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Mutineers' Moon (Dahak #1)

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For Lt. Commander Colin Maclntyre, it began as a routine training flight over the Moon. For Dahak, a self-aware Imperial battleship, it began millennia ago when that powerful artificial intelligence underwent a mutiny in the face of the enemy. The mutiny was never resolved--Dahak was forced to maroon not just the mutineers but the entire crew on prehistoric Earth.
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Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 1991 by Baen (first published 1991)
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Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Superb military SF with excellent world-building and above average character development. Dahak is a truly memorable character. Highly Recommended!!!
Dirk Grobbelaar
Nov 04, 2011 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it
This reminded me, in no small part, of some of the old SF novels I’d read, such as This Island Earth and Slan. I’m not sure whether this is coincidental, or by the author’s design. Anyway, if you’re looking to read a military SF novel similar to Weber’s work in the Starfire universe or the Honor Harrington series, this might not be your thing. There is lots of action to be found here, but it is of a very, very different vintage. Does this mean this book was a disappointment? No, indeed not, alth ...more
Travis Starnes
Apr 25, 2014 Travis Starnes rated it really liked it
This book has many things to like about it. Weber definitely steps outside of his comfort zone for sections of this title, and while not all of it works, I was glad to see him stretch his limits a bit.

The first thing that catches my attention is the use of genetically altered humans fighting among normal people. In a way, it is incredibly reminiscent of Sterling’s ‘Draka’ series, especially the final book in that series. Weber manages to write these characters in a way that they seem superhuman
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J
Mar 04, 2012 J rated it really liked it
This is my second Weber read (the first being "On Basilisk Station.") I liked it. The characters were good and the action was good, but... Weber uses a lot of characters in this book, with a lot of POV shifts. I had a hard time keeping track of who was who (and on which side of the book's central conflict) sometimes. Partly this was down to the epub's formatting (POV shifts that would be marked with a wider break between paragraphs in print form look like any other paragraph break when it comes ...more
Jakub
May 26, 2011 Jakub rated it it was ok
Oh dear. Veeeery cringeworthy material.

Okay, if you like naive science fiction, that is in fact an action novel, peppered with words like 'grav gun' and 'orbital missiles', go for it. Otherwise, save your time. I give it that I have finished the book, and I was remotely interested how things will work out in the end. But the whole story is fully of naive moments, unbelievable plot turns and very cliche scenes. Earthman teaching aliens poker? You bet. Marine names for different types of spaceship
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Kathryn Tucker
Dec 09, 2012 Kathryn Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not usually a military SF reader, but I quite liked this book. Excellent alien origins mythology and great action that kept me turning pages. The love story was totally predictable... irritatingly so, but luckily it was a subplot and didn't take up too much "screen time". Dahak, the ship, is the best character. I would have preferred more of the book to be written from his (its?) perspective.
Donald
Mar 20, 2014 Donald rated it really liked it
David Weber has some terrific ideas. This book is no exception. The premise if very entertaining, but the story had many ebbs and flows.

The first half moves quickly. Then it starts to drag with new characters, new settings, and too much information too quickly. However, the end speeds up and I finished the book.

Enjoy.

Don
Jesse
Oct 13, 2013 Jesse rated it it was amazing
This is a pleasant romp in the style of older Weber books. A good and even mix of grand space opera, characters, intrigue and battles (both ground and space) lend to a delightful story that reaches back in the history of Earth and postulates an interesting fictional future. There is occasional handwavium, but for the most part it's kept under control and doesn't damage the story. Recommended.
JC
Sep 28, 2011 JC rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The concept that an ancient race of humans came to earth in a huge moon-sized space ship, had a mutiny, and the Terran race was descended from them is a very interesting what if. David Weber is very detailed, yet, I found myself caught up in the story. And this was the second time reading it!
Nathan
Aug 26, 2011 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is an absolute favorite of mine. The concept is incredible and while some parts of the plot are a little predictable, there are just moments where everything works perfectly. Highly recommended
Jean Corbel
Dec 23, 2013 Jean Corbel rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
The idea behind the whole plot is great, the story is well paced.
The 4stars are pretty generous, as characters are very caricatural.
But it was a nice read, not unforgettable and certainly absolutely first degree... Rest of the brain is not so bad, isit?
Selena Lang
Nov 25, 2011 Selena Lang rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I read this years ago and really liked it. when I came across it again recently I decided to give it another read. This is still a great book. Recommend it to anyone who like sci-fi or David Weber.
MegaSolipsist
Oct 01, 2016 MegaSolipsist rated it liked it
A solid enough book, well written and with an interesting setting, Mutineer's Moon nevertheless forces me to conclude that David Weber is an extremely formulaic author. Perhaps I have simply picked the wrong books to read (I haven't read his Honor Harrington series), but after reading the Safehold series and the Prince Roger series, this is now the third David Weber series I've read and the third one to feature extra-terrestrials with advanced technology coming into contact with a much more ...more
Aqiul Colombowala
Sep 13, 2016 Aqiul Colombowala rated it really liked it
This book ticks all the boxes for military SF:

1. Deathstar-type abandoned battleship? CHECK!
2. An AI with a great personality and lots of intelligent conversations? CHECK!
3. Aliens fighting a secret battle on Earth for millennia? CHECK!
4. Promise of annihilation if things go wrong? CHECK!

I think that pretty much covers everything. Dahak is awesome and in its quest to follow alpha protocol over these millennia it seems to have become self-aware. Paired with Dahak you have Colin McIntyre, someone
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Curtiss
This is reminiscent of James P. Hogan's "Inherit the Stars" in which a 50,000 year-old corpse is discovered on the moon and the remains turn out to be modern human, not merely humanoid, in origin. Hogan developed this concept into a trilogy, including "The Gentle Giants of Ganymede" who have uplifted humanity from their apelike ancestors and had then been forced to abandon their fosterlings and flee to another system in "Giant's Star."

In "Mutineer's Moon," Weber has the moon itself turn out to b
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Michael Cummings
Sep 26, 2011 Michael Cummings rated it really liked it
I started reading this during the recent onset of rainy weather here in Virginia, starting with the hurricane last month. There's is something in my brain, a trigger, that associates cool, rainy weather with the trifecta of Saturday evenings, comic books, and pulpy science fiction/fantasy. It doesn't get much pulpier than Weber's Mutineer's Moon, book 1 of the Dahak trilogy. (I'm actually reading the omnibus edition, but thought it would be more fair to list the books individually as I finished ...more
Alex
Well... I'm moving right along with my David Weber immersion program. "Mutineer's Moon" is one of his earlier works and it shows. He does reasonable work in battle narrative and describing weapons but this books is a little clumsy in many respects.

For example:

1. He doesn't explain very well why the main character was chosen by the Dahak computer/entity to captain the ship after the thousands upon thousands of years waiting.

2. It also seems beyond belief (not credible) that the main character
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Space
Oct 17, 2012 Space rated it liked it
Recommended to Space by: George
Shelves: e-books
Not my favorite space opera. I guess I'm not real big on intergalactic warfare. Just not my cup of tea. Two space-faring races at war with each other... Just doesn't seem realistic to me, and certainly isn't my first line of entertainment. I've always sort of subscribed to the notion that if a race is advanced enough to build FTL starships and travel between star systems, they're probably intelligent enough not to be hostile without cause. I don't hate space warfare, but it's just not very ...more
Brad
Nov 10, 2015 Brad rated it liked it
The individual books of the Dahak series are decent reads but the series as a whole is a frustrating disappointment. Weber doesn't finish the main plot leaving the alien menace unaddressed. However, fans of Weber's Safehold series may enjoy these 3 books for a look at Weber's early ideas of the alien Achuultani and Safehold society. The two series are not congruent. They just hold the same key ideas. It seems to me Weber decided to ignore what he'd earlier written and capitalize on his past ...more
Sic Transit Gloria
Sep 14, 2015 Sic Transit Gloria rated it liked it
An interplanetary dreadnought was forced to land its entire crew on prehistoric Earth after an attempted mutiny. Unfortunately, the mutineers retained their tech base while the loyal crew decivilized. Even worse, while he has no captain, the dreadnought Dahak (a self aware computer) is unable to act, as he's trapped between conflicting orders. But that's okay, Dahak's kidnapped Colin Macyntire (probably not spelled right) to serve as captain. First order of business: Find and destroy the ...more
J.D.
So, apparently, the moon is really a spaceship that 51,000 years ago was forced to maroon the ancestors of today's human race on prehistoric Earth to keep part of it's mutinous crew from taking control of it. I knew it! :) Seriously though, the premise of the plot of this first book in a trilogy is quite clever. The details of history and events that result from the mutiny and it's long drawn out conclusions are kept believable by referencing them in hints and flickers while the current day ...more
Guy
"I wonder when this was written?", I thought after rereading this last night. It seemed a little less polished and assured than one of Weber's typical efforts... and indeed it turns out that this was his second solo book. There are no big flaws, however, and I devoured it in one seating (as usual!).

I love the premise of this book, which is truly brilliant, and since even the publisher's back-cover blurb writers, who normally love to give everything away, stayed quiet about it, I will say no mor
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Dan
Apr 17, 2014 Dan rated it did not like it
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Wesley Fox
Oct 03, 2012 Wesley Fox rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was written for an audience that does not include me. From the writing style and content its obvious this book is for a younger crowd, as in teens. The characters and plot are all captivating for a younger audience who loves space battles, futuristic weapons, but doesn't like complicated characters, subtlety, or drama. There is almost no drama in this book at all.

David Weber puts together some cool stuff, some explosions, and some nifty timelines and technology. He is a Michael Bay-typ
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Gary Holt
Dec 31, 2014 Gary Holt rated it really liked it
This book is great for ideas, less so for characters and battle (but ok for that, too). Totally predictable romance, but it worked ok and didn't ruin anything. I found some of the less major characters (the reformed mutineers and their allies) to be interesting as heroes. The main character as a hero is pretty stereotypical, but at least he did not get in the way of the story.

I've come back to this book several times, mostly because I think the ideas he had were fascinating enough to revisit, an
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Read Ng
May 31, 2015 Read Ng rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This was book one in the Empire From the Ashes trilogy compilation.

What if the Earth’s moon is more than just a moon? What is its 50,000 year old secret? Mankind is in for a big surprise.

I am not a big fan of the present day hero, falling into a extremely technologically advanced civilization and being placed in charge of the entire operation. I just find it too far fetched. There is too much of a future shock to the hero for me to think events could realistically occur in the way the story dev
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Bboatstore
Sep 19, 2016 Bboatstore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, sci-fi, unique
One of my absolute Favorite Sci-Fi stories, I just wish Weber would finish the series. Book 1 and 2 are amazing stories with a history of Ancient Humanity pitted against a endless enemy. Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of the story, is seeing the alien villains in action, they don't just come and attack Humanity, they slaughter entire civilizations as they seek out their true enemy (Humanity). The third book is oddly enough similar to the Safehold series (I think I got the name right) at ...more
Andreas
Dec 05, 2011 Andreas rated it liked it
A human pilot finds out that the moon is in fact a giant warship left there by the mutinous crew that turns out to have originall colonized the Earth. Our hero inherits an age old conflict. The premise is way out there, but these three books are good military science fiction, and a great deal of fun. The series consists of:

Mutineers’ Moon
The Armageddon Inheritance
Heirs of Empire

The three books have now been republished in the Empire from the Ashes omnibus.

http://www.books.rosboch.net/?p=1472
Josh
Jun 07, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok
It's surprising to see such little character development when there is so many characters in a book. If the author had put half as much effort into character development as he did into describing weaponry this would have made for a great book. Reading about grav guns and descriptions of brutal carnage will only carry a book so far. By the time I realized who had died, the moment was lost. I really liked the premise of the story but I think it's execution left a lot to be desired. I will read the ...more
Troy G
Dec 13, 2010 Troy G rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I read David Weber's Starfire books, and thought this book might be on par. It isn't. It occupies a world that is so much less interesting. It focuses on characters that are so much less interesting, and the Genre is more super-hero than Military Science fiction.

As a super-hero book, it was ok. But as a Military Sci Fi book it was eye-rollingly poor. It also felt like a bit of a YA book in many ways.

I recommend this book for those looking for a superhero / spy novel with a somewhat interesting
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