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Siobhan Dunmoore was not having a good war. She's had more ships shot out from under her by the invading Shrehari Empire than any other officer in the Fleet. Some called her overly aggressive. Others simply called her reckless. What the enemy called her was something else altogether.

That she gave the Shrehari a good drubbing along the way didn't matter in the least, because not all her enemies wore an Imperial uniform. A reputation for bad luck was pretty much the only reputation she had left. Sailing yet another ruined starship home after a near defeat, she wanted nothing more than a long, long rest, because this time she had escaped by the thinnest of bluffs. Unfortunately the Admiralty had other ideas.

The frigate Stingray was known as the unluckiest ship in the Fleet, and her captain had just been removed in disgrace for cowardice. Some in the Admiralty would dearly love to retire the old warhorse. After all, she was the last of her type left in service. But in the midst of an interstellar war, every ship that could fight was needed. In short order, Dunmoore went from staring down the Empire's finest on the bridge of a wrecked battleship to taking on a demoralized, semi-mutinous crew, scheming admirals, and a deadly mystery.

©2015 Eric Thomson (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Reena
  • 12-10-2017

Superior all-rounder

Not a single eye-roll - and that's rare for me. Engaging characters drew me right in. Some I cheered for, some I loathed (as the author intended). One of my biggest complaints with all genres is poor dialogue. Not a single awkward or unbelievable sentence! The narrator also does an excellent job and I was not pulled from the story even once... A balanced mix of diverse personalities and motivations with military action that doesn't dominate the story completely. Hugely impessed and I am hard to please:)

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  • Ginger
  • 25-07-2017

Fantistic Book...must read

At first I was not sure about this book but give it a little bit to pull you in. It is an excellent example of doing this genre well when so many sub par examples are flooding out. It does follow many of the same tropes as others but does so in an excellent and refreshing way. The end will surprise you in an interesting way as it breaks with a lot of what you read these days. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Fiannawolf
  • 25-07-2017

I already had the ebook. The audible is great.

If you loved early Honor Harrington this will feel like coming home. I love this series. Time to get the 2nd book on audio. Good narration all around.

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  • Tyson S Sukeforth
  • 05-12-2017

Slightly tropey, but still entertaining.

I've tried starting a disappointing number of sci-fi series that either rely on way too many tropes or have a comically bad grasp on science for me to continue. In the opening book of the Siobhan Dunmoore series, "No Honor in Death", there a couple of tropes are sprinkled in, couple of minor hard sci-fi faux pas, but not enough to be a major hinderance. They are easily forgiven for what is overall a satisfying read. Enough to have no problems picking up the second book.

It's not the deepest story, but it's far from the shallowest. Thomson's strong point is painting a plausible and engaging cast of characters, and put them in a setting that demonstrates at least a good familiarity of the intricacies of a modern Navy, if not personal experience.

The select few underdeveloped details are forgiven because as a whole the story keeps moving nicely. So what if ships have classically Trekish shields for defense? Yes, the author could have made it more unique and detailed but he instead chose to go with something familiar in this instance and save some time for other things more directly impactful with the story. I suck down world building like candy but even I can appreciate a nicely defined scope of focus. In a genre that often is either hyper-developed or nowhere near developed enough, Thomson finds a good middle ground.

One thing that could have sunk the book would have been a bad narrator. But Eric Michael Summerer is flawless. I'm very impressed with his ability to speak for characters of the opposite gender without having to throw his voice.

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  • John. A. B. Berley
  • 25-07-2017

No honour in death

Both the writer and narrator have done a superior Sufi story. I hope other readers and listeners try these stories and find enjoyment as I . Well done team, keep up the good work.

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