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Space Carrier Avalon (Castle Federation Book 1) Kindle Edition
A crack team gathered for one last tour
A cold war that has simmered to its final hour
When the Castle Federation deployed the first starfighters, they revolutionized war and drove the Terran Commonwealth from their space. The first of the carriers for those deadly strike craft was Avalon, a legend that turned the tide of a dozen battles.
That was decades ago. Now Avalon is obsolete, a backwater posting—but still a legend to the Federation and her allies and enemies alike. Wing Commander Kyle Roberts and a cadre of officers are sent aboard the old carrier to take her on a final tour along the frontier.
Aboard, Roberts finds outdated fighters, broken pilots…and key subordinates who just might be traitors. He and the others will get Avalon ready for war once more regardless. Show tour or not, the old enemy has been seen near the border and no matter what, when the call comes, Avalon will answer!
About the Author
Glynn Stewart is the author of several science fiction and fantasy novels, including City in the Sky, Children of Prophecy, and Starship's Mage. He lives in Canada.
Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer who has narrated numerous audiobooks as well as countless instructional recordings and video games. His narrations have earned an Audie Award nomination and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. He also cohosts the popular board-game podcast The Dice Tower.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00ZO92TKG
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (14 June 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 2941 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,983 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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There are some “holes” in the plot. The political landscape, descriptions and regimes are kept to a bare minimum. The storyline about graft, theft and corruption linked to Avalon’s Station is just dropped and forgotten once the carrier is no longer directly involved in it, as if it did not really matter anymore to learn how such a massive scam could have taken place and what its ramifications and who its benefactors may have been. The contrast between the valiant and indomitable crew of the ageing space carrier Avalon and its Commonwealth enemies ready to surrender when things no longer go their way and to commit atrocities otherwise, borders caricature.
The characterisation is a bit mixed. The two main “heroes”, and Wing Commander Kyle in particular, are pretty good, with the author attributing some very human personal weaknesses to them. However, the personal relationships that develop on board among two sets of officers are rather unoriginal – regardless of whether they are homo or heterosexual - and do not anything much of substance to the storyline.
The key feature of this title, however, are the space battles, and particularly the Falcon Starfighters’ performance under the command of their very daring and innovative Wing Commanders. Although I will refrain from spoilers, these battles, with the “goodies” suitably outnumbered, but with more modern Starfighters, are simply superb. There are perhaps a couple of instances where the reader might have to suspend belief, such as when an enemy battleships gets rammed and the author depicts flames coming out of it. Both events are quite incredible. However, the horrific accident and losses sustained by Avalon when in warp translation is vividly depicted. What is again perhaps harder to believe is that it takes a mere three to four days to make the space carrier operational again.
So, while there are holes in the plot and some rather hard to believe features, the space battles are vividly described and exciting. They are simply gripping to an extent that I almost missed an appointment because I wanted to get to the end of one of them! It is essentially because of these that I will rate this title four stars.
The characters, mainly all space navy, are well written and three dimensional with roles that are easily identifiable with their counterparts in today's 'wet' navies with maybe a bit of Star Trek thrown in. I particularly liked the interaction between the senior crew members which was well conceived and not overly drawn out.
The main attraction of these books is, without any doubt, the epic battles that take place between various space fleets in several guises. Well described, if a bit repetitive, and frightening in the huge loss of life that ensues although both sides seem to respect each others lifepods and similar with a few glaring exceptions.
The proof reading could have been better. There are occasions when a word missed or another used in completely the wrong context brought me up short. Not the sort of thing I want to experience too often the fault is present in all the books. That said, a very enjoyable series that, for me, just hangs on to its 5 star rating by virtue of the author's descriptive skills.
for me the techno-babble is good enough to suspend belief, the characters are also believable, and the action is outstanding. Ecstacy chips, a high-level conspiracy, piracy (or is it?), a deadly systems breakdown in interstellar space, and a sudden invasion by the larger Terran Commonwealth. Sex without everyone falling into bed and heroism despite fear. The Christian fundamentalist with a gun seemed a bit stereotypical to me but is obviously very rare in this future world so I'll give that a pass. Otherwise as far as I am concerned it deserves full marks.
I BOUGHT THINKING THAT THIS WOULD BE A KINDLE FILLER BOOK, BUT ONCE I STARTED READING I COULD NOT PUT DOWN.
I AM GOING TO BUY THE SECOND INSTALMENT AS SOON AS I POST THIS.
I GIVE IT FIVE STARS AS THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ALSO HAVE A DEPTH TO THEM, AND YOU CAN RELATE TO THEM.
BUY THE BOOK YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. TO THE AUTHOR WELL DONE ITS BRILLIANT!!
IN THE LAST 3YEARS I HAVE HAD TO LEARN TO READ AGAIN AFTERR BRAIN BLEED AND I LOST THE ABILITY TO READ AND WRITE, AUTHORS LIKE THIS HAVE HELPED RELEARNING TO READ AGAIN A LOT EASIER AND MORE FUN.