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(Evagardian #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,371 ratings  ·  275 reviews
“I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side.”

He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire—a surprise as much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant o
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Ace Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Admiral could be the most entertaining military science fiction novel I read all year. This book pulled me in straight from the start, with a publisher’s description that teases so much intrigue that I would have been hard pressed to put it down again had I picked it up off a shelf at the store. Delivering an enticing combination of mystery and suspense, Sean Danker’s debut is an intensely action-packed and fast-paced surv
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Carole by: TL
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

This was fun! It wasn't mind blowing or anything but I certainly enjoyed myself while reading it. There were definitely some exciting moments in the story and a few surprises. I found myself wondering if the crew members would be able to survive their situation at the same time I was focused on the identity of the characters. I really liked that the story took a few turns that I really didn't see coming that added a lot to the story. This was
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Our narrator awakes from cold sleep in a pod labeled with an Admiral's rank to three military trainees and a dead ship. The goal is to survive, despite the suspicions and wildly different backgrounds of the trainee soldiers suddenly under his command. But nothing about the situation is what it seems and there are some extreme challenges that this little group is going to face to make it through.

I was strongly reminded of Pitch Black by this book, and I actually think that's strong praise. There
Althea Ann
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Admiral' is a thoroughly enjoyable military space adventure. For whatever reason, it's been a while since I've found a pure science-fiction adventure that I've really enjoyed. This novel breaks that 'meh' streak in a no-holds-barred way!

Reminiscent of 'Alien,' it would also translate well to the big screen.

The 'Admiral' of the title is the narrator. Waking from coldsleep, he finds himself aboard an empty, abandoned spacecraft, accompanied only by a small team of three untested ensigns. The trai
Sherwood Smith
Copy provided by NetGalley

My reaction to this book, which I burned through last night, is complicated by the fact that the story itself was absolutely terrific, but. The ending left me more frustrated than enlightened, the manner of it deliberately anti-resolution, and that after encountering midway through the book one of the tropes I rank high for being really annoying(view spoiler)
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book effortlessly pulled me in with the pacy writing and riveting plot. The halfway point began making me uneasy and by 80% I was shouting at characters to turn around and go somewhere, anywhere, safe.

The Admiral's identity is kept secret virtually to the end page but I'm alright with this as I like the guy.

I'll be reading the next book.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
This was an OK read, but it didn’t stand out for me. I thought the "reveal" at the end wasn't quite enough to justify the amount of build up during the rest of the book. I might just be feeling a bit grumpy though. ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Five reasons to grab a copy of the Admiral

The Admiral was an enthralling and suspenseful read that draws the reader in from the very first page. The tale begins when three new recruits of the Evagardian Empresses' new flagship the Julian, find themselves in their sleeper pods on a critically damaged Ganrean freighter. Lt. Deilani, techie Ensign Nils, and negotiator Private Salmagard discover a man in a sleeper pod that identifies him as an Admiral. However something seems off.  The man refus
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uncomplicated, rip roaring adventure with the mystery of the main character's identity and a strange planet that just keeps getting more and more deadly to keep things hurtling along. The background history is well developed, there's some decently sharp banter, and no rules of physics are overtly contradicted. My only real quibbles are that the the crash landing/attempted assassination seems a kind of contrived way to get the ball rolling, and the body count is so high and the characters take so ...more
Jacqueline J
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well that was totally satisfying. Edge of your seat sci fi adventure. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The protagonist was totally likable. There were good well developed secondary characters. There was an eerie alien planet, mysterious happenings and bright sparks of humor. I kept wanting to underline the good bits. There was no info dump so you just had to go along for the ride and trust everything would become clear in time. At the final denouement I was happy to see that I was correct ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, vine, arc
So there are basically two main elements to the book:
1) Where the heck are they and how do they get out alive?
2) What's with this guy who's an admiral but clearly not an admiral?

The first is handled with classic suspense/escape sensibilities - they come up with a plan, nearly succeed, plan fails and they're marginally worse off than before. Lather rinse repeat. This part holds together fine, it's a standard sci-fi model.

The second annoyed me tremendously. Within a few chapters, one of the underl
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I didn't much care for the audio narrator and I didn't at all like the way the storyline kept everything from the reader until the end. I felt lost most of the way through the book until the ending reveal. I liked the ending a lot though and will definitely check out the next book in the series now that I know what the hell is going on. ...more
Christina Pilkington
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

While there were some moments in this book that I enjoyed reading this story, the writing, plot and character development ultimately fell flat for me.

Let's start with the positives. The story does have a decent sense of mystery. I was intrigued thought my reading as to the identity of the admiral and the overall mystery of what had happened to the ship and the other passengers on board. Although I don't read a ton of science fiction, the planet where the ship has landed seemed pretty u
Sunil Laxman
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Sci-Fi space saga with stranded protagonists? Sign me Up! Admiral was a blast to read through and I loved every page of it.

The plot is centered around four Evagardians, a space class of humans, who find themselves waking from cryosleep in a strange ship under strange circumstances. All they have with them is their own wits and the meager supplies on the space ship. They must fight all the odds, and their personal differences, in order to make their way back to civilization.

First off, MAJOR prop
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The premise of this one reminded me of the kinds of stories "The Outer Limits" used to spin. Our hero - known only by his supposed rank of Admiral - and three military trainees wake up from hibernation on a derelict ship that recently landed on a mysterious, seemingly uninhabited planet. The crew of the ship has been killed, and conditions on the planet rapidly get more unstable. And they soon discover that the planet might not be so uninhabited after all.
This debut novel from military man Sean
Christy LoveOfBooks

What a fun and entertaining ride!

The mystery starts right from the beginning. Three trainee crew members and our main character wake up on a crashed ship on a creepy inhospitable planet. No one knows what the hell is going on, where they are, where everyone else is, or how they’re going to get out of the situation. Oh, and who exactly is the Admiral? Because things aren’t quite adding up with him.

We’re thrown right in the mix along with the characters, only knowing as much as they do, discoverin
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Admiral by Sean Danker is a sci-fi novel and I won this from Goodreads Giveaways, yeah!!! I am so glad I did, it is so awesome. The plot is so great with so many twists, turns, action, mysteries, and fun. The characters are intriguing and creative. The "Admiral", we don't know his real name, is awakened from stasis by three military trainees when his life support stasis starts failing. It seems the four of them are all that is on the space ship. Once they check the ship, they find it damaged and ...more
Waking up from cryosleep on a semi-abandoned ship, and trying to work out what the heck is going on is a situation fraught with potential. When you have three new military graduates and a highly suspicious admiral who might or might not be a spy, you definitely have a plot with lots of hooks.

'Admiral' starts out very strong, although it sadly peters out into a mainly action-focused conclusion. Not uninteresting at the very end, but not a story that lives up to, say, a Vorkosigan novel. The chara
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Deleted old review, wasn't happy with it and forgot to look at dates when I read it haha. (Dates are random)

Didn't like it as much as the first time around but still had fun:). This would be a good film adaptation methinks.. especially the climatic final fight scenes.

Wouldn't mind having our Admiral at my side in a fight.
Never doubt the influence of a well-written review. Two of my favorite book review blogs- Caffeinated Reader and Christy Loves Books reviewed this book and I immediately decided that I had to read it.
A sci-fi thriller set in the future and taking place on a remote and hostile planet during a war between space empires. From the moment, the anonymous main character opens his eyes to a desperate and confusing situation to the last word on the last page, I didn't want to put it down. I am happy to
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! If you like fast paced military science fiction you will like this book. Four people wake up from their sleepers to an abandoned ship. Three are newly trained military personnel (a lieutenant, an ensign and a private) and the fourth is an Admiral. At least that's what his sleeper says -- no other name, just the rank. The Admiral is older than they are but not old enough to be an admiral and when they all retrieve their clothes from their lockers, he does not have a uniform. Th ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
OK, so this was a great read! Lots of tension (even though the book is narrated in the first person, which lessens said tension), lots of science fiction, and all well executed. As the team overcomes one obstacle, they hit another.... and so on.
The book starts with four Imperial space navy personnel coming out of sleep-travel, with one of them designated the titular admiral. This creates the first level of tension in the book, as the others don't believe he is really an admiral, indeed that he
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won a free copy of this book through goodreads giveaways. All opinions are my own.

The book description didn't give me much to go on when I started reading this book so I really wasn't sure what to expect. It sort of felt like it was missing a few chapters at the beginning to give a little backstory. It just jumped right in and never explained some things that I thought would be important to the story such as who the Evaguardian and Ganraen were and why they had been at war with each other. As
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
When the system tells you someone is in charge it can be hard to fight it when so much of the evidence conflicts with what is said. And that is the underlying theme to the story. Four people awaken out of a cryo sleep on a ship with no power instead of arriving on the flagship of the Evagardian Empire. Three of them are recent graduates but one is listed as an admiral and he has to be the youngest looking one the other three have ever heard of. As they try to find out why they have crashed on a ...more
At best, this book reminded me of what I loved most about watching Star Trek (STNG, DS9, Voyager) in the 1990s. I listened to the first half on audio, then switched to print…the narrator gave me smarmy, Mark Whatley (from the Martian) vibes. I needed to get that smarm out of my head. It was a fun read. There are about four cliff-hangers in this story of four humans stranded on a hostile planet in a universe where the Commonwealth and the Empire have recently ended a galactic war with an uneasy t ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Survival SF, with a bit of a mystery. The beginning was a little slow, but the paced picked up in the second half. The mystery part got wrapped up a little too quickly in the final chapter. Enjoyable, if you're in the mood for some military science fiction. ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I listed to this on audiobook, which I think worked in its favor, because the narrator added some tones I probably would not have inferred from the book. In some ways, his personality reminded me of Harry Dresden ( you know who I mean or you don't ), so that was a bonus.

Throughout much of the book there is an underlying mystery of who our main character is; something which I found intriguing, though I will admit that when the answer was revealed, I felt a bit let down. Perhaps what I imagined
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
** Second read notes below original review!

*** Original Review ***

Really fun!

- Four strangers wake up aboard a strange ship.
- There appears to be no one else alive on board.
- Things are worse than they seem.

It's tempting to describe this as Stainless Steel Rat meets Aliens, because there are echoes of those type of stories, but the style is much more casual and contemporary than that suggests, so don't be fooled. Our unnamed first-person viewpoint character, "the Admiral", while sharing some
Elena Linville
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, meh
Our protagonist wakes up in a sleeper (something like a cryo-sleep capsule) on a strange ship in the company of three young recruits fresh out of the military academy on the way to their first duty stations. Problem is, the ship isn't moving, the crew is missing, all the systems are malfunctioning, and they seem to be stranded on a strange planet with no means to contact anyone. Oh, and they might not be alone on that apparently deserted planet either. So in the light of those problems, the fact ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good blend of mystery, intrigue, space sci fi and engaging characters. My rating 4.5.

“Admiral” is awakened from stasis to find three Evagardian recruits… and an empty ship. The three new graduates were expecting to be on a royal ship, not this freighter. The three consist of a tech, Ensign Nils, Lieutenant Deilani, specializing in bio, and a negotiator, Private Salmagard. Admiral raises suspicion because he is young and didn’t even know his promoted rank. Deilani distrusts him immediately while
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