1.0 out of 5 starstheir conversations even worse. I know that most explanations of how space ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2018
I read about 40% of the book and all that happened was that space ships jumped around star systems attempting to get back to Earth. The characters were shallow, their conversations even worse. I know that most explanations of how space ships work and the technology behind Hyperspace Travel is to be taken with a pinch of salt and enjoyed for what it is, but the jump technology in this book was infantile. Besides, I don't want to read endless encounters of jumps missed or nearly missed, I want a story which has twists and turns, discovery, encounters and a beginning and an end.Sorry, but this book is dreadful.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2018
Another masterpiece from a great author. I am so looking forward to the next instalment. I devour them too quickly and always intend to wait for the full series to read in one go but get too impatient.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcalibur Series by Dietmar Wehr
Reviewed in Australia on March 23, 2018
Initially worried about some of the technical data in the book relating to hyper travel, but actually got right into it, and really enjoyed the entire plot and characters. Dietmar is renown for his scifi books, and for very good reason. Buy this series you'll not regret it.
Once you start reading this is a hard book to put down. I like the concepts raised, the characters described and the inventive storyline, particularly as it doesn't rely on standard US military doctrines. All in all a great read.
I won't get into the plot specifically, but will state that earths forces are arrayed against 2 enemies. Before the war heats up, there is a long series of movements across the galaxy where they encounter differing aliens in a unique way that I found interesting. I've read many of the authors prior books. He had gotten sloppy on some of his most recent books, which was not his normal style. It was to the point I was about to move on from this author. I decided to give him another shot. This book is a welcome return to his previously well written plots. I would like to see more involvement with his crew. Other then the XOs, there is no other interaction as to who they are. Nada. The plot of this book is unique. The action sequences are quick, varied, and never repetitious. Its an extremely fast read and frankly your never tempted to skip paragraphs or pages. Its a fun book which ends to soon. He does have a long section at the end where you get to read several chapters on his next book in the series as a preview. Big plus. Much appreciated.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent beginning to a new series.
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2018
The Unified Earth Treaty Organization is stuck in the middle between two possibly hostile alien adversaries, the Tong (definitely hostile) and the Jabs who are a maybe. The Treaty Organization Space Force (TOSF) is feverishly trying to build up a big enough force to defend against the Tongs while keeping an eye on the Jabs. Tyler Dejanus is the Commander and Wolfe Koenig is his XO on one of the newest stealth light cruisers Excalibur, as part of the 7th fleet. Their mission is to watch the Jabs and ensure they don’t make any attack against the UETO planets. A panicked Fleet commander and a badly planned jump end with the fleet over 900 light years from their home system on the wrong side of Tong space and without enough supplies to make the journey home. Wolfe finds that he must use all his ingenuity and tactical skills to get their fleet home and face the attacks to come. Unfortunately I was really enjoying this book when it came to an end. So not fair!!
I like Mr Wehr's work in general. He describes unusual situations that just don't fit the standard theme. This book is no different in that respect. Koenig gets promoted because he's the XO to an extremely competent CO who gets promoted because of an incompetent commander whose command is excerpted by a mutineer who gets overthrown. Got that? Well it actually is more complicated than that. Anyway Earth finds its region of space being attacked on two fronts. The reason for the attacks is left a mystery until the end of the book, and is a doozy all by itself. Anyway, because of the former commander, the fleet is lost in space, kind of like the first Skylark book of EE Smith. So the adventure continues. My problem with this book is that the story seems flat. We move from point to point, make decisions, and quickly come to a resolution so that we can move on to the next point or issue with resolution. So many things are happening that it seems more that we're getting a synopsis of a book. With everything going on, this should not have been a short book, yet it is. Mr Wehr makes up for the shortness by adding some very exciting preview to the next book. I think Dejanus's contribution was great. She was a strong personality that should have been given more time in this book. Good show for female strength and competency, but more time was spent on Koenig who showed ingenuity, but was a wild card that needed more seasoning (what metaphor?). I don't like Soriya she's a clingy, emotional second in command who really should not have been promoted to her position as XO as she is not showing an ability to make a decision. Mr Wehr, you've either got to kill her off or make her stronger. I don't care if she goes to bed with Koenig so long as the two of them can get the job done when the time comes.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
This is the first book in the Swordships series by one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed it! One of the things I most liked was how the ships traversed hyperspace. They did not just magically leave one system and enter their destination. The real science behind what we see as stars in the sky and where they actually are has finally been brought to SciFi for me. In this series, hyperspace is plotting a course to a star and flying in a straight line. Only the gravity well of the star at your destination can pull you back out of hyperspace. Or the gravity well of another star you happen to hit if you miss your destination. After all, the star you see in space it not really where you think due to stellar movements and the delay in years or decades it took for that light to reach where you are. Great stuff. As for the rest of the story, great action with Earth and humanity on the ropes between two alien races. I mourned the loss of one of my favorite characters. :( A really good start to this new series. PS. I have also finished the second book and it just gets better. Cannot wait for the follow on books.
5.0 out of 5 starsA real difference in maneuvering in space
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
The author uses a total difference then others and his ideas about space. His thoughts about maneuvering and battles and meeting new alien races is exceptional. If you have not read any of his other novels then you are missing something exceptional. I have not personally found any of his novels that I did not like or would put down after only a few pages. The Odyssey group of novels looks to be something that is going to be worth reading. It will also be worth adding to his Facebook page, or contact page your information to get first hand knowledge of when new books are coming out because it will be worth it , it will be something you don't want to miss.
I liked it but found my self skimming when it became repetitive, especially alignment / jump descriptions. Also had a hard time with such self centered military leadership when in a shooting war on two fronts.
On the very positive side there is good character development, a pace I found to be just right and a well told story that has my interest. Will be looking for book two.
Curse you, Dietmar Wehr! You have done it again, you have written another first rate book that I am unable to put down. This is truly a wonderful book that I really enjoyed. I have pre-ordered the next in the series.
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018
Another awesome ride from DW you fall under Koenig and dejaunus spell right away I personally can’t wait for book 2 April seems so far away anyway this book was fantastic had me involved from the start