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The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) (The Battle for the Solar System) (The Battle for the Solar System Series Book 0) by [Sweeney, Stephen]
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The debut novel from Stephen J Sweeney, a thrilling and action packed space opera in the making, influenced by all time classic science fiction series, such as BABYLON 5, STAR WARS, AND BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (TOS).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 919 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stephen J Sweeney (24 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DWCDO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 241 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,606 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2009
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Advertised as having an appeal to those who enjoyed "Babylon 5, Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica (tos)" this is a space actioner with a fair bit of characterisation thrown in.
The focus is on a small team of pilots who are trained up on a secret star-fighter, only to not quite make the grade for further testing, only to find circumstance will put them back in the cockpits once more.....
The environment is somewhat confusing with two space Empires at odds with each-other (one of whom is going through a civil war) and it took me a while to work out the background as to who was who.
Then we have secrets and conspiracies as we realise there is more to the secret star fighters and the bad guys then we suspected......
Not bad and one has to admire a self published novel. This works better at the sharp end with fully rounded characters who do have personalities and flaws but is weaker in conveying the bigger picture. It's a nice book, with an eye-catching cover but probably a little bit expensive for what you are getting. So overall this is okay, not spectacular page turning stuff but solid, reasonably well written and dependable SF reading.
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I am all for self published novels and am willing to download the sample before I decide to purchase, so I have little time for those that bitch in their reviews about grammatical errors and typos. I am no English Teacher and only read books to relax so I am willing to give authors a good bit of slack on this issue as long as the book has a good story. This book has a great story that had me hooked from the start. Its not perfect and in some places a bit predicable yet once it gets pass introducing the main character with his background history, it then follows the adventures of his team of space pilots. Finishing the book leaves you with loads of questions and while I can't wait for the next in the series I do hope it has the answers.
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This if a fun, light read. Characters well put together and not stereotyped, with a well-paced story.
One reviewer likened the 'world' with Babylon 5 and I would agree in one area; there are some strong similarities around stargates and spacecraft.
A few loose ends hastily tidied up at the end, however leaving the way open for the next in the series - one that I would like to read.
For Kindle readers - no typos and text to speech enabled. At this price, it is well worth reading and adding to your collection.
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I'm not normally a fan of sci-fi but I found this book an entertaining read. It was a little slow to start, but the pace soon picked up. The characters and plot kept me interested all the way through to the end and left me wanting more. I wouldn't have known it was self published, very impressive. I'm looking forward to the sequels.
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This is a review for The Honour of the Knights (The Battle for the Solar System, book one) by Stephen Sweeney, which is science fiction in the space opera setting. It is free to download on Kindle.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything in this genre and I was glad to have started with this one. It truly was an epic story, starting out small in an earth-based apple orchard, and slowly expanding out to encompass entire galaxies. It was good, old-fashioned, clean storytelling, suitable for younger adults.

It took me a while to get into it. At first it seems that the story is going to be told from the point of view of one starfighter pilot, but as the story goes on it encompasses other POVS, which is also nice, especially since the women in this book are all strong characters. There were times when I felt that the author was falling into gender stereotypes, making his women over-emotional and flaky, but he did it to the men too, big drinking and big talking guys whose arrogance occasionally makes them do stupid things, so at least it wasn’t unbalanced.

The big issue I had with the book was that the author wanted to conceal who and what the Enemy are, which occasionally made the story quite hard to follow. I understand why he wanted to do it and it says a lot about the flow of the story that you get to the end of that massive long book still without knowing who and what they are but don’t really mind.

There were elements of the book that reminded me a lot of Battlestar Galactica, so if you’re a fan of that show I think you’ll enjoy this. There were many elements of the story that seemed drawn from other classics in this genre and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It made it feel familiar.
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I'm a SF fan so might be a bit biased but I LOVED this book and was really disappointed to finish it - and then to find the follow up isn't due out until September!

Its a fairly standard space opera, with galactic empires at war, lots of star ports, space ships, futuristic weapons and almost impossible to beat 'baddies' but no aliens (or not yet, anyway)

Take a very interesting story, a couple of plot twists and some fairly in depth characterisation and you have the basis for a superior book. Add a simple and direct prose with very natural sounding dialogue, together with a well fleshed out background and history and you have a great book.

It is a bit like BSG (Battle Start Galactica) which is no bad thing but the style of story telling (very matter of fact and fast moving, letting the narrative describe the setting rather than great reams of descriptive sentences) reminded me of the late, great Robert A. Heinlein , which is an even better thing!

100% recommended to anyone who likes SF, with plenty to enjoy for those who just like an exiting, well plotted adventure!

I got this as a 'free' Kindle book, but would have been very happy to pay for it as a full price paperback!

Great first book!
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