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Ghost Fleet [Kindle Edition]

D.A. Boulter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Ghost Fleet - military SF 104,000 words

The superstitious call them Ghost Ships. Experts say they are scanner echoes tossed out of the past by the Phenomenon. The rumors and a cryptic entry in an ancestor's diary propel Lieutenant-Commander Mart Britlot of the Confederation navy into the dangerous Sivon sector of space. There, Britlot hopes to find help for the Confederation, now facing a two-front war.

As the last living Confederation descendant of the Adian nation, Britlot is obsessed with finding the ghost ships, believed destroyed during a mass emigration 300 years in the past. He dreams of riding to the rescue at the head of the never defeated Adian fleet; he dreams of finding family after the death of all his near relatives at the hands of the Combine. He'll drive his ship and crew beyond endurance to achieve this.

The felid Tlartox Empire, eager to avenge their humiliating defeat at the hands of the Confederation, has voted to annul the long-standing peace treaty. The glory of The Hunt beckons. Admiral Tood Tlomega has focused on the human planet Lormar, with its great naval base, as a fitting target for retribution. She will return dignity to the people of Tlar. She will return them to the path that Tlar illuminated so many centuries ago.

But a small band of Tlartox subversives intend to rake a claw across the plans of the war-mongers, and give both the Empire and the Confederation something they hadn't counted on.

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D.A. Boulter hates talking about himself in the 3rd person. Finds it annoying.

Since my early school days, Science Fiction and Fantasy have intrigued me, starting with Heinlein, whose Starship Troopers I read in the middle 60s, long before I knew about the social and political themes it carried. My seminal year, though, came in 1974 when I got my hands on a copy of Frank Herbert's "Dune", which fascinated me with its depth and breadth. At that moment I knew I SF&F had hooked me.

However, it took another ten years before I seriously considered writing my own material and another ten after that before I began writing in earnest. Now, with the advent of e-readers, I find myself in the very strange position of being a published author, rather than someone who wrote for himself only. It gratifies me that many have read and enjoyed my works. Thank you.

I've worked as a cook, a first-aid attendant, weather observer, radar operator and tech. I've worked in the city, in the woods, and in the Arctic. Just now, I find myself on the West Coast of Canada, with my feline companion -- one of a line of cats who have shared my writing moments (and interrupted them as well).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying read 30 July 2012
By Kew
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I don't read a lot of sci fi, so wouldn't have tried this if it wasn't for the fact that this was one of the group book reads for the UK Amazon Kindle Forum on Goodreads. I'm glad that I gave it a go as I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. There are a lot of characters and several threads weaving through the story, which I found a bit difficult to keep track of at first - but by the end of the story all those threads came together and I had sorted out who was who. I found the story gripping and intriguing, with plenty of suprises. The ending felt as if there should be a sequel. I actually searched through the author's titles on amazon looking for the sequel and was surprised that I couldn't find one - maybe that is in the pipeline? If so, I can't wait to read it. I have already downloaded at least one other book by this author and look forward to reading more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great battle 24 July 2012
By Steve
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I was instantly reminded of the Seafort Saga by David Feintuch when the naval characters were being developed. I loved this transposition of bygone naval engagements into a future setting. The main battle was superbly described and very difficult to put down.
I have to admit I sighed in disappointment when the Tlartox moggies were first described. Cats with lips and big space ships. urghhhh. Visions of swinging a huge fluffy mouse on a string in front of their fleet to distract them. But I recovered and enjoyed the book enormously. When the vandoo suddenly arrive to rescue the goodies is a fantastic moment to savour.
I definitely want more of this. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 17 July 2012
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I enjoyed this book. The story was easy to follow although the characters are many and there could be more done to separate out the factions to save confusion as I sometimes wondered which side I was on when reading chapters. None of this stopped me reading though and I got through it pretty quick. I'm glad the author didn't spend time trying to explain the technical details as it would have probably been like trying to wade through jello but, it instead moved quickly and kept me entertained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Graphic War Between Worlds 27 Jan. 2011
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The Product Description for this book did not quite prepare me for the thrust and content of this book towards the latter part. The description lead me to believe that this would be an 'adventure', possibly between a human and a Tlartox (even with the Product Description's last paragraph hinting that there were a few others involved.

The book certainly starts out in the manner of an 'adventure', with the expected plot-type unfolding. However, without trying to give anything away, this all rather changes later in the book as there is a massive conflict between worlds. The conflict is graphically described.

With all that written above, I really enjoyed the book (having read one of D A Coulter's other books Courtesan and enjoyed it Courtesan). As I read I wanted to find out the fate of each of the characters as the story progressed.

The characters are well developed, even the bit parts, with good access to the thoughts and drivers of each one.

There is a good twist to the tail (pun intended). I hope that the author continues to write books of this calibre (This one's just come out at the time of reading/writing - I think).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Fleet 30 May 2013
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I was disappointed with this book and do not believe that it should be rated high. There is little science in this science fiction, the story is plodding and predictable, the aliens implausible and more at home in the Jungle Book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Fleet by D.A. Boulter 11 Sept. 2013
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This is what I call a good story. A beginning a middle and a surprisingly good end. Making for a really good read. This is one author I will read more of.
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