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THE HELMSMAN: Director's Cut Edition Paperback – 2 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher:, Inc. (2 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160145368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601453686
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,842,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How many irals to the foot?
The basic story is quite good, young man from our background facing unenviable odds and downright racism.
The space battles are nicely exciting, the shop descriptions a bit long at times. The procedures and parameters needed for a launch are pointlessly detailed.
But these pale into nothingness against the utterly pointless measurement system used in the book. Okay okay, I get that the story takes place in 50000 years time. But do we really need to have a system of measurement that has little if any relationship to life as we know it. Trust me, i think we could cope with hours minutes and seconds, feet and miles, or metres and kilometres for that matter. The attempt to use an alien system is measurement really annoyed me, so much so that I put the book down for a long time before finally finishing it.
4 stars because the story itself ^well written, the ideas were nice and different and apart from too many stupid irrelevancies I actually enjoyed the story.
My advice to the author would be to require the book and change the measurements. Then it would be 5 stars.
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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
It is ok 24 Jun. 2014
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The adventure is ok and the character is mildly interesting kid from the wrong side of the tracks with great talent manages to meet and impress the princess etc. The writing annoyed me a bit at times as every other sentence seems to be about some character winking at another character and pages long explanations of liftoff preparation checklists. The main alien species is compared to a bear and speaks with Russian accents and uses Russian names... maybe supposed to have been genetically lifted by humans earlier? Anyway there are some barebones ideas and parts of the story are entertaining but overall not amongst the better science fiction books I've read. Distinctly average to me and I won't be buying the next book unless I really feel I'm out of escapist reading materiel.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great sci-fi tale 18 Nov. 2003
By Todd Hunter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
Classic Space Opera 14 Jan. 2008
By Daniel D. Rensel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Helmsman 23 Aug. 2003
By albert pandolfi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up a little over 20 years ago. I was working a night shift and once I started reading this story I just couldn't put it down. From the very first you can't help but Cheer Wilf Brim on. As you get drawn in to the story you find yourself wanting to fight his battles with him. As Brim flies his way to glory he builds respect and friends in his travels and the respect of the royal family who see his as the greatest weapon in their fight against a tyrant bent on controling the galaxy at any cost. Be warned once you start reading you'll be on the edge of your seat. The rest of this series will hold you captive from book to book and thankfully the next in the series is almost here and all I can say is it has been a long wait.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Voot's Beard! A Xaxtdamned good space opera! 27 Dec. 2000
By "cadet_chuck" - Published on
Format: Paperback
I first read "The Helmsman" in 1992, and saved it because I enjoyed it so thoroughly, and am now on my second reading with even more appeciation for the author's ability to paint imaginative, and exciting mental images with his detailed descriptions of other worlds in other times. I highly recommend this book for any science fiction fan. It's full of non-stop action and excitement, placing the reader right in the middle of it all!
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