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Ship's Boy (The David Birkenhead Series #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  467 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Once upon a time there was a boy named David, who slew a terrible foe…

David Birkenhead might have been only twelve years old, but his entire life was already laid out for him. First his father was supposed to teach him how to run a starship's engine room. Then, when the time came, he'd take over the job himself. This was the way of things for slavebunnies like David; luxur
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Legion Printing and Publishing, Inc
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Jan 09, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing
This is the first of 7 books in the series. David is a gene engineered RABBIT, who turns the galaxy upside down as he works his way from Ship's Boy to Admiral. I loved it
I walk on a treadmill and read from my Kindle to take my mind off it. I occasionally get so absorbed in what I am reading that I will walk for an extra 10-15 minutes before I realize it. That happened several times during this series.
Perhaps, the fact that it was grammatically correct and without spelling errors, helped with thi
Feb 05, 2013 John rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. I am not sure I can cover it without reading more of the books. There are huge ethical and moral situations that scream to be addressed. That may be the whole point though. The story itself is interesting enough so far.
Charles Reynolds
Oct 22, 2012 Charles Reynolds rated it really liked it
Fabulous character, fun story, abrupt ending.

This entire series is some of the best young-adult fiction I've read in decades. The stories and characters are on-par with Mr. Hornblower, Mr. Aubrey and Dr. Maturin.
Sep 19, 2013 Jdjade rated it it was amazing
Great read, very gd military theme, entertaining and sad too. love all 7 volume. thanks
Oct 01, 2012 Jeremy rated it it was amazing

Hornblower/Watership Down/Military Sci-Fi!

Just amazing to read and touching to watch young David's story unfold.

I'm already onto the 3rd today!
Per Gunnar
I do have quite some difficulty rating this book. For starters it's really short. At only 80 pages I almost hesitate calling it a book. Also it's quite weird. Not the story itself . It's a good story, although clearly intended for the younger audiences, but what makes it so weird is that the main character is a genetically altered rabbit! That's really a weird choice and one that doesn't really sit too well with me. Some alien or even a genetically modified monkey would have been fine but a rabb ...more
Jan 24, 2013 D.w. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, reviewed

Suspend my disbelief...

Right, there will be space travel one day. We have it now of course, but travel between the stars will happen, even if it is only generational ships.

But very large, Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter size bunnies, cognizant and able to act as a ship's Engineer?


This is not a great tale. First because of the bunnie issue, which is a euphemism for race relations around the era of WWII in the US Navy. Blacks could only be stewards in the mess, and peel potatoes. They
Tristan Macavery
Apr 04, 2013 Tristan Macavery rated it really liked it
A good solid bit of space-opera, well worth reading. I have two quibbles. First, the book could have used a bit of editorial polish; there are some grammatical and punctuation errors, and a homophone or two (hanger/hangar, for instance).

Second, our narrator is an anthropomorphic creature, a human/rabbit hybrid, and I feel this fact isn't used to its fullest potential. The primary reason for this created being to exist is as part of a race of genetically-created slaves; at this point in this mult
Dec 27, 2012 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I have to say, this first book is not the best written of the series, but it caught hold of me hard enough to make me purchase the next book in the series. The story reminds me in many ways of a combination of Nathan Lowell's Age of the Golden Clipper stories and David Weber's Honor Harrington books, somehow.

David Birkenhead is a plucky sort of hero, young and still learning, and I found myself quickly rooting for him despite the almost impossible odds he faces.

I had several issues with the bo
Teresa Carrigan
Nov 22, 2012 Teresa Carrigan rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
First book in an excellent science fiction series. I haven't finished the series yet, but I'm on #3 and enjoying it very much. The books appear to be written as juveniles although with #3 there's one part at least that should be YA. They are shorter than most adult novels, but the first ebook is free and the second is only 99 cents.

Main character starts out in the first book as about 12 yo and a slave "bunny". That is, he is one of a gene-engineered race of some kind of hybrid between humans and
Erin Penn
Aug 29, 2013 Erin Penn rated it really liked it
Book 1 of the David Birkenhead series, The Ship's Boy, was free on Amazon. Without that offer I would not have found this gem of a book and series. I have gone on to buy the balance of the series and am losing my sleep this week reading through them.

Okay, I admit initially the fact the main character was a bunny put me off. Don't let it!! If you like good solid worldbuilding, where the consequences of slavery and living in a slave society have true-to-life impact, then this books is for you. The
Dan Thompson
Jan 05, 2013 Dan Thompson rated it really liked it
This was an odd little space opera about an anthropomorphized rabbit named David Birkenhead. That's right, he's a rabbit walking around in clothes an interacting with humans. (If any of you remember the comic strip Hepcats from the 80's, it's a bit like that.) Now, it's not as odd as that makes it sound. He's a member of a genetically engineered slave race, designed to be dumb, compliant labor for the ruling humans.

And he gets dragged onto a nobleman's starship as it is fleeing an invasion, and
Oct 16, 2015 Wolfgarr rated it it was amazing
Just finished this series. Could not put it down. Is one of the best i have read in a long time. I honestly have looked at this series for more then a couple years and decided not to read it due to one reason or the other.

The other day though i decided to give it a shot, BOY OH BOY am i glad i did. While there are a few things that i could nit pick about (like how this series of books could all be lumped into 3 maybe 4, or how the author gloss's over large portions of the main characters life a
Ilya Kochetov
Mar 11, 2016 Ilya Kochetov rated it it was amazing
I could only repeat the other reviews. Amazing book, best one I read in a while, seven strong books which actually present a complete work, not another attempt to milk a character for what it's worth.
This book is not much in terms of sci-fi, or even military fiction, as it's largely focused on the characters and their relationship and not on the technical details of wars in space or planetary combat.
The story is very interesting and fresh, the dialogs are much better than average and the book ac
John Mann
I picked this book up as a free Kindle book that Amazon recommended to me. Turns out that it was a pretty good read! It tells the tale of a slave-bunny who joins his father, the engineer, on an emergency trip aboard a spaceship and all the things which occur during the trip. Apparently there are 7(?) books in the series, so since I did enjoy David's journey, i have plenty more ahead of me to read! I was a little uncomfortable with the idea of the slave-bunnies and how they were being treated - i ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at!

I've always loved Phil Geusz. I was lucky enough to be on the same mailing list for writers as the Rabbit for over a decade.

This is the introduction to the Birkenhead Universe and David's just 12 in this, so I'll skip the usual plea for me sex. Geusz is a very clean writer and I will corrupt him one day. His stumbles are rare. I cannot wait to tour the rest of the universe/series.
Sep 12, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: pure-sci-fi
This one was really enjoyable. A review I read said that David is a genetically altered bunny, but I must have skipped over the genetically altered part some how. I did know he was a bunny/rabbit. The reason for have altered bunnies as slaves isn't explained in this book, but hopefully it will be. I would describe this as a cross between Watership Down and an epic space opera book. I will be buying the next book in this series.
Louise K.
Aug 15, 2015 Louise K. rated it liked it
Not a bad opening, but I felt the book itself was rather short. I would've liked to see a lot more about the young Rabbit, David. I really liked the concept of humanoid rabbits, and the set-up for what would hopefully turn out to be an interesting story following this freed slave-bunny as he makes his way through life.
May 14, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
A fun start to an interesting series. DC comics has introduced a character to their new space opera series Threshold and this character reminds me of that. Rabbits in space why not. Fun series for YA readers.
Jun 14, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
This was a very strange, very short sci-fi tale. It's the first of 7 books in a series.

The main character is some sort of slave bunny caught in the middle of an intergalactic civil war, as far as I can tell. It was interesting enough for me to dive into the next story, though.
Mar 26, 2013 Lena rated it liked it
I should have looked closer. I thought this was standard space opera, and was slightly boggled to discover the main character was a 'slave-bunny'. Not a porn-type slave-bunny, though, which was a relief.
Jan 15, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
Pretty good book, I was a bit put off that the main character was a rabbit, but the author fits that in with the whole universe he builds quite well. I am currently reading the next book in the series, and will probably read all of them.
Nov 27, 2012 Bruno rated it liked it
It is a light read, about an anthropomorphic bunny in a space ship, with a tendency to nag me in the way the main character relates and sees his "milord".
The book is quite short, and while the small arc ends, I didn't find it meaty enough.
Feb 09, 2016 Helen rated it liked it
see Midshipman for review
Keith Lowe
Apr 04, 2013 Keith Lowe rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that a) keeps me up late, just wanting to read a little more, because it is so good and b) makes me really glad it is a series, so there is more to enjoy!
Mar 27, 2013 Annabelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf

Completely unexpected plot, utterly delightful!
Като за безплатна книга от Амазон е добре, има действие, чете се бързо и става за малко разнообразие от дебелите тухли. Може да пробвам и втората част дали има някакво добро развитие на историята.
Jan 04, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly good for a short novella by an apparent no-name author. I was very pleased. I'm also annoyed it was so short.
Doreen Dalesandro
Nov 07, 2012 Doreen Dalesandro marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi, owned-kindle
Kindle freebie, 11/07/12
Steve Riedisser
Apr 05, 2013 Steve Riedisser rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story. It was very well laid out... The story was riveting. invoking an emotional buy-in with the main character.
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