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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another winner
This series is set against the backdrop of a interstellar conflict between the Federated Worlds and The Worlds of the Hammer of Kraa a group of worlds colonized by religious fanatics and ruled by a totalitarian regime that seems a cross between Stalin's Sovjet Union and present day Iran.

Michael Helfort has bigs footsteps to fill as his parents - both retired -...
Published on 18 Nov 2008 by Kurt Decoene

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi soap: good page turner
Well I thought the characters thin, but the general detail good. The world depth shallow but the plot exciting. It's a good enough page turner I got the next in the series despite reservations: And it is more of the same but deepening Storyline Line makes it seem better. Characters still abit thin and all 1 man dependant, but gripping writting and interesting...
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by C Richards


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another winner, 18 Nov 2008
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Kurt Decoene "Tybo" (Menen - Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Battle of the Hammer Worlds (Helfort's War) (Mass Market Paperback)
This series is set against the backdrop of a interstellar conflict between the Federated Worlds and The Worlds of the Hammer of Kraa a group of worlds colonized by religious fanatics and ruled by a totalitarian regime that seems a cross between Stalin's Sovjet Union and present day Iran.

Michael Helfort has bigs footsteps to fill as his parents - both retired - were distinguished Fleet officers in their day. In 'The Battle of the Moons of Hell' Helfort is part of a rescue operation to free the crew and passengers (amongst which his mother and kid sister) from the Hammer prison world Hell.

In part two the Hammer's have deployed a fleet of Q-ships* to disrupt the Federated Worlds economy by destroying their merchant fleet in a prelude to what will be the 'third hammer war'. A group of Q-ships ambush the Federated Worlds heavy cruiser Ishaq as it drops from pinch-space and destroy it completely capturing the surviving crew.

In an attempt to keep the truth about the attacks on the merchant fleet and the destruction of Ishaq from the Fed's, the surviving crew members of Ishaq are deported to a remote prisoncamp in the wilderness of the Hammer's homeplanet. The Hammers have a score to settle with the 'hero' from the 'battle of the moons of Hell' and Helfort finds himself in the torturing cells of a gestapo-like religious secret police 'DocSec'.

Meanwhile the Hammer's have made a scientific/military breakthrough which will negate the superior numbers and technology of the Fed World Fleet and make 'the Worlds of the Hammer of Kraa' the leading military force in human space.

Unaware of this Helfort and the others escape and start a long trek through the wilderness in an effort to stay out of the hands of the Hammer's and rejoin the fight...

* World War I naval history: Q-ships were heavely armed merchant ships with concealed weaponry that were first used by the Royal Navy to ambush German U-boats during World War I.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi soap: good page turner, 18 Aug 2011
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C Richards "Graaf" (uk) - See all my reviews
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Well I thought the characters thin, but the general detail good. The world depth shallow but the plot exciting. It's a good enough page turner I got the next in the series despite reservations: And it is more of the same but deepening Storyline Line makes it seem better. Characters still abit thin and all 1 man dependant, but gripping writting and interesting operational detail makes it worth the investment.

It is better than the Pima Galaxy Unknown, on the realism/ credibility side, for all it cannot match the 'big names' of the genre (Moon, Shepperd, Weber, McCaffrey and Bujold), it comes close.

Go on give it a read, you'll not want to put it down.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read...., 18 Mar 2011
I do not think the reviewer who gave this book one star, has read the same book I did. I read the first book, and then immediately bought this book for my Kindle, and started reading straight away. I think the descriptions of space combat and fleet actions are spot on, and believable. The main character is likeable, and not perfect. He does make mistakes.

If you like Action Sci-Fi then this series of books is for you. If you do not like action Sci-Fi based in the future and in Space, then stay away. The book was well written and engaging, to the point where I lost hours of sleep with work the next day to finish reading it (I finished reading at just past 02:00 in the morning and a 07:00 start). I can give the book no higher praise than that.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a poor mans john scalzi, 19 Jan 2011
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i hoped in his second book the author would have given the supporting characters more depth instead the authors primary concern seems to be pushing multicultrulism & gender equality down the readers throats.
john scalzi writes this type of fiction much better his characters are ethnically diverse,strong women charachters but does not keep reminding the reader every other page prefering to concentrate on plot.
the worst book i have read in over 20 years
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