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In the first installment of this stylish, smart military science fiction audiobook series, Richard Baker begins the adventures of Sikander North in an era of great interstellar colonial powers. Valiant Dust combines the intrigues of interstellar colonial diplomacy with explosive military action.

Sikander Singh North has always had it easy - until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship's new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he'll have to earn his unit's respect, find who's arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler - all while dodging bullets.

Sikander's military career is off to an explosive start - but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission. This fast-paced audiobook will transport listeners to distant galaxies and fully immerse them in interstellar warfare.

©2017 Richard Baker (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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A Little Slow at First

I bought this book and the corresponding audiobook. I really liked the story. It did start off a little slow, but that is understandable as it set things up. Later, it broke into high gear and the plot got really interesting. I’m glad I got the audiobook. The narrator, Steve West, has a voice
I could listen to all day. I hope there will be more books in this series.

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Enjoyable, but predictable.

The book was really well written and the narration was well done. If you are looking for a well written and well perfumed book then I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for something new and innovative - something that hasn't been done before or a new take on an old story - then this might not be a book to your liking.

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Meh

The book was well written, not entirely boring, and with some changes might have been a better fit for me. As it is, the names of characters, planets, empires, ships, military rank, rebels, etc constantly had me trying to fit things together with the plotline and took away any enjoyment I might have had. Fanstasy and Scifi can get complicated with detail and many strangely named characters/empires, but with exciting and interesting plot and character development the details can be helpful and build an amazing world without distracting me.

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  • All around the World, baby!
  • 04-13-18

A decent start to the series

Valiant Dust was a worthy entry in the long list of military series with a seemingly strong pedigree. He author has clearly researched military history and as a Navy veteran, has a deep understanding of military culture. This is both the strongest points of the novel, but also the potential trap for the future of the series. From a universe building sense, the opening entry seems to basically set a history template straight out of the Great Game period of the 19th and 20th century. We basically have the British, French and Germany empires of that period, overlaid with Colonial India and an Afghan/Middle Eastern mixture. I was almost waiting for an inference to the Russians, Japan, US, and maybe China. While this is create a decent template, it is a bit cliché imho. As far the characters go, our protagonist is a compelling hero, with that strong independent streak who always seems to end up landing on his feet, even when making the most reckless decisions. This make for interesting storytelling, I guess, but I worry about possible outsized heroics in future novels. I know it can work, as Honor Harrington is one of my favorite military sci-fi characters, and CK is basically Honor Harrington in a male southeast Asian format. I give the book high marks, because the writer created an interesting and compelling world with rich characters and all this while not killing the story with every minute detail.

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  • 11-08-17

Brilliant

An interesting take on standard military SF, with The Great Game played out on an interstellar stage. Well written and superbly narrated.