By Charles van Buren on June 8, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I did not really like the first book in this series, MIDSHIPMAN'S HOPE. However, I had already purchased the first three volumes as a discounted set, so I decided to try this one. Maybe it would be an improvement as the author garnered experience. No hope. Seafort displays even more of the characteristics of a manic depressive. As in the first volume, it seems as though he is determined to alienate everyone ...more
*I need to remind you that the distilled intoxicant of choice in this universe is called "goofjuice."
**Actually just the cane, and it turns out that only junior officers are subject to being beaten with it. Which seems like a weird line in the sand to draw in a system where miscreants can be literally hanged by the neck until dead for infractions such as striking the captain, and in a series wh ...more
The main character, Nick Seafort, is throughably unlikable. His temper surges and takes over - making him beat and insult people plus constantly has him making decisions he later has to apologize for, and he is a Captain.
The universe is setup for a military based on the strictest authoritarian structure I have ever seen. It wo ...more
In the futre Fentuch envisions, in some large cities, the elite live in shielded buildings and much of the city below is deserted. The "transient population" lives amidst the rubble of the old cities and has a great mistrust of the the "Uppies". The "trannies" appear here for the first time. They are a violent., gang like ...more
This series reminds me of Horatio Hornblower in space. Instead of a career as an officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, Nicholas Seaforth is an officer in the United Nations Naval Service. While technology has progressed enormously, society has regressed to the 18th century Royal Navy. (David Weber's Honorverse is based on a similar scenario). I guess David Feintuch uses the familiar ...more
True military, space navy, alien ...more
Mixed into this, he also has an add ...more
Challenger's Hope, to me, is one of the best novels ever written about the meaning of duty. What is duty? How does one follow their duty, honor their oath, in the face of overwhelming odds? It's an easy thing to speak of in good times, when things are easy. It's when the going gets tough, when you are looking into the face of certain death, that your true character is exposed. It's then when you find out what duty really means. ...more
The last time I read through David Feintuch's Seafort Saga, I stopped here. The second time, I forged through to Fisherman's Hope, the fourth book in the seven [eight] book series. I can at least recommend that anyone who is interested in this series persevere that far. I hope to finish the last three books soon. There was an eighth in the pipeline when Feintuch died, but I don't know if it will ever see the light of day.
I liked Seafort the least in Challenger's Hope. I blame his youth, and his...more
Too young to be confirmed as Captain in his own right, the still-teenaged Nicholas Ewing Seafort is given Commander rank, an ...more
Now a Commander, Nicholas Seafort, is married and has his own command. Sadly, the Admiral he reports to has taken a distinct dislike to him which does not bode well as the task force to seek out alien life sets out. Let us note that this is definitely hostile alien life so to take one's extremely pregnant wife along, as well as passengers, seems like folly.
At any rate, many ...more
If you liked HornBlower, Ma ...more
Seafort is assigned to a convoy going to a deep space colony. His passenger list is made up of arrogant colonists and violent street children. On the way, his ship is attacked by aliens and he is betrayed by his Admiral. Left stranded on a ship damaged beyond repair and short of food and fuel he, an inexperienced Commander at that, tries to kee ...more