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Yorktown: Katana Krieger #1 (English Edition) par [Robinson, Bill]
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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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HASH(0x9673a210) 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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HASH(0x96557fcc) 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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HASH(0x96557f3c) 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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HASH(0x967cbedc) 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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HASH(0x967ce198) étoiles sur 5 Much better than the reviews suggest. 10 septembre 2014
Par Photog - Publié sur
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Much better than the reviews suggest. I read all the reviews prior to downloading this book. I don't normally read the reviews, but something about the headlines of the reviews grabbed my attention and I skimmed through many of them. This book is far better than the reviews suggest!

Okay, yes, the hair is its own character, and not a very interesting one. I was also a lot less pleased with the main characters constant reference to the intelligence level of her butt. I'm sorry, but most people say that they get a "gut feeling" about something. Not that their "ass tells them which way to turn" in a crisis.

I also strongly disliked the inaccurate rendition of female officers names's as Mr. SoAndSo. I have been in the Navy, we don't call female officer's "Mister". We call them Ma'am. If they are subordinate to us, we call them by rank or last name, or sometimes by nickname, but never as Mr.

Another major foible in the story is that the preface is that the Navy is going through a massive drawdown. Why would junior officers be given a plush new berth on board the newest ship in the Navy? There would be a LONG line of more deserving officers. With very few exceptions, a Captain does not get to pick his or her crew. Why would junior officers be in charge of departments with more senior officers in them? It's just utter nonsense, and really doesn't need to be written this way, it adds nothing to the story, and only undermines the authors credibility.

Other than those significant items, I enjoyed the book. Yes, the away teams issue is non-plausible, but doesn't really subtract from the story, because the character kinda needs to go where the action is. Author Richard Tongue struggles with the same issue in the excellent Battlecruiser Alamo series, though I think Tongue handles it better, by making it the Captains anguish over the moral needs of being there instead of just stubbornness to keep the plot moving.

The Tech is minimal, but plausible, the characters are pretty one-dimensional, but enjoyable, the events are fast paced and engaging, and the leadership is pleasingly competent. Not traits you always find in self-published authors these days.

My suggestion to Bill Robinson is to give the Captain a man to play with. Deal with the hair a lot less, read a book or two about military etiquette and customs (from this century), and explore the frictional boundaries of crews in tight quarters, using their wits and training to stay alive against a hostile universe.
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