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Constitution

(Legacy Fleet #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,962 ratings  ·  578 reviews
The year is 2650
75 years ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth.
Without warning. Without mercy.
We were not prepared.
Hundreds of millions perished. Dozens of cities burned.
We nearly lost everything.

Then, the aliens abruptly left.

We rebuilt. We armed ourselves. We swore: never again.
But the aliens never came back.

Until now.

With overwhelming force the aliens have re
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 29th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 28th 2015)
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Bob Edwards
Google 'Deus ex machina' and you may very well find the cover of this book. This is you fairly standard military scifi: Old ship about to be mothballed, crusty old captain, up and coming officer sent to put the ship away, sudden attack from alien species. All that was missing were Starbuck and Boomer.

The characters are fairly well written though a little stale, but the ending reeks of "Oh, no! I forgot to leave a plot twist so that I can write another book."

The ending is far from satisfying des
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Dan
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This reads pretty much as a rip of Battlestar Galactica. Aging ship, washed up captain, drunken XO, on the verge of it's decommissioning Earth space is attacked. That was as far as I got. No need to finish it. ...more
Sean
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Human culture forgetting the lessons of a past war? Check.
Aging capital ship about to be turned into a museum that later becomes the key to humanity's survival? Check.
Old, crusty commander on the verge of retirement? Check.
Alcoholic XO with a history of poor discipline? Check.
Greedy human betrays humanity and grants secret information to the enemy that allows them to slice through Earth's defenses? Check.
Aging starfighters put back into the fight? Check.
Leader staring a cancer diagnosis in the f
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Lizzie
Jun 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am one of those people who finishes a book once I start it. I struggled to do so. I had read the first few chapters 6 weeks ago and anytime I found something better, I easily set aside Constitution. After reading a book I enjoyed, I forced myself to read another chapter of this book.

I knew when I started Constitution that it was military science fiction, but that is all it is. Aliens who no one has ever seen. Bad Russians in bed with a VP who wants to be president. An old space ship with a dy
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Daniel Villines
This novel imparted a strange feeling all the way through its pages. Images of Commander Adama, on the bridge of the Battelstar Galactica (BSG), surrounded by other characters of remarkably equal similarities, were ever constant. In fact, it was so difficult to dismiss the setting of the reimagined television series that I finally gave up and ran with the imagery and characters of the BSG world. It also brought up the possibility that Webb wrote a full length fan-fiction novel and then edited al ...more
Jesse Fort
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instant Classic

I have read many military sci-fi books in the last year, mostly from New and Up and coming authors. I found this book right near the top of my must read list because I read the 1st 3 books in the Pax Humana Saga. Mr. Webb has already proven to me that he writes an excellent sci-fi novel. The backstory is set and you can see events starting to take place then boom, the action sets in almost non stop. The pace is quick, and the science behind the action is understandable. The book h
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Kirsten
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book because it showed up in a list of best sci-fi on kindle unlimited. I'm really excited about how much I like the series so far! It's been a while since I've read really space-battle-y sci-fi so this was a pretty fun read. I also found myself getting really fond of the characters, which is always a huge plus. I'll be reading the rest of the series for sure. ...more
AndrewP
Picked up this book in my quest to read some new, little known, self published authors. Reading books of this kind can be somewhat hit or miss but this one was more hit than miss. As many people have pointed out, the main story/background is very similar to BSG, misfit captain, old ship being decommissioned and turned into a museum, corrupt politicians and old enemy returning after 75 years etc etc. But the enemy has a type of weapon I have never thought of before and in the end there is mystery ...more
Kathleen
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi
I can't believe I nearly forgot to rate this story! It was so very, very good. Colorful, well developed characters, good science, great world building. Not a new trope, but so well done. Excellent narration. Highly recommended for sci-fi readers who insist on a story revolving about the characters. ...more
Trevor Dennis
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps not really a five star book, but it is clearly worth more than the paltry one or two stars some people have given it, so karma required I gave it five stars to redress the balance.

Webb gave me characters I really cared about, and didn't pull his punches when some of those characters don't make it to the end of the book. There is an intriguing sub-plot that works as an effective hook, but is not resolved in the first book. When I finished Constitution I immediately went looking for the n
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Ike
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
If you're ready for action on every page of a book then "Constitution" is the book to read. Nick Webb does a masterful job of putting you right into the fight to save Earth from the Swarm, an alien people committed to death and destruction of whatever or whoever lays within its path. Join the crew of the ISS Constitution led by feisty and cranky Captain Tim Granger as they join the fight. Launch into governmental intrigue, hot battle action and heroism as you enjoy this page-turner.
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Fred Hughes
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great story about how the old ways may be better then the current ways. A mystery fleet has arrived and is blowing up cities and space platforms as well as the spaceships sent to fight them.

Almost having been moth balled an older battle ship it appears that the old technology and construction it possesses can resists the invaders.

A rousing military science fiction story and the start of a new series.

Recommended
Kevin Griffin
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Webb keeps you entranced in the story.

A good, fast paced read. Keeps you wondering what else they can bring into it. Keep them coming, ready to read the next one.
Glen Robinson
Decades after a war against aliens almost destroyed the human race, the last of the old line of fleet ships who held the line against the invaders is about to be turned into a museum. And with it, the aging captain and his first officer are looking at mothballs as well. But there is a conspiracy at play, and the alien race that had mysteriously disappeared has come again, destroying all of the modern human spacecraft that had been specially prepared to meet them. It is up to the Constitution, on ...more
Julian
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book is so close to the story line of Battlestar Galactica that I am not sure how the publisher permitted it. It starts in exactly the same way, an enemy attacked earth and its colonies many years ago and then disappeared, at the decommissioning ceremony of the oldest ship in the fleet with one of the oldest captains, they came back.

It is exactly like the first two episodes of the new Battlestar Galactica, not similar, it is exact. It just has different names for characters, ships and the
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Eddie Guernica
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start to a new compelling Trilogy

As a fan of military science fiction, and having read quite a bit of it I recommend this book as a worthwhile time and money investment. Characters are well developed and the pacing and action was quite good. I only gave it four stars as it was rather short and could have used more in the way of further character development and back story. I look forward to other books in the series.
Charles  van Buren
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent military sci-fi

December 24, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition

There are already over 2200 reviews, 89% of them positive, so there is little which I can add. Simple, easy to read military sci-fi with a theme very similar to Christopher Nuttall's ARK ROYAL series. Not great sci-fi but entertaining and it is available via Kindle Unlimited. I will read the next volume.
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Harmony Kent
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A riveting sci-fi read. Q-jumping straight to book two of the series, being careful to avoid any singularities or black holes ;)
If you like complex characters, battles with aliens, realistic world creation and scene setting, then definitely pick up this series.
Tony Hisgett
The author starts the book by trying to set the scene, unfortunately he does this by every chapter jumping from one location and set of characters, to another. It becomes more annoying when you try to remember who is who, only to discover you are not going to meet them again, as they are killed in the next chapter. You reach the point where you might as well skip read through these sections.

About a third of the way through the book the story settles on the ship Constitution, with a parallel poli
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Elizabeth Perez
This is about a space ship in the future defending earth against aliens. I absolutely loved this book for so many reasons, lets see if I can name them all.

The characters were believable and relatable, I loved their interactions. I completely got lost in this book, at times I would look up and realize I wasn't on the Constitution (it was a mix of shock,and gratefulness ha). The humor, I have never laughed out load at a book before. I wish there were more books like this with this type of humor. I
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Jaime
Feb 24, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can this be more American? So the bad guys are russians, of course, cause 600 years in the future nothing has changed. And the plot is so basic... "Nobody know how they are", but someone knows. "They left leaving no trace behind", but someone tracked them. I could complain about this book more than it took me read it. ...more
Brett Howe
This was a real page turner. I like the overall concept and the use of quantum effects in the story. The characters and the world are just not all that believable. Now this is science fiction. True. But against classics like Rendezvous with Rama or modern mega hits like 3 body problem, this book just doesn’t match up. I am interested in what happens next in the trilogy. But not so much that I am going to pick up the next one. No doubt book 2 is a page turner as well. Just not going to go there. ...more
Ray Else
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced space opera with just enough mystery to keep you reading.
Jack Jessop
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, old-fashioned science fiction!

Well written, good character development, good dialogue without canned or over-used phrases, good plot with a twist ending. Nicely done!
Gordon Green
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great characters. Fun read.

This has one thing usually lacking in many sci-fi books, good enjoyable characters. I bought this on impulse and glad I did.
stormin
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a military sci-fi tale that follows the script. At least, it does as much as I can remember it.

Today, I was thinking, "Didn't someone recommend a military sci-fi book for me on Facebook? I should get it." And I spent like 10 minutes finding this old thread on FB from last year, getting the name of the book, looking it up on Audible only to see: I'd already purchased it. "That's funny," I thought. "I think I'd remember if there was a military sci-fi book in my unread queue." So I opened
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Rhonda Drake
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone who doesn't read military sci-fi, I thought this was a good read. There was enough character building to cause emotion in me and feel their sorrow and joys. Left some mystery around the main character at the end as a nice hook into the rest of the series. ...more
Sean Rassleagh
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The initial scenario is basically copied from Battlestar Galactica. The 'Constitution' is just Galactica with the name changed, the configuration of the ship, the 'physics' it operates under and aspects of some of the main characters are copied straight over, even ranks like 'XO' and 'CAG'. However the plot diverges from Galactica after the initial attack: we get a fightback rather than Galactica escorting a convoy of refugees.

The world building and characters in Galactica are excellent so ste
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Chris Charles
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
With all the glowing 5 star Amazon reviews I had expected to really enjoy this book; I did not.

Honestly, it wasn't really bad but it was most certainly not a 5 star piece of literature. As others have said, the main plot draws heavily off Battlestar Galactica. One could also find quite a few other SciFi novels that have the same basic premise; troubled captain of a less than prepared battle ship, crew of misfits, ladder climbing XO, corrupt politicians, angry aliens... It's all in there. No real
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Jason Williams
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is good science fiction. Not great, but good.

I noticed I was ticking off the franchises that the author must have enjoyed as I read - Battlestar Galactica (especially the CO/XO relationship), Ender's Game, little bit of Contact in there, Star Trek... it's not terribly original but it is well assembled.

Even in spite of my own self awareness while reading, I choked up numerous times during his depictions of the female pilot Miller's major parts in the story, so he writes a convincing emotiona
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