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Series: Black Fleet
Author: Joshua Dalzelle
Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes
Captain Jackson Wolfe is an Earther, a drunk and the only half-decent “warrior” aboard the last of 4 Warships remaining to humanity.
On the last mission of the ship, engineered to destroy Wolfe’s career, they come across obliterated planets. Against orders, surviving mutiny and with a secret helper from the Spooks, Wolfe is determined to find out who did this to humanity and to make sure we are ready to fight back.
This started out kind of rough, with the author giving all sorts of immaterial descriptions and stuff that didn’t really add to the plot. It was typical indie writing and I was getting all set to blast it.
Then it seemed like the author switched gears or something because things just smoothed out. I don’t know if it was because we got into the action scenes or this was of particular interest to the author, but it suddenly was something that I wanted to read.
In some ways, this reminded me of most of the other kind of Indy military SFF I’ve read before. But I like that kind of stuff, so that didn’t bother me. But if you’re looking for something new, bold and brash, this isn’t it.