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The Seafort Saga

US of A

Author: David Feintuch (+2006)
Web site: Nick Seafort
Books Available: Midshipman's Hope, Challenger's Hope, Prisoner's Hope, Fisherman's Hope, Voices of Hope, Patriarch's Hope, Children of Hope, Unknown manuscript handed in before his death (may be due 2008?)
Initial Impression: I was lucky in that I got all four the first books in one go at a second-hand shop (two of them even with his signature!). I originally bought the books because I was bored, but got hooked by about the 15th page of the first book. I almost couldn't put the books down. It's a pity that he passed away, or David Feintuch may have carved out a bigger career for himself.

Midshipman's Hope
Midshipman's Hope

Long Review: A hideous accident kills the senior officers of the UNS Hibernia - leaving a terrified young officer to save three hundred colonists and crew aboard a damaged ship, on a seventeen-month gauntlet to reach the colony of Hope Nation. With no chance of rescue or reinforcement, Nicholas Seafort must overcome despair, exhaustion, guilt; he must conquer malfunctions, mutiny, and an alien horror beyond human understanding.
He must save lives. And he must take them, in the name of duty ...

   This book is a cracking read, and, while I'm no fan of Napoleonic naval books, this almost inspires me to go and read something of the period. Think of Master and Commander in space and you're on the right track.

Challenger's Hope
Challenger's Hope

Long Review: The silent hell of deep space holds certain death for the unwary. It is the task of the U.N. Navy to defend the starways, no matter the danger ... the cost in lives. Facing light-years of travel between Earth and the interstellar colonies, only an iron-willed leader can bring his ship to safety through the infinite night.
An alien attack and an admiral's betrayal leave a wounded Commander Nicholas Seafort stranded aboard a doomed ship of arrogant colonists and violent street children. His crew is rebellious, his ship short of weapons, fuel, food. Easy prey for alien predators now massing to attack. Only Nick's will stands between his charges and violent death. But is he merely postponing their end?

Prisoner's Hope
Prisoner's Hope

Long Review: Assigned to Hope Nation while recovering from injuries, Captain Nicholas Seafort is appointed liaison to the wealthy planters of the verdant colony planet. But, reeling from a savage alien attack, the UN space flotilla flees homeward, and the colonists seize their moment to rebel. His beloved wife and closest friends gone, Seafort must halt a revolution and rally the ravaged colony against the inhuman invaders.
But to save the world, Nicholas Seafort must forsake his vows - and commit an unthinkable, suicidal act of high treason ...

Fisherman's Hope
Fisherman's Hope

Long Review: Naval Academy Commandant Nicholas Seafort is a legend to the masses, an idol to his hundreds of teen cadets. They don't see the tormented soul of a man who believes that merciless duty has led him to betray every friend he ever loved, every ideal he ever cherished. After a lifelong ordeal, Seafort needs time. Time to reflect. Time to heal.
Instead, he is pulled into a maelstrom of crisis, corruption, and danger as the helpless, unprepared Earth faces annihilation from a horde of alien attackers. Alone at the center of a cosmic apocalypse, Nick Seafort must face his final battle ...
And his most unforgivable sin.

Voices of Hope
Voices of Hope

Long Review: A guilt-ridden politician, an earnest young boy, a sick old man eking out a living in the broken streets - can they alone stop humanity from destroying itself in an urban Armageddon?
In a divided world, wealthy citizens look down from skytop aeries to crumbling streets where the urban poor grow ever more desperate. As war brews, brilliant young Phillip Seafort - only son of the tormented hero Nicholas Seafort - plunges into the bowels of the city to find his lost friend. Humanity is about to destroy itself. Children are in the line of fire. And a father with an iron will is at Ground Zero...
Readability: while not an easy read, the series is very enthralling. The first-person writing style doesn't normally work for me, but in this instance (well, the first four books, anyway), it does. The growth of the characters, not least Nicholas Seafort, is really well shown, and they come across as pretty believable, although there are one or two stereotyped persons.
Sources: Purchased at second-hand shop.

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