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Impulse Lieutenant Peter Cochrane of the Quantar Royal Navy believes he has his future clearly mapped out It begins with his new assignment as an officer on Her Majesty s Spaceship Starbound, a Lightship bound for deep space voyages of exploration But everything changes when Peter is summoned to the office of his father, Grand Admiral Nathan Cochrane, and given devastating news the death of a loved one In a distant solar system, a mysterious and unprovoked attack upon Lightship Impulse resulted in the deaths of Peter s former girlfriend and many of her shipmates Now Peter s plans are torn asunder as he is transferred to a Unified Space Navy ship under foreign command, en route to an unexpected destination, and surrounded almost entirely by strangers To top it off, his superiors have given him secret orders that might force him to become a mutineer The crisis at hand becomes a gateway to something much when the ship s Historian leads Peter and his shipmates into a galaxy of the unknown of ancient technologies, age old rivalries, new cultures, and unexpected romance It s an overwhelming responsibility for Peter, and one false step could plunge humanity into an apocalyptic interstellar war Copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Impulse is the debut sci fi novel from Dave Bara It s protagonist is Peter Cochrane, a ships Lieutenant in a space navy composed of two uneasily allied powers, and a third balancing force, the Librarians of Earth In a nutshell, it s got a lot of high adventure, the odd firefight, some tense space battles, and some really clever ideas The background to all the conflict is rather interesting after a disastrous interstellar civil war, two Copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Impulse is the debut sci fi novel from Dave Bara It s protagonist is Peter Cochrane, a ships Lieutenant in a space navy composed of two uneasily allied powers, and a third balancing force, the Librarians of Earth In a nutshell, it s got a lot of high adventure, the odd firefight, some tense space battles, and some really clever ideas The background to all the conflict is rather interesting after a disastrous interstellar civil war, two of the surviving factions have come together in a rather strained compact of alliance, and with the assistance of The Librarians , a mysterious group from Earth, have set about rediscovering the remains of the Empire that birthed them, with a combination of peace, enlightenment, and superior firepower.The surviving factions are politically interesting in one case, seemingly drifting from ademocratic set of institutions toward a monarchy The whole system has a vibe of The Mote in Gods Eye about it, and that isn t a bad thing The third faction, the Historians, is another wrinkle for the reader s attention serving their own purposes, they advise the crews of the Lightships , ships which they provided to the growing Alliance, and whose full capabilities only they control The ideals and agendas of the Librarians are gradually made clearer over the course of the text, and they re interestingly presented if not given the space and explanations I would have liked Hopefully that will change in future books The descriptions of the ships, and the space battles themselves are well done the crew feel a bit like submariners, their actions remotely detached from the gross impacts of their actions again, not a bad thing We don t get quite the intricacies of something like Honor Harrington, but it makes for a suspenseful read, and kept my attention admirably The plot is certainly fast paced, leaping from crisis to crisis, not really giving the reader a chance to pause for breath This is a shame, in a way, because whilst the text presents a lot of difficult situations, it doesn t really seem to give each the depth and attention it desires, so focused is the plot on showing the reader their next cool thing and attendant crisis I d have been happier to have taken half the situations in the text, explored thosedeeply, and presented the remaining plot threads in another book entirely Still, I certainly can t complain that nothing happens The characters are a bit problematic On the one hand, the protagonist is carrying around guilt, pressure to live up to a sibling, and a few other flaws on the other, these don t really present themselves in the narrative as well as they might the reader is given a view into these motivations, but they don t seem to help drive actions On the other, the supporting cast suffer from being driven by the plot in some instances, the emotions they feel seem to be forced, in service to the narrative rather than growing organically within it the romance threads in particular are interesting in the plethora of character paths they leave open, but the rapidity of their growth is startling There s also the occasional problem of characters being forced to be idiots for purposes of the plot, and the emotions and logic of the supporting characters, in particular, seem to turn on their head at the convenience of the plot It s a shame, because the actual characters are quite interesting they just needtime to develop,space given to them, and some structure given to their actions, to make the characters and the plot act in symbiosis.Overall then, this is a solid debut, and a good start to a series The seams creak a bit, especially around the characters, and in the multiplicity of plotlines, but there are some interesting ideas, and a broad and fascinating universe available to counterbalance this right now, this is a decent read I m hopeful that as further books become available, they ll pare down the amount of plot, and give the charactersroom to breathe That said, right now, it makes for a perfectly good popcorn read it just has potential to develop into a lot , and it would be good to see that potential realised This looked interesting, but it s old school space opera without the fizz that just doesn t cut it for me anySpace opera can be fun, but only if it doesn t take itself too seriously or I m reading some old paperback with a lurid cover Trying to pull it off now requires a finesse that just wasn t there.This edition is incorrect, but I don t see an audio version listed The narrator did a good job This looked interesting, but it s old school space opera without the fizz that just doesn t cut it for me anySpace opera can be fun, but only if it doesn t take itself too seriously or I m reading some old paperback with a lurid cover Trying to pull it off now requires a finesse that just wasn t there.This edition is incorrect, but I don t see an audio version listed The narrator did a good job I picked up Impulse because I have a weakness for space opera probably because I was raised on a steady diet of Star Trek and Star Wars, Blake s 7 and Babylon 5 Impulse is fun enough, with chases and traitors and first contact with sort of aliens, and dealing with romance on board ship, and conflicts between differing kinds of orders.It s fun, but kind of bland others have done it better, and there wasn t much contact with aliens Both romances were straight out of Kirk s playbook, really, I picked up Impulse because I have a weakness for space opera probably because I was raised on a steady diet of Star Trek and Star Wars, Blake s 7 and Babylon 5 Impulse is fun enough, with chases and traitors and first contact with sort of aliens, and dealing with romance on board ship, and conflicts between differing kinds of orders.It s fun, but kind of bland others have done it better, and there wasn t much contact with aliens Both romances were straight out of Kirk s playbook, really, and the main character is a mixture of mature and immature inexperienced and cocksure getting rank through privilege but also coincidentally being good enough for it, somehow His fuck ups don t have major consequences for him only for other people , and generally life goes along pretty easily for him other people get hurt and die, but he makes it through and will be fine.I found the ending extremely annoying the nominal goal of the book isn t reached, and it s just very unsatisfying There sin the background that interested me that wasn t brought out.Still, fun enough to occupy a train journey Not sure if I ll read the rest of the series, though I think the second book is now out.Originally posted here 30 11 I didn t enjoy the first chapter I was highly irritated by the way so many off Earth locations are named after a current Earth city or state New Queensland, New Brisbane AKA New Briz, New Wurzburg I find it hard to believe that future people would be quite so unimaginative that they can t come up with names for interstellar locations that aren t copies of places that already exist But then I got confused by this sentence from page 14I was just thinking that before the Earthmen cam 30 11 I didn t enjoy the first chapter I was highly irritated by the way so many off Earth locations are named after a current Earth city or state New Queensland, New Brisbane AKA New Briz, New Wurzburg I find it hard to believe that future people would be quite so unimaginative that they can t come up with names for interstellar locations that aren t copies of places that already exist But then I got confused by this sentence from page 14I was just thinking that before the Earthmen came with their technology and their science we led a much simpler life Things changed so suddenly when I saw the Earth ships approaching Quantar Our universe was smaller then, less complicated The term Earthmen seems to indicate that Peter and the other people of Quantar are not originally from Earth despite apparently being human , so then why are there places named after Earth locations Also, on page 34 Peter reminds a colleague from New Wurzburg that in earlier times she would have been thought of as a spy, the colleague responds by telling him that a war fought over 150 years ago which makes it circa 2200 doesn t have any impact on current events.Then there s Evangeline Goolagong, a character mentioned on page 12 as an intel officer Peter Cochrane main character requested for his crew Evonne Goolagong is a famous Australian Aboriginal tennis champion during the 70s and early 80s she won 14 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and French Open Is Evangeline Goolagong s name just a really Goolagong is hardly a common last name weird coincidence, Bara s attempts to honour a great tennis player but then you ve got to wonder why , or something else I can hardly fathom After all that in just two chapters I came to have a look at the reviews, to see if any of my concerns confusions were mirrored by other readers Not exactly but I did find reviews talking about accusations of sexism all female characters were either sexually aggressive, which Peter had never experienced, or sluts and the female characters all get called by their first names while the males get to be Mr , weak old fashioned plotting, awkward romance and sex scene writing, and a hero with a hero complex he s the only one who can save the world situation, none of the othersuperior officers can manage it I only read 35 pages, but I think a DNF was definitely warranted with all that evidence

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