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Preview — Temporary Duty by Ric Locke
Alien worlds and friendly aliens, exploding spaceships and many that don't, a little sex, and the Internal Revenue Service. Oh, and janitorial supplies. Truly there are Wonders Out There.
Most military Sci Fi is told from the officer's perspective, with them being the hero or the main protagonists. Mr. Locke did us 'blue jackets' a real solid by portraying 2 young junior petty officers as the main characters, who in the end, become the most important people to the human community serving on an alien starship hundreds if not thousands of light years from ...more
I’ve talked on my personal blog about how wri ...more
This is an amateur effort. The premise is interesting; to see the story through the eyes of the two lowest people on the totem pole. Unfortunately, there are so many gaping plot holes, missing scenes, underdeveloped characters, atrocious dialogue and absurd situations that any value in the premise is lost. Every character is dangerously ignorant and naive, including the hero. I got the impression that the author thinks his readers are equally dim. For example, we ...more
Thank goodness it was 500 pages. So chock full of wry humor and smart writing, I look forward to re-reading it and wondering where the sequel could have taken things.
I had the worst book hangover when I finished, and then to learn Mr. Locke had succumbed to lung cancer 2 years ago, just made it worse.
Can you miss someone you've never met?
I love Space Opera books, but they are ...more
Locke's prose is an effortless read, literate and unobtrusive. His charac ...more
Personal Enthusiasm: I Shouldn’t Have Bothered
This is another book that I picked up because of a recommendation by Glenn Reynolds and his readers. Most of the recommendations I get that way are good. This book was the exception that proved the rule. Reading the reviews on Amazon, I wonder if I was reading the same book as everyone else.
The story revolves around two enlisted sailors: Todd and Peters. They are assigned to “temporary duty”, as advance crew for a Navy detachment that will be touring...more
I liked it. It's basically the adventures of a Petty Officer in space and as such, I liked it. It is a character-driven book, not action or plot-based. But it has a comforting feel about it, like one of Heinlein's Juveniles like "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" or H. Beam Piper's Space Operas.
The book is at it's strongest when it stays with the aggravations and excitement of flying on board a starship for the first time. The streng ...more
Love these people and you'll hate Temporary Duty (TDY).
Now imagine 50 years in the future and that present trends continue. Bipartisan trends of bigger, more intrusive government. (I'm not hating on Democrats or letting any Republicans off the blame.) Bureaucracies naturally grow u ...more
Ric Locke's Temporary Duty (TDY) is a really solid read - one of the best I've had in several years. It's about John Peters, a junior enlisted person in a believable near future U.S. Navy, who volunteers to swab decks on an interstellar aircraft carrier//interstellar trading ship, crewed by aliens, Mankind's first contact. Peters' America is one where the poor don't get school, the vote, or much chance to make something of themselves. It isn't a glass ceiling, it ...more
One mechanical issue I had with the book is that the font would switch into italics and then stay italic for pages and pages (until I learn a few tricks to force a page to re-render and go back to "normal"). This kept jarring me during my reading and made it very hard to keep in the reading moment. This issue kept me from enjoying the book as much as I probably could have...
That said, it's an interesting and enjoyable story. I liked th ...more
Peter's rise in prestige reminds me of the rise of similar characters in "Double Star" and ...more
Suddenly, instead of a military-space-alien story, it's an alien sex-harem-government conspiracy story.
It really goes off the rails. it's like two different books.
Loved this book, would love a sequel or just anything more by this author.
Only thing of critic/failing in this book is towards the end it gets a little brief and the pace changes - considering Authors life/events I can understand that.
Loved it anyway, would definitely read again
It did remind me a bit of "Quarter Share" and the 4 that followed by Lowell.
Mr. Locke, well done, my compliments. Excellent read.