The Dawn of the Starmen, Casewrap: The Starman Saga, Vol. 1
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In the 22nd century, Starlight Enterprise produced its first Starmen, its gifted and highly trained venturers destined for excitement, danger, and battle with ruthless enemies. The Starman saga is recounted in three volumes: The Dawn of the Starmen, The Search for the Benefactors, and The War of the Light. A fourth volume, The Starman Companion, provides essay, reviews, and background material for the saga. In The Dawn of the Starmen, new Starmen David Foster, Joe Taylor, and Mark Seaton take their first assignments on Mars after the sparsely-settled communities on the fourth planet are suddenly taken over by a band of mutineers led by an outside force. The Starmen’s defense of the planet against its intrusive enemy eventually sets them in pursuit of their foe in the Asteroid Belt and finally to a frigid and foreboding newly discovered dwarf planet. At each turn, final success eludes the Starmen; the further they delve into the problem the larger it grows. Visit the Starman web... More > site at www.starmanseries.com< Less
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Oct 28, 2017The first of the novels in this volume, “Mutiny on Mars”, is set in the mid-22nd century and begins with three young men, David (Zip) Foster, Joe Taylor, and Mark Seaton, graduating a private academy. They are each awarded the status of “Starman”, and are now ready to work for Starlight Enterprises as explorers, troubleshooters, and in whatever other roles are required of them. Early in the book a large and sophisticated criminal group seizes control of the human settlements on Mars (hence the book title), and the three new Starmen become involved in dealing with this. On the positive side, this first novel length story in the book was fun to read, and refreshing in its positive view of humanity and of the future. It also did a nice job of planting some interesting plot "seeds", some of which do not come to fruition until much later in this series of books. It is not quite as engaging as later novels in this series, since they build on each other, but it is a nice start!... More > There are a few “info dumps” where a character stops to go on at some length to explain or describe some aspect of the history or technology of the story’s world, speaking to people who already know the information being given. That, as well as the fact that many secondary characters are rather two dimensional distracted me from the story at times. However, I am glad I continued reading the series, since as it unfolds many characters gain much depth, the world building becomes more substantial, and the story becomes more and more interesting to follow. In this first novel, and in general of the series most characters (except for the few obvious villains), are really “nice”, with few if any obvious character flaws. I personally enjoyed reading a book in which most people are honest, kind, and do not engage in illicit activities, with absolutely no hint of sexual content, which of course also makes me more willing to share the book with my kids. The consistent and constant niceness of most characters is I think meant to be part of the worldbuilding since this future culture has been changed by a prior collapse of civilization in their past, but for some people it could seem odd. Overall “Mutiny on Mars” was a fun story to read, and is a good start to the Starman Series. Due to the Lulu's length limitations please read the rest of this review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2167090360< Less
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- David M. Baumann (Standard Copyright License)
- December 14, 2016
- Hardcover (casewrap)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.89 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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