01/02/2007. Contributed by Tomas L. Martin
In this second novel, Cole decides the only course of action is for the Teddy R to become a pirate ship, plundering off other ships and selling on the goods.
This lead to Captain Wilson Cole facing a court martial. His crew broke him out of prison and now they find themselves on the run, mutineers to the Republic.
In this second novel, Cole decides the only course of action is for the Teddy R to become a pirate ship, plundering off other ships and selling on the goods. The discipline and moral standing of the troops doesn't bode very well to life as career criminals, however, and they struggle to be ruthless enough to plunder innocent ships.
Recruiting Val, a down-on-her-luck pirate to advise them, the crew chase the fearsome Hammerhead Shark, a pirate who has taken Val's ship and threatened the region. Preying on the pirates proves a far more suited task to Cole and his crew and the adventure that follows is enjoyable, action-packed and funny.
Resnick's style is effortless and full of humorous asides. The plot is enjoyable but it's the camaraderie and banter between the characters that really makes this a page-turner. The characters are larger than life but not in a clichéd way - the enigmatic alien fence David Copperfield is an exceptionally good character.
This book is a light read and won't break any boundaries but like most Resnick, it is absolutely unabashedly enjoyable. Sheer space opera entertainment is on the menu and it's a sweet dish. Pick the 'Starship' series up and while away some enjoyable relaxation time in the 'Birthright Universe'. You won't regret it.
Tomas L. Martin
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