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Starliner [Kindle Edition]

David Drake
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Empress of Earth

Finest passenger liner in the galaxy —
Brightest link in the chain that binds the starflung civilization of the 23rd century—
Six thousand lives in a single hull, trembling through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds, each with its own history and wonder —


The Empress of Earth

Neutral pawn in an interstellar war!

When hostile necessity knows no law, Ran Colville and the rest of the complement of the Empress of Earth must bring home their ship and the passengers entrusted to them. From the Captain on his bridge to the Cold Crewmen who work in conditions that differ from Hell only by name, they'll have their work cut out for them this voyage!

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARPEAU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,413 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starliner 3 Mar. 2013
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I found this kindle book very entertaining and sooo different to most Science fiction around nowadays.
There is too much written on space wars with little content to the people and planets of their universe.
Therefore this book reminded me of the books of 30 years ago or further back where people planets and events had a real meaning to the story and became an extension of our future?!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned 'proper' storytelling 26 Dec. 2013
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I'm not sure this is a 4* book, but I couldn't give it 3.5*, and 3* seemed a bit mean!

Not a bad story line, though a bit basic.

What was interesting though was how much was left to the reader to fill in - details of the main characters past were tantalisingly slight, and other characters were even less fully-sketched. This made it an interesting read, as it made you use your imagination to fill in the gaps - surely a basic requirement of a good read?

There were a few typos, but pleasantly few and easily read past by Amazon/Kindle standards.

Although the ending did feel like a bit of a hook for the next book, the story is a standalone, and surprisingly good for a giveaway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love boat with a tiny smear of Babylon 5 17 Jun. 2013
By Steve
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I hadn't read any David Drake books before so I thought it might be a good introduction. I found the concept rather familiar - it's a cruise liner which just happens to be in space - and the background storyline of 'TV soap' type characters going about their business pandering to the rich cruising elite seemed to be a device to lure you into a false sense of security. Having said that the conflicts and likely action set pieces were telegraphed well in advance. You could certainly see them coming. For me the action sequences were the weak points as they were described very vaguely and over much too quickly. My favourite characters were definitely Wade and Belgeddes and their 'surprising' help was pretty obvious from a few pages in (either that or they would be seen to be comically the opposite to how they finally behaved). I couldn't get out of my mind the comedic duo in the old Alfred Hitchcock film, the Lady Vanishes (played by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne), Passport to Pimlico, Crooks Tour, etc. I could picture Wade and Belgeddes in tweed, pompously telling their tales while cadging drinks. I digress.....the amount of tech was pretty low with the most common scifi-babble revolving around the cruisers engines, sponge space and the holograms around the ship. The transfer of indentured service workers, or other types of exploited labourers was a dark theme throughout but not greatly pressed upon. Similarly, the aliens on board were only occasionally visited upon and were of course basically bipedal, air breathing mammals (even if some did possess as many arms as a Hindu god) as is the norm for "made for TV" scifi programmes.
This was an enjoyable read, but pretty lightweight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hearty story of skulduggery 7 Dec. 2013
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A hearty story of skulduggery, politics, treachery, desperation and violence amongst the stars. our hero is a man fleeing from a past, that has left him emotionally hollow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 27 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book and the main character, Ran. Recommend this to everyone looking for a good interstellarr yarn. Would love to go cruising on The Empress!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Mar. 2014
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Very engrossing and credible fully enjoyed a real page Turner
Would recommend to everybody I know can't wait to read another one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 25 Mar. 2014
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I enjoyed this swashbuckling yarn, I would recommend it if you enjoy a good, implausible adventure. Looking forward to more of the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whats next 3 Mar. 2013
By mike h
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Are there further books to come?
The end seems to give the impression of more to come, but no details on the site.
Good read for an evening when you need to simply escape from some really c**p day and need some escapism to close it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Intriguing storyline, quite a page turner
Published 1 month ago by I. Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good book
This book is very enjoyable to read, if anything it is addictive. However it does need more detail in some places and it needs a little editing to correct some words so that it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Warzone89
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very poor condition
Published 3 months ago by Linda Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best SF writers
One of the best SF writers. Well crafted story good characters and ploy what more can you ask from a book
Published 4 months ago by Wylie1
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story line
loved the characters and the descriptive nature of the planets , the characters were believable and there was always some humour as well. really enjoyed
Published 7 months ago by mitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Entertaining
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book
Well book started slow but got interesting and I couldn't stop reading, I really enjoyed the book, Will defiantly buy more novels by David Drake
Published 7 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
It took a while to get going, but got there in the end, a bit different to what I'm used to, a good read though.
Published 8 months ago by N. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars starliner
A good tale well written, Starliner is about the exploits of an officer in charge of passengers on a luxury starliner, and how he copes with some interesting passengers. very good
Published 8 months ago by graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite good.
Good read. The old fellas sound like someone from and cruise liner story. Nevertheless the story was quite good. Definitely an author worth reading again.
Published 9 months ago by Frank Vernon
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