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The Second Ship by Richard   Phillips
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Feb 22, 2011

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The Second Ship is a bizarre pastiche of "Golden Age"-style science fiction writing (think 1950's b-movie dialog and equally hollow characterizations), pulp-novel action heroes (think Don Pendleton), and semi-modern science (think semi-modern science). It reads like Young Adult fiction until you hit the occasional rape or beheading.

Still, how bad could it be if I got through it and decided to purchase the sequel to see what would happen next? I lost count of the number of times I thought to myself, "this is really stupid, but it sure is entertaining."

Like many before me, I read this book because it was very cheap on the Amazon Kindle. I'd like to caution others that the sequel is also cheap, but not as cheap. This book has no real ending, so once you start this book, you'll pretty much have to keep buying them (or borrowing them from the library) until Phillips decides to finish the series. As I write this review, the third book has not yet been published.
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