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First Admiral (The First Admiral Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

William J. Benning , Tara Williamson , Andrae Harrison
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s not easy being an ordinary teenager leading a hazardous and exciting double life.

The Garmaurians, the most advanced species in the universe, wiped themselves out with a bio-weapon in a senseless civil war. And, in a desperate attempt to protect the secret of the potentially dangerous Trion technology - the ability to manipulate the fundamental particle of the universe - their leader sends one last covert mission to Earth. The mission goes horribly wrong, leaving Billy Caudwell; an overweight, acne-scarred 14 year old, with the Mind Profile of a military genius, a huge battle fleet and a mission to unite the intelligent species of the universe in a Universal Alliance.

With people to rescue, space fleets to battle and villains to defeat, Billy has to overcome his own inhibitions, insecurities and a vicious bully before he can start saving the universe.

Welcome, dear readers, to the exciting universe of First Admiral.

- Over 3,000 copies sold.

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About the Author

William J. Benning lives in the beautiful countryside of south-west Scotland. He is a graduate of Strathclyde University (Glasgow) where he studied Psychology and has pursued a career in Human Resources/Learning & Development having previously worked for the (British) Red Cross for many years. William likes his sci-fi, but is also keen on military history and speculative fiction. Among his fiction favourites are Harry Turtledove, the late George MacDonald Fraser, Bernard Cornwell and Clive Cussler. In the real world, William is a dog-lover who collects Edinburgh Crystal and has a terrible weakness for malt whisky. He is has published his novel First Admiral with Malachite Quills in 2012. He has an author site at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1400 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Malachite Quills Publishing (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EGT8JC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for younger and adult sci-fi readers. 8 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First Admiral

I found this book to be a surprisingly good read. The premise of a downtrodden teenager who is - in a secret and dangerous double life - a military genius/space admiral intrigued me, and Benning did not disappoint. There was plenty of action in this adventure, but without bad language or sexual content that makes it suitable for younger readers. The science of the sci-fi is simple with his Trion Theory - the manipulation of the fundamental particle of the Universe to produce instantaneous universe-wide travel and communications - being both very simple to understand and astonishingly plausible. It's a lot easier than Warp Drives, and quite topical with what is happening at CERN.

Strong female characters also populate the "First Admiral" universe making it refreshingly different from a lot of other books in the genre. The characters were complex individuals whom Benning developed quite skilfully as the narrative progressed.

As the first novel in the series - according to the author's website - "First Admiral" is a good starter/foundation title.

It's not 5-star material - yet - but, the potential is there in the developing storyline.

Suitable for both younger and adult readers, I would recommend "First Admiral".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be on to a winner. 9 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Wasn't sure this would be my type of book but once I started it I found it difficult to put down. A good strong story line with a new quirky way of putting it across. Easy to read by old or young. Would strongly recommend that you add this new author to your "one to read" list. Also very refreshing to find an author who doesn't have to resort to bad language to get his point across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first class 5 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Totally absorbing, couldn't put it down. A great slant on time travel. Appeals to all ages. Intriguing theories, believable characters. Refreshingly different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable 1 Jan. 2014
By Texxy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This gives me the feeling it's written for teenagers, but I really enjoyed it. It's something a little different and the author catches the human side of he's characters very well.
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