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Starship, Book Two: Pirate (Starship #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,261 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Captain Wilson Cole's latest exploit saved millions of lives but embarrassed his superiors. He is a man with a reputation for exceeding orders but getting results. Cole has found himself the victim of a media feeding frenzy, a political scapegoat despite years of dedicated military service. Faced with a court martial, he is rescued by the loyal crew of his ship, the Theodo ...more
Published August 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published December 5th 2005)
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4.0 to 4.5 stars. Great thinking man's space opera. Fast, easy read that keeps you entertained throughout. Wilson Cole is an excellent character.
Jeffrey Jelmeland
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action adventure fans; fans of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books
Against my will I find myself drawn more and more into Resnick's work. The book is much like the first, and is definitely a light read for a lazy afternoon. The story is fairly linear, revolving around one primary character and his interaction with the setting. That character is what makes this all worth the time spent reading the book, and ultimately the series. Don't come to this book looking for deep philosopical topics, or deep dives into theoretical science. This book is solidly positioned ...more

Secondo episodio del Ciclo Starship, con I pirati e l'astronave continua l'avventura di Wilson Cole e il suo equipaggio in un volume sicuramente più coinvolgente ed appassionante del primo, per quanto possa esserlo un romanzo il cui ritmo serrato con cui avvengono i fatti, frettolosamente esposti e altrettanto risolti, lo fa da padrone: sembra davvero di leggere un fumetto d'avventura spaziale, data anche la quasi totale assenza di approfondimento psicologico dei protagon
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Starship series. A cerebral approach to space opera. Wilson Cole and the crew of the Teddy R have deserted the Space Navy and must find a source of operating funds. Having an armed military vessel at their disposal and being trained crewmen they ponder means of employing their talents. Piracy seems an option, but having a case of morals precludes plundering innocent civilians - but relieving pirates, who would plunder them, of their ill gotten gains seems a good idea. A rollicking, fun ...more
Jeff Yoak
I enjoyed the second Wilson Cole book a lot more than second time than I did during my original read-through. Having fled the Republic and faced with a need to sustain himself and the ship, Cole turns to piracy. It's a low point for the Cole and the crew, and the first time felt like a low point in the series. This time it felt more like hardship that really fleshes out the characters and of course introduces some of the best of the recurring characters such as Val and David Copperfield. I utter ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cole se ha cansado de su honrada vida como capitán de una fabulosa nave de guerra y ahora se va a dedicar a ser un pirata noob, pero con gran ingenio y todo extrañamente le sale redondo.

La novela se divide en 3 relatos distintos pero que tiene algo que servirá para el siguiente relato. Las aventuras de Cole son llenas de clichés que no fallan, por ello es un entretenimiento constante, no bajo el ritmo en ningún momento, la historia es simple y se agradece.

Robarán a quien se lo merece, de forma
I didn't like this book at first. It lacks most of the taut plotting and excitement that is found through the rest of Resnick's body of work. I went so far as to re-read the first two chapters of The Widowmaker just to see if I was misremembering how good Resnick is (I wasn't). Having finished the book and started on the next in the series, I now find it to be of perfectly acceptable quality. It's not as good as Resnick's best, and the main character is 100% wish fulfillment, but I'm enjoying re ...more
Mike Resnick can write. I guess I like his style because he follows my train of thought. He leaves out my side musings and lasers right to the crux.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Mike Resnick – irgend etwas sagte mir der Name, als das Rezensionsexemplar eintrudelte, wenn ich auch nicht genau festmachen konnte, was. Ich habe dann auch erst nachgesehen, als ich im Buch bei den Anhängen angekommen war: Mike Resnick (geboren 1942) ist einer der produktivsten und meist ausgezeichneten SF-Autoren der Vereinigten Staaten. Leider ist der Erfinder des »Birthright«-Universums dennoch an mir weitestgehend unbemerkt vorbei gegangen, auch wenn mir zumindest der Titel »Walpurgis III« ...more
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read, 2013-read
After enjoying myself immensely with Starship: Mutiny I had to go straight on to Starship: Pirate. The ending of the first book was great and it opened a whole lot of interesting situations up to the crew of the Teddy R. Starship: Pirate was never going to be the same sort of book as Mutiny, but I jumped into it in the hope that the essence of what I enjoyed was still present. Suffice to say that I had as much fun here as I did in the first, but this time with some excellent new characters throw ...more
Steve Walker
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two of the Starship series is an excellent continuation of the saga of the warship Theodore Roosevelt (affectionately referred to as the "Teddy R."). While the war between the Republic and Teroni Federation rages on. Our hero, commander Cole is rescued from court-martial by a handful of faithful crew members. So they have stolen a Republic starship and are on the run with the resources of the entire Navy on their tail. The Teroni would like nothing better than to blow him out of the water. ...more
Perry Reed
Nov 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryan Abe.
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While mutiny felt like a staging area, Pirate feels like the unheard of opening band that is so full of life and willingness to prove it self that it does just that while shoving a new can of kickass down your throat. Pirate is such a quest swashbuckling laden book, a book that explains not just how to be a pirate in outerspace, but a good pirate. Captain Wilson Cole, Republic Mutineer is out of a job, now he must find a way to pay his crew, for fuel, food, and repairs. But how? Piracy. But with ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first book, but that's not saying much. 'Starship: Pirates' still suffers from the same issues that made 'Starship: Mutiny' somewhat of a bland reading experience. While this book is fun in some ways, overall there's really a lack of a compelling story or plot that drives this story forward. For the the most part, it's just Wilson Cole (our protagonist) thinking or talking his way out from one event to another that's strung along. It's really hard for a reader to be able to assoc ...more
Lianne Burwell
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Like the first book of the series, this is a fun, but rather simplistic book. Ship that mutinied in the first book decides to go pirate. First they take on another pirate (not wanting to go after innocents or military people just doing their job), then run into problems fencing the stuff that their target killed brutally for. This brings them a few new crew members, into conflict with another pirate, and a change of careers again.

The plot is very much and A then B then C then climax sort of plot
Jeffrey Grant
This is going to be a short review, because there’s not much to say.

Everything I said of Starship: Mutiny also applies to this book. There isn’t even much character development to speak of; the author seems content with the characters the way they are, and this is just an exercise in throwing them into a different situation to see what happens. There is a new character introduced in the person of the Valkyrie, and there are a few brief incidents of interpersonal conflict. (view spoiler)
Donna Jo Atwood
The captain is heroic, the young officers are properly in awe (except the one he's sleeping with), the crew are enthusiastic. What else should a proper space opera need?
I liked that Captain Wilson Cole is NOT 19 years old, is NOT outstandingly handsome or muscled, is NOT the most everything person in the universe. He can be thoughtful, principled, humorous, intelligent. Most of the other characters are very one dimensional, but we don't have time to worry about it, because we're busy looking ove
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again a fun, simple read.

The crew leave the clutches of their inhospitable republic and take to a life of piracy, with fun, adventure and a pace that will leave you spinning at the end. This is not a book to miss if you enjoy space opera, or space military as it just about does everything but take you there.

The charcaters are well developed, the plot line far from boring, the action commendable and the actual story telling itself is easy and flows like a river.

I suggest that you read this
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Summary: There is a lot to like about this series, and I really want to like it - but its badly let down by the ridiculous plot which MR seems to make up as he goes a long. This is billed as an 'intelligent' military SF, but I think its the least intelligent one I've ever read. Having said all that I'm still going to read the next one. Glutton for punishment I suppose, but I do like the writing.

Plotline: Ideally suited for a comic, poorly thought out and inconsistent

Premise: The physics of this
Michael Perry
A ship full of mutineers has headed out to uncontrolled space. How should they earn a living? Well, we have this ancient military warship, we need to maintain it somehow... We are mutineers and can never go home... and we have the greatest modern warrior as our captain... Let's learn to be pirates!
I guess this series isn't for me, but I had to give Resnick a second read. The collaboration with Jack McDevitt (The Cassandra Project) was so good that I was sure I would be into Mr. Resnick's stories
You don't need to read Book 1 in this series (this is Book 2) to enjoy this story since the book jacket provides a short summary. If you liked the short-lived t.v. series "Firefly", you will probably like this book. Lots and lots of talking between the main characters but the plot does move along. Note: contains profanity and repeated references to sexual topics but no graphic content. 2 1/2 stars.
John (JP)
336 pages. Get this book from your library. Decent summer reading but not much more. There is little character development. By the end of the book we do see the hero disaffected with being a pirate looking for the next adventure. The reader will be left with a sense that life should be something more than just survival and profit.In someways this story details how boring and dangerous being a pirate was from 1400's-1800's. Not a life that was stable or long lived. or interesting for very long.
Sigue la saga que Resnick inició con Motín y el Capitán Wilson Cole. Más de lo mismo: acción, un capitán sabioncillo hasta la saciedad y una tripulación entregada a adorarle. No hay que buscar mucho más, Cole es una mezcla de Indiana Jones con las capacidades deducctivas de Sherlock Holmes que además se empeña en explicarnos su proceso de pensamiento para que todos veamos lo listo que es. Para pasar la tarde del domingo o un vuelo largo de avión.
Alejandro Orradre
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuación de la saga (me he enterado de que no es una trilogía sino una pentalogía) que mejora ostensiblemente a su predecesora, con más escenarios y una acción más pausada que le da más cuerpo a la historia. La aparición de un par de personajes que se antojan vitales para la saga es bienvenida y aporta aire fresco a la trama.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Resnick is becoming a favorite of mine. So far two books into the series and the characters are funny, entertaining, and snarky in the best way. This is not a deep emotional series, but a great fast read that is full of fun plot twists and the somewhat good guys come out ahead. Think superheroes without the gamma rays. Fun series and cannot wait to finish it!
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the first book!
But still... Wilson, oh, Wilson Cole! So clever! So smart! Always ahead of everyone! There absolutely no way NOT to hate him. He's just too perfect! But as I said, it's better than the first book of the series and I will definitely take next one.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
The Space Opera continues with the Wilson Cole, Forrice (Four Eyes) and the crew of the Teddy R (Theodore Roosevelt) as they pursue a life of piracy.

Read the rest of my review @ my blog
Dec 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
It's a fun little space opera, not very thought-provoking except in the way that it's so damned straightforward. It's space opera without any of the fantasy- just pure, pragmatic adventures in space.
M Hamed
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-sci-fi, 2016
a professor of mine once told me that you have to stand by you decisions and opinions no matter right or wrong they are .
i had decided to read this series and by god I'm going to see it through .
Daniel Gonzalo
Mas de lo mismo, CF militarista con personaje más listo que el hambre y que no se equivoca nunca. Y aun así divierte.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this 2nd in series is just s good as the 1st.
Clyde Ruth
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really good sciFi!!
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Love this series. Military science fiction with good characters, good action and humor.
Joe Osborne
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks

This is the second book in a three book series. I did not read the first and I have no desire to do so now. This is mediocre at best. If you don't expect too much you won't be disappointed. You probably won't hate it but you certainly won't love it.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simplistic SciFi. Entertaining to listen to as an audio book in the car. Somehow I wound up with #2 and #4 of this series, so the back story is a little disjointed for me, but easy enough to pick up on.
Another, what I thought good, space western book in this series. This is meant for fun and enjoyable reading where the good guys are good guys and the bad guys get dead...
Geoff Sebesta
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's not even a guilty pleasure any more. Boorrrrring. Though I admire his ability to stretch one book into five, I will not be joining him.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Not bad. I liked the author's semi-analysis of how a star-pirate needs to conduct business, never trusting his fences or other contacts.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ann Booher
A grand swashbuckler of a space opera. Heroes, beautfil damsels (I guess). Righting wrong.
The first book was intriguing, but now I'm not sure I'm going to finish the series.
May 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Nice second entry in this space opera series.
Ok read - not as good as could have been
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Listen as audio book 2012
Same as Mutiny - Book1
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is 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 is 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-listed ...more
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