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Starship: Mutiny

(Starship #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,915 ratings  ·  110 reviews
The starship Theodore Roosevelt is fighting on the far outskirts of a galactic war, its crew made up of retreads and raw recruits. A new first officer reports, Wilson Cole, a man with a reputation for exceeding his orders (but getting results). He's been banished to the Teddy R. for his actions, but once there he again ignores his orders. ...

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Hardcover, 286 pages
Published December 5th 2005 by Pyr (first published November 28th 2005)
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Perry Reed
Nov 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, nuotykinės, war
Though Mike Resnick's "Mutiny" is supposed to be his "first real military sci-fi book", it is much, much more military and fi, than sci. Basicaly there is no science in this science fiction book. It doesn't necessary mean that it is a bad thing, though. Mutiny is a very simplistic, straightforward, plot-based action book with a huge emphasis on military. And while I'm not really a die-hard fan of this genre, sometimes (especially after reading such a mammooth like Hyperion Cantos series) this ki ...more
3.5 stars. A fun, quick read with an engaging lead character and a fast paced, well written plot. I seem to like most of what I read by Resnick.
Jeff Yoak
I originally discovered the Starship series in 2009 after discovering Mike Resnick via short stories published on the Escape Pod podcast. I instantly fell in love. It is high on adventure, amazing characters and a fast-moving plot. It is interesting to read military sci fi from an author who almost never writes in the sub-genre. As such, the focus isn't so much on tactics, weapons and details of ships, but more on the people and what makes leadership.

Wilson Cole is the paradigmatic strong leader
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Military Sci Fi.

It's so easy to go wrong in this genre. It depends on what you like. This one is character driven. Not a lot of technical details BUT enough that you understand what's going on.

I was pumping my fists. I have several favorite characters and I totally felt the frustration of our main character as he usurped control and disobeyed stupid orders. He refused to be a cog in the bureaucracy of the Navy. It was a a great mutineer adventure and I'm off to buy the next bookS
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read, 2013-read
Starship: Mutiny is the first book in Mike Resnick's Starship series, a Military SF series with larger than life characters and a plot that begs you to keep on reading. I initially read this book a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it, and since it's been a while since the review appeared on the blog I thought I'd polish it up and re-post it.

It's 3000 years into the future and the Republic are locked in a war against the Teroni Federation, an equally powerful starfaring society. Wilson Cole
Ryan Abe.
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you are looking to get into bed for a quickie with a scifi with humor, action and a carefree adventurous attitude then look no further, Starship Mutiny has arrived. ill confess this isn't my first time reading the series but its still damn good and is still thoroughly enjoyable. The Main character Commander Wilson Cole is a twice promoted captain of huge warships, and twice demoted for actions taken under his own accord, regardless of whatever his standing orders were. it's not right to say t ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Male teens who like short words
Shelves: sci-fi
The protagonist is a self-important jackass in the Rugged Individualist mold. Problem is, when you put as little effort into creating a unique character as Resnick has done here, the Rugged Individualist ceases to be individual at all and becomes a type. In a western, this would be the battle-hardened scout, wiser than the rest of the cavalry in the ways of the Apache. In a war movie, it would be the battle-hardened platoon leader, wiser than the rest of the army in the ways of the Japanese. Her ...more
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is the first Resnick book I've read. I met him in Ohio at a conference, and he was a very nice guy. He's won Hugos and other awards, so I thought to see what the fuss is about. I started with the first book of a huge saga. It was a fast read but I was disappointed. So little character development, predictable events, a knows-all hero. Unlike my encounter with Jack Campbell, I'm not tempted to seek out the rest of the story.
Toby Udstuen
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People tired of locked room mysteries and looking for a little adventure.
This is the first book in a 5 book series and I recommend them all. This is NOT deep thinking science fiction nor is it represented as such. So forget Clarke, Niven, or Asimov and think Jack Campbell. This is a fun ride that makes killing time by reading a book a true joy.
Ben. Newland
May 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Crap! Enough said. Don’t read it. Can’t believe I got stuck with nothing else to read one evening and had to finish it out of self-defense. Barf.
M Hamed
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: military-sci-fi, 2015
Star Trek Episode ,nothing special
Geoff Sebesta
I had to ride the bus from southwest Austin to northeast today. It took three hours, and I read this entire book. It wasn't particularly good, but I finished it. The whole thing takes place in this completely undistinguished spaceship-battle future that the author swears up and down he's spent forty years fleshing out. It's about a spaceship captain who's so dang good that he keeps embarrassing his superiors with how awesome he is/how awesome they are not, and how he is awesome and kills enemy a ...more
Jeffrey Grant
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining book, but it’s definitely a lighter read. The author and series were recommended when John Scalzi asked people on his blog to provide recommendations on who “writes like him”. I’ll allow that Mr. Resnick has a similar flavor, but I don’t think this example of his work is on the same level.

It follows Wilson Cole, a decorated but maligned officer in the human space fleet, which in this universe also encompasses a few non-human creatures, much the way the Star Trek Starflee
Joe Martin
This piece of space opera stars Wilson Cole, a space navy officer who never met an order he liked and who makes a habit of being demoted for cause. He's assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt for his insubordination. Once there, he proceeds to violate orders multiple times before finally mutinying and taking over the ship.

This is all supposed to be in the service of a grand adventure, starring a supremely competent officer. It fails because Cole is a jerk who's constantly explaining his own superior
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Somewhat of a very light and spare book that attempts to come off as military sci-fi but is more of a series of events that justifies the title at the very end. While the main protagonist, Wilson Core, is likable enough, we're give little to no information about the character other than to treat him as the weary hero just because the author says so. Overall this book probably would have been fine if it was published during the 1960s, but as something that was published in 2005 and billed as the ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Starship series features Wilson Cole (not to be confused with the pulp hero Cole Wilson, the Robin Hood-esque companion of The Avenger, though one has to wonder if the similarity of names isn't a sort of homage), who takes control of the Starship Theodore Roosevelt and leads its crew on a series of amazing, astounding, thrilling, and fantastic space opera adventures. They're very fast-paced and clever books, with witty dialog and fascinating characters. Set in Resnick's Birthright Universe, ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm really not sure why I have moved on to the next book in the series (and as I write, I think I have decided not to continue.) I do not like the main character: he's arrogant, knows everything, thinks very little of anyone else, is rude to his friends and ruder to his superiors. He makes completely nonsensical decisions based on what he thinks and not what he knows, and puts himself and his crews at risk with regular monotony. The fact that he ends up being "right" is more by accident than des ...more
Jeffrey Jelmeland
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of light hearted military science fiction
I stopped in at the library to pick up the next book in the Honor Harrington series when I saw this on the shelf. Recognizing the author's name I decided to give the book a shot. It certainly isn't the heavily detailed series that Honor Harrington is shaping up to be, but it is a nice, light read that doesn't skimp on humor. A nice, easy read with characters that you quickly form attachments to. I will definitely be tracking down the rest of the series.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audible
I bought the first 3 of these but having read reviews that say my problems with this book continue throughout the series, I think I'll return the other two. A character who arrives and solves years worth of problems in days/weeks and lectures everyone constantly about how they should feel, behave, and think is not what I want in military sci-fi. And the guy wasn't even likeable. The other characters only exist to ask him questions and/or die for his ideals.
Ralph Carlson
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick and fun read. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Ania Radosiewicz
Mike Resnick proves again that he's able to provide an entertaining, old-fashioned space opera that makes you forget about the world around you whirl reading.

Starship series is a history of a little bit arrogant, funny and macho style hero (not stereotypical at all...) who is well known and awarded human war hero, but due to his habit of breaking the rules and never listening to the authorities gets send to the most forgotten corners of the space to serve on an old battleship. Wilson Cole's char
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the first book in a sci-fi series of six about a rebel commander named Cole. He has been assigned to the small and very old navy ship called the Theodore Roosevelt. He has been demoted to Captain and is now third in command of this ship which happens to be away from the war in the middle of nowhere, which is exactly where the Republic wants him. Cole is a hero in the eyes of the people but he disobeys orders from his superiors and does what he thinks is right, which he is, but it gets hi ...more
Douglas Berry
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this better. I love a good space opera, and Mike Resnick writes good stories, but for me, this was a mess. The characters were one-dimensional. The aliens were humans in rubber suits. The plot was utterly contrived and cliched.

Take the hero, Commander Cole Wilson. He's the most decorated officer in the fleet, but has also been removed from command twice and busted in rank because he's smarter than everyone else and ignores orders he doesn't agree with. Once assigned to th
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-scifi
This was a swashbuckling good time. No, there wasn't any actual swashbuckling but the pace was very reminiscent of that style of tale. It has always amazed me how much Napoleonic era historical fiction influences today's Sci-fi. I have read a couple "Hornblower" style stories, more "Aubrey - Maturin" tales than I can count. One other author who tackled that era very well was Bernard Cornwell with this "Richard Sharpe" books.

While this story was largely a revision of Cpt. Bligh and the Bounty, t
Rikhard Von Katzen
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This story starts off fairly slow, and has some standard sci-fi cliches like beams, surprisingly compatible aliens in mixed-species crews, artificial gravity and has both FTL and FTFTL - completely handwaved in all cases.

The main point of interest in this book is the utter lack of character within the upper echelons of military and political hierarchies, and shows that the only good thing for an honest man to do is to shoot his officers. The final end of the book, though somewhat predictable, wa
Jim Mcclanahan
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series of books proved to be a perfect "end of summer" read for me. A story about a maverick starship captain who is defrocked and imprisoned by his superiors. He and his crew manage to not only escape, but also hijack his ship, the Theodore Roosevelt and set about making their own way through the hazards of pursuit by the Republic. FTL travel is a given as are convenient wormholes to make cross-galaxy travel not much worse than a red-eye flight. Resnick imbues the characters with his trade ...more
Jose Paez
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Space Opera type of book and I really enjoyed it. Mike Resnick has a very easy style of writing with great dialog. the Story was fast paced and fun to read. I can't wait to read the rest of the Starship series. The only thing I need to figure out is what other books in his vast universe I need to read as well.
I am just discovering Mike Resnick. I like his style, pacing and world building.
I'm going to try his award winners next.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Read the reviews, seemed like a main character I wouldn't like. Read the first two pages and, yep, sounded stupid. DNF
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, was 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 was the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-liste ...more

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