This review goes for the whole series and contains one very mild spoiler with reference to book 5.

Firstly, I would like to point out that when an author begins with an introduction explaining that he is writing this series as a favor for another person, it can mean that the series will not be a sterling piece of work.

It was not.

It is repetitive and slow going.

The relinquishing by the protagonist of certain "principles" in book 5 is, while understandable from a current events point of view, absolutely out of character for Cole. It is totally inconsistent with his position in the previous book, insofar as it is repeated as nauseam that he is against war crimes under any circumstances.

Finally, the particularities of certain secondary characters, such as David C. just get annoying in the end.

On the other hand, I don't expect my Space Opera to be much better so I will not shoot it down with less than 3 stars.

It would be as if I went to see Star Wars then beat-up on Lucas for having a thin plot. I don't watch Star Wars for a plot and I don't read Space Opera for incredible literary content.

The three stars is the difference between what I expect Space Opera to be and what this is.

In one sentence: it will help you to pass a slow work week or a series of long intercontinental flights, just don't expect too much out of it.

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Not for military sci-fi lovers.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is looking for hard science or military sci-fi.

Would you recommend Starship to your friends? Why or why not?

I've read two books of the series, and I wouldn't recommend them to fans of hard science or military sci-fi.

What about Jonathan Davis and Mike Resnick ’s performance did you like?

It was satisfactory.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, but I'd watch it on Netflix.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Peter
  • kessel-lo, Belgium
  • 05-06-14

Starship: Nowhere

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I tried listening to it twice and bought the sequal. I can't say I really understood why I did that, I hoped for a good starship pirate story but didn't get it. It sounded so promising though.

What was most disappointing about Mike Resnick’s story?

Inconsistencies in the story, clearly unbelievable jumps in logic and a lack of focus on what actually was happening.

Which scene was your favorite?

No real favorite, it was all rather bland.

Was Starship worth the listening time?

After carefull consideration I can't recommend it.

Any additional comments?

I listen to many sci fi stories and while ofcourse you can't always understand the choices people make this universe seems made up especially to show just how great the main character is while his "deductions are half guess and half wrong half the time". That is fun when Jack Vance writes a story but not in a story that takes his character so serious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful