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The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) (The Battle for the Solar System) (The Battle for the Solar System Series Book 0) (English Edition) par [Sweeney, Stephen]
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When starfighter pilot Simon Dodds is enrolled in a top secret military project, he and his wingmates begin to suspect that there is a lot more to the theft of a legendary battleship and an Imperial nation's civil war than either the Confederation Stellar Navy or the government are willing to let on.

Within weeks of being reassigned to the Confederate border system of Temper, the five would begin to untangle a web of lies and a cover-up that seemed to span the length of the entire galaxy. And it would not be long before they themselves would come face to face with that which destroyed an empire: an unforgiving, unstoppable, and totally unrelenting foe.

There seemed to exist only one glimmer of hope of driving back the darkness: The ATAF Project - a secretly developed set of starfighters that may well just harbour some terrible secrets of their own.


"A tightly plotted action-adventure yarn with a good mix of likeable, interesting and nasty characters"

"Written with perspicacity and drive, with a strong voice and good attention to detail."

124,000 words
~ 450 pages

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 351 pages
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  • Editeur : Stephen J Sweeney (24 janvier 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0047DWCDO
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a nicely flowing story well written with stong characters i am now obliged to buy the next in the series
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 lame attempt at space opera hits lots of wrong notes 28 février 2015
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I may not've finished the book if I hadn't had it on Kindle, but I got caught up in the remarks --sometimes making snarky comments keeps me going on a book I'd otherwise quit in boredom &/or disgust.
Some of the grammar gripes (I hope) were fixed in the 2nd Ed, so I'm not going to go into those much.

My main complaints with the book are with the characters & the science, tho there are some definite plot problems. The most annoying plot problem, IMO, comes from the fact that even if you do finish the book you still won't actually know precisely what's going on. There are some hints right at the end at an explanation for the black-clad, ruby-eyed, amazing-fightin' bad guys, but if you really wanna know, ya gotta spring for #2. I know authors really go for series or trilogies to boost sales, but really, each book should stand on its own. Leaving a large bit of explanation of what's going on til book 2 doesn't make #1 a stand-alone book in my dictionary.

The characters: they are total weenies, & not too bright either. I don't know what the heck kind of military this 'space navy' is supposed to be, but the 5 big heroes of the book are pathetic; they can't stand boredom, or inconvenience, or discomfort; they consider staring at a simulator screen for an hour to be grueling & sitting in a 'spacefighter' for 6 hours watching ships go by to be tantamount to being tortured to death. 4 out of the 6 have no clue whatsoever how to handle weapons or fight hand-to-hand, they completely freak out when they see injuries & really lose it when seeing dead bodies (one gets basically hysterical), and they also freak out when asked to actually do battle (despite flying hot new fighters which are utterly miraculous, being completely impervious to weapons or kamikazi attacks or anything else --one of the science problems). The leader of the 5 is a martinet wanna-be, and the rest have no conception of chain of command or military discipline (though that seems endemic to their service; admirals & captains basically ask underlings to do things & just stand around if refused).

The "science" is ludicrous; some of the space maneuvers are particularly hilarious, such as the time they fly their miracle fighters up to a space station with their cloaking devices engaged, and decide to park them next to another vessel so they'll be able to find them when they come back --that's sort of amusing right there, but not the best part; they literally park them in space, just drive up & come to a dead stop (set the parking brake?) & hop out & swim over to the airlock. Now, it'd take a bit of work to get 5 craft to sit perfectly still in relation to each other, the other vessel, & the station, but they do it like parking at WalMart. No tethers, nothing, & apparently no worries about what might happen if the other vessel they're snugged up to decides to leave; it if knocked into one, that one & possibly more are going to be set moving & since they're in space, they'll keep moving until something makes them stop. & (since they're invisible) Our Heroes are never going to see their miracle craft again. This business of craft just coming to a dead stop in space happens a lot in this book, but it doesn't happen in space; you can stop something in relation to something else, but it's not like stopping your car in the driveway.

The miracle craft have shields that make them invulnerable to everything from weapons to having another vessel crash through them, but Our Heroes can slither through the shields without difficulty.

Other physics howlers; a guy's next to a door in a station that gets opened to vacuum, & gently floats out instead of getting blown violently out into space with the rest of the air. People get blown into space without suits but float comfortably in near-absolute zero vacuum & can even get into a staredown with someone in a spacecraft without freezing their eyeballs (but that apparently (maybe?) is because of the Big Mystery to be revealed in Book 2....unless it's delayed to Book 3. Or whenever. Spacecraft that don't get into atmosphere have their paint jobs & names all worn off, by....? solar wind? space barnacles & vacuum algae? who knows by what...wouldn't happen in vacuum in less than maybe millennia of micro-meteors impacting.

There's other Star Trekkian stuff in addition to the cloaking devices, like a bar on a ship that's basically Ten Forward & a device that's just like a tricorder (but not called that), but then there's also stuff that's so low tech as to seem silly, like when they recover the black boxes from two ships, and the lack of really good communication methods (as mentioned by other reviewers).

The book is riddled with cartoonish, amateur science, character, & plot silliness that stretched even my suspension of disbelief till it snapped, and that takes some doing, believe me.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good read, decent page turner 3 août 2011
Par Kevin - Publié sur
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A solid sci-fi adventure/military action book. The story at the beginning was decent but felt a little rushed. A lot of plot parts seem to get left on the cutting room floor in this one but overall the story flow is decent and you can enjoy it as a good action read. It felt sort of like a cross between star wars and babylon 5 as far as story type.

The story was well paced, moved smoothly along and the action scenes were well written as well. My only problem with the story is the number of plot items that the author tossed in then never explained at all. I'd rather not go into much detail on them because the book is a solid read and getting into too much detail would ruin it for folks who haven't read it yet but suffice to say that there are enough cliff-hangers in the story to easily spawn an entire trilogy or even a small series based on this as a first book. A lot of questions come up during the book that never get answered.

My overall feel was that it was a very good book if it becomes part of a series. If it's intended to be a stand-alone effort some work should be done to tie up the numerous loose ends left in the original work.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 No 5th star 25 mars 2017
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The book is a page-turner & very well written but for 2 major flaws. Beware if you are easily frustrated or turned off by poor editing. This one will have you pulling your hair out! The other flaw is a plot weakness. Despite having the enemy in hand and easily destroyed, they aren't and the later explanation is total nonsense. While this writer writes as if English is a second language with many many wrong word choices, the story development is excellent. Would love to see this writer developed by a good editor!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 May the Force be with you 20 mai 2017
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The honour of the knights (first edition) by Sweeney. I quite enjoyed this story and suspended judgement re futuristic happenings. The characters were bland but the interplay between their bosses set the tone. I thought the boss, Estelle, was given some unfortunate traits. A lot could have been explained about the super fighters but I guess Star Wars fills that role. If you want a rollicking sci-fi story, then this might suit you.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Epic story with many layers 9 novembre 2014
Par C. E. Martin - Publié sur
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Big in scope, and it really works well. Most characters very well developed and suitably complex. A couple of the big ones seem a little thin, but flesh out well (for the most part) by the end of the book. The plot develops slowly, but not in a way that seems sluggish. I enjoyed the underlying mysteries as well as the interplay among high ranking officers contrasted with the experiences of the flight officers.The villains, when revealed, are portrayed in a way that makes them suitably terrifying. All in all, this is a very good read at a bargain price.
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