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THE HELMSMAN: Director's Cut Edition (The Helmsman Saga Book 1)

THE HELMSMAN: Director's Cut Edition (The Helmsman Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bill Baldwin
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Originally published in 1983, when the novel sold thousands of copies in its first printing, The Helmsman is the starting point for Bill Baldwin's epic, eight-part militaristic space opera - The Helmsman Saga. Using actual histories of World Wars I and II as template, the novel chronicles the adventures of StarSailor and extraordinary Helmsman Wilf Brim during an epoch of discord and outright war among various star-nations within our own galaxy.

This special, "Director's Cut" Edition is heavily re-written, a la George Lucas' rewrite of the Star Wars Trilogy, to bring it more in line with later novels in the series, as well as existing "Director's Cut" Editions of Galactic Convoy, The Trophy; the five other "Director's Cut" editions to come; and the continuation novel now in the works: The Turning Tide.

The novel begins as Brim—a 21-year-old SubLieutenant in the Imperial Fleet—arrives at the Eorean Starwharves, a maintenance complex within the planet-spanning Fleet base on watery Gimmas-Haefdon. On first assignment since receiving his commission, Brim is fresh from The Helmsman's Academy, where he weathered years of torment from wealthy classmates because of his impoverished background. Heretofore, the Academy had been a "private club" for the scions of Imperial wealth; however, enormous numbers of casualties during the present war with the League of Dark Stars has called for desperate measures to expedite replacement of these losses.

Brim's first ship is I.F.S. Truculent, a “T”-class destroyer, just the right kind of starship for the young Brim to cut his teeth on—with challenges galore to rapidly make a veteran of the young Helmsman. And even though his torments continue, in part because of long-held prejudices among the wealthy, the starship is populated with a crew largely made up from races and economic classes glad to help the young man with his career in any way they can.

As one might expect, the love interest for this poor-as-a-church mouse hero is none other than one of the Empire's most beautiful, most desirable royalty: Princess Margot of the Effer'wyck star kingdom. And though nothing goes easily for Brim—including Princess Margot herself—he acquits himself with bravery, aplomb, and daring as he begins carving a future for himself in the midst of a long, complex Galactic struggle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher:, Inc. (2 Nov 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J9GGM3K
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 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.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Helmsman 23 Aug 2003
By albert pandolfi - Published on
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voot's Beard! A Xaxtdamned good space opera! 27 Dec 2000
By "cadet_chuck" - Published on
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!
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.
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