- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (16 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982626569
- ISBN-13: 978-1982626563
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 14 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
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Winds of Marque Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Fans of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, military sf, or swashbuckling tales will find something to enjoy amid the interplanetary travel, black powder cannons, and close quarter cutlass duels with members of the brutish Theropods and their mighty tail swords.-- "Booklist"
Lovers of classic high-seas adventures and those who enjoy genre-bending SF will find this swashbuckling space adventure a worthy read.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Bennett Coles has a degree in naval history and served 15 years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. His first novel, Virtues of War, won the Cygnus Award grand prize for science fiction and spawned two follow-on novels, plus a short story in the 2017 anthology Infinite Stars. He lives in Victoria, Canada, with his wife and two sons.
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For some reason we're in space, but still using cannons. At first I thought they would be railguns or mass-drivers of some sort, but no, actual black powder cannons with plungers and the whole 17th century tech. Oh except that one time when the captain breaks out the guided missiles and lasers, because they were out-numbered. LOL. I mean seriously, what the actual fark is going on in this farce of a book, I don't even know. Even "steam space punk" needs to have internally consistent rules, and if it doesn't, like it's magic, then you've got to set that stage up too.
If you get past the nonsensical premise of sailing ships in space using cannons that wouldn't function in a vacuum, you get into the "plot" of the book, which is a bog standard naval patrol against pirates using a "Q Ship". It's a wolf-in-sheep's clothing ruse that's been used by navies to combat commerce raiders since at least the 17th century, and it's also the plot of book 8 of Master And Commander, and Horatio Hornblower, and Honor Harrington (I made that up, but it is a middle book in all three series iirc). So yeah, the plot is basically cribbed and recribbed from far far better sources by superior writers, and just added another layer of disappointment to an already disappointing book.
I'd mention the characters now, but there's really no point, as they are basically naval fiction cutouts everyone will recognize: Good Aristocrat, Bad Aristocrat, Old Salt, Professional Soldier, Young Lower Class Officer. They don't interact much beyond immediately falling into love, hate and class conflict for no discernable reason except that the author suddenly decides they ought to.
I have no idea how this writer won any sort of award, but I won't be reading any of his other works, or works by any other winners of the "Cygnus Award". Give this one a miss.
TLDR: Interesting concept, weird execution, boring twist, downright smug ending.
I do not recommend this book.