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Starliner [Kindle Edition]

David Drake
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 760 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,151 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Sci Fi 15 Feb. 2013
By Paulus
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This is sci fi with a difference; it reminded me of 'Grand Hotel'. The book follows the story of a starliner, Empress of Earth, as it moves from one system to another throughout its long voyage but the emphasis is on the crew who look after the passengers. The main character, Ran Colville, is the new Third Officer of the crew section responsible for passenger comfort and safety on the starship and the story follows him through various adventures, both on ship and off. There are a few sexual encounters and a few gung ho adventures. In the main the book is interesting and well thought out and I did enjoy reading it. I have a couple of criticisms, hence only four stars. Firstly, although the layout of the Kindle edition I read was good there were far too many typos. Secondly, I do wonder why sci fi writers always have to use names that the reader has no idea of how to pronounce (e.g. Oanh, and that was one of the easier ones). Still, I got it for nothing and I see it's still offered at that price - if you enjoy sci fi and are not looking for writing of Asimov quality, this is worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light read 19 Jan. 2014
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Sorry - but I basically didn't 'get' this book. The story didn't really engage me at all - it's just a passenger ship dropping off/picking up passengers off at various ports of call along it's route, with a little bit of action occasionally to spice it up. Apart from travelling in sponge space technology seems not to have moved on much and the action could all have taken place today on a cruise liner, so not very science, although definitely fiction. For me, having got to the destination I found it hadn't been worth the journey, it was a light read and occupied some time but I probably won't be getting anything else by this author. The story was simply told, but occasional (and needless) use of really obscure American words (thank you, Kindle dictionary) and on one occasion the use of 'psychic' when I'm pretty sure 'psyche' was intended, was a little annoying.
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