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Uncommon Purpose (The Hope Island Chronicles #1)

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  294 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Following the bloody war between the Athenian Republic and the Pruessen Empire, an uneasy peace has settled over the region of space known as The Tunguska Fault.

The Telford family’s independent trading vessel, the Belinda is captured by Pruessen slavers and the crew forced into a life of brutal servitude. Their desperate bid for freedom succeeds but a tragic price is paid
Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Tickety Boo Press Ltd
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Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Uncommon Purpose audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Uncommon Purpose by PJ Strebor is the first in a series called The Hope Island Chronicles. It follows Nate Telford from the time that he is six years old into his early twenties. In a world where the Preussen Empire and Athenian empires hold an uneasy peace across planets, Preussen slavers are able to capture an independent trading vessel, a vessel owned by the Telford clan. Ultimately after escaping
J.L. Dobias
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Military-Procedural-Political Science Fiction Fans
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Uncommon Purpose (The Hope Island Chronicles Book 1) by P.J. Strebor

Uncommon Purpose is a great science fiction that blends a sort of political and military setting readers are familiar with in such novels as David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. Development of characters recalled for this reader the feel of many of his favorite Heinlein characters. P.J. Strebor brings to the table his own blend of elements such as family honor, redemption and revenge along with his own twist on a few tropes.

Stan Slaughter
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great coming of age military SF novel

Great coming of age military SF novel reminiscent of early David Weber. Strong characters with strong motivations for acting the way they do.

William Kulhanek
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Extremely well written, highly enjoyable, a little hokey at times but that's OK, I would recommend this book to anybody science-fiction fan or not
Ted Harris
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
A good start for a series

A pretty good start. The hero is a little one dimensional. But good action plot and looking to the sequel.
David P. Duffy
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not Silly YA, Just Juvenile Writing and British “Tar” Fan Fiction

“Uncommon Purpose (The Hope Island Chronicles Book 1),” authored by P.J. Strebor, is not a silly “Young Adult” (YA) novel. It’s a seriously flawed version of SciFi British “Tar” fan fiction, that is so juvenile in its writing, that a reader might might in fact, believe it to be YA.

Far future, in a inaccessible part of the galaxy, various euro-centric entities-Prussians, British, Athenians, Franco-are st odds, following a couple of
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
This is a very very good start to what seems to be a very engaging series. The story grabs you from page one and doesn't let go until the end. There was intense action, suspense,death,war,military tactics and procedures, intrigue, and even a romantic angle. The characters were well written with several different levels existing for them all where they actually played off of each other with hardly any discrepancies. A very
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf, abandoned
I stopped reading when Nathan started senior school and met Oliva. It's not bad, it was just that there was nothing particular about the main character or the story that really grabbed my interest. I've read many stories like this before.
M Hamed
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, military-sci-fi
he somehow thinks that nostalgia of his days in the service and technical know how of military procedures could merit a book
instead you got .a stupid ,unimaginative dull book
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"Ships, Lasers, Swords, and Fights..."

This was a very difficult book for me to rate as there were times I really enjoyed the story line and arc, but at other time it felt slow and meandering. I think some of this was the pace the narrator also read the audiobook.

I liked the author's ability to weave the story and describe various situations, but at times I found it hard to picture what was going on as well as other books I have read. Some of the action was well done and other seemed more flat. I
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, audio, s-f
""Look at me. LOOK at me!""

I listen to, and read, a lot of science fiction books and would rate Uncommon Purpose amongst the top twenty percent of books in this genre. The reader grows up with young Nathan, the main protagonist, feeling his pain, his achievements and fully understanding his desire for revenge. He came from an independent space trading family, which lived and worked together on the ship, Belinda. Family was everything. When still a child, they were attacked by a Preussen vessel a
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
3.5 stars
Interesting, Entertaining and Enjoyable

Revenge, redemption, secrets, guilt, family honor, hate and love, along with action, suspense, good vs evil, space battles and so much more all woven into a pretty darn good story.

You can tell the story was well thought out and is well written. While I enjoyed the story overall there was just something missing for me. At the same time I would definitely read the next installment.

Large cast full of a variety of characters, which in the beginning w
There are hints of all kinds of influences in this novel - a bit of Star Trek, a bit of Ender's Game, plenty of Starship Troopers but overall it was a really exciting and interesting piece of science fiction. The universe in which it is set is an expansion of the earth, with bitter rivalries and wars which have divided those people who have colonised various planets and systems. When the Telford family is taken as slaves by the Prusseans, Nathan Telford's young life is turned upside down. I hadn ...more
Patrick Kubier
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

I thought the story was good, albeit slow. I had issues getting into and through the book at times. I think part of this issue may have been that I am listening to other audiobooks that incorporate some humor at various points through the story-line; this book did not have nearly enough or really any at all to compensate. I felt this was a problem wit
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It never slows down....

Starts real and intense and never slows down. It's been awhile since a book made me feel the need to rate it. I very much look forward to this series. Good job author you kept me in the story the entire time. No lag, no fillers,just an awesome tale throughout I highly recommend this to any space opera or military action fans.
James Arthur Ward
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good

Book has a group of interesting characters. Stebor defines each individual in such a way that the reader maintains their interest in the success or failure of each protagonist or the more vile antagonists. The plot is somewhat original and the story progresses at an appropriate pace.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Superb story !

A terrific plot well-crafted . The future science highly believable as well as the telepathic condition of our hero which keeps him out of too much trouble. Once started I found a very difficult put it down. If this book is the author's initial offering I can hardly wait for the next book . I'm going to fall the software and support him/her,,,
William Howe
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting plot

Wooden writing. The worst was the 'magic' sense of the hero that adds to his talent every time he needs it. But even that could have worked if the writing wasn't so bad. There was no feeling to it. The mechanics of it all were bad.
John Hurlock
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Not much of a sci fi reader, I'm usually more on the fantasy side of the fence. This book though, it's awesome. It was my free book for the month, I'll probably buy the rest... dear God I hope there's more, have to check. Read this book, it's amazing!
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I couldn't put it down! I am really looking forward to the next in the series! And I sure hope the third is forthcoming soon!
John L.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Fast action,great character development. Enjoyed the story. It was well paced and well written. Look forward to more like this.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good. Look forward to the next installment.
Brian Williams
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Started on the jump around side and then steadies out into a remarkable story that is very enjoyable. Thank you to the author and I look forward to more in the series.
Joanna E Girardin
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very well crafted story...

With the exception of some grammatical errors, this was a great story. Very well done, indeed! Can't wait for the sequel.
David Griffiths
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hard hitting first part of the book. After that it settles into a hard to put down story. Give it a try!
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