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Midshipman's Hope (The Seafort Saga Book 1)

Midshipman's Hope (The Seafort Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Feintuch
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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The First Volume of the Seafort Saga

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David Feintuch’s acclaimed Seafort Saga begins as Nicholas Seafort sets off on an interstellar naval adventure he will never forget

In the year 2194, seventeen-year-old Nicholas Seafort is assigned to the Hibernia as a lowly midshipman. Destination: the thriving colony of Hope Nation. But when a rescue attempt goes devastatingly wrong, Seafort is thrust into a leadership role he never anticipated. The other officers resent him, but Seafort must handle more dangerous problems, from a corrupted navigation computer to a deadly epidemic. Even Hope Nation has a nasty surprise in store. Seafort might be the crew’s only hope . . .
This page-turning science fiction in the vein of Robert Heinlein and Orson Scott Card—with a dash of Horatio Hornblower—marks the captivating debut adventure in Feintuch’s hugely popular Seafort Saga.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446600962
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (8 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Space Navy Yarn 25 May 2001
Very well told story of a bumbling midshipman boosted to command of an armed space going liner after a disaster.
Very much in the stlye of "Starman Jones" and just as good a read.
The reader is swept up in the heros doubts and misery as his dream chance turns out to be a nightmare of responsibility as the ship sails into one peril after another.
The real dressing is the play of relationships as he over-compensates for his youth and inexperience by acting as a futuristic Captain Bligh, all the while tormented by his conscience.
I ordered the rest of the series as soon as I finally put the book down. Cannot remember the last time a book kept me up all night unable to tear myself away.
I dock one star only because I am a techno junky and I was disappointed by the paucity of hardware detail, and because I thought the fudging of definitions between "interstellar" and "inter planetary" captains a cheap trick to keep the hero in command. Come on David, if a cadet can learn Inter Stellar navigation in a few months it could not have been that hard for an "Inter Planetary" captain to take over a starship!
But since the great Heinlein did something similar in Starman Jones I suppose precedence has been set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Midshipman's Hope is a great book. 1 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Midshipman's Hope is the most unique science fiction book I have ever read, it combines a mixture of highly detailed science fiction and harsh discipline on a Navy Spaceship in the vast depths of space. Nicholas Seafort, a young an inexperienced Midshipman finds he has to grow up a little sooner than expected, and the author has a magical way of putting across his struggle against despair, aliens and a crew who don't trust him. This is the kind of science fiction we need to see more of, going deeper into the relationships of a space bound starship crew, not just being centred round space exploration. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the alien contact in the book was limited to a few pages. I really enjoyed this book, watching the story line unfold, and Nick Seafort's slow descent into despair made this book stand out from many adventures similar to it. If you haven't read Midshipman's Hope, then you don't know what you are missing! Review By Alex Freeman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, solid military SF read 17 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read the entire Hope series, including this one back when it came out five years back...and have re-read it again recently. As a graduate of a military academy (and currently serving as a guard officer), as well as being a fan of science fiction, it's hard finding a book that meshes the SF and military arenas seemlessly (or at least close to it). This series, starting with Midshipman's Hope, did exactly that. I found it interesting that Feintuch never served in the military nor was an expert on technology (to my knowledge). This things usually bias me against an author (there's plenty of SF and regular military fiction out there that's trash). But he used a good foundation to model this futuristic world.. for example, he studied on the 18th century British Navy, from the bio I read on him. It appeared he also did his homework in some other areas. The most important thing, though, is that he let you get to know the characters, and I found myself actually caring about them (whether good or bad). Despite whatever controversy his Hope world may cause (from other reviews I've read), keep in mind this is fiction, and well-written science fiction at that. It's not a biography on the world today. I immensely enjoyed it and found myself immersed in Nick Seafort's world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, so I thought it was excellent!!! 26 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hate following a crowd of 10's by giving the book a 10. The suspicion being I don't have a mind of my own and I didn't keep my mind open while reading the book. But I really did immensely enjoy this book. Why? For me it was a book about command, duty, loyalty and self sacrifice. Captain Seafort is the best commander in SF and extremely tough. He had to make difficult decisions, take risks and many times go against the majority. He is a pessimistic, paranoid person. But I believed that made him more effective as he was constantly alert for trouble. Optimists don't make effective commanders, they are just careless and sloppy. A pessimistic view of things created an inner doubt in his head that he really screwed things up or that he could have done better. Of course he hadn't, he acted superbly. I admit that reading about his self doubt was starting to bug me, but I took it as part of the author's way of describing the psychological makeup of an excellent commander. And I eventually agreed with it. I also loved the intense loyalties that were developed between the characters. Congrads Mr Feintuch on writing an excellent story. Now on to book 2, Challenger's Hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic science fiction and intimate human drama. 3 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I LOVED this book. It's seamless interpretation of life aboard a starship is truly impressive. Most of the other reviews here describe the book with the appreciation it deserves. I simply thought that someone needed to provide a counterpoint to the "top ten things I didn't like about this book." From another reviewer. My interpretation of the book makes these ten points seem petty, closed-minded, and a tad homophobic. Humiliating physical punishment has been a part of military discipline for hundreds of years and even today caning is considered an effective deterrent in some modern countries. I don't believe in any way that Mr. Feintuch's descriptions of this punishment should be interpreted as some form of perverted sex act. Strict discipline is required on a ship so far from contact with it's chain of command. In summary, I believe that the book portays the ordeals of it's characters in a sensitive but exciting manner. Definitely worth reading as well as the other books in the series. I own all of them and have not one regret.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable naval novel set in the future.
excellent unputdownable book. bought the next one before I finished so that I did not have to wait to continue reading.
Published 6 months ago by D. J. E. Stamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-fi read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Have to say that some of the scenarios , although inventive, are a bit difficult to take seriously but it is a clever intro to an ongoing story.
Published 6 months ago by D E Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower in space!
I have been waiting for this series to be re-published for about 10years...finally it arrives! C.S. Forester meets Asimov, and utterly compelling.
Published 8 months ago by Road_of_Bones
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with trouble!
From the moment midshipman Seafort starts his journey to the time ha finishes he is beset by what he sees as his own faults and poor decisions but he has a knack for saving the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by gussie
2.0 out of 5 stars ok, but no Heinlein
Well, this was an ok but, let down by some seriously odd elements.

First the religion bit. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. Iles-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars superb a brilliant novel
A great concept and a superb series.It flows together,is a new idea written in a completely unique way.I love them
Published 13 months ago by Michael topley
5.0 out of 5 stars Total respect to a very fine story teller.
I have to admit I own all these books and have read them many times already. So what am I doing buying them on my kindle. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Midshipman,s hope
A very good book to read will have fun reading the next book
Hope it is as good as the 1s one
Published 15 months ago by Steve blockley
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but not re-readable...
I came to this on the strong recommendation of a well known author writing in The Week - which just goes to show, etc. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by Gascoyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Massively underrated.......
I've read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi and this series really ranks up there with the best.
By all accounts, David Feintuch had many ups and downs during his writing career -... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2010 by Mr. E. Nzegwu
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