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Backyard Starship Kindle Edition
His grandfather used to tell him fantastic stories of spacemen and monsters, princesses and galactic knights. Little did Van realize, the old man's tales were more than fiction. They were real.
Hidden beneath the old barn, Van’s legacy is waiting: a starship, not of this world.
With his combat AI, an android bird named Perry, Van takes his first steps into the wider galaxy. He soon finds that space is far busier and more dangerous than he could have ever conceived.
Destiny is calling. His grandfather's legacy awaits.
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with USA Today Bestselling Author J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert in this brand new science fiction series. If you're a fan of found spaceships and galactic quests for glory, this might just be the story you've been waiting for.
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- ASIN : B099LJNCHQ
- Publisher : Variant Publications (September 19, 2021)
- Publication date : September 19, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1517 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 510 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #324 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's not a bad tale, just lacking in that special something that makes one want to find out what happens next. The main character is interesting, but lacks the heart that turns a character into an audience proxy. And the world he's in is just.... rather unpleasant to think about.
It's a high three star. Good, but I can't see putting it into my "I'd recommend this to lots of people" bracket which leaves it at 3 stars. It's just missing something.
Van Tudor is a white hat hacker who, as a boy, was regaled with tales of aliens, space wars, beautiful alien women in distress, cruel criminals, and murderous interstellar crime syndicates, by his grandfather who, as far as Van knew was a black ops agent working for the Government. What if those stories were true, and Gramps was an agent, not for a super-secret agency of the Government, but a member of an intergalactic police force? And what if his grandfather left him a starship, two snarky, self-aware, hyper intelligent AI’s, so he could follow in his grandfather’s footsteps?
That is the world created by Chaney and Maggert in “Backyard Spaceship.” The characters include the aforementioned snarky AI’s, a gorgeous heiress who can kick ass with Kung Fu, shoot off the antenna off of a spaceship from 500,000 kilometers, and pilot a spaceship like Han Solo, humans (remember all those alien abductions?) and of course, plenty of bad aliens and good aliens.
This book was fun to read and the characters and story reminded me of the many Robert Heinlein books I devoured as a kid. Humor and action galore abound in “Backyard Spaceship;” I highly recommend this book and can’t wait until the next volume, “Red Bounty,” comes out on November 28th.
It just didn’t thrill me.
The MC has little agency, pretty much goes where he is told and does what he is told. He also thoroughly lacks skepticism, taking everything at face value with almost no questions. Astonishingly naive, he accepts a passenger without checking credentials or confirming identity. While trusting his various AIs to keep him on track is reasonable given his situation, taking strangers’ statements as true without question is just…stupid.
I haven’t finished, so it’s quite possible the MC gets taught this important lesson later. But for an adult —with his background and relative— to be so blatantly gullible and not even express a single misgiving…I’m done.
One way I know a book is terrific is when I start highlighting phrases or sentences in my Kindle, usually with a note like "Nice!" In other words, "Dang, I wish I wrote that. Sweet!" This book got a bunch of notes like that -- not a common thing at all. Rare praise.
Another point: I finished the book. I start many books but finish few because they're not worth my time.
BACKYARD STARSHIP pulled me along relentlessly, every time I had a few minutes to read.
The origin story was believable, even compelling. That's key with the first book in what may be a series. (A second book is due in a few months.)
It was easy to identify with the characters, pulling me into the story. While I'm perfectly content with a cast of hundreds, this book neatly kept the central cast small. It also kept the team-building to a minimum. I liked the way AI characters meshed with biological characters.
A particular strength here is the author's grasp of fundamental facts of space and engineering. The plot flits from star to star, with a believable approach to FTL travel. All sorts of details of chemistry, engineering, physics and astronomy pop up, but never impede the story. It felt like Arthur C. Clarke was the author's godfather, or keyboard uncle, or something. Impressive. Unusual. Good!
I would have liked to post one of the first 5-star reviews. It was clear within three chapters that this book would excel. However I actually finished the whole book before writing this review. I'm happy to say that I'm looking forward to Book 2. Enthusiastically!
I hope that's helpful for someone. Be well. Read often. Enjoy.
The start is kind of a repeated theme..
The story starts slow, but introduces many many different threads, and only one is resolved.
Makes this universe incredibly diverse.
Reminds me of "Have space suit, will travel "
And "Have Gun, will travel "
Crossed with a computer game rules of a Quest and market based upgrades to your Hero.
Really kind of hokey, but in an excellent way.
Good fun, no gore and gratuitous stuff.
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There is a lot of humour, much of it dry, all of it written with an excellent turn of phrase. The characters seem to mesh better for all the badinage. Great fun and a decent sized story to get one’s teeth into.
Human taken off of earth with no knowledge that the wider universe has alien life and then told he is to become A member of the galactic police force
Everything just sea to hang together nicely and it's well written