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Starship, Book Two: Pirate [With Earbuds] (Starship #2)

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Captain Wilson Cole's latest exploit saved millions of lives but embarrassed his superiors. He is a man with a reputation for exceeding orders but getting results. Cole has found himself the victim of a media feeding frenzy, a political scapegoat despite years of dedicated military service. Faced with a court martial, he is rescued by the loyal crew of his ship, the Theodo ...more
Published August 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published December 5th 2006)
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Great thinking man's space opera. Fast, easy read that keeps you entertained throughout. Wilson Cole is an excellent character.
Jeffrey
Feb 13, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action adventure fans; fans of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books
Against my will I find myself drawn more and more into Resnick's work. The book is much like the first, and is definitely a light read for a lazy afternoon. The story is fairly linear, revolving around one primary character and his interaction with the setting. That character is what makes this all worth the time spent reading the book, and ultimately the series. Don't come to this book looking for deep philosopical topics, or deep dives into theoretical science. This book is solidly positioned ...more
Matt
I didn't like this book at first. It lacks most of the taut plotting and excitement that is found through the rest of Resnick's body of work. I went so far as to re-read the first two chapters of The Widowmaker just to see if I was misremembering how good Resnick is (I wasn't). Having finished the book and started on the next in the series, I now find it to be of perfectly acceptable quality. It's not as good as Resnick's best, and the main character is 100% wish fulfillment, but I'm enjoying re ...more
Jeff Yoak
I enjoyed the second Wilson Cole book a lot more than second time than I did during my original read-through. Having fled the Republic and faced with a need to sustain himself and the ship, Cole turns to piracy. It's a low point for the Cole and the crew, and the first time felt like a low point in the series. This time it felt more like hardship that really fleshes out the characters and of course introduces some of the best of the recurring characters such as Val and David Copperfield. I utter ...more
BobA707
Summary: There is a lot to like about this series, and I really want to like it - but its badly let down by the ridiculous plot which MR seems to make up as he goes a long. This is billed as an 'intelligent' military SF, but I think its the least intelligent one I've ever read. Having said all that I'm still going to read the next one. Glutton for punishment I suppose, but I do like the writing.

Plotline: Ideally suited for a comic, poorly thought out and inconsistent

Premise: The physics of this
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Ryan Abe.
While mutiny felt like a staging area, Pirate feels like the unheard of opening band that is so full of life and willingness to prove it self that it does just that while shoving a new can of kickass down your throat. Pirate is such a quest swashbuckling laden book, a book that explains not just how to be a pirate in outerspace, but a good pirate. Captain Wilson Cole, Republic Mutineer is out of a job, now he must find a way to pay his crew, for fuel, food, and repairs. But how? Piracy. But with ...more
Stefan
Mike Resnick – irgend etwas sagte mir der Name, als das Rezensionsexemplar eintrudelte, wenn ich auch nicht genau festmachen konnte, was. Ich habe dann auch erst nachgesehen, als ich im Buch bei den Anhängen angekommen war: Mike Resnick (geboren 1942) ist einer der produktivsten und meist ausgezeichneten SF-Autoren der Vereinigten Staaten. Leider ist der Erfinder des »Birthright«-Universums dennoch an mir weitestgehend unbemerkt vorbei gegangen, auch wenn mir zumindest der Titel »Walpurgis III« ...more
Timothy
Better than the first book, but that's not saying much. 'Starship: Pirates' still suffers from the same issues that made 'Starship: Mutiny' somewhat of a bland reading experience. While this book is fun in some ways, overall there's really a lack of a compelling story or plot that drives this story forward. For the the most part, it's just Wilson Cole (our protagonist) thinking or talking his way out from one event to another that's strung along. It's really hard for a reader to be able to assoc ...more
Jeffrey Grant
This is going to be a short review, because there’s not much to say.

Everything I said of Starship: Mutiny also applies to this book. There isn’t even much character development to speak of; the author seems content with the characters the way they are, and this is just an exercise in throwing them into a different situation to see what happens. There is a new character introduced in the person of the Valkyrie, and there are a few brief incidents of interpersonal conflict. (view spoiler)
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Perry Reed
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
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Lianne Burwell
Like the first book of the series, this is a fun, but rather simplistic book. Ship that mutinied in the first book decides to go pirate. First they take on another pirate (not wanting to go after innocents or military people just doing their job), then run into problems fencing the stuff that their target killed brutally for. This brings them a few new crew members, into conflict with another pirate, and a change of careers again.

The plot is very much and A then B then C then climax sort of plot
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Mark
After enjoying myself immensely with Starship: Mutiny I had to go straight on to Starship: Pirate. The ending of the first book was great and it opened a whole lot of interesting situations up to the crew of the Teddy R. Starship: Pirate was never going to be the same sort of book as Mutiny, but I jumped into it in the hope that the essence of what I enjoyed was still present. Suffice to say that I had as much fun here as I did in the first, but this time with some excellent new characters throw ...more
Steve Walker
Book two of the Starship series is an excellent continuation of the saga of the warship Theodore Roosevelt (affectionately referred to as the "Teddy R."). While the war between the Republic and Teroni Federation rages on. Our hero, commander Cole is rescued from court-martial by a handful of faithful crew members. So they have stolen a Republic starship and are on the run with the resources of the entire Navy on their tail. The Teroni would like nothing better than to blow him out of the water. ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
The captain is heroic, the young officers are properly in awe (except the one he's sleeping with), the crew are enthusiastic. What else should a proper space opera need?
I liked that Captain Wilson Cole is NOT 19 years old, is NOT outstandingly handsome or muscled, is NOT the most everything person in the universe. He can be thoughtful, principled, humorous, intelligent. Most of the other characters are very one dimensional, but we don't have time to worry about it, because we're busy looking ove
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Michael Perry
A ship full of mutineers has headed out to uncontrolled space. How should they earn a living? Well, we have this ancient military warship, we need to maintain it somehow... We are mutineers and can never go home... and we have the greatest modern warrior as our captain... Let's learn to be pirates!
I guess this series isn't for me, but I had to give Resnick a second read. The collaboration with Jack McDevitt (The Cassandra Project) was so good that I was sure I would be into Mr. Resnick's stories
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James
Once again a fun, simple read.

The crew leave the clutches of their inhospitable republic and take to a life of piracy, with fun, adventure and a pace that will leave you spinning at the end. This is not a book to miss if you enjoy space opera, or space military as it just about does everything but take you there.

The charcaters are well developed, the plot line far from boring, the action commendable and the actual story telling itself is easy and flows like a river.

I suggest that you read this
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Daniel Gonzalo
Mas de lo mismo, CF militarista con personaje más listo que el hambre y que no se equivoca nunca. Y aun así divierte.
JParsons1974 Parsons
336 pages. Get this book from your library. Decent summer reading but not much more. There is little character development. By the end of the book we do see the hero disaffected with being a pirate looking for the next adventure. The reader will be left with a sense that life should be something more than just survival and profit.In someways this story details how boring and dangerous being a pirate was from 1400's-1800's. Not a life that was stable or long lived. or interesting for very long.
Ignacio
Sigue la saga que Resnick inició con Motín y el Capitán Wilson Cole. Más de lo mismo: acción, un capitán sabioncillo hasta la saciedad y una tripulación entregada a adorarle. No hay que buscar mucho más, Cole es una mezcla de Indiana Jones con las capacidades deducctivas de Sherlock Holmes que además se empeña en explicarnos su proceso de pensamiento para que todos veamos lo listo que es. Para pasar la tarde del domingo o un vuelo largo de avión.
Erik
Mike Resnick is becoming a favorite of mine. So far two books into the series and the characters are funny, entertaining, and snarky in the best way. This is not a deep emotional series, but a great fast read that is full of fun plot twists and the somewhat good guys come out ahead. Think superheroes without the gamma rays. Fun series and cannot wait to finish it!
John
The Space Opera continues with the Wilson Cole, Forrice (Four Eyes) and the crew of the Teddy R (Theodore Roosevelt) as they pursue a life of piracy.

Read the rest of my review @ my blog
Amy
Much better than the first book!
But still... Wilson, oh, Wilson Cole! So clever! So smart! Always ahead of everyone! There absolutely no way NOT to hate him. He's just too perfect! But as I said, it's better than the first book of the series and I will definitely take next one.
Joe Osborne


This is the second book in a three book series. I did not read the first and I have no desire to do so now. This is mediocre at best. If you don't expect too much you won't be disappointed. You probably won't hate it but you certainly won't love it.
Creed
Simplistic SciFi. Entertaining to listen to as an audio book in the car. Somehow I wound up with #2 and #4 of this series, so the back story is a little disjointed for me, but easy enough to pick up on.
Ferret
It's a fun little space opera, not very thought-provoking except in the way that it's so damned straightforward. It's space opera without any of the fantasy- just pure, pragmatic adventures in space.
Greg
Another, what I thought good, space western book in this series. This is meant for fun and enjoyable reading where the good guys are good guys and the bad guys get dead...
Geoff Sebesta
It's not even a guilty pleasure any more. Boorrrrring. Though I admire his ability to stretch one book into five, I will not be joining him.
Lee
Not bad. I liked the author's semi-analysis of how a star-pirate needs to conduct business, never trusting his fences or other contacts.
David
Apr 23, 2008 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ann Booher
A grand swashbuckler of a space opera. Heroes, beautfil damsels (I guess). Righting wrong.
Michael
The first book was intriguing, but now I'm not sure I'm going to finish the series.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick (born Chicago, March 5, 1942), 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 Pola ...more
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