Humanity has moved to the stars. War, famine, and even political infighting have become bywords of an age when humanity was stuck on one heavenly spheHumanity has moved to the stars. War, famine, and even political infighting have become bywords of an age when humanity was stuck on one heavenly sphere. Earth is no longer the center of the human universe instead humanity has separated into coalitions of worlds that have racial and historic ties to one another. The Fleet is the organization consolidating our species remaining military power. It has been separated into fleets controlled and supplied by the factions with various political and historic ties but a duty for the safety of the human race as a whole. Their Central Command (CENTCOM) is based on Haven the planet settled after Earth and its where technological and political power has been concentrated.
Captain Jackson Wolfe has battled the prejudice of his Earth heritage his entire carrier. His uphill battle has seen him in command of the Blue Jacket a destroyer and technically one of humanity's strongest warships, the only problem is that its decades out of date and part of the partially decommissioned Seventh Fleet. The "Black Fleet" is all that remains of this once united core service that patrols the space-lanes of humanity and has become the dumping ground for the disorderly, incompetent, and disaffected. His decades of service have only enabled him to see just how hard his superior is working to strip him from the ranks.
His latest cruise has barely begun and a new executive officer hand picked by the admiral that despises him has been assigned. A Senator's obnoxious aid was added to his roster and the admiral has cut orders forcing him to disembark. All this before he can even inspect the ship after being in the dockyard getting the systems updated. He has always found a way despite the prejudice of his fellow spaceman and the actions of his fellow officers undermining his authority. Despite all this he takes pride in his "warship" and is determined to do the best he can but the scales are no longer even slightly in balance. He can feel the pressure being brought against him but Captain Wolfe must find a way to keep his crew in check and his ship able to meet its obligations because humanity hasn't changed and the Black Fleet may be all that can can hold the line and keep the species together.
Mr. Dalzelle has proven that he can not only write entertaining fiction but his characters shine in a darker settings. I would say that until about 20% into the story I still hadn't connected with the characters. My biggest issue was that during the slower portions of the novel the transition between perspectives and scenes could be abrupt and the poor scene changes not allowing the multiple perspectives too mesh into a cohesive narrative.
Overall, the story is a new and welcome addition to the space-opera genre and shows Mr. Dalzelle's imagination going strong. The book is solid and entertaining but it lacks that special "twist" that sets it apart from others in the genre. However the background for his universe is sprinkled through the novel; leaving the history and details vague enough that future books may well correct this imbalance. It feels we only have a glimpse of everything this series has to offer. In many ways this book focuses on the characters and is simply setting the stage for the series.
Many aspects of Warship remand me of the first Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. We are given a strong lead character, multiple strong supporting characters, and the glimpse of a larger galactic society; all of this set on a single military vessel that is outclassed. The info says this is the start of the Black Fleet trilogy but it might just be the start of the next big space-opera.
This is a fun little story. It's a great time waster and fits the bill if your just looking for escapist fluff. As other reviewers have noted.
NothingThis is a fun little story. It's a great time waster and fits the bill if your just looking for escapist fluff. As other reviewers have noted.
Nothing in the story is completely explained and the whole premise is very much in line with "comic books". Its not going to win any great literature awards and won't change your life. What it does is make you smile and the characters are written with enough depth to make them "real". The one-dimensional characters are quickly out of the picture and the plot of the story is in your face.
It was like watching Saturday morning cartoons as a kid and does exactly what I expected it to do. It entertained me for an afternoon and made me grin a time or two.
I'll gladly pick up other stories by the author and hope that more adventures of the Family come soon.
Jim has proven (again) that he has the perfect blend of slapstick, impossibility, and genuine emotion to turn his own visualization of the comic bookJim has proven (again) that he has the perfect blend of slapstick, impossibility, and genuine emotion to turn his own visualization of the comic book world into a great story.
Cal is back and this novel proves without a doubt that our intrepid author will be leading us through a very strange world with Calvin's continuing tales.
This story takes the main characters from Confessions and does extensive world-building with them to help round out the universe. Most of the novel is set on building the characters and creating a cohesive whole that allows Calvin and the Reinforcements to launch themselves into new adventures. Unfortunately this means that in terms of timeline this story doesn't cover much more than the original novel. This book doesn't even cover as much as the prequel Origins because most of the scenes deal with events that readers "know" have occurred but that happened off page if you will.
Bernheimer's "voice" is still just as good and the entire romp is sprinkled with the off beat humor that made Cal such a lovable supervillain in the first place. This book is much more character driven than the original of the series with the interactions of the characters and the events happening in the world around them taking center stage. In Confessions and Origins Cal was very much the star of his own story here we see him truly starting to be part of a team.
I really can't wait for more and expect great things going forward and see the possibilities of many many potential story-lines from events that occurred. Here's hoping that we will see these books coming out more regularly and to that effect I will recommend it to all my friends.
PS. If there is one thing I would add it would be a character bio section to the end of the book that not only has a short description of the person but also their powers and affiliation. While most of the information has been in previous books or can be gleaned from context a handy guide that the author approves of could be handy....more