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Marcus Legend is a unique guy with a unique name and a unique past. As that past has shown, he also has a unique talent for turning good fortune into bad, and getting himself into deep trouble. When his fortune hits bottom, a psyche-reader by the name of Werner visits him in prison, where he's serving a 43-year sentence for his latest misadventure, and offers to change his ...more
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Published March 25th 2015 (first published January 8th 2014)
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Michael Brookes
There's some interesting ideas in this book that kept me reading it although unfortunately it didn't quite follow through with them. The biggest example is the 'Jupiter Effect' which is the term for a psychological effect when astronauts fly to the outer planets (although earlier in the story a similar effect is described for those on long tours which doesn't make as much sense when you find out what is happening). Now I quite liked the idea of it and it's a key component throughout the story ...more
Matthew Willis
Jun 28, 2014 Matthew Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Ship of Storms, Ken Doggett has succeeded in creating a space opera that both spans the Solar System and offers a detailed view of life in a small rural community. There's politics and social observation at every level from interplanetary to village, and ideas aplenty, most notably the mysterious 'Jupiter Effect' which the story hinges on. Ship of Storms certainly doesn't lack for ambition, but for all that this is a story about the characters, mainly three or four people either caught up in ...more
Russell Libonati
Jul 16, 2014 Russell Libonati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an unexpected pleasure. It was given away freely on goodreads and I didn't expect much, but I quite liked it. I actually wanted to give it 3.5 stars, but since you can only give whole star increments, I decided to bump him up because it was a book unlike any I had ever read. It was actually composed of many stories, involving the same character. It leaned toward hard science, which I prefer. At the same time he had some magic involved, but he made it clear that it was done with ...more
J.A. Ironside
Jun 23, 2014 J.A. Ironside rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

A good solid space opera that manages the familiar tropes of the genre competently and with freshness. Really liked the character of Marcus and the slow reveal into how he operated was interesting. Werner was a good foil though not an especially engaging character. I found the female characters a tad unrealistic - unsure if that was a deliberate choice on the author's part as a reflection of how society had evolved. Some of the psychological aspects were interesting and there was a more
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Noel Coughlan
Oct 22, 2014 Noel Coughlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The author has a real gift with names. Marcus Ramsey-Legend and (Obergeneral) Strom Volk are amazing names!

This book has its flaws. The prologue didn't engage my interest. The book starts off very slowly. The narrative shies away from action scenes in places. It is sometimes vague, perhaps in an effort to create mystery, but this often distanced me as a reader from the story.

The biggest flaw is that the flashbacks throughout the book overpower the main story. The main story becomes a series of
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Peter Kazmaier
Ship of Storms recounts the life of Marcus Ramsey-Legend during the brief war of independence between Earth and the Martian colonists. He ultimately encounters The Jupiter Effect, the insanity all who venture beyond Mars to the outer planets, encounter. Interspersed with this main theme is an extended series of flashbacks which fill in the details of Ramsey-Legend's life.

The book is well-written and the character development is finely-crafted. In comparison to other SF colony independence stori
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Science Fiction author Ken Doggett has been writing for many years, beginning with short stories published in prominent and not-so-prominent Science Fiction magazines: Space & Time and Shayol, among others. Now, like many modern writers, he has chosen to directly publish his novels and short-story collections.

He was born in Atlanta in 1945, grew up in next-door DeKalb County, and developed a l
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