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First Admiral (The First Admiral Series Book 1) by [Benning, William J.]
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About the Author

William J. Benning lives in the beautiful countryside of south-west Scotland. He is a graduate of Strathclyde University (Glasgow) where he studied Psychology and has pursued a career in Human Resources/Learning & Development having previously worked for the (British) Red Cross for many years. William likes his sci-fi, but is also keen on military history and speculative fiction. Among his fiction favourites are Harry Turtledove, the late George MacDonald Fraser, Bernard Cornwell and Clive Cussler. In the real world, William is a dog-lover who collects Edinburgh Crystal and has a terrible weakness for malt whisky. He is has published his novel First Admiral with Malachite Quills in 2012. He has an author site at http://www.wjbenning.co.uk/.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1618 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Malachite Quills Publishing (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EGT8JC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book reviews seemed really good, and I thought I would give it a try.
The book is ok, but I am personally not too much into it.
For me the problem is that the coming of age portion of the book ( bullied teen learning his way around life) and the ruthless military strategist adventures don't really mix well in the same person and story.
It is in-between, while there are other books whichchoose to do either coming of age or military ruthless type of stories, and as a result they tend to do it better by specializing...
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First Admiral

I found this book to be a surprisingly good read. The premise of a downtrodden teenager who is - in a secret and dangerous double life - a military genius/space admiral intrigued me, and Benning did not disappoint. There was plenty of action in this adventure, but without bad language or sexual content that makes it suitable for younger readers. The science of the sci-fi is simple with his Trion Theory - the manipulation of the fundamental particle of the Universe to produce instantaneous universe-wide travel and communications - being both very simple to understand and astonishingly plausible. It's a lot easier than Warp Drives, and quite topical with what is happening at CERN.

Strong female characters also populate the "First Admiral" universe making it refreshingly different from a lot of other books in the genre. The characters were complex individuals whom Benning developed quite skilfully as the narrative progressed.

As the first novel in the series - according to the author's website - "First Admiral" is a good starter/foundation title.

It's not 5-star material - yet - but, the potential is there in the developing storyline.

Suitable for both younger and adult readers, I would recommend "First Admiral".
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Wasn't sure this would be my type of book but once I started it I found it difficult to put down. A good strong story line with a new quirky way of putting it across. Easy to read by old or young. Would strongly recommend that you add this new author to your "one to read" list. Also very refreshing to find an author who doesn't have to resort to bad language to get his point across.
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He doesn't make serious mistakes, and is rarely in any real danger. The odds are always with him. Plot is a little thin.
Billy is no Ender Wiggins.
That said, the writing style is good, and the action sequences are well described.
I'll probably buy the sequel because sometimes pure wish fulfillment is okay too.
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