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THE HELMSMAN: Director's Cut Edition [Paperback]

Bill Baldwin
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2 Nov 2007
Military Science-Fiction novel chronicles the adventures of StarSailor and extraordinary Helmsman Wilf Brim during an epoch of discord and outright war among various star-nations within a galaxy that could be a far-future version of the one in which we live.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher:, Inc. (2 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160145368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601453686
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,683,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to reading the rest. 8 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this - was sad to finish it. Will definitely get the rest of the series. Nice one Bill.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sci-fi tale 18 Nov 2003
By Todd Hunter - Published on
I was a bit hesitant, after reading most of the first chapter, because it seemed like there was a ton of really "heavy" description of stuff, and it was starting to bog down.
But I continued reading, and I was glad I did. Though the "heavy" descriptions may not get any lighter, the pace definitely picks up to a good level. This book is an excellent sci-fi tale, with interesting (not to mention fun) characters, a terrific plot (except for at least one point which I'll bring up later), and an ending which makes you want to read the next book in the series (which I want to).
There was a slight disturbance for me with the relationship between the main character (Wilf Brim) and his love interest. The fact that she decides to continue on with her arranged marriage to another man, and keep Brim around `on the side' seemed to rub me the wrong way. The marriage didn't happen in this book, though, so there's always hope things will turn out for the best.
Plenty of action, a little romance thrown in, and plenty of cool technologies to marvel over make this book a good one in my opinion. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I believe you will too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's space opera, doc? 8 Jan 2012
By Cadeyrn - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The term being applied to The Helmsman series is "space opera" but what does that mean? Action? Check. Adventure? Check. Intrigue? Absolutely. Romance? Sure. Sex? Well, whither goest romance without fulfilment? So, yes, that too. It's got everything a that was golden about the golden age of science fiction and none of the gloom and severity of contemporary works. Let's just call it good old-fashioned fun. Humanity and its' allies are on the ropes as a young navigator carves himself a niche in a hidebound traditionalist fleet against all odds, making friends in very unusual ways and places. It's not the wartime plot which carries the story (although it's certainly interesting), it is the characters who live and breathe. Mr. Baldwin has a talent for creating memorable characters with just a few strokes. They stay with you for a long, long, time and, since the series is now up to eight books, you can also enjoy them for a long time. Highly recommended for a light and uplifting read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rollicking GOOD Time!!!! 13 Oct 2003
By B. Heite - Published on
This book is the start of a classic, fun, SCI-FI series that you will not regret reading. The Directors cut is worth every bit for its quality, printing and layout. The story is as fun as ever, and is one of those fun books that you can read and reread again and again. It is a lot like the stories of the late Robert Heinlein, in the lines of "The Rolling Stones" and "Starship Troopers". By the time you finish, you will find you do care what happens to Wilf Ansor Brim, will he get the Princess Margot, and what will happen in the Galactic war? The story loosely follows WW1/WW2 history, with many of the grand battles, long deployments, and special missions. It has a lot of the elements of fun and adventure, where Wilf meets up with characters from every spectrum, and beats the odds. Bill Baldwin has created a wonderfully fun series, which ages well, and is well worth the investment. Give it to your kids to read, and get them hooked on reading by having fun, and going back to the days when SCI-FI was an adventure, and not always hooked on deep technical accuracy to explain everything. In the Wilf Brim universe, starships travel faster than light because they can, and Bear like people have replaced Scotty as the ever present "fix it" engineers. Get it, and have fun!!! ...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best series I've ever read! 1 May 2012
By c88m87 - Published on
A friend let me borrow this book about 15-20 years ago and I kept reading for the longest time till I had to give it back. I ended up getting my own copy and found the following 3 or 4 following novels with it. Needless to say I own all but the newest one THE TURNING TIDE (which will change in a week or so) and I keep rereading them often. I would HIGHLY recommend this to all who like a great sci fi story with drama, action, humor and a good love interest that will keep you entertained for years to come.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Space Opera 14 Jan 2008
By Daniel D. Rensel - Published on
The Helmsman is a great start to an excellent series of books that revolve around the main character, Wilf Brim, and his adventures in space. While the basic story line, lowly peon advances to fame and riches while gaining love of beauteous princess, is predictable it is done with a style and class that make the reader ignore that aspect. Also, the gritty reality and attention to details help to make Wilf Brim's universe real in the readers mind. Overall this book is an outstanding read alone or beginning to a series.

If I had to make a complaint about this book I would have to say that the author does not give enough information on Wilf's background. While there are repeated references to his past and his family there is never any detail given. While this is not a terrible thing, flash backs can sometimes be annoying, the author references back to them too much to leave unexplained.
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