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Starship: Rebel

Starship: Rebel [Kindle Edition]

Mike Resnick
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"The fourth Starship saga is as fast-paced and action-packed as its predecessors; this is a fun military space opera as Mike Resnick paints a vivid galactic future that in many was mirrors present earth with conflicts everywhere. Fans of the series will be in shock with the direction Cole takes us as he decides who the true enemy is." -- MBR Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review, February 2009 "If you accept Starship: Rebel for what it is (fast paced and entertaining...) then I think you'll have just as much fun with it as I did. I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes next. Eight out of Ten" -- Graeme's Fantasy Book Review, January 15, 2009 "[It] is a highly readable tale of mutiny, intrigue, and intergalactic's a fast paced read, just the type of action adventure you might want to 'bring to the beach...' Never heavy on existentialism, Rebel delivers the goods. Laser blasts fly. Skilled space-ship captains are torn by dilemmas, loyalty, and duty. Aliens are suitably slimy and multi-tentacled, the way sci-fi meant them to be...Read Starship: Rebel if you're in the mood for a good shoot 'em up space opera." --, July 3, 2009 "Fast paced-action makes this a military thriller perfect for science fiction collections." -- California Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review, July 2009

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The date is 1968 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now. The Republic, dominated by the human race, is in the midst of an all-out war with the Teroni Federation.
Almost a year has passed since the events of Starship: Mercenary. Captain Wilson Cole now commands a fleet of almost fifty ships, and he has become the single greatest military force on the Inner Frontier.
With one exception. The Republic still comes and goes as it pleases, taking what it wants, conscripting men, and extorting taxes, even though the Frontier worlds receive nothing in exchange. And, of course, the government still wants Wilson Cole and the starship Theodore Roosevelt. He has no interest in confronting such an overwhelming force, and constantly steers clear of them.
Then an incident occurs that changes everything, and Cole declares war on the Republic. Outnumbered and always outgunned, his fleet is no match for the Republic's millions of military vessels, even after he forges alliances with the warlords he previously hunted down.
It's a hopeless cause...but that's just what Wilson Cole and the Teddy R. are best at.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (25 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4B23TO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A change in direction that works very well 22 April 2010
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Starship: Rebel is the fourth book in the starship series, following on from Mutiny, Pirate and Mercenary. So far the series has gone from strength to strength, building on from each book in a logical and enjoyable fashion. I mentioned in my review of Starship: Mercenary that I felt there were no surprises in store, that everything seemed to go the right way for Cole and the crew of the Teddy R. Starship: Rebel does away with that notion and manages to up the stakes while still delivering a compact and fast paced novel.

Wilson Cole now has a fleet of 50 ships, one of the biggest in the Inner Frontier, and is discovering that finding mercenary work for all crews is proving difficult - having to split the fleet to cover smaller jobs is one of the options that faces him. However, when the Republic Navy capture, torture and kill a member of the Teddy R's crew Wilson Cole changes his tactics. He's had enough of the Navy coming into the Inner Frontier and taking what they want without consequence, now it's time for the citizens of the Inner Frontier to step up and stop this happening.

Once again Mike Resnick manages to take this series in a new direction, a direction I didn't think I'd see to be honest. The past three books have been focused on them making a life on the Inner Frontier and avoiding the Republic wherever possible, so to see them taking up arms is great. One of the things I had mentioned previously was that there was no sense of surprise as such in the books, but Rebel really does change that opinion. I didn't expect the events to turn out as they did and thought that Resnick did a good job of keeping me on my toes while still packing a punch.

New characters also start to take centre stage here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A shockingly awful book! 19 Sep 2009
It is difficult to credit that this book was written by an adult, still less that someone actually saw fit to publish it. It is truly awful and by far the worst book I ever had the misfortune to pick up. The plot is paper thin and boring. The characters are two dimensional. The author displays no capacity for creating suspense or tension, no ability to change the pace when required and, most damning of all, within a few chapters it is impossible to care two hoots what happens to the 'heroes'. I forced myself to read it from cover to cover simply because I could not believe quite how dreadful it is. While it is difficult to project backwards I think I would have been disappointed - a colossal understatement - if I'd read this book when I was eight!

I could write pages ripping this to pieces but I really can't be bothered.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr. Resnick 1 Dec 2008
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It is a wonderful thing to be able to sit down to a book written by an author who loves his characters and has a story to tell. This is the fourth book in the Starship series and is the best one so far. If you are reading this review then you have read the previous novels, so I won't spoil the pleasure of reading this one by discussing the plot. Let just say that Mr. Resnick has a story arc that is logical and is exciting. The characters are well drawn and memorable. The author has even created some new ones that are a welcome addition to the series. The last part of the book contains a battle that literally had me cheering as I read it. It was vivid and exciting as any battle scenes from any action movie. I look forward to the next and I suspect final entry of this series. Again thank you Mr. Resnick for a very very good time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 19 Feb 2009
By Bruce Wanzie Sr. - Published on
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I don't know why I decided to read Book 1 of Resnicks series.After finishing book 4,I still don't know why.The only thing that I can say is that I really enjoyed all 4 and can't wait for the fifth installment.The caste of characters are unusual and somewhat comic-bookish (nothing wrong with that at all),but they are very entertaining.I strongly recommend these books and might figure out why after Book 10.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 22 Jan 2009
By Dale Sanders - Published on
Rebel is a great book, easy to read, hard to put down. Witty, love Mikes writing style. would recommend the series to any reader who would like to just enjoy a good read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read 15 Feb 2009
By N. Schmitt - Published on
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The story is moving along pretty nicely. The characters a still slightly flat in terms of development (I'm joking here...they are about as deep as a puddle).

It's a great read simply because it's a fun distraction and it moves along with great pacing. There is action followed by down time followed by action all leading up to a climax.

A fun little distraction that I highly recommend.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mindless Fun 29 Dec 2008
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This is mindless fun like most Resnick works. The characters aren't too deep, the plot is pretty simple and the action easy to follow. That said, this is what real military science fiction should be like.

This isn't miliporn. That's important. The dialog is snappy and the character interaction interesting. While the military are integral to the plot and aciton, there is more to the work then that. This is about a step below the Sten Series, but two flights above Drake and his drones.
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