Capital Fleet: The Complete Ixan Legacy Series Box Set Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07NNWKC6J
- Publisher : Mirth Publishing (March 8, 2019)
- Publication date : March 8, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3185 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 740 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #168,454 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read A LOT of space opera sci fi and Mr. Bartlett is at the top of my list of enjoyable reads.
This is my first review of any book purchased thru Amazon. Well done SB!
The ‘typical’ science fiction story-lines always rely on a primary “good guy” and a primary “bad guy” to keep the story centered on their actions and conflicts. But Scott manages to present a case where the same character exists in both roles, sort of.
I have read all three books in this series, but I bought the set anyhow so I have them all in one file for future re-reading. (Yes, I do read Scott’s work over and over, always finding something I missed on the previous reads! That is how detailed his stories are!)
This trilogy consists of three books:
Capital Starship (Ixan Legacy Book 1)
Pride of the Fleet (Ixan Legacy Book 2)
Dogs of War (Ixan Legacy Book 3)
In Dogs of War, within a few pages you will fully understand my comment about the good and bad guys being the same person, sort of…
So to summarize these books without revealing any spoilers, the galaxy is in a war with an enemy they cannot match in technology and power, and barely hang on largely due to Husher’s brilliant tactics and insight into new technology created based on his asking key staff, and one very key civilian. They innovate specific things to counter the advantages of the Progenitor technology using tactics which are very effective with the new tech installed on some fighter ships. This innovation starts in Capital Starship and really gets rolling in Pride of the Fleet. The new technology is key to turning the tide of the war and saving humanity, again.
Husher becomes a hero to his crew (and most of the fleet) but his actions get him “out of favor” with virtually all aspects of the civilian population, which is led by a president who only allows him to remain in command of his ship, the Vesta, because he knows without Husher they don’t stand a chance. There is naturally a lot of conflict between the civilian government, activists on board the Vesta, and Husher. He is stressed almost to the breaking point by the conflicts created by civilian officials who ‘technically’ have final authority to control his actions, and yet manages to continually work with (or around) those who would prefer to see him in jail or dead. There are just so many challenges to overcome in the war while being forced to ‘follow orders’ he knows are ill advised that he (more or less) goes rogue from time to time. He always ends up being right to follow his gut, with a few disastrous exceptions. In the end he is the hero of the people, but does not think of himself that way given the way he had to turn the tide to save humanity.
In the end (as always) the war is won, as it could only end that way, and while Scott has indicated this is the end of the various Ixan based books, I hope he changes his mind and starts a new series based on either the Ixa or other species or characters from the Dogs of War. But I know he has already started a new book series, which promises to be a departure from what most current science fiction writers are pursuing. I would not expect anything less from Scott than to rethink the genre and give us something fresh compared to the very common themes most authors are pursuing the past few years.
Book 1 - Capital Starship - 3 Stars
I actually hated reading the first half of this book, as I disagreed with it’s main premise. It seems unfathomable to me that any society would be striving for peace instead of desiring a strong military to support and protect them, since their civilization was almost totally wiped out only 20 years prior. Add to that scenario, the fact that they were still being attacked by one of the old enemy races (Gok). It just didn’t seem plausible, that most of the remaining individuals would allow or encourage their politicians to sue for peace no matter what the costs. Especially when their old nemesis appeared on the scene.
Had the author wanted to set the background for a society where politicians limit, weaken & control the military, he should have chosen a much longer time period, with no warring factions. Where having a strong fleet wasn’t necessary or worth the expense and the military was allowed to gently fade out over time. Going this route would mean developing new characters to take the place of Captain Husher and crew, but this is a new series, so why not. Maybe his grandson could have taken the reins. Oh well, it wasn’t to be.
That being said, the last half of the book was excellent. I got a chance to witness exactly what I would expect from a seasoned spaceship Captain on his bridge. In addition, the author threw in a couple of twists and a few unexpected developments.
Book 2 - Pride of the Fleet - 5 Stars
The author really went into overdrive creating the exciting story in this book. Loved the complexity, the numerous new characters, new aliens, new and enhanced weapons, and lastly new threats. Hope I can keep up with all of the new players. If that wasn’t enough, his Epilogue threw out a totally unexpected bombshell to twist the plot once again. Wow, I gotta see where this goes, cause I really don’t have a clue.
Book 3 - Dogs of War - 4 Stars
I wondered how the author could possibly tie up all the loose ends he created with only one book, without making it 900 pages long. Somehow, he managed to answer the more pressing issues in under 400 pages, while leaving himself open to write numerous new books based on the complex galaxy that he created. I look forward to reading those as well, once they become available.
I do wish he had given us a little more background on Jake and the Mechs. Like how Jake came by his, and how the others were created. Guess if I want to learn more about them, I’ll need to read his “Mech Wars” Series.
Again, I found it hard to get through all of the BS, due to all of the ideology portions, but the battle action scenes were great.
For now, I’ll start reading his “Mech War” Series, which I’m really excited about, followed by his “After Galaxy” Series.