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The Counterfeit Captain (Captain Nancy Martin Book 1) by [Vogel, Henry]
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Captain Nancy Martin expects a lonely death.

Passing out as her battle-damaged starfighter bleeds the last of its air, she comes to in the cavernous and deserted docking bay of an unknown starship. Leaving her crippled fighter to seek help, she finds she's been scooped up by a gigantic generation ship inhabited by the descendants of the original crew and passengers—people whose entire universe is the ship!

Mistaken for the vast ship's long-lost and near-mythical Captain, Nancy is welcomed as a savior. She believes she's found the allies she needs in her desperate fight for survival. But an even greater menace lurks in the shadows of the ship—one that controls every inch of the ship and every life aboard it. One that will stop at nothing to destroy—

The Counterfeit Captain.

Set in the same universe as Vogel's best-selling novel, The Fugitive Heir, The Counterfeit Captain further expands the stage for Vogel's exciting brand of star-spanning science fiction adventure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2329 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
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  • Publisher: Rampant Loon Media, LLC; 1 edition (30 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F131EQE
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great concept spoiled with finalist ending 14 June 2016
By Robert Shuler - Published on
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At first it comes across like the style of Burroughs or Klien, only better writing than the author's Scout series. And largely it keeps this up. But the sensible characters concoct a suicide plan about half way through, and as one other reviewer says, it has a "bittersweet" ending. Actually only the writing is bittersweet. Factually the ending is simply bitter, and not only that, it is closed off to any meaningful sequel, which is like teasing the reader with this marvelous new world and character set which is utterly disposed of. Well, a couple of characters live, but the world is gone. There should have been at least two and preferably 3 in a series, without the suicide plot.
4.0 out of 5 stars (Flight) Captain Nancy Martin, stranded on a generation ship w/ crew's descendents, must battle a deranged AI and its robots 20 March 2017
By Guy Reviewing Romance and More - Published on
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The Counterfeit Captain is a fine sci-fi adventure tale that had one huge sad ending. The adventure made sense overall with no illogical parts. All in all it's one fine yarn.

Captain Nancy Martin of Terran Federation Navy expected a lonely death after her starfighter was crippled in a battle with Fringer and her air had run out. She woke in in a giant hangar and escaped when attacked by Fringers. She found herself accosted by friendly natives, and realized she's on a Generation Ship... The legendary "Ark Two", the generation ship that had escaped Earth, only never to be seen again, thousand years ago, and these natives were descendants of the crew, who knew nothing except the ship. And Nancy was mistaken for the mythical captain, leader of all onboard! But soon Nancy found that the ship AI, that controls the robots and much of the ship equipment, had gone insane long time ago... the AI will spare no effort to destroy Nancy... the counterfeit captain.

Nancy Martin had to befriend "natives", battle homicidal robots, AI with eyes and ears everywhere, willing to bargain with Fringers, and save a lot of the children... if possible. There's just a bare hint of romance, but there is no HEA in this novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera Redux 20 May 2016
By DrPat - Published on
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From the first words of its description, this novel's posting on Kindle Scout captured me. After I purchased it, and began to read, I was not disappointed. This is an honest-to-goodness old-school space opera, complete with a Clarke-ian kilometers-long colony ship, Dalek-like evil robots driven by a scheming AI, space pirates and mutineers, enslaved children, primitive cargo-cult villages of humans who think their Ship is the world, and a running battle fought with lasers, blasters and bow-and-arrow through dark passages lined with blinking lights and shadowy machines. There's even a strong modern woman/strong primitive man romance, with a tasteful off-screen consummation.

Hard to imagine how all those elements can come together into an elegant and focused science fiction story, but in a little over 200 pages, it does. Furthermore, it feels fresh and exciting even while it rings all those well-known bells. I enjoyed it from word one, and closed the book on the ending thinking, "I wish there was a promise of a sequel."

Unfortunately, that might be the only trope missing from the novel: "The End... Or Is It?"
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast and fun, but needs more. 6 February 2017
By Cynthia - Published on
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3.5. The bad news first. The romance makes no sense, I say that from the prospective of a woman. The falling in love part is ok, but the physical intimacy is written as if a teenage boy wrote it. Same thing with much of the dialogue. I swear I'm not a prude. I just find it hard to believe that in less than 24 hours our smart, intelligent heroine is ready to jump in the sack with a complete stranger...while fighting the various enemies present.
Next, this is YA science fiction. It probably wasn't written that way but at the end of the day, it is. That said, Beth Revis pulled this concept off way better in her Across the Universe series.
The good news is that I did like the book. It's perfect for an afternoon read. It's fast, a couple laughs, and doesn't involve too much thought on behalf of the reader. Overall the author writes well and manages to pull it all together in a satisfactory ending.
If I could say anything to the author it would be to add 75 pages and build this world! We get tastes and hints of the world inside and outside the ship. I would like to know more! I think many opportunities were missed in that regard. I would have loved to know more about the social structures and interactions within the villages.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good space opera. 11 July 2016
By Tammie Causey - Published on
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3.5 stars. There were two things that drew me to The Counterfeit Captain, one was the gorgeous cover and the other was the fact that it's a space opera. I always love a good space opera and I was sucked into this one right away.

This story starts out with Captain Nancy Martin expecting to die during a battle in her star fighter. Instead she wakes up on board the largest ship she has ever seen. She soon realizes it's a generation ship. Not long after she meets Sko, a native of the ship, and her adventure begins as she ends up fighting against an AI that has gone completely insane, the group of men who were shooting at her when she was in her star fighter, a tribe of ship natives, and a bunch of robots. I suppose there could be a little too much going on there.

What I liked best about this book was the creepy, maniacal AI; the robots that I could kind of picture like the cylons from Battlestar Galactica; and the fact that Nancy was cool headed throughout the whole thing. I liked her personality a lot and I found it very believable that she was a member of the military.

What I didn't like so much was the insta-love relationship, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I'm also not sure how I feel about the bittersweet ending. On one hand I didn't like it, and on the other it felt like it deepened the story not to have everything tied up as a happily ever after. I also would have liked a bit more backstory and depth to the characters.

In some ways this book reminded me of one of those Star Trek or SG 1 episodes where a crew member wakes up in a strange place and they have an adventure and fall in love and then it all has to end because they have to go back to their normal or real life. Those episodes could be pretty compelling and sometimes even heartbreaking. This book was both. I may eventually pick up the other space opera by this author that is sort of a companion to this one.