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Henry Martyn

(Coordinated Arm #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A thousand years from now, in the depths of interstellar space, there will be sailing ships - and pirates. Vast empires clash as young Arran Islay fights for freedom - and to regain a legacy brutally stripped from his family by the "Black Usurper".
Mass Market Paperback, 437 pages
Published 1991 by Tor Books
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Dorian
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This novel is the single most enjoyable book about SciFi Space Pirates to be written in half a century. It's a riotously fun blend of Spartacus and Hunt for Red October, in Smith's really very competent, if somewhat pedestrian, style. There are a plethora of enormous spaceships, guns without count, aliens, legos (you heard me) and detailed political intrigue rarely done as well in action SciFi.
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Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really like L Neil Smith's writing, but this is one of the better. The big empire with millions of planets and a corrupt government, and yet one boy can be ruined by this massive corruption and through despair can become a dreaded pirate.

This book highlights the weaknesses of a central government and its inability to protect the outer fringe of its empire and provide justice to its citizens.

And the pirate ship and pirate tales... They start so dark, but he doesn't shy away from reality.

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William Hartwell
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first of L. Neil Smith's books I read, and the one that convinced me his books were worth reading. Besides, a good, old-fashioned pirate yarn is hard to resist.
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Jun 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Pretty mediocre so far. Still waiting for the space piracy to start.
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L. Neil Smith is a Libertarian science fiction author and gun rights activist.Smith was born in Denver, Colorado. His father was an Air Force officer, and his childhood was spent in various places including Waco, McQueenie, and La Porte, Texas; Salina, Kansas; Sacramento, California; and Gifford, Illinois (all before he completed 5th grade) and then St. John’s, Newfoundland and Ft. Walton Beach, F ...more

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