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Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales) Hardcover – April 26, 2021
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He dreams of sailing the stars, but he never counted on space pirates…
Liam Hoffen wants off the asteroid he and his family call home. Despite passing the Mars Competency Test, he’s stuck mining a plot of land that may never pay off. To make matters worse, the girl of his dreams is about to ship off to the Naval Academy…
But when a brutal pirate hoard sets its sights on Liam’s colony, he and his friends may be their ramshackle town’s only chance of survival. As they gather up all the courage and cunning they can muster, they learn that their little colony holds secrets far bigger than they ever could have imagined. The truth about their dusty asteroid could change everything, if they live long enough to do something about it…
Rookie Privateer is the first book in the Privateer Tales saga, a series of swashbuckling space operas. If you like memorable and witty characters, pulse-pounding adventures, and galactic tales reminiscent of golden age sci-fi, then you’ll love Jamie McFarlane’s explosive tale.
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- ASIN : B093K5J2D4
- Publisher : Independently published (April 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 280 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8718897104
- Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.82 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,649,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, I did find the story rather endearing. The main characters are likable, and by the end of the book I found myself more invested in the resolution than I expected. The payoff was good, and almost made me want to read the next book in the series.
I think people tend to rate books higher than they should, so I try to rate books on a harder scale, while being consistent over time. Jerry Foster's book rating scale:
5 - Fantastic. Life-altering. Only 10-20 books in a lifetime.
4 - Very good.
3 - Worth your time.
2 - Not very good.
1 - Atrocious
I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t fully appreciate this book. It’s definitively an encouraging start in a space opera series. Maybe it’s the lack of irresistible draw before we get to the crux of Liam and Nick taking on the Red Houzi. Or the ridiculous notion that an elite space force, such as the Mars Protectorate Navy, would put so much faith in two barely adults.
Honestly, Liam’s personality was also a little off to me. I mean he was mentioned to be incredibly smart, but then in turn would act in such ignorant ways. Or as with the trial after the attack on Colony 40, where he zones out of the trial to horndog after Tabby on the vid. Made me want to hit him. For murder, he’s being (wrongfully) charged with murder and he’s only sitting there thinking “she’s so pretty”.
That’s not even taking into account how completely obvious all of the traitors/spies/antagonists still on Colony 40 were. The dichotomy between differing scenes within the book; be it the plot, or level of believability really cut into any entrenchment within the story itself. I feel as if I was dragged out of it more times than I can reasonably place a good rating on, with how jarring this impacted my enjoyment for the work.
This was a truly well written book with strong characters and an excellent action-filled plot line in an extremely well constructed universe. The only negative is that it took about 1/5th of the way in before the main plot got going. That first fifth was relevant and necessary backstory about life where the main characters grew up, but with the word "privateer" in the title I just knew they'd be going elsewhere and was over eager for that to happen. I suspect that if I hadn't known that then the backstory (well written in itself) would've been more fun. I know that I will be reading this book again (which in itself shows how much I enjoyed it) and I'm sure I will savor those opening chapters more when I do.
This is the first of a series but it's not a serial so there is no cliff hanger here. Having said that, I'm going to get book 2 and I'm sure most readers will want to as well.
So, excellent writing, strong plot with great action scenes and really great character development = super easy to recommend this book. I almost gave it five stars, which I almost never do (to me only the best of Heinlein or Weber, the original Dune, or equivalent books, would get five stars). If you like adrenaline filled fun the go for it.
Liam, Nick and Tabby hold center stage; their adventures should interest experienced SF readers as well as YA readers. A pod-ball tournament is reminiscent of Ender's Game (The Ender Quartet series Book 1) . Shortly, they embark on careers in space that we might covet. Imagery of ships and asteroids is good. (Four stars)
The science of ship propulsion, inertial compensation and air recycling is vague. The romantic impact is simplistic- Liam blushes at any woman's attentions, yearning for his one true love. Nick is a faithful wingman and mechanic. While we see her, Tabby is mature and goal-oriented. At book's end, no one issue is resolved, but it promises future revelations, hard knocks, maybe battles with their enemies- leaving the impact somewhat muted. (Minus one star)
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But "The Rookie Privateer" has shown a promise quickly - a book that starts from a detailed explanation of how to fix an ore sled cannot be too bad. I wasn't mistaken. The book is rich in unexpected but totally believable details, such as pirates neglecting waste disposal systems on a spaceship. The characters are likable including love interests, the plot dynamic with unexpected developments - including shoot outs and martial arts.
This book is top 10% of the Sci-Fi book on amazon, not quite Hugh Howey yet, but the author has potential. I'll be definitely buying the other books.
In the end I didn't bother reading to the end. I decided that life is too short to read books I don't like, even if they were free.