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The Thirteenth Man

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The Thirteenth Man takes place about 300 years before A Choice of Treasons in the interstellar kingdom known as the Realm, and before the formation of the Lunan Empire. King Lucius is a monarch with visions of empire, but he's also a fool who's bankrupted the royal treasury with failed little wars in his attempts at conquest. With a weak king on the throne, the Realm is ...more
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published February 3rd 2012 by Telemachus Press, LLC
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Sherwood Smith
This old-fashioned space opera has a lot of familiar elements, given a contemporary up-grade.

The back matter gives the basic premise:

When Commander Charlie Cass, the bastard son of the Duke de Maris, returns from five years in a squalid Syndonese POW camp, he finds that little has changed in the Realm. As always, the King and the nine Dukes are conspiring against each other, but now some of them are plotting with Charlie’s old enemy.

Charlie and his troops, now known as the Two Thousand, managed
Henry Lazarus
Oct 06, 2016 Henry Lazarus rated it liked it
J.L. Doty writes about a star empire of our future with an ambitious king, but weak king. His first attempt at expansion left Charlie Cass, a bastard son of one of the Dukes, in a pow camp with the Syndonese despite the fact his tactics allowed for peace. Now returning a hero, he becomes an enemy of the king when the king lets the Syndonese control him as he attacks other star kingdoms. Charles’s father, murdered by his own wife, bequeathed him the Duchy of Lunis, whose first twelve Dukes had ...more
William Bentrim
Sep 24, 2016 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
The Thirteenth Man by J.L. Doty

Frankly I am annoyed that I haven't read any of J.L. Doty's work before. I really enjoyed this book. This intro is contrary to my normal review process. Generally I give an idea of the nature of the book, then I talk about the characters and plot and lastly I provide my recommendation. In this case, if you don't care to read any further, I highly recommend this book!

A systems wide civilization is the set for this story. A deluded king wants to be an emperor but is
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Sep 26, 2016 Gladys Gonzales Atwell rated it really liked it
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*This book was provided by the publisher/author for an honest review.

The Thirteenth Man is the first book that I have read by J.L. Doty, and I enjoyed it. A fan of Star Wars and epic story lines of rulers in competition for the highest seat of power, I was entranced by his strong world building and character development. Both aspects are needed for a good story to survive and survive it did.

Commander Charlie Cass returns from five years in a squalid Syndonese POW camp. As far as everyone else is
Sep 25, 2016 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this was my latest from Harper Voyager, as part of their Super Reader program they send me free stuff and I give them honest reviews. And I'll be honest, the dad was a little too "canny" at some points but I don't care. This was a fun book!


No, seriously. It's like a medieval action space novel with submarine warfare (yes, I'm not shitting you) and it's fantastic! If you don't require all of your reading to be high brow literature (and like any of the above mentioned categories) then give
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Jim has nine published SF&F books and he'll be releasing his tenth, Never Dead Enough, the 3rd in The Dead Among Us series, early next year. His first success came as a self-published writer when Child of the Sword went word-of-mouth viral about four years ago. He was able to quit his day-job as a running-dog-lackey for the bourgeois capitalist establishment, and work for himself as a fulltime ...more
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