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This book is based on a very well trodden storyline. I call it the 'Brubaker story' as the first film I saw that used it was a 1980 film called Brubaker, staring Robert Redford. Basically a Manager/officer/leader is sent to take over and run a disfunctional facility/ship/platoon/prison where surly/rebellious/disrespectful/undisciplined and corrupt and dangerous staff/soldiers/guards must be brought to heel and the whole thing brought back up to acceptable standards. Often the leader/officer has been subjected to this as a sort of punishment for a perceived offense to someone in charge. Corruption and violence are all to be contended with. The most recent I have read on this theme is the Siobhan Dunmoore series by Eric Thomson and pure pleasure they were too. This book is not up to that standard BUT was a good fun read. Our central hero, Jack Romanoff has less problems with the defective crew and more problems with a corrupt Admiralty. Oh, and his "ship" is a gigantic hollowed out asteroid, fitted out with literally thousands of defensive lasers BUT has been effectively left to rot in orbit around the planet Faust, used mainly as a museum for over 100 years. Romanoff is armed with unparalleled luck and using his discretion over which rules to apply and which to ignore, he goes about trying to bring the vessel up to fighting standards with a 1% crew and some old war re-enactment/enthusiasts. The war in question was against the unflinchingly aggressive "locusts", an alien force that attacks using thousands of small robotic laser firing space drones that cannot be bargained with and will never stop destroying human space vessels. There are some terrible glaring holes in this story, some of which may be clarified in the subsequent books. Hopefully. What we do get is Brubaker in space. Not a lot of Sci Fi, but a pleasing story of honourable officer bringing his crew on side, he "ship" gradually up to working standard while tackling the corruption in the Admiralty. There are few surprises but some very nice threads that make the read enjoyable. My main gripe is actually that I read this book before book 2 was released. Now I have to wait. hmmph!
This is an excellent start to this series. The story has been done before, obsolete ship, crew of misfits and criminals coming together as the last hope for humanity against the alien horde. However the writing is crisp and smart, the characters are good if a little lacking in depth but the story is the main driver. I liked the writing a lot and am Looking forward to more of these. The narration is very good Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job, the narration does the story justice.. The book ends on a cliff hanger but a good one. Highly recommended.
7/10 I'm trying to figure out how to describe this book. The story is interesting and the characters are all well written. I cared about what was happening throughout the book. But. There's a lot of bureaucratic shuffling around and political machinations going on which require explanation but serves to drag down the pace each time. The first few pages and even chapters are rather dry. The characters are relatable so it's not off-putting but I was beginning to wonder when the story was going to really start. It's an interesting universe and treacherous political web our hero is tossed into. The plot devices are all familiar and common but done believably enough to hold together. Now I just have to decide if I'm going to dive into book two or wait for the series to be completed and start over then.
The Last Hunter is the first book of the series by J. N. Chaney and Terry Mixon.
I was honestly expecting this book to conclude on a 3 star rating. There was simply too much overly complicated jargon filling every inch of space, interspersed or rather overlapping with long winded diatribes. The amount of surprise I felt when they legitimately encountered Locusts before the end of this first book, is wide-eyed at least.
There are some plot holes here. I do not believe at any point in humanity's future we would fracture far enough off our gun-toting, warmongering nature to allow our military force, even in unrealistic sci-fi hypotheticals, to reach this level of fustercluck. There would of course be measurable amounts of corruption, something likely similar to what is presented in this book. But the author shouldn't have picked humanity as the species that is showcased in this series. We're more the "conquer all universes" type, let's be honest here.
Commodore Jack Romanoff has been a fun character to follow. He possesses just the right amount of morality and a reasonable amount of morally ambiguous buffer to keep the story this side of interesting. His interactions with his father are especially enjoyable. I think the retired Admiral General takes great pleasure in any form of amicability he can elicit from his son, given their relationship parameters. He doesn't honestly seem too bad a guy, which I'm sure the author will no doubt manifest some great misdeeds in the coming sequels. Especially the amount of power coming into his grasp given the current situation.
This will indeed be an interesting journey. Life aboard the Delta Orionis is going to increasingly complicate with the addition of more civilians. Especially ones that didn't apply to be a part of the war effort. Given that our Commodore didn't go out of his way to catalogue all of the ones aboard his ship to make function possible before joining the war effort, we can only hope someone saw it crucial to alleviate this discrepancy. Or I imagine everything will be failing pretty magnificently very soon.
Who wants to guess the douche nozzle that took over command of Hawkwing is going to attempt wresting control of either Delta Orionis or one of the other Hunter-class ships very soon?
Ahhhhhh! A classic space opera of the highest order - about an exceptional man with seemingly insurmountable problems. Fortunately for humanity's sake, Commodore Jack Romanoff is more than a match for any challenge!
I first “met” Terry Mixon through the Vigilante series he co-authored with Glynn Stewart, one of my favorite writers. So now Terry is another one of those favorite writers as well. Absolutely loved his Empire of Bones Saga. After I ran out of reading materials, he finally published the Last Hunter series. And he didn’t disappoint. Great main character who does more than just fight and win and all those other tropes that make a military space saga what it is. The hero, Jack Romanoff is a relatable character. Yes, it’s the outcast proving morally superior to those who despise him, and the story’s premise follows the hero’s quest motive familiar from mythology, but the story is well told, dynamic and entertaining. So I’m sitting here waiting for the fourth installment to be published. Definitely would recommend the author in general, rather than just limiting myself to this one series. Great storyteller with gifted with choosing his co-authors wisely.