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Starship: Mutiny (Starship #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,530 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
The starship Theodore Roosevelt is fighting on the far outskirts of a galactic war, its crew made up of retreads and raw recruits. A new first officer reports, Wilson Cole, a man with a reputation for exceeding his orders (but getting results). He's been banished to the Teddy R. for his actions, but once there he again ignores his orders. ...

This is the first of five novel
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published December 5th 2005 by Pyr (first published November 28th 2005)
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Perry Reed
Nov 25, 2010 Perry Reed rated it did not like it
I'm going to write one review for this entire series...

The Starship series premise had me interested. Set well into the future when mankind is at war with the Teroni Federation, one naval officer finds reason to mutiny (hence, the first book, "Starship: Mutiny". Over time he becomes a pirate (book two: "Starship: Pirate"), a mercenary (book three: "Starship: Mercenary"), then rebels formally against the human government (book four: "Starship: Rebel") and finally takes on the humans directly (boo
3.5 stars. A fun, quick read with an engaging lead character and a fast paced, well written plot. I seem to like most of what I read by Resnick.
Jeff Yoak
I originally discovered the Starship series in 2009 after discovering Mike Resnick via short stories published on the Escape Pod podcast. I instantly fell in love. It is high on adventure, amazing characters and a fast-moving plot. It is interesting to read military sci fi from an author who almost never writes in the sub-genre. As such, the focus isn't so much on tactics, weapons and details of ships, but more on the people and what makes leadership.

Wilson Cole is the paradigmatic strong leader
Sep 26, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read, 2013-read
Starship: Mutiny is the first book in Mike Resnick's Starship series, a Military SF series with larger than life characters and a plot that begs you to keep on reading. I initially read this book a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it, and since it's been a while since the review appeared on the blog I thought I'd polish it up and re-post it.

It's 3000 years into the future and the Republic are locked in a war against the Teroni Federation, an equally powerful starfaring society. Wilson Cole
Jun 19, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Military Sci Fi.

It's so easy to go wrong in this genre. It depends on what you like. This one is character driven. Not a lot of technical details BUT enough that you understand what's going on.

I was pumping my fists. I have several favorite characters and I totally felt the frustration of our main character as he usurped control and disobeyed stupid orders. He refused to be a cog in the bureaucracy of the Navy. It was a a great mutineer adventure and I'm off to buy the next bookS
M Hamed
Aug 12, 2015 M Hamed rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, space-opera
Star Trek Episode ,nothing special
Toby Udstuen
May 11, 2011 Toby Udstuen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People tired of locked room mysteries and looking for a little adventure.
This is the first book in a 5 book series and I recommend them all. This is NOT deep thinking science fiction nor is it represented as such. So forget Clarke, Niven, or Asimov and think Jack Campbell. This is a fun ride that makes killing time by reading a book a true joy.
Ryan Abe.
Jan 19, 2014 Ryan Abe. rated it really liked it
If you are looking to get into bed for a quickie with a scifi with humor, action and a carefree adventurous attitude then look no further, Starship Mutiny has arrived. ill confess this isn't my first time reading the series but its still damn good and is still thoroughly enjoyable. The Main character Commander Wilson Cole is a twice promoted captain of huge warships, and twice demoted for actions taken under his own accord, regardless of whatever his standing orders were. it's not right to say t ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Timothy rated it liked it
Somewhat of a very light and spare book that attempts to come off as military sci-fi but is more of a series of events that justifies the title at the very end. While the main protagonist, Wilson Core, is likable enough, we're give little to no information about the character other than to treat him as the weary hero just because the author says so. Overall this book probably would have been fine if it was published during the 1960s, but as something that was published in 2005 and billed as the ...more
Jeffrey Grant
Nov 20, 2013 Jeffrey Grant rated it liked it
This was an entertaining book, but it’s definitely a lighter read. The author and series were recommended when John Scalzi asked people on his blog to provide recommendations on who “writes like him”. I’ll allow that Mr. Resnick has a similar flavor, but I don’t think this example of his work is on the same level.

It follows Wilson Cole, a decorated but maligned officer in the human space fleet, which in this universe also encompasses a few non-human creatures, much the way the Star Trek Starflee
Geoff Sebesta
I had to ride the bus from southwest Austin to northeast today. It took three hours, and I read this entire book. It wasn't particularly good, but I finished it. The whole thing takes place in this completely undistinguished spaceship-battle future that the author swears up and down he's spent forty years fleshing out. It's about a spaceship captain who's so dang good that he keeps embarrassing his superiors with how awesome he is/how awesome they are not, and how he is awesome and kills enemy a ...more
Edu Dethklok
Jan 21, 2016 Edu Dethklok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-culture
Tengo sensaciones encontradas con este libro:

Por una parte me gusto bastante, era ameno y lo leí de dos sentadas. El universo donde estaba ubicado y los personajes me resultaron interesantes, aunque se nota que el autor escribió novelas de Battlestar Galactica en su momento .No hizo especial gracia que el personaje principal sea "amigo del autor" ¿Que como es eso? Entiendo que el protagonista sea muy intuitivo, pero en demasiadas ocasiones resuelve problemas con información que solo él sabe deja
Joe Martin
This piece of space opera stars Wilson Cole, a space navy officer who never met an order he liked and who makes a habit of being demoted for cause. He's assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt for his insubordination. Once there, he proceeds to violate orders multiple times before finally mutinying and taking over the ship.

This is all supposed to be in the service of a grand adventure, starring a supremely competent officer. It fails because Cole is a jerk who's constantly explaining his own superior
May 19, 2015 bkwurm rated it it was ok
Pretty run of the mill tale. Unconventional, rule breaking young officer who gets posted to a ship with an underperforming crew and hidebound ineffective officers. Wins the loyalty of the crew, shows up his commanding officers as incompetent by creatively disobeying orders. Not particularly original.

I didn’t like the depiction. While bureaucracy is only to be expected in large organisations, the sheer stupidity of everyone in the upper echelons of the navy is just too mind boggling and unbelieva
May 31, 2014 Randal rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Male teens who like short words
Shelves: sci-fi
The protagonist is a self-important jackass in the Rugged Individualist mold. Problem is, when you put as little effort into creating a unique character as Resnick has done here, the Rugged Individualist ceases to be individual at all and becomes a type. In a western, this would be the battle-hardened scout, wiser than the rest of the cavalry in the ways of the Apache. In a war movie, it would be the battle-hardened platoon leader, wiser than the rest of the army in the ways of the Japanese. Her ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Bob rated it liked it
This is an alright series if someone is looking for a light read. The best way to categorize the series would be as pulp science fiction. There isn't enough of a military conflict to call it military science-fiction(after having read the entire series I can count the amount of actual space battles on one hand) and the plot really doesn't have a grand enough scale to be called a space opera.

Personally the thing I hated the most was that the action scenes feel like they fell out of a 90's action m
Feb 08, 2009 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of light hearted military science fiction
I stopped in at the library to pick up the next book in the Honor Harrington series when I saw this on the shelf. Recognizing the author's name I decided to give the book a shot. It certainly isn't the heavily detailed series that Honor Harrington is shaping up to be, but it is a nice, light read that doesn't skimp on humor. A nice, easy read with characters that you quickly form attachments to. I will definitely be tracking down the rest of the series.
Oct 26, 2008 Phoebe rated it it was ok
This is the first Resnick book I've read. I met him in Ohio at a conference, and he was a very nice guy. He's won Hugos and other awards, so I thought to see what the fuss is about. I started with the first book of a huge saga. It was a fast read but I was disappointed. So little character development, predictable events, a knows-all hero. Unlike my encounter with Jack Campbell, I'm not tempted to seek out the rest of the story.
May 25, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it
The Starship series features Wilson Cole (not to be confused with the pulp hero Cole Wilson, the Robin Hood-esque companion of The Avenger, though one has to wonder if the similarity of names isn't a sort of homage), who takes control of the Starship Theodore Roosevelt and leads its crew on a series of amazing, astounding, thrilling, and fantastic space opera adventures. They're very fast-paced and clever books, with witty dialog and fascinating characters. Set in Resnick's Birthright Universe, ...more
Roberto Jordá
Aug 20, 2014 Roberto Jordá rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leído-2014
Una space opera totalmente militar, muy entretenida pero le falta eso que aporta Miles a la saga de Mcmaster Bujold, y no me refiero a Miles que eso es inimitable. Falla en explicarnos su universo.
Ralph Carlson
Aug 29, 2014 Ralph Carlson rated it really liked it
A quick and fun read. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Benjamin Newland
May 03, 2010 Benjamin Newland rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Crap! Enough said. Don’t read it. Can’t believe I got stuck with nothing else to read one evening and had to finish it out of self-defense. Barf.
Scott Firestone
Sep 10, 2012 Scott Firestone rated it it was ok

While I haven't read much of Resnick's stuff, I am an unashamed FAN of his Kirinyaga short story collection.

Knowing what he's capable of made this book seem sort of phoned in. Much of the book is Wilson Cole, the main character, explaining to everyone around him why he's doing what he's doing—or why he did what he did. No one is quite as clever or as smart or as gutsy or as experienced as him, so it's Exposition Everywhere! as he explains his thoughts and actions to the dullards around him. Col
Lianne Burwell
Okay, this is a nice read, but not exactly a deep read. Wilson Cole, after being demoted (again) for an incident in which (of course) he was in the right and the naval brass was in the wrong, has been assigned to the Teddy Roosevelt, a space ship crewed by rejects, sent to a back corner of the Republic, where it promptly gets into all sorts of trouble, leading to (I don't think this is a spoiler) Mutiny!

This series is set in the overall universe of his Birthright universe, but being more familia
Steve Walker
Feb 05, 2011 Steve Walker rated it really liked it
Rollicking good fun. It has the framework of your typical galactic war scenario, but Resnick quickly rises above that and takes you on an adventurous ride. The Sci-Fi setting is his choice but this is a solid story would work in any setting; as a western, Roman conquest, medieval knights, or modern warfare. Resnick weaves a cast of characters with depth and well-defined relationships. Cole is the quintessential bad/tough guy that bucks the system and breaks the rules because it is the right thin ...more
Parsons Parsons
288 pages Have your local library buy this book for you. Fun breezy light military scfi book. Part of a larger 48 book universe called the Birthright universe. This story is the 1st of 5 books in that universe. The story is mildly creative. The characters are not complex but the dialog keeps the stry moving. Hyper compentent hero and side kick against a dumber officers. I wish someone would write a story where the hero falls on his face and has to admit that institutional wisdom has its merits. ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
This is simply a good, entertaining story. Nothing fancy or super technical. There are a lot of things happening that seem to stretch the believability of it, but it is fiction! Not enough back story or character definition to engage my mind emotionally in the characters or the created universe. Fun way to blow a Saturday afternoon.
Jan 14, 2016 Aramys rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi primera space opera y encima militarista. Aunque es de trama sencilla y llena de tópicos, me lo he pasado bien leyéndola, no esperaba demasiado y así a sido; ligera, con mucha acción y el toque de humor justo para leerla con una sonrisa. A por la segunda parte.
Jun 12, 2011 James rated it really liked it
Wow. This is a pleasantly fun read.

It isn't going to be winning any literature awards any day soon, but it is fast and fun with like-able characters and an engaging plot. I thoroughly enoyed reading this and am already starting the next one, the only problem with this is that there are only five books in teh series - which is a shame, this could have gone on to be a great, epic saga.

To be honest there are no faults with this story, it just doesn't shape up as a five star book. If I had to choos
Jenny Martín
La verdad es que ha sido una lectura diferente, lejos de lo que esperaba pero no por eso más aburrida. Ha habido partes de espionaje, de luchas y rebeldías, aunque por lo general se nota que es un libro que te tiene que preparar para lo que está por llegar.

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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed ...more
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