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At the start of this story I nearly gave up on it as I consider it daft that in a distant future each nation would have its own country based ships in a fleet due to cost of such an enterprise. That said I enjoyed the story eventually and will now buy book two.
OK, if you are looking for high Space Opera, this isn't it. You won't get super detailed descriptions of high-tech weaponry, you won't get steely-eyed commanders bent for vengeance.
Actually, this is more like Space Opera Light or Space Comedic Opera. Within pages you'll realize that Navy ship was ever run this way, and that the technology aspects, which seem to be an afterthought, just don't really make any sense. But there's enough there to keep you interested in the hapless life of the main character, who is suddenly made captain of a heavily damaged ship and then proceeds to do things no captain would ever do. The guy just can't delegate apparently.
That said, the book kept me interested, but I think it may be a bit more YA than many adults would want. It probably helps if you think of it as a bit of a comedy, despite all the dire things that happen in it. Sort of a Perils of Pauline thing.
Not excellent, but good... and it certainly has its moments. At times it skates a little too close to YA, but just managed to not fall off the edge. Just. 4-star rating is a wee tiny bit generous, but I'll stay with it. If I get a chance to buy book two on an offer at some point, I'll go for it.
I wasn’t sure what I would get with this book but I can say I look forward to the second in the series! I think the characters are well developed, storyline great, and the writing is awesome. I was pulled in and wanted to be on ship with them. Great book