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No Way to Start a War (TCOTU, Book 2) (This Corner of the Universe) by [Ringel, Britt]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in This Corner of the Universe (5 Book Series)

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This is by no means the worst of the genre but it does suffer from a couple of points. Firstly, the scenarios are basically WW2 naval battles in the Pacific. The vessels types, actions, appearance and performance are straight lifts from Midway etc, with aircraft being ditched over the side. In space? Why? Secondly, although the distances involved are relevant and show a grasp of physics they are reiterated ad nauseum. After the first couple of hundred times it gets tedious.We get it already. Not too bad but I am in two minds wether to continue.
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After the big fight for their lives Heskan and his crew find that they've swapped one set of problems for another, and to top it off their new ship has it's own problems and they don't have half the crew. The plot has developed nicely and follows the standards set upon in the first book and expands on them very nicely, I wasn't disappointed with the developments in the book and was rather surprised by the little twist at the end.
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Just bought book 4

Read the other three over a few days. Can I say more?
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excellent military space opera, with heroes you start to believe in and care for
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5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new level in his writing 6 Nov. 2013
By Scott Carle - Published on Amazon.com
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I read and enjoyed the first book but gave it only a 3 star review due to errors in space physics and or issues in the physics of the battles. I liked the story a lot but it had a lot of technical errors and I said so in my review. I also said that the author had a lot of potential.

All I have to say is "WOW!"

Mr. Ringel has pulled out all the stops and written a sequel that has put the first book in the shade. I found not a single issue that I noticed in the science of the story, it was all internally logically consistent and what I could tell of the issues of speed, gravity, distance etc.. all seemed good to me. However he didn't stop with stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run technically, but he wrote an even better story, faster, tighter and more gripping than the first one.

Thank you Mr. Ringel for a great book, I am most definitely looking forward to the next one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls the Rug out 20 Oct. 2013
By Joshua Wachter - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was good, we get what we are promised, a series of battles in the opening stage of a war with the evil communistic bad guys. The battles were good, the inter-military politics interesting. The book hung together well and it was nice to see the survivors of the Anelace crew settling into Kite.

That said I was really hoping to get to see a lot of back and forth slug fest with the two space empires essentially brawling in the mud in the best Honor Harrington tradition over the next few books. And while that isn't precluded, two things happened to make me less than optimitic to see that going forward. First what Admiral Hayes did to the Holloway civilian world and second a 3rd, new, game changing force lurches onto the scene toward the end of the book and has the 'potential' to upset the applecart.

In short the author wrote another winner of a book, but he really pulled the wool out from under us in the last 20% of the book or so. Personally I'd have probably been more happy with the series going forward if he chopped that last fifth of the book but as it is I'm happy to have read this book but a little leary about the future of the series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrill Ride 12 Jan. 2015
By Catherine Mackay - Published on Amazon.com
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More thrills in the TCOTU universe. If I could I would be giving this more than 5 stars - all I can say is "WOW". A tautly written book about two warring nations and the opening salvos against each other with a surprising twist at the end. The battle descriptions, using sound science, were simply amazing - I was literally on the edge of my seat for the last part of this book - what a ride!!!! The description of the battles were vividly portrayed and I felt I was right there amidst the battle. Loved the continuing development of the characters and the back story of Heskan is slowly coming out - can hardly wait to learn more about the 'Derringer' incident. All in all a fantastic sequel to the first book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid sequel 21 Oct. 2013
By Sixiron - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll second everything The Deposed King who should be writing more and reading less said. I miss some of the more personal tactics and space combat of the 1st book, but the hero has moved up to fleet operations so what can you do. Solid clean writing, great pacing and very little filler. You wont feel the need to skip pages to get to the good stuff, its all good. The story twists a bit from the 1st book in that you now start to question how bad are the bad guys, and if we're the good guys why are we doing bad things. The final twist was very unexpected, be very careful you dont go off the rails into plot convenience la la land.

I cant wait for the next installment, same for the Kings "I'm writing as fast as I can" sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars More of a fan than ever 23 Aug. 2014
By Scott Moon - Published on Amazon.com
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No Way to Start a War, the second book in the TCOTU series (This Corner of the Universe) by Britt Ringel is a well thought out military space opera with excellent characters. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but Now Way to Start a War is better.

First of all, the conflict between the Hollaran Commonwealth and the Brevic Republic is heating up. Lt. Heskan and his crew face dangerous enemies as they become part of a new mission and learn to handle a larger ship. New and old battle tactics become important, and Heskan has decisions to make.

No Way to Start a War benefits from tighter control of point of view characters, a high-stakes plots, and some serious moral dilemmas faced by various characters. But one of the biggest home runs in the book is the antagonist. I won’t put any spoilers in this review, but Ringel did an excellent job with one of the primary antagonist, an area of storytelling were many authors, even the greats, often fall short.

My “job” as a book reviewer is to help readers, to tell it all, to shuck it down to the cob as we say in these here parts. I am confidently giving No Way to Start a War a five (5) star review, so keep that in mind when I share my less favorite parts.

Science fiction fans love detail. I marvel at how much technical and operational detail authors like Britt Ringel can put into a book. Sometimes, for me, it is too much and slows things down. Take it for what it’s worth; the detail in this book is very thorough. On one hand, I learn a lot about how a space faring naval force might operate. I believe Ringel's bio says he was an officer in the Navy. He seems qualified to speculate on how navies would operate in the future. So if you are the type of science fiction fan that thrives on this kind of thing, the TCOTU series is definitely for you. If you have a shorter attention space and suffer from slow-reading-syndrome (I daydream as I read fiction--entering the story world as it were), then the TCOTU is still very excellent.

I’ve said it before, Britt Ringel's books remind me of Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey in space. There really isn’t higher praise than that.
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