if you want the best try the man of war series by h paul honsinger
i liked them quite a lot. however there won't be more. he died in 2020.Some good recommendations in this thread; thank you all.
I did not recognize the author that Tobl mentioned.
I had a look at his books at Amazon.com. Looks like he has written a three-book series Man of War, plus several novelas in the same universe.
i personally thought so. i read all 6 so far.I read Warship by Joshua Dalzelle this past week. Book one of the Black Fleet trilogy. So not a single standalone novel, but those look to be very few and far between (in the context of what I am looking for ... see my initial post).
A fair novel that had the potential to be better. I'll put a few comments in the spoiler below. And it is a Spoiler as I discuss the ending of the novel so be warned.
A story that meets the criteria of what I was looking for. A ship on patrol Finds Something. Interesting back story, ship engineering that is more on the "harder" side of SF (still no heat radiators though!), and a mysterious enemy. Dalzelle could have spent a little more time on some of his characters ... for example, I didn't find the character of Admiral Winters particularly believable. And several fortuitous circumstances certainly helped out the main protagonist, Captain Jackson Wolfe, as the novel moved along.
I also found the ending oddly disappointing. In the final attack, Wolfe orders his crew to abandon ship and then crashes it into the enemy to try and finish it off. A clear suicide mission. I was sure that Dalzelle was going to have his main protagonist die ... something so uncommon in SF that I was quite impressed. Thinking that Dalzelle would have XO Celesta Wright take over in the next novel. Except there is a miraculous rescue and Wolfe survives. Oh well.
And my pet peeve about illustrations and covers: Geez, don't these artists even read the story? The ship on the front cover doesn't match the description of the Blue Jacket at all!
Anybody read Call to Arms, book two of this series? Without giving anything away, is it worth getting?
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