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Yorktown: Katana Krieger #1 (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Bill Robinson

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Four hundred years in our future, Captain Katana Krieger has just assumed command of the Union Navy’s new frigate, USS Yorktown, when suddenly she and her crew are assigned to find a missing convoy 200 light years from earth. What she finds instead is an alien invasion, one that only she and her crew can stop. Action and adventure await the reader. This is not great literature, it’s simply great fun. Some violence, an adult innuendo or two, and an occasional “frak,” otherwise fine for fun lovers of all ages.

NOTE: A couple bits of information appear to be useful based on the first 60 or so reviews. First. Yes, it's written in the first person, which bothers some folks in this genre, but I thought it necessary since it's a mystery being solved and this way you get the same info she gets to figure it out. It is, as many have pointed out, unlike 99% of alien invasion stories. Second, Katana is not Spruance, or Nimitz, or Halsey or any modern Navy commander. She is based on Steven Decatur, late 1700s US frigate captain. Youngest captain in US Navy history, one of only 53 people ever to have a portrait appear on US currency, namesake of an Arleigh Burke destroyer. When the USS Philadelphia was captured in Tripoli, he planned, executed, and personally led a special ops mission to destroy her (which earned him the utter respect of Horatio Nelson). When his brother was killed, he planned, executed, and led a special ops mission during which, outnumbered better than 5 to 1, he still managed to personally kill the enemy ship captain and escape. He was sent by Thomas Jefferson to negotiate treaties with foreign governments, which he usually did through expeditious use of his cannons. No modern commander would act that way, but Katana's soul is 700 years old.

The ships in this book are generally either (a) revolutionary war battles or (b) associated with the first six frigates of the US Navy (Congress, Constitution, Decatur, Bainbridge, Truxton). This is a topsails and mainsails with nuclear warheads and laser cannons book, not a gas turbine book.

Length: Rounded off: 2001: A Space Odyssey is 70,000 words. The Forever War is 81,000 words. The Hobbit is 97,000 words. Yorktown is 98,000 words. Ender’s Game is 107,000 words. Game of Thrones is 300,000 words. This is a real novel, but not an epic one.

Bill Robinson is a short story writer of strange computer fiction, including the only two intentional works of fiction ever published by Network World, "The Tolkien Ring Network," and "The Ether Strikes Back." His first novel, Intention, and it’s sequel, Destination, are apparently the most read grown up superhero novels for the Kindle.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Variations on an old theme - well done 5 juillet 2014
Par Dietrich Liebert - Publié sur
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This is a book you want to put down and do something else - and you discover early in the morning that you have finished it. The author's writing style changes from past to present tense and back, there is still some editing to be done, but dialogs are short and to the point, actions are nonstop, and the occasional self-depreciating humour making the story go along pleasantly. There are aliens (not yet explained - I am waiting for the second book), traitors, intelligent and stupid superiors (funny that there are no incompetent staff or crew around), and total dedication to a job done. Physics are kept simple - why explain in long pseudo science why the ships can jump in space if it does not help the story ( I just wonder why there is a space navy with many planets colonized and constant travel between them and nobody has yet invented at least a small gravity compensator - it must hurt to jump from zero gravity to hour long 4g acceleration), and Captain Krieger admits (at least to herself) that she makes mistakes. A pleasant and entertaining book and I hope that there will be as entertaining sequels to come.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun to read 11 juillet 2014
Par nogentlereader - Publié sur
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A few grammatical mistakes and typos, and the initial confusion of women crew members being referred to as "Mr.," notwithstanding, this is a fun read and I hope it leads to a full blown series. As opposed to the mind-numbing hatred of reporters and long-winded expositions of...everything, including British Royals, in which Cristopher Nuttall's "Ark Royal" series indulges, this book is FUN to read. Katana is a delight. I look forward to her further adventures. A huge bargain at $0.99.
Um...why not Ms.?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story, but . . . 23 juillet 2014
Par Jeffey Holmes Hunter - Publié sur
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Great story, What it suffers from is the writing style. The author I think is using a free association narrative for the book or he just leaves out A, I, or We in places where they need to be. This makes most of the sentences from the Captain's narrative feel like you must have missed something and cause you to go back and reread the sentence. Also the use of the male title for everyone really leave wondering who is who.

Where this may work in a real navel vessel it really leaves you wondering who these other characters are in a fiction novel. I can't get to know who Mr. Garcia is when the captain calls her a him but then the write in the next line refers to o her as a her. This really throws off the minor characters and leaves you not caring about them at all.

Like other have said a very fresh story, I do love the captain, its nice to have one who is not from the James T Kirk or Honor Harrington mold.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Topless All Girl Trombone Band 22 juillet 2014
Par Paul Cassel - Publié sur
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I'll expand on the title of this review shortly but first some introductory comments.

First contact books tend to fall into one of two categories today. The first is the Star Trek model where the Earth spaceship stumbles upon a new planet inhabited by humans or humanoid beings living in what seems to be very much a Jeffersonian Ideal America, circa, 1850. The captain gets into an adventure with a comely alien and they mate. The captain proclaims the natives to be friendly.

The other trope is that implacable, mysterious, high tech aliens attack humans who are thrown back on their heels but fight back resourcefully and with a good deal of pluck.

Yorktown: Katana Krieger #1 is utterly different. I can't certify it being a unique first contact book, but it's quite different from the vast majority out there which fit into one of the two categories above. Yet as much as the idea is great, the execution leaves a good deal to be desired.

The problem is entirely with the narrator: Katana herself who is named captain of the small warship Yorktown. She's not just unconvincing; she's utterly laughable in this role. She assembles a mostly female crew who themselves aren't at all believable in the way they act or interact. During the first half of the novel I expected the captain to announce that all this space warfare business was just a feint and really, she's decided to form an all girl topless trombone band with herself as lead trombonist.

While it lets up a bit in the second part of the book, in the first half, the captain is obsessed with various things to the point of driving a reader to distraction. One of these things is taking showers. We're told every few pages that she is either taking one or fantasizing about taking one. At one point she takes a 'longgg' (sic) hot shower, goes right to sleep and then wakes up to take another long hot shower. At one point, stranded, and down to 1 liter per day of water in a life and death situation, the captain wonders not about rescue but how to wash her hair with that daily ration.

Then we have her hair and others' hair too. She boasts that her hair isn't regulation and, after the showers, fluffs out to take up 'half the bridge'. This is the example set by the captain? She also pressures other females to grow long hair and approves when they do.

The capper for me, on how this individual doesn't behave like any captain of a warship would is her insistence that she participates in one after another away missions. Captain Kirk beaming down may have made for good TV 50 years ago, but here, it's just idiocy. The top is when she and one trained Marine do an away mission to take over a hostile warship. She lacks the training or physical ability to be part of a team so she's really a captain and a bodyguard taking on an unknown number of foes. The situation is saved by the most laughable bit of good luck one can imagine.

Can you imagine Dwight Eisenhower hitting the beach at Normandy on 6 Jun 44? Well, that's the equivalent of what the author would have you believe this captain does. Like I said, it's silly and all unbelievable fluff after fluff after shower and shampoo.

In the end, a tedious read which takes one out of the moment time and time again due to the laughable antics of an unrealistic girl captain. A good idea ruined by the topless trombone band personality of the protagonist.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice Try, But Not Quite 6 octobre 2014
Par Crusty Critic - Publié sur
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An Honor-like (her first and last name start with the same letter, the same as Honor's) space naval officer about 400 years in the future, when there are 3 human groups. Well-written and interesting. The main character has a nice snarky personality, and there are clever references to things like Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Alas, the book is too full of a host of tired mil-SF cliches: she does dumb things but is always right, she takes huge risks, she ignores the need to keep superiors or her government informed, the usual super-smart, super-loyal crew doing their utmost to kill themselves through overwork, the usual dumb politicians downsizing the navy and not understanding their value, the usual clannish military, the usual jut-jawed space marines, the usual dumb as rocks political admiral, the usual body-shy adolescent behavior (esp. dumb in a closed environment with a mixed military), etc., etc., and so on. I know that cliches can be comforting, but it is also possible (rarely) to do cliches in a refreshing way, or with a different slant. But Robinson just cuts and pastes, diluting his good writing and appealing main character.
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