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Starship: Mercenary (Starship, Book 3)

by Mike Resnick

Series: Starship (3)

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Resnick maintains the quality of the series with this third installment. Adding a few new memorable characters (particularly the Platinum Duke), introducing a cool new setting (Singapore Station) and once again changing the nature of the hero's mission (as the titles imply: progressing from Mutineer to Pirate to Mercenary), Resnick has once again written 300 pages that feel like 30, leaving you wanting more RIGHT NOW. The only question that remains is how long he can keep it up? (Cheating tells us at least twice more, since books 4 and 5 are already published.) ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
The Crew become mercenaries and win battle after battle, usually through brain, not brawn. Clever, witty. Same as the previous books. If you liked them, you'll like this.

The shine is starting to wear thin on the Captain's brilliance though, which is why this got 3 starts instead of 4. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
The adventures of Wilson Cole and the Teddy R. continue, with a change of tactics following a perceptive comment that they would work much better as mercenaries. Now taking jobs to protect the weak (and get decent pay), Cole's adventures on the Frontier and his impact on the surrounding section of space continue to grow. The history of immense space stations and the outlaw codes of the Frontier create a colorful backdrop for Resnick's tales. ( )
  Ailinel | May 2, 2015 |
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The date is 1968 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now. The Republic, created by the human race but not yet dominated by it, is in the midst of an all-out war with the Teroni Federation. Captain Wilson Cole, a man with a reputation for exceeding orders but getting results, found himself the victim of a media feeding frenzy, a political scapegoat despite years of dedicated military service. Faced with a court martial, he was rescued by the loyal crew of his ship, the Theodore Roosevelt. Branded mutineers, the Teddy R. has quit the Republic, never to return.

Seeking to find a new life, Wilson Cole first remade the Teddy R. as a pirate ship plying the spaceways of the lawless Inner Frontier. But military discipline and honor were a poor match for a life of pillaging and plundering, and Cole's principles naturally limited his targets. Taking on a new role, the Teddy R. becomes a mercenary ship, hiring out to the highest bidder. Whether it's evacuating a hospital before war can reach it, freeing a client from an alien prison, or stopping a criminal cartel from extorting money from a terrified planet, the crew of the Teddy R. proves equal to the task. Along the way they form a partnership with the once human Platinum Duke, team up with a former enemy, and make the unique Singapore Station their headquarters.

But the life of a mercenary is not always predictable, and eventually circumstance pits Cole and the Teddy R. against his right-hand woman, the former Pirate Queen known as the Valkyrie. Soon the fragile trust that has grown between these two legends is put to the test as they find themselves on opposite sides of a job.
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