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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,874 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
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the series 7 July 2016
By rgreen - Published on
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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.
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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
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars How the drones were tempered 3 July 2016
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“Mutiny in Space” by Rod Walker is a short story written in the style of Robert Heinlein's juveniles. Unfortunately, I never read these particular works by the grand master of science fiction, and therefore cannot say how closely Walker manages to mimic them. He *does* mimic Heinlein's irreverent political satire very well in the first chapter, and I admit that I laughed out loud several times when reading it. The rest of “Mutiny in Space” is a more straightforward adventure and action story. It's obviously geared towards a younger audience, say 14 year old boys. The main character is a teenage mechanic onboard a space ship who is forced to become a soldier when the ship is attacked by a band of brutal pirates.

The story has an obvious political undertone. The protagonists, known as the Social Party or Socials, are a combination of Communists and Social Justice Warriors. The good guys presumably represent a republican form of government and/or capitalism, but little detail is given about their views or their society, Walker (and perhaps his readers) being more interested in ray guns and spy drones. Another constant theme is that intellectuals are worthless (think Women Studies), while techno-optimistic engineers are the doers and shakers of the universe (or at least The Thousand Worlds, the name given to the human colonies in outer space). There are some obvious differences with “adult” Heinlein stories. “Mutiny in Space” lacks the master's multi-racialism, hedonism and anti-Christian blasphemies. This may or may not explain why the story is published by Castalia House, Vox Day's imprint. Vox Day (who is a science fiction writer himself) is politically very right-wing, to put it somewhat mildly, and not in the Heinleinesque way…

I'm not sure if I would have liked “Mutiny in Space” as a teenager. For starters, my political views were, ahem, pretty similar to those of the Socials. They still are, if I wake up on the wrong side of my Ikea bed! Also, I belong to the subset of syfy readers who expect science fiction to be about actual space aliens (green or otherwise) or futuristic utopias/dystopias. Walker's story, by contrast, is one long battle in space between humans who obviously symbolize Cold War factions. I admit that it bored me after a few chapters.

That being said, I nevertheless award this e-book three stars. It's competently written and probably has a market somewhere on the Thousand Worlds. TANSTAAFL, you grok?
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
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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.

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