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Mutiny in Space by [Walker, Rod]
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When the radical revolutionaries of the Social Party prevent his attendance at university and make his life on New Chicago impossible, Nikolai Rovio has no choice but to accept his starship-bound uncle's offer to take refuge in space and sign on as a technical apprentice with Starways. But space, he quickly learns, is full of dangers that can kill a young man just as dead as even the most bloodthirsty revolutionary.

And no place that Man can travel can ever truly serve as a safe refuge from ambitious and evil-minded men.

Rod Walker is the New New Heinlein, and Mutiny in Space marks a first step in the return of science fiction to its classical form and historical heights. Written in the style and tradition of Robert Heinlein's 12 classic juvenile novels published by Scribner, Mutiny in Space is an exciting tale of space, technology, courage, independence, and the indomitable spirit of Man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3074 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Castalia House (9 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FF24D32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Written in a straight forward style. Short and to the point. A setting where actions have consequences, space is filled with things that want to kill you like radiation, failing life support systems, vacuum and highjackers. Suitable for young readers.
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I wanted to like this a lot more, but found it a little bit "message-y" - message - fiction but from a anti-SJW format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hope this is a sign of good things to come in Science Fiction 11 May 2016
By john p brockus - Published on Amazon.com
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There was a time when science fiction writers told stories about young people growing, being challenged, and reaping benefits from working hard. Stories that lifted you up, Stories that, by and large, included obstacles in the form of entrenched, controlling power, and the intelligence and moxy to circumvent them. Stories that were full of good and evil, and did NOT reward evil.

Through much of the last decades, I was afraid that spirit had passed. That all science fiction was grey goo, full of half-good, but mostly bad people, and where it was considered a success if the dystopia didn't get worse by the end of the book. I gave up and focused on reading mysteries.

Recently, there have been great strides in restoring human heroes who overcome adversity through effort and growth instead of victim status and whining. Who build themselves up instead of putting others down.

This book is just the sort of story I like to see. It is obviously modeled on the early Heinlein juveniles without copying them slavishly. Where Heinlein's characters can seem old-timey to modern readers, the characters in this book are more up-to-date, without being hip.

I enjoyed this book and will be watching for anything else this author produces.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the series 7 July 2016
By rgreen - Published on Amazon.com
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I know this book is touted as a "juvenile", but I, at 50, enjoyed it immensely. The reason may be that it reminded me of the quality SF I read in my youth. Like many other readers, I moved on to other genres when SF became dominated by low-quality PC crap. I have hope that publishers like Castalia House will help bring back SF in all its glory.

I have lately began filling a shelf with authors such as Larry Correia and Sarah Hoyt and hope to add future works by them as well as newcomers like Rod Walker.

Looking forward to this becoming a series.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Sci-Fi in the Classic Tradion. Reads like a Cross Between Heinlein and Fleming. 11 May 2016
By Thomas B Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
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Mutiny in Space was a great read, it is reminiscent of Heinlein's "Have Space Suit Will Travel." Rod Walker’s story reads as a cross between a Heinlein and Fleming novel. Typical of classic science fiction, there is enough description of technology and environment to paint a vivid picture of the reality of piracy in space, without feeling like a lecture history, culture, and science. It’s updated classic science fiction taking into consideration computers, networks, and current technology and advancing it to the future. For the geek the fun jibes at 16bit processing and data and the problems integrating old tech with modern band witdth is noticeable and for the non-nerd easily un-noticed.

Like Flemings Bond books it is short, so the story moves rapidly, and as a short novel the character development is not as deep as larger works. The Bad Guy is painted evil in typical “James Bond” villain fashion, a ideology megalomaniac bent on changing the universe. In this case the same ideologic evil as many of Heinlein works, socialism. It’s a fun romp worth reading.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt that falls somewhat short of the goal. 16 May 2016
By Jamesarr - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of Heinlein's "juvenile" novels and was interested to read this as it is being promoted as a modern attempt to recreate a storyline in the style of a grand-master ( I think this was modeled on Starman Jones perhaps...) I'm always looking for reading material for my young sons as well and find the classics much better than almost any modern writings. ( Although I thought the first Percy Jackson series was quite good and my sons and I enjoyed reading them together, the second series devolved into horse****.) I downloaded the sample first and was not completely sold on the story, but because I felt that an honest attempt was being made I purchased the book anyway to see if it improved. Overall, I found the writing to be competent, if not inspiring. I did not feel the sense of "adventure" I would usually experience reading a Heinlein or Burroughs novel for the first time. I don't think kids under 15 will understand all the political/commissar/Social Party aspects in the first part of the book, and in retrospect I don't think having the first two words be "In restrospect" very welcoming to younger readers.
TLDR; A good attempt that could be improved upon, and I encourage the author to do so in future novels.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple language that younger readers should find easy to follow 12 May 2016
By Steven Tinel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a decent first juvenile novel. On the plus side, it has a lot of action scenes told in clear, simple language that younger readers should find easy to follow. The limited number of characters makes it easy keep track of who's who. The basic plot boils down to good guys and bad guys fighting for control of spaceships using a variety of tactics.

That said, Mutiny in Space is not nearly on par with any of the Heinlein juvenile novels. (An admittedly very high bar.) If you buy it expecting that level of writing based on how the book is being promoted, you will be disappointed.