A hideous accident kills the senior officer of UNS Hibernia, leaving a terrified young officer to take colonists and crew aboard a damaged ship, on a month gauntlet to reach Hope Nation. With no chance of rescue, Nicholas Seafort must save lives and take them, in the name of duty. Paperback , pages. Published November 11th by Orbit first published November 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Unlike a lot of those kind of recommendations It is, in fact, a military SF tale, and one that clearly draws on 18th Century British Naval tradition as its social and disciplinary foundation. Which is to say, it's rigid, authoritarian, and unrelentingly brutal, out to "test to failure" those moving up through the ranks through hazing, caning, imprisonment, and, at the extreme but not so infrequent execution. This is part and parcel of a society that is similarly socially rigid though with enough differences to not be a carbon copy , a reactionary and conservative Earth-and-colonies setup dominated by a single harsh Christian denomination and a world government that restrains any effort at change.
The protagonist, Nick Seafort, begins the tale as the putative senior middy on a ship just setting out to the colonies. Nick can do no good in his own eyes -- everything he does, well or poorly, is a failure. That's a big part of my lack of enjoyment in the book, as the repetitive self-flagellation on top of everyone's actual flagellation eventually rises to profoundly neurotic levels.
It's meant to be characterization, something Nick has to overcome, but it seems so poorly founded that when it does come time for Nick to rise above it, that, too, seems contrived. In addition to the overwhelming GUILT Nick feels caused in part by lack of officer training, in part by the inherent isolation of officers in this setting, in part by some other stuff , we also gt lots of ANGER. As in anger that leads to bad decisions.
Or decisions that drive off others. Most of which decisions involve giving orders for someone to be caned or otherwise punished, often at the drop of a hat dropping one's hat probably qualifying for demerits and punishment. In short, it's an extremely unpleasant setting with a rather unpleasant PoV protagonist.
Fortunately for Nick, it's an interesting universe for him in addition to the disciplinary mundania. Conspiracies, perhaps, but mostly coincidences. Often stacking on top of each other in a way that becomes almost farcical. Nick runs into situations, places, people, all of which force him to lead, which he manages to do with unexpected skill and remarkable luck -- all of which he feels guilty over, of course, which makes him lash out with more anger. Which makes the reader miserable either empathizing with his misery, or having to survive through his misery.
Of course, the majority of this magically and unexpectedly wraps up by the end of the book, with the foundation laid for moving onto the next volume there are several. I really didn't feel any urge to do so. Nick's first journey was complete, and I was just happy I lasted to the end, and was more than happy to disembark quickly.
View all 5 comments. Sep 06, Daniel rated it really liked it. Wow, this was brutal at times.
Dec 01, Anthony Ryan rated it really liked it. The 'Hornblower in space' trope has been a popular one in military SF for quite a while now, but Feintuch's entry into the genre takes some beating for its sheer narrative pull. A series of disasters sees newly commissioned Midshipman Nicholas Seafort appointed the youngest captain in the history of the United Nations Naval Service, going on to do battle with corrupt fellow officers, mutinous crewmen and, ultimately, giant squid-like aliens.
Hokey it may be, but it's also a huge amount of fun an The 'Hornblower in space' trope has been a popular one in military SF for quite a while now, but Feintuch's entry into the genre takes some beating for its sheer narrative pull. Hokey it may be, but it's also a huge amount of fun and the rest of the series is just as good. Apr 05, Alan Smith rated it really liked it. Putting two separate genres together and coming up with a concept that's more than the sum of its parts is often a pretty good way to come up with a great story, as the late David Feintuch proved in this series.
Essentially it's a mixture of Napoleonic naval tales in the "Hornblower" tradition with space-opera. Feintuch's universe is a far future that is ruled by fundamentalist old-testament Christianity, yet the universe is criss-crossed by faster-than-light spaceships, run by the navy yet li Putting two separate genres together and coming up with a concept that's more than the sum of its parts is often a pretty good way to come up with a great story, as the late David Feintuch proved in this series.
Feintuch's universe is a far future that is ruled by fundamentalist old-testament Christianity, yet the universe is criss-crossed by faster-than-light spaceships, run by the navy yet licensed to carry passengers, and the service is run on the old British tradition, with officers being gentlemen, adolescents as midshipmen, honor and courage being taken for granted, and frequent flogging to keep everyone on their toes. The hero, Nicholas Seafort, is one of the most interesting heroes you'll meet anywhere.
Having violated a sacred oath to God albeit for very ethical reasons he lives his life assuming he is irrevocably damned - yet still tries to act with decency and consideration. Add in some of the most amazing aliens you'll ever meet, fascinating world-building, intriguing characterization and a highly readable first-person narrative and you've got a story that will stay with you long after you put it down. This review is written specifically about the first book in the saga, but could equally well stand for any of them, for the interest and suspense never flags.www.cantinesanpancrazio.it/components/wypahuse/877-impostazioni-dati.php
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I really recommend this one for any sci-fi lover looking for a good exciting read with something to think about woven in. Feb 19, Jeff Miller rated it really liked it. One of those books I picked up because it was one of Amazon's daily deals. The plot sounded interesting enough and right up my alley. I usually like the metaphor of the Navy in Space considering my Navy career.
This isn't quite a Horatio Hornblower in space, but has elements of that. This is not a slow buildup of a Navy career that takes books to develop to where the character gets into command position. Things develop fast in an emergency situation where what is left of the crew has to step up.
A One of those books I picked up because it was one of Amazon's daily deals. As military SF this is more in the tradition of leadership development where a character has to use his abilities to lead and to make juniors under them perform to their potential. It does this quite well and I enjoyed the character development of the self-critical Midshipman trying to do his best. The story was engaging enough and I will be going on with the series.
So Amazon making the first book of a series at a lower price has hooked me again. Nov 26, Mary JL rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is the first book in the Seafort series, of which there are only seven. Nicholas Seafort is an insense young midshipman who must take command when an accident kills all the senior officers of his ship. Since Nick Seafort has an intense sense of duty, he pushes himself to the limit, and does what he feels he must do to save his ship.
There are some interesting moral dilemmas here--such as a mutiny--and the character of Nick Seafort is very clearly drawn.
A bit more grim than some sf sagas but This is the first book in the Seafort series, of which there are only seven. A bit more grim than some sf sagas but very well written. Feintuch has passed away and there will be no more fine books from him. Nov 23, K. Weiland rated it it was amazing. He creates a compelling character in his own right, thrust him into a larger-than-life but always perfectly grounded catastrophe, and rounds out the story with a strong supporting cast.
I look forward to the sequels! Feb 10, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: Not bad at all. The inaugural edition of a unashamed Horatio Hornblower rip off, Midshipman's Hope even feels more like it was written two hundred years ago than two hundred years in the future--despite the first contact subplot.
While the back story history doesn't bare close scrutiny,the year-old protagonist acts like a seventeen year old--unlike Honor Harrington who acted as if she were thirty. He has good instincts but he's a bubbling pot of emotions, mostly self directed.
His sexual relat Not bad at all. His sexual relationship with a passenger is totally out of place in the Navy and this book. Feintuch should have known better. Still, great fun in a space opera sort of way. May 03, Nooilforpacifists rated it really liked it Shelves: What distinguishes this from Hornblower is guilt: Still, among the best combination of Senior Service and SF.
Dec 16, Nicholas Scott rated it it was amazing. My favorite science fiction series ever. Any time I go anywhere on vacation I bring my copies of the science fiction guild editions with me and reread them.
Nicholas Seafort is my all time favorite fictional character. He is what I strive to be, his character, his will, his desire to do right above all else, is so wonderfully compelling and heartbreaking. I am just completely enamoured with his struggle. The entire series is spectacular, amazingly so and through it all Seafort, through the deft My favorite science fiction series ever.
The entire series is spectacular, amazingly so and through it all Seafort, through the deft pen of Feintuch is brilliantly conceived. May 29, Dan rated it really liked it. Stars burn hot and silent in the deepest gulf. It is their nature, and they do it with constant and unflinching duty.
Of such stuff is Nicholas Seafort. While marred by a few awkward plot complications and some general stiffness, "Midshipman's Hope" is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. Our protagonist gets few breaks as threats, both internal and external, mount with increasing complexity. This is both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of the core of leadership. Sep 24, Jamie Collins rated it liked it Shelves: These are military space opera, unabashedly inspired by C. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels.
Like Hornblower, the protagonist is plagued with self-doubt almost to the point of annoying the reader. I did enjoy them, although I remember thinking they seemed like young-adult fiction. May 29, Joe rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone, especially sci-fi or military fans. Excellent character development all around, particularly with the main character, Nick Seafort.
Feintuch does an excellent job in portraying the humanity of each character when forced into difficult situations. A very engaging story with a number of ethical dilemmas throughout. This is the first book in the Seafort Saga by Davis Feintuch.
It is set in a bleak future where the U. As stated by one of the characters in the book the pendulum has swung from the permissive society of the 20th Century toward a conservative and rigid society. Freedom of speech and of religion has been severely curtailed.
It states that some religious freedom is tolerated but only if it is kept to a low profi This is the first book in the Seafort Saga by Davis Feintuch. It states that some religious freedom is tolerated but only if it is kept to a low profile. But Zach intends to show her that what they have between them is a textbook case of love. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox—the man she loved and walked away from years ago.
But love has a funny way of reopening a door you thought was firmly closed…. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass the time, Brady has no intention of letting anyone get close—until he meets Megan. Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart—unless she can convince him to let go of the past….
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