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Voices of Hope (The Seafort Saga, 5)

Voices of Hope (The Seafort Saga, 5) [Kindle Edition]

David Feintuch
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Feintuch (has a) genius for holding our attention from page to page. He's one o the handful of writers I actively look forward to reading (SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE )

Wonderful reading and non-stop enjoymant (RAYMOND E. FEIST )

Non-stop action (LOCUS )

Great storytelling (C.J.CHERRYH )

Book Description

The epic Seafort saga continues.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (8 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQAD204
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but different 11 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Having devoured the first four books in the hope series, I was caught a bit unawares by this one. A dramatic departure from the usual style of the earlier books that bounces between the main characters perspectives. A good book, but lacked something from the other books, the 'trannie' chapters are harder to read at first, but the language soon develops it's own flow and becomes almost reminiscent of mobile phone text messages in its clipped, curt format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others in the saga! 21 Dec 2002
The fourth book, Voices of Hope, can be difficult to get into, as it revolves around several central characters, and their take on certain events. Each chapter is told from a different persons point of view. Some of the chapters are written in a street slang language. Difficult to grasp at first, but if you bare with it, you soon get the hang of it. However, this book is very well written.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dave Bedford - "Now and Again" 29 Sep 2009
This book of the Hope series proved a very disapointing read. Each chapter is based on an individuals recollection of events and how it impacted them and others. The story did not flow and I did not feel there was a coherent thread to the tale.

All the others in the Hope series were Great
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By A Customer
I was dreading having to read this latest seafort offering. Ever since Nick reached old age I have thought it was time to kill him off. But I was once again surprised by how Feintuch can suck the reader into caring about this old bloke.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the one I remember. 11 Jan 2003
By SouthernFried - Published on
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After reading the series through Patriarch's Hope, I reflected back on them all, and this book is the one that stuck with me. It's been awhile since I read it, but, since it's the one that I remember most, I felt I should write a review.
It is a completely original storyline. The introduction of new characters from Pook and Changman of the trannies, to Seafort's brilliant son, Phillip, really added new dimension to the series. I needed a break from Seafort and his guilt trip, this did it.
Seaforts' son, Phillip, chases after his freind into the streets of NY. The only people living on the streets now are "trannies". These people are the forgotten throwaway's of a society that has since moved onward and upward into the skyscrapers and away from the city. Only heavily armed patrols ever venture into the streets, and then, only if absolutely necessary. Basically, the streets are left alone and ignored, and barred from the rest of the "civilized" world. Once there, your on your own...and don't expect any help, cuz it aint coming.
It's into this world that Phillip now finds himself...and it's a fascinating world. There are gangs, and subcultures that have arisen out of survival instincts. How they exist together, and the society they have developed, knowing that no one gives a damn about them, is remarkable. There is ingenuity, violence, power grabs, treaties, bravery, and a surprisingly large amount of humor...probably not enough love, but, it is there also. It's a darwinian survival of the fittest society...and it's damned interesting.
Phillips obvious genius, coupled with some handy martial arts instruction he had as a child, helps him survive in this environment. He meets up with Changman, a "neutral" trader, who trades with all the gangs as not to piss of any in particular. Changman is the real interesting character in this story. He has many secrets, and is one of the more multi-dimensional personalities in the HOPE series. Pook, is a child tranny, who Changman tries to look out for the best he can. There is no overt emotion or physical show of love and affection between the two. But, as much as the streets will allow, Changman tries to do his best for the kid.
Pook is a great character also. A typical street "tough" wannabe. Just a child really, but, he wants to be feared and respected. His feelings and emotions can sometimes be hilarious as he's figuring out how to be tough, especially when this "uppie" kid just kicked his butt. He's as street smart a kid as your gonna find in any story tho...and you gotta love him.
As for the "TRANNY LANGUAGE" everyone seems to be lambasting. I think that was as important to the story as any of the characters. The more I read it, the more I followed it. Along with Phillip and other "uppies." We all learned it together. It is an extremely expressive slang. That matches the conditions of the trannies perfectly. They wouldn't be Trannies if they didn't have this language. The book wouldn't have been what it was without it. I had no problem following it, and the more I read, the more descriptive I found the language to be. It's just slang, after all, not French :-). Because of how well this language was used and flushed out, it seemed totally natural and part of this world. I think the TRANNY LANGUAGE is one of Feintuch's best acheivements as an author.
There is a hilarious review using the Tranny language below mine, I think its completely understandable, and the more you read it, the less you have to think about it. I think they key, is to not think too much about it, and just lightly read over it, the meaning becomes clear. Almost every time POOK talks, using Tranny speak...I smile.
Anyway, its a fascinating book, and the best in the series, imho. Those that didn't like it, seemed to have a common problem with it...the Tranny language. I didn't have that problem and thought it was one of the best aspects of the book.
I think this could be a stand alone book. It's been over a year since I read it...but, its so different, and the characters are almost all new, you probably don't need to read the previous Hope books to enjoy it. It's amazing I remember as much of it as I do. I have difficulty remembering the TITLES of the other books in the series, let alone any story line. Yes, I recommend this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the same 7 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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What some of the reviewers here do not realize is that this book is not the same as the other four books about Seafort. No longer is he flying through space, this book is focusing on issues. This isn't as much a [part of the series as it is a stand alone, and I feel that it is extremely thought provoking and good. Kudos to David Feintuch
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insurrection breaks out. Who is responsible? 19 Sep 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Feintuch has crafted a very fine morality play. His main
character from all his other books, Nick Seafort, is at the
center of this book, but is not an active participant until
the very last. An insurrection in New York has broken out over
water rights. The street people have been targeted for extermination.
They are being treated not as humans but as debrise that
must be cleared before more buildings on Manhattan can be
built. The military has been ordered to slaughter these people.

The question Feintuch asks is, "If you are responsible for
an Evil deed, should you take responsibility and try to fix
the problem you have caused?" You can allow Evil to exist by many
means: 1) By actively promoting Evil for your own gain,
2) By actively participating in an Evil plan, 3) By acquiesing
to an Evil deed while knowing it is Evil, 4) By trying to
do Good and instead doing Evil, 5) By unknowingly doing an Evil deed
6) By choosing to stand idly by and letting Evil to occur.

Each of the characters in this book realize that they have
done Evil, and that only Nick Seafort can fix the problem. All the
characters try to get him to act. Nick Seafort has walked through
Hell for the good of other people and has been treated
badly for it. He perceives that every action he takes
makes things MUCH worse.

Will he take up the mantle of Hero once more, or will he
allow an Evil deed to go forward? You are never sure what
his decision will be.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Feintuch is /the/ finest author I have ever read. 2 Mar 1997
By A Customer - Published on
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I just put down Voices of Hope a mere few minutes ago, after reading the last half of the book straight through without stopping. David Feintuch continues to amaze with his realistic characterization.. These characters are honest to Lord God real people, with good points and bad. Some you will love, others you will hate, but by the end of the book you'll identify with them, and care about what happens. As for the plot itself, it is powerful and touching, masterfully written. I haven't read a story with such genius and thought put into it since Heinlein's 'Citizen of the Galaxy'. The entire Seafort Saga is a definite must-read for anyone, young or old, sci-fi fan or not
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING SAGA!!! A must for sci-fi fans... 31 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on
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I have just finished the first 4 books of the Seafort saga in less than a week... It is one of the best series I have ever read. Nick Seafort is plagued with his feelings of inadequacies and his "inabilities" to do anything right. Yet, as the reader will find, Seafort does everything right and is a true Naval Captain and leader... often placing his career on line for those he respects and loves. He is brusque, unjust, fair, a martinet, lenient, all at the same time. I just ordered Voices of Hope, and can't wait to read that one. Hopefully, this is NOT be the last of the Seafort saga... It would be nice to read of his adventures in the academy....
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