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The Ayes of Texas

(Ayes of Texas Trilogy #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  15 reviews

It was 1994, but Gwillam Forte was an entrepreneur of the old school. Twenty-three disabled Veterans needed a reason to live, so he gave them a rusty hulk - the battleship U.S.S. Texas - and unlimited funds to make her beautiful and seaworthy in time for Independence Day, 2000.

But the world changed quickly and for the worse. By 1998, the Texas and her supermo
Mass Market Paperback, 246 pages
Published October 12th 1985 by Del Rey (first published July 12th 1982)
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It starts somewhat slow, and is more technical jargon than story. The only thing that's keeping me from giving this book a thumbs down is that the story is somewhat movie-worthy. The blurb talks about how the main character, Gwilliam Forte, gave twenty three disabled veterans a reason to live. It makes you think that they had more roles in the story but they really only appeared in the first half of the book. It's so heavy on the technical side, that I felt lost sometimes. But for fans of milita ...more
I enjoyed this despite its shortcomings.

It is a very sparse storyline, meaning that plotlines, characters, technologies, political situations, etc. are given a skeletal framework, but never really fleshed out. On the plus side, it's short.

Do blatantly misogynistic elements in a story make you violently enraged, or inclined to laugh till your stomach muscles hurt, or something in between those extremes? Whatever it is, this story will probably provoke that response.

"The Ayes of Texas" falls into
James Kingman
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a five-star rating not as an indication of quality, but of the enjoyment from reading this. It is the same feeling you get from watching the original Red Dawn in the mid-2000s. The 1982 view of the 1998 future from the 2013 present is adorable in parts, prescient in others, and entertaining all around.

The characters were flatter than flat, with their motivations more simplistic than Mike Hammer, but that only makes this better. It so self-consciously does not hold up that you can hear D
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ridiculously amazing cold war fun. I first read this about the time that the event in the book were supposed to be taking place, and as a proud Texan was kind of sad to see the U.S.S. Texas just sitting idle in the dock and not out cruising the ship channel with a vengeance.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Ugh, no. This book is both silly and terrible. The author served in the US Navy aboard the real USS Texas, and then turned around and coughed up a silly fanboy fantasy that his beloved ship somehow saves the world. The ship would have been 80 years old at the time, and even right now [2016] the sad old museum ship leaks like a sieve. Yet here somehow this tired old warship from both World Wars is somehow the only thing saving us from those pesky Soviets? Nonsense.

If this was intended to be sati
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sfan
I remember reading this when I was in middle school (back around the time of publishing of the book) and it was a good read then...fitting in nicely with watching Star Blazers on T.V. Even then some of the political premises were difficult to suspend belief about, but in the end the story is at least as good, if not better, than some of the major blockbuster scripts of late.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of the last stand of the men at the Alamo in Texas then this is the SiFi book for you. A lone ancient refitted battleship of the Texas navy fights the Russian Navy to save the US. Very recommended
Ronald Vasicek
May 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
All these Da Cruz books are kind of fluffy
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sf
One of those cold war novels where Russia attacks the US. Amusing, a bit hokey and very much a product of the Reagan era.
Brian Grouhel
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover blurb reads "Particle beam weapons and a fleet of modern warships vs one decrepit battleship and two dozen disabled Texans--the enemy had to be crazy". This was a very entertaining story and one I didn't want to really put down. It reminded be of the movie Battleship in that the old, out of date ship of the line was reconditioned and brought up to date with one purpose in mind. To save North and South Americas from the evil designs of the enemy and themselves. If you can find a copy of ...more
Carl Wholey
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: humerous
Very silly in parts, I'd read a quarter of the book before realising it was funny !! Loved the matter of fact delivery and the setting the scene chapters were all encompassing to say the least. A good light hearted satiracal political / military / technical offering that would be perfect for a beach or a long wait at the airport. It was perfect for me on a day off ill from work. ...more
Randy Benson
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okay, okay. . .so i believe in the Republic of Texas more than the U.S. . .this is one nice book about a US-Texas-USSR conflict. even though it was soon outdated by the fall of Communism and the Cold War, it remains (to me) an intesnely exciting book. . .
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Silly but fun
Eardie Curry
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a fantastic Cold War sci-fi novel.

Imagine if the Russian fleet invaded Houston via the ship channel.

Dated? Yes
Fun? You bet!
Dave Peticolas

Hard sci-fi with a terrible title. Might have been good, though. Don't remember.

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