The Terran Privateer

The Terran PrivateerEarth Is Conquered Sol Is Lost One Ship Is Tasked To Free Them One Captain To Save Them All When An Alien Armada Destroys The United Earth Space Force And Takes Control Of The Human Homeworld, Newly Reinstated Captain Annette Bond Must Take Her Experimental Hyperspace Cruiser Tornado Into Exile As Terra S Only Interstellar Privateer She Has Inferior Technology, Crude Maps And No Concept Of Her Enemy, But The Seedy Underbelly Of Galactic Society Welcomes Her So Long As She Has Prizes To Sell And Money To Spend But When Your Only Allies Are Pirates And Slavers, Things Are Never As They Seem And If You Become All That You Were Sworn To Destroy, What Are You Fighting For LGBTQ Space Pirates SciFi Without Any Parrots or Peglegs The Terran Privateer, is a hamfisted, pedestrian, banal, preachy eBook, that gratuitously makes many one dimensional characters gay or sexually deviant, in order to promote a PC agenda.Storyline Earth in the near future has explored the solar system and nearby star systems A benevolent, though condescending alien race, conquers Earth A prototype warship, captained by a determined mistress she prefers bondage , manned by a heavily gay LGBTQ Space Pirates SciFi Without Any Parrots or Peglegs The Terran Privateer, is a hamfisted, pedestrian, banal, preachy eBook, that gratuitously makes many one dimensional characters gay or sexually deviant, in order to promote a PC agenda.Storyline Earth in the near future has explored the solar system and nearby star systems A benevolent, though condescending alien race, conquers Earth A prototype warship, captained by a determined mistress she prefers bondage , manned by a heavily gay crew, accompanied by two 2 deep space scout ships, are dispatched to the fringes of the invaders empire, to act as a privateer force, and win back Earth s freedom There s mundane space battles, boarding actions, rescuing human slaves, interspecies rape, numerous aliens, and, no joking, lead character ends up needing an eyepatch No parrots nor peglegs make an appearance The writing is bland, almost by rote The author has limited imagination or basic skills His favorite words, phrasing, repeat over and over i.e prosaic Mr Stewart was apparently an accountant prior to his writing career, and it shows The only passion shown in the text is when describing numbers distances, sizes, costs, etc It s all pretty low brow.The eBook was fully read via Kindle Unlimited and is not recommended Good space opera It kept me turning the pages Good characters, a good plot, and a satisfying ending The pacing is good One thing that helps the story move along the drives for the spaceships are inertialess, so they accelerate, decelerate, and maneuver on a dime Typos, however, especially missing words and some added words, diminish the total enjoyment a little Between the typos and some pronoun fuzzy sentences, I had to readthan one sentence several times to make sure I had grokke Good space opera It kept me turning the pages Good characters, a good plot, and a satisfying ending The pacing is good One thing that helps the story move along the drives for the spaceships are inertialess, so they accelerate, decelerate, and maneuver on a dime Typos, however, especially missing words and some added words, diminish the total enjoyment a little Between the typos and some pronoun fuzzy sentences, I had to readthan one sentence several times to make sure I had grokked the meaning The book includes some totally egregious bombing, but it tends to occur in clusters rather than being spread evenly throughout the book Still, worth reading I shall keep my eye open for the next book in the series, and hope that it is a little less typo beset 3.5 StartsThe staging and characters are interesting but the author was unable to give a sense of true suspense With a few exceptions, the turns in the plot were quite predictable even the end and some of the conveniences of their circumstances had me roll my eyes Still, I enjoyed most of it as I liked the characters and setting well enough More detailed Spoilers below The setup is good It isn t the most original Earth is overtaken by an invading force with a lone ship being mankind s 3.5 StartsThe staging and characters are interesting but the author was unable to give a sense of true suspense With a few exceptions, the turns in the plot were quite predictable even the end and some of the conveniences of their circumstances had me roll my eyes Still, I enjoyed most of it as I liked the characters and setting well enough More detailed Spoilers below The setup is good It isn t the most original Earth is overtaken by an invading force with a lone ship being mankind s last hope but there are enough alterations to make it interesting It felt kind of like Battlestar Galactica meets Ender s Game, but that s a bit oversimplified I always enjoy nuance, and the sort of twist that the invading force of aliens truly were benevolent was welcome One of the few twists was that they were actually what they seemed to be.The characters are also fairly interesting, though lacking in overall depth I will give it something of a pass on this since this is the first book in a series The best thing about this book is actually the tech It wasn t overly inventive but was written in a way that was simultaneously easy to understand and interesting.I just wish it hadof a sense of danger Not once in any of the space battles did it seem like the crew of the Tornado wasn t going to make it There just wasn t that sense of danger that comes with the classic science fiction and fantasy stories I m used to Every scenario the characters are put into has a fairly clear solution that the characters obviously take I m left feeling a lack of imagination on the author s part when I am so consistently NOT surprised I m not saying I could do better, but I m not writing fiction either I read these kind of stories to be taken on a ride with twists and turns where I don t see what s around the corner When characters consistently don t die or make almost any false moves then it s hard to feel any sense of wonderment.I guess my final take on this book is that I would love for this story to be essentially the same with some twists and tugs of heartstrings It began and ended well, but the darkness that makes the light shine so bright was missing A swashbuckler of a tale Earth has taken its first steps off planet when the Imperium shows up on our doorstep with overwhelming firepower and demands unconditional surrender Of course we fight, and most of us die, but one ship, commanded by Bloody Annie, escapes with a letter of the marque to become a privateer tasked with finding and taking the technology capable of driving the Imperium from Earth and regaining our freedom.Exceptthere are other forces out there than the Imperium, and some A swashbuckler of a tale Earth has taken its first steps off planet when the Imperium shows up on our doorstep with overwhelming firepower and demands unconditional surrender Of course we fight, and most of us die, but one ship, commanded by Bloody Annie, escapes with a letter of the marque to become a privateer tasked with finding and taking the technology capable of driving the Imperium from Earth and regaining our freedom.Exceptthere are other forces out there than the Imperium, and some of them Are less, ah, user friendly There is some great villaining here, and some very realistic aliens, and a whole bunch of gun porn But not too much.I ve read all three books in the series so far and it s a fun tale from start to finish, withbooks set in this universe to come according to the author I m up for that This is a good and entertaining story I wasn t expecting less from Glynn However, problems are often solved by favorable miraculous circumstances and not by the efforts of the protagonist and crew While this lets the story progresssmoothly, it somewhat diminishes their efforts and makes you roll your eyes Further, when neutral parties are confronted with the right thing to do, they just magically side with our heroes These patterns could be found in the Starship s Mage series too, This is a good and entertaining story I wasn t expecting less from Glynn However, problems are often solved by favorable miraculous circumstances and not by the efforts of the protagonist and crew While this lets the story progresssmoothly, it somewhat diminishes their efforts and makes you roll your eyes Further, when neutral parties are confronted with the right thing to do, they just magically side with our heroes These patterns could be found in the Starship s Mage series too, although not so articulately.That said, I still enjoyed this book I d recommend this to people who are looking for a good, fast paced, enjoyable story in a sci fi setting What a great readAnother great start to what I am sure will be a interesting series of books Recommend if you are looking for a interesting series. This is an unabashedly fun read of the Hornblower in Space sub sub genre of the space opera sub genre.I can probably stop here if you re into this sort of thing, you know it, and this one s a fun read of this sort But for those of you still readingYes, it s easy to compare this to Weber s work, and no, it s not as gripping The ship to ship action s not nearly as solid the humans have superior defensive tech to nearly every ship they meet, and they largely just bull their way through every This is an unabashedly fun read of the Hornblower in Space sub sub genre of the space opera sub genre.I can probably stop here if you re into this sort of thing, you know it, and this one s a fun read of this sort But for those of you still readingYes, it s easy to compare this to Weber s work, and no, it s not as gripping The ship to ship action s not nearly as solid the humans have superior defensive tech to nearly every ship they meet, and they largely just bull their way through every encounter with a very damn the torpedoes attitude That said, when the action turns to the marines Earth s Special Space Services, descendants of Her Majesty s SAS , the action gets a lot better It s easier to tell what s happening and why, though there arethan a few challenges solved by saturating the problem with grenades.But this isn t just a Honor Harrington knock off The political situation is a lotinteresting and nuanced Earth s been conquered by tentacle aliens, but they re not twirling their mustaches and cackling maniacally Instead, the feline neighbors of the tentacle aliens are twirling their, uh, whiskers, I guess, and cackling maniacally Our heroine, Annette Bond, is in command of the closest thing Earth has to a modern warship when the Solar System is invaded Recognizing that defeat is inevitable, her superiors issue her a letter of marque and send her off into the galaxy to buy, borrow, or steal tech and make allies in order to aid a rebellion on Earth.What Captain Bond finds is acomplex political situation than just conquered and conquerors She has to associate with the scum of the galaxy, pirates and slavers, to even begin her mission, which looksandimpossible by the day And then she gets a break that might just allow her to win Earth s independence if she s willing to sacrifice her self respect and soul for it.The melodrama is high on this one Our heroes are stalwart professionals with a strict code of honor, and when they overcome the frequent temptations to sacrifice honor for expediency, they re frequently rewarded by those who recognize their superior moral character However, this isn t a jerks from Earth show up and rescue the galaxy by being ultra decent people sort of thing It salong the lines of all competent militaries share a core code of ethics and recognize and respect it in others sort of thing.The result is much less David Weber andAlan Dean Foster s Commonwealth or Glenn Cook s The Dragon Never Sleeps The ending of the book implies we ll be diving deeper into the political and anthropological in the sequel, and I m very much looking forward to reading it I was trying to find a book on KU in the sci fi space opera genre, with a female lead character I found book three in this series and went to get it In my haste, I purchased the book at the regular price rather than on KU The damn buttons on the screen of my phone are a tiny fraction of an inch apart Having purchased book 3, I decided to check whether book 1 was on KU I like to start reading series tales at the beginning It was I bought it, correctly, on KU So glad I did.Highlights I was trying to find a book on KU in the sci fi space opera genre, with a female lead character I found book three in this series and went to get it In my haste, I purchased the book at the regular price rather than on KU The damn buttons on the screen of my phone are a tiny fraction of an inch apart Having purchased book 3, I decided to check whether book 1 was on KU I like to start reading series tales at the beginning It was I bought it, correctly, on KU So glad I did.Highlights Aliens conquer Earth this book and retire all nations governments, thus forcing a one world government most of the governing plot development is in book 3 Men and women have been in the Earth s military prior to the alien takeover in about equal numbers The aliens are just one of many groups of aliens in the galaxy, and their faction federation is not one of the biggest This group of aliens have many races serving on and in some cases, commanding their space vessels In other words, neither the humans or the alien race that takes charge of Earth are the most successful or particularly unique by galactic standards. A pet peeve while there were few overt spelling errors that I spotted, there were many instances where a word appears to be missing from a sentence All three books are on KU as of this review 11 17 I m just enjoying the heck out of this new series by an author I already like Addictive Aliens Empires in conflict SPACE PIRACY Liberating slaves Women in milSF What s not to like here Edited to add I would describe the quality of the writing here as action adventure, there s a lot of action and a littleconcentration on military hardware and mass deaths than I really like but it s really exciting Another reviewer mentions that there are gay characters and rape in the book this I m just enjoying the heck out of this new series by an author I already like Addictive Aliens Empires in conflict SPACE PIRACY Liberating slaves Women in milSF What s not to like here Edited to add I would describe the quality of the writing here as action adventure, there s a lot of action and a littleconcentration on military hardware and mass deaths than I really like but it s really exciting Another reviewer mentions that there are gay characters and rape in the book this is true, as in real life but Stewart doesn t really write sex scenes honestly I d like a littleromance written for all the romantic pairings presented, but his strength is the adventure storyline Good SciFi I loved every minute Characterization could be a bitrobust but I did enjoy what was there I will happily readof this series as long as the complexity and integrity remain engaging