Constitution (Legacy Fleet Trilogy, #1)
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 returned, striking deep into our territory, sending Earth into a panic. Our new technology is useless. Our new ships burn like straw. All our careful preparations are wasted. Now, only one man, one crew, and the oldest starship in the fleet stand between the Earth and certain destruction: ISS CONSTITUTION

Constitution (Legacy Fleet Trilogy, #1) Details

TitleConstitution (Legacy Fleet Trilogy, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 28th, 2015
PublisherAmazon Digital Services
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GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction

Constitution (Legacy Fleet Trilogy, #1) Review

  • Bob Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 destroying all the carefully built motivation for the main character. Why are authors so unwilling to let a character die. If the character's motivation that you have carefully crafted for two hundred pages calls for it, let them die. Yes, you can't write another story about them, but at least this one would have been a good one.It would have been a decent read, if not for the hokey ending.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Sean
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 face? Check.Nope, not Ron Moore's brilliant reboot of Battlestar Galactica, but rather this stunningly derivative novel that will amaze you with questions as to how this managed to get past an editor before you realize it was self-published. It amazes me that Mr Webb could so transparently mimic so many of the key plot points of Galactica without a hint of self awareness. Especially since the world and story that's underneath the retreaded BSG story elements is actually pretty interesting.
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  • Lizzie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 dying captain and his drunk right hand. So predictable that neither the characters nor the story were interesting.About to be decommissioned, the career officer just wants to get her job done when the aliens return after 75 years. The first few chapters introduced us to the characters, but they were pretty similarly boring. The Constitution is one of the old ships and the aliens easily destroy the fancier new ships, so that only the Constitution stands between them and Earth. Multiple space battles with the formula of the lasers didn't work so let's try the gatling guns approach. Interspaced are detailed scientific descriptions of what they think the aliens are doing to destroy ships, space stations and cities.The discarded captain saves the day and becomes the hero. Constitution went into my collection of "boring delete it" on my kindle. I am relieved that it was free on Amazon when I obtained it. This book makes me rethink my lifelong approach that when I start a book I need to finish it. I felt like I punished myself in forcing myself to read it to the end.
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  • Daniel Villines
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 all the minor details in order to avoid paying licensing fees to the franchise owners.In comparing Constitution to the reimagined BSG series, however, the novel falls short of the content of the series. The book is one constant battle for survival and is written within the confines of military culture. Characters follow orders, put their personal feelings aside, and attack the enemy until reaching their last dying breath. The television series, on the other hand, took time between the battle scenes in order to explore the characters. The series made the characters human and allowed for real human fears and frustrations to guide their actions, even while living in a militaristic world. Constitution may have touched on this, but the next battle scene always cut humanity short.The writing of military demeanor was a strong point. Webb captures the ability of those in command to garner respect. He also conveys the sense of duty felt by those following orders and he humorously provides the sarcasm that shows up from time to time as a momentary release of frustration. Webb also knows how to put battle scenes in space into words. He gives the reader enough to feed the imagination while not diluting the action with needless details.Overall, I was enamored by the nod to BSG that Constitution afforded. I simply wish that humanity had a bigger role to play in the midst of all the action.
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  • Jack
    January 1, 1970
    This is just a good ol' outer space gunship battle tale. No one wants to eat 5-Star food and drink overpriced wine every night for dinner. Sometimes you just want a fried egg sandwich, a bag of Doritos, and a Miller High Life. This book is the latter, if books were food (which sounds strangely enticing...) It's not Tolstoy or Kierkegaard. Eat your vegetables some other time. Amazon classifies this book as "galactic empire." Let's not overthink things. Aging captain of dying ship makes heroic sta This is just a good ol' outer space gunship battle tale. No one wants to eat 5-Star food and drink overpriced wine every night for dinner. Sometimes you just want a fried egg sandwich, a bag of Doritos, and a Miller High Life. This book is the latter, if books were food (which sounds strangely enticing...) It's not Tolstoy or Kierkegaard. Eat your vegetables some other time. Amazon classifies this book as "galactic empire." Let's not overthink things. Aging captain of dying ship makes heroic stand against invading enemy ships to save Earth. Category: Sci-Fi Miller High Life.And who cares if it's a rip-off of Battlestar Galatica? (Not a completely accurate conclusion, in my opinion.) Nacho Cheese Doritos, Cool Ranch Doritos, etc. They're all good.
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  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jesse Fort
    January 1, 1970
    Instant ClassicI 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 Instant ClassicI 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 has a good flow to it, and unlike other books, some of the chapters are very short, giving into ones imagination as if you were watching a movie and the scenes would cut back and forth. Fans of military sci-fi must read this book, you will not be disappointed.
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  • Kevin Griffin
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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 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, once again, to hold the line against the aliens who are bent on destroying humanity.If the storyline sounds familiar, it's because it is. Those who are fans of the TV series Battlestar Galactica will recognize many of the same elements. The story starts off with many of the same cliches that I've read before, and even the dialogue is stiff. And to be honest, I almost stopped reading it about ten pages in for that very reason. But then I went back to its Amazon page and saw more than a thousand favorable ratings and wondered if they saw something I didn't see. And so I kept reading, and the story got better.What I ended up getting was a fast-paced, high-action story that never lets up. The body count is high, the characterization leaves a lot to be desired, but the story is fun. The captain is forced time and again to make hard choices that cost people their lives, but end up saving countless others in the process. If you like space military sci-fi, especially space battles, this is a likely candidate.
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  • Trevor Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 next instalment, so I guess that hook has done its job.It's not hard to predict aspects of books two and three, as the clues are not subtle, but I am hoping for lots of surprises (please Nick). So a better than average SiFi shoot-em-up.
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  • Ike
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Eddie Guernica
    January 1, 1970
    A good start to a new compelling TrilogyAs 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.
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  • Harmony Kent
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Elizabeth Perez
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 just enjoyed all parts of the book it was just the perfect storm.Ok now the bad. I am pretty sure this book raised my blood pressure, and I was being a bit rude to people around me because I NEEDED to know what happened next. Joking aside I can't really think of anything that I disliked.I highly recommend this to anyone that likes fast paced novels that you can't put down.
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  • Ray Else
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced space opera with just enough mystery to keep you reading.
  • Nathaniel
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the app on my phone and searched and... it turns out I'd already read the book. So you could say it didn't make much of an impression.On the other hand, there are no new Marko Kloos books out right now, so you make do with what you've got. I downloaded the second book and started listening. As I did, more and more of the first book came back.And that's how I know it's closely following the standard mil sf script: old captain, decrepit ship, swarm/horde of nameless alien invaders hellbent on destroying Earth in the least efficient way possible for no discernible motive without any possibility of communication. Couple of expendable fighter-jocks for flavor. Stir, mix, bring to a boil, leave in the fridge overnight to chill: you got yourself a mil sf.As I write this, I'm wondering: why do I keep reading these?And you know: I'm not entirely sure. There just aren't enough Marko Kloos's or Michael Connelly's or Pierce Brown's in the world. And so--on the one hand--I keep picking up random mil sf because I do like the genre and I'm hoping one day I'll discover another Marko Kloos, or a John Scalzi-on-a-good day. But that doesn't explain why I went back and read the second book in the series. For that, I can only say that if you read as much as I do, you end up spinning your wheels with a lot of books purely because they remind you of the books that you actually enjoy reading. Still, I think I'm just gonna go back and start reading all the Tom Clancy books I haven't read yet. Just because I'm looking for fun, Saturday-chore, lots-of-explosions reads doesn't mean I have to totally abandon quality of writing, innovation of plot, believable characters, and new ideas, does it? Does it?Edited to add: I returned the second book because it wasn't getting any better and life's too short.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 surprises, standard plot lines. Average writing. It's not that this book is poorly written, or is a bad story, but it's most certainly nothing new. So with no inventive twists, or extraordinary compelling story, there's not much that really earns it high marks. The more critical I get of Amazon's review system, the more I've come to believe that it's seriously flawed. I simply cannot believe that over 50% of the almost 700 reviews (in the first two months of being published) thought this was a masterpiece. For that reason alone, I'm going to trust the Amazon review system less and be more critical of books that have an over the top amount of glowing reviews that the writing most certainly doesn't earn. If you're going to charge people money for something, they ought to have a fair way to evaluate what their buying, otherwise it's a lot like a bait and switch.
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  • Jason Williams
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 emotional tale there.One thing I have to say is that once I hit the halfway mark, I quite literally couldn't put my kindle down. I was stealing minutes at work to read another chapter - it's really engaging stuff.There are a few lesser threads of the story that the author is clearly building for later episodes of his series but I felt cheated by the thin-ness of the narrative with ambassador and the doctor - there's clearly a lot more there than what's written in the book but again, I expect those will be covered later.Altogether, I'm pretty satisfied with how it all comes together and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up.
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  • Kevan Benson
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, after I started reading this and got a third of the way through, I was going to write it off as a not very imaginative novelization of Battlestar Galactica, with worse characterization. I figured I would finish it, give it two stars, and move on. Interestingly, about half way to two thirds the way through, things started to get a bit more interesting, and the main characters seemed to gain a bit more depth. By the end, there are some interesting plot lines laid for future work, some creati Okay, after I started reading this and got a third of the way through, I was going to write it off as a not very imaginative novelization of Battlestar Galactica, with worse characterization. I figured I would finish it, give it two stars, and move on. Interestingly, about half way to two thirds the way through, things started to get a bit more interesting, and the main characters seemed to gain a bit more depth. By the end, there are some interesting plot lines laid for future work, some creative and refreshing, if not entirely original aliens with distinct (if barely explored) psychology, and quite a good set of battle sequences.I'm not sure if that's primarily due to Nick Webb just being better at describing and plotting battles than setting them up, or if there was just a lot to lay down in a first book before we can get to the meat of the series. It's solid 3.5 star work overall, but I've given it 4 stars because it shows a lot of promise for the second book (even if I'm not necessarily a fan of the "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" trope as seen in it's extreme form here).
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  • Enzo
    January 1, 1970
    "Constitution" is a short but very good science fiction novel. Once again Earth is in mortal danger from Aliens in this case the Swarm from obliterating it. Some will say this is simply another play on the classic Captain and Ship come back heroes right before retirement story. But there is a good back story and that makes a world of difference. We get to see bureaucracy meddle with good and brave plans. We also find mystery to the origin of the Swarm and to its latest weapons. Can Earth and the "Constitution" is a short but very good science fiction novel. Once again Earth is in mortal danger from Aliens in this case the Swarm from obliterating it. Some will say this is simply another play on the classic Captain and Ship come back heroes right before retirement story. But there is a good back story and that makes a world of difference. We get to see bureaucracy meddle with good and brave plans. We also find mystery to the origin of the Swarm and to its latest weapons. Can Earth and the military save the day? Captain Tim Granger is the prototype Kirk. Luckily for the red shirts no away parties have been sighted. He is crusty and likes his ship to be the way it has always been old and a lumbering piece of metal. There is no way you won't end up cheering for the guy. Like I said maybe too short its main issue. I really wanted more. But can't deny I want to read more now.
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  • Lucas Ellison
    January 1, 1970
    Although this author clearly rips a ton of ideas right out of Battlestar Galactica's reboot it was a pretty good read. There was some cool dialogue and awesome characters. While sticking to tropes in a big way he wove an action packed story. P.S. Check out the audio book version. At first I wasn't sure the narrator was doing a good job but a few chapters in I noticed each character had their own unique voice and he did a stellar job delivering some of the better dialogue. He delivers it all so n Although this author clearly rips a ton of ideas right out of Battlestar Galactica's reboot it was a pretty good read. There was some cool dialogue and awesome characters. While sticking to tropes in a big way he wove an action packed story. P.S. Check out the audio book version. At first I wasn't sure the narrator was doing a good job but a few chapters in I noticed each character had their own unique voice and he did a stellar job delivering some of the better dialogue. He delivers it all so naturally it was like actually listening to real people talking."Given the emergency, I didn’t pay much attention to the finer details like, well, oxygen regenerators and food and shit. But I figured we were just going to die in a few hours, so what the hell, right?”
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  • Julian
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 enemy
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  • Jarek
    January 1, 1970
    3,5* This was a lightning fast read for me. 1,5 days. I havent read any space sci fi in years. It was a good action packed story with decent characters. Nothing spectacular but a good easy weekend read. I am interested what happens next so I will read the second book book
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  • Jeffrey
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe two stars is a bit harsh. The writing is pretty good. and if the plot hadn't been completely tropish this could have been a four star book easily. if you've seen the BSG reboot then just replace robots with vaguely defined aliens. sprinkle in the old as time itself (and always dumb) older stuff is better than newer stuff trope (come on this is science fiction not luddite fiction!) don't ask any kind of questions like why 99% of the action is done by things which should be automated but are Maybe two stars is a bit harsh. The writing is pretty good. and if the plot hadn't been completely tropish this could have been a four star book easily. if you've seen the BSG reboot then just replace robots with vaguely defined aliens. sprinkle in the old as time itself (and always dumb) older stuff is better than newer stuff trope (come on this is science fiction not luddite fiction!) don't ask any kind of questions like why 99% of the action is done by things which should be automated but aren't. (like autopilots that can't adjust when the last car I rented could automatically tell if there was a car in the next lane over, but hundreds of years in the future spacecraft are built to have fewer features than a 2016 Dodge Dart.add in some lame 'politicians are dumb and traitors', and 'the military is also dumb but not traitors' tropes. (which is really sad because there's a thread of decent thinking here and there about how the military is often planning to fight the last war again which is picked up and dropped so fast that you might miss it)There's a much better nod to some Star Trek tropes here than there. (these work much better than the overarching plot ripped from BSG) There's a major, lets say huge, plot going on that is not resolved in any way shape or form in any of it's many incarnations all the way through the book, at the end. Which I assume would be part of the plot of the next books too? But I don't know if I care to find out.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    The beginning of this book is basically a Battlestar Galactica ripoff, borrowing way too many specific details, plot devices, and characterizations. I kept ticking off a long laundry list of similarities to BSG as I went through this book:1. Enemy of humanity comes back after being gone for several decades2. Old ship about to be decommissioned and turned into a museum 3. Captain/Commander of said ship was originally assigned to it at the beginning of his career 4. Character finds out they have t The beginning of this book is basically a Battlestar Galactica ripoff, borrowing way too many specific details, plot devices, and characterizations. I kept ticking off a long laundry list of similarities to BSG as I went through this book:1. Enemy of humanity comes back after being gone for several decades2. Old ship about to be decommissioned and turned into a museum 3. Captain/Commander of said ship was originally assigned to it at the beginning of his career 4. Character finds out they have terminal cancer 5. Drunk XO 6. Ship Captain/Commander expressed opposition to modernization of the ship 7. Captain/Commander deviates from prepared speech at the decommissioning ceremony 8. Speech contains admonishments about humanity not learning from the past 9. Shortage of fighter pilots and needing to recruit/train freighter pilots 10. Terminal cancer is miraculously healed And this list isn’t even complete. In addition to everything borrowed from BSG, the description of the swarm seemed very reminiscent of the buggers from Ender’s Game. The author threw in a few "nods" to Star Trek and Star Wars as well. The story eventually goes in its own direction as the book progresses, but the shear number of things borrowed from BSG was really distracting and I kept looking for the next thing the author was going to rip off.
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  • I Cristian
    January 1, 1970
    This book gets a lot of bad reviews because it does recycle quite a lot of similar plots. Sure, at points it looks like you are reading a weird version of Battlestar Galactica's first season. And many characters really sound like rehashed versions of BSG's characters.To his credit, Webb manages to change this (some might call plagiarizing) way after a while, and the plot finally sounds somewhat new.I liked the fact that he manages to keep you interested in what happens and the way he does not sh This book gets a lot of bad reviews because it does recycle quite a lot of similar plots. Sure, at points it looks like you are reading a weird version of Battlestar Galactica's first season. And many characters really sound like rehashed versions of BSG's characters.To his credit, Webb manages to change this (some might call plagiarizing) way after a while, and the plot finally sounds somewhat new.I liked the fact that he manages to keep you interested in what happens and the way he does not shy away from killing some of his main characters. And Tim Granger is quite a believable "troubled hero".I didn't quite liked the way that he plays with time - at every moment, the humans work against the clock and manage to make repairs, attack and offer new solutions to problems with insurmontable odds in what is described as just a few hours, after the threat took quite a while to show itself. Surely, if the aliens were so fast, they needn't bother with taking it slow - they could've simply attacked Earth and be done with it.Sure, he later explains why it happens this way, but it is still a bit annoying.Even so, it is an enjoyable read, once you start ignoring the similarities with BSG.
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  • Douglas Debner
    January 1, 1970
    For me this book got two important balances of a military scifi book wrong. The first was politics. Politics are, at some level, a necessary part of military scifi as that is often the explanation behind what weapons and personnel are available to the military. Here, however, the politics were too much the focus of the story and too heavy handed. Secondly, the author failed to provide a sense of resolution. If I wrote a book about WWII that ended after Pearl Harbor the reader would feel let down For me this book got two important balances of a military scifi book wrong. The first was politics. Politics are, at some level, a necessary part of military scifi as that is often the explanation behind what weapons and personnel are available to the military. Here, however, the politics were too much the focus of the story and too heavy handed. Secondly, the author failed to provide a sense of resolution. If I wrote a book about WWII that ended after Pearl Harbor the reader would feel let down. If I wrote a book about Pearl Harbor that discussed aspects of the larger conflict the reader feels rewarded and anticipates further installments. Here the author did the former.Bottom line: Other than the noted issues above this was a well written and enjoyable book. Unfortunately those issues took enough way from the experience that I do not plan to read further in this series.
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  • Alexander
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine a universe in which the Ender's universe aliens attacked earth a few centuries later, after space colonization; then imagine that their second attack on earth takes place in circumstances eerily familiar from Battlestar Galactica, focused on an ancient ship with a crew also eerily similar to BSG's. That's a bad start, but the novel actually does leave the prodigious shadows of its influences after it kills off some characters and finds its way into its own story. That story is fun, altho Imagine a universe in which the Ender's universe aliens attacked earth a few centuries later, after space colonization; then imagine that their second attack on earth takes place in circumstances eerily familiar from Battlestar Galactica, focused on an ancient ship with a crew also eerily similar to BSG's. That's a bad start, but the novel actually does leave the prodigious shadows of its influences after it kills off some characters and finds its way into its own story. That story is fun, although not as great as either Ender or BSG. It is certainly fun enough for a beach read, air travel, or a weekend in when what you want is entertainment that doesn't ask too much of you and offers up thrills, sorrows, and a bit of heroism.
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