Captain Jonathan Dallas, Commodore of Battle Unit 72, investigates the disappearance of a military research vessel on the fringes of known space. When the unit is ambushed by a threat that endangers not only the fleet but also all of humanity itself, Jonathan must somehow find the resources to fight back.
Cut off from Central Command and faced with impossible odds, can Jonathan overcome his demons to save humanity and, more importantly, can he save himself?
Flagship: Where captains are made. Or broken.
©2016 Isaac Hooke (P)2016 Isaac Hooke
I have read alot of Starship series and enjoyed them variably. This is a top notch book, gripping in detail and plot. You get immersed in the characters and transported to a very well considered and constructed reality. Totally compulsive. The audiobook version captured the characters and tension well.
"A Classic Space Opera Sci-fi"
This was a good space battle book with a good premise, good characters, and lots of action.
The book begins with the main character, the Captain of a warship, investigating the disappearance of a research vessel attached to their task group of ships. When they find the ship adrift, their crew missing, and the ship database wiped, they quickly deduce that the ship was attacked and boarded. What's more, the records that still exist indicate that the research vessel's crew discovered the ruins of an artificial alien structure on the planet they were orbiting.
When an unknown but powerful alien vessel appears and attacks without provocation, little can be done to overcome their technological superiority and the captain flees to rejoin a fleet of nearby ships. Losing several vessels and sustaining heavy damage in the retreat, the captain is only able to destroy one vessel, and inflict minor damage to the alien ships that follow them.
The admiral of the fleet is convinced that the attackers are not alien, but advanced attackers from the other competing earth superpower. Not only does he underestimate the threat, but he plans to use a weapon of mass destruction against their earth rivals, possibly crippling humanity at the outset of what could become a war against an advanced alien race.
The captain and his crew must survive through space battles, internal fleet politics, and an incompetent and reckless fleet commander if they ever hope to beat back the alien fleet, rescue their kidnapped crew, and save humanity from a crippling blow from within.
Narration was good in this one as well. Perfect for the story.
I would definitely recommend this one for fans of space sci-fi.
When reading Isaac Hooke's book Flagship the first time I thought it had a slow and somewhat tedious beginning but Berkot's narration when I listened to it solved that problem for me.. Having read the authors Atlas Series and his track record for solid military sci-fi action packed content, I have no doubts that this series will not disappoint.New characters, new ship, and a story line that mixes faster than light travel with slipstreams, travel gates and space battles with a threatening alien race make this book a winner. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see what Hooke has in store for us in his next book of the series.
If you purchased the book without narration I would highly recommend you buy the narration and try it again. It made it so much better.
"FLAGSHIP - A Captain's Crucible is a MUST READ!!!"
Isaac Hooke delivers yet another winner! Flagship is a first rate Military Space Opera, with something for everyone! Complex characters, all out action, intense space battles, politics, intrigue, technology, aliens, AI, romance, humor, all woven into a plot that will keep you turning pages until the very end!
Isaac knows how to develop and torture his characters, putting them through emotional and physical tribulation, both! There are also plenty of twists and surprises in this sci-fi action thriller,making for an exciting, well-paced ride! DO NOT pass this Military SF Thriller up!
No, but I am looking forward to more, and doing a comparison at a later date.
Absolutely! This book kept me on edge. I listened to it at home, on the way to work, at work, on the way home from work... Well, you get the idea!!! :)
Alright, Isaac! The pressure is on! I'm looking very forward to the next installment of Flagship!
"Really a great listen!"
So, my expectations for Issac Hookes sci-fi is pretty high. He did a great job with this one.
Initially it took me a little time to get into the story, but once I developed a relationship with the characters, I was fully hooked. He also brings up elements from Atlas that keeps all the different stories in line and keeps the chronology of his different stories straight, something I really appreciate. In any case, I'm looking forward to seeing how humanity handles this new threat and getting answers to some of the older enigmas from previous books.
"Listening adds something to just reading."
I would because the readers voice adds something to the style in which the book is written and is also suited for sify
The space battles would be it for me. Very gripping!
I'm not sure exactly but I found his voice very suited to reading the genre
Good book, difficult to pick out one moment though unless its just the character Maxwell.
Very much enjoyed this book! It starts out slow(first 2 or so chapters) but once I got past those it really sped up. I used to read Star Wars books regularly and, while this was not Star Wars, I still found it very enjoyable! While I won't go into detail, the character I enjoyed the most was Maxwell(pay attention while reading and you'll understand).:) Well done with this work and should appeal to sci fi fans and possibly others as well.
(I almost never post plot points so as to avoid spoilers)
"Flagship of Captain’s Crucible Series: 6/5 stars"
I can listen to “Flagship” for hours and hours on end without getting bored. Couldn’t believe I found such an awesome Audible book!
** This review does not contain spoilers. **
I used to just listen to Audible while driving in the morning/evening, but with this I had no intention of waiting that long between listens of “Flagship”. This is an incredible value, and it’ll retain your attention like a fish locked in the jaws of a croc!
The various relationships add such value to the story, and perfectly complement the action packed scenes throughout. It’s such a fragile balance, and Isaac Hooke walks the precarious tightrope perfectly, dipping into more action here, then more character development there. Indeed, the character’s behaviour during the action scenes serves to further develop them (this is no surprise given the title of the novel: “Flagship (A Captain’s Crucible Book 1)”).
The narrator, Peter Berkrot does a bang up job of acting the myriad characters. It’s just uncanny how he can voice a macho fighter pilot one second, then switch to a swooning, soft, subtle female the next. Or, the transition from the cold, calculating voice of a virtually emotionless character, to a passionate, heated protagonist voice. I don’t know how he does that, as there is such a striking difference between all the voices; it really adds to the character development.
The overarching story is pretty magnificent, I have to say. No worrying about the story moving on, here: you’ll be swept away by it, rather than having to trudge through a quagmire. There’s no stopping once you start, and the various cliffhangers will leave you wanting for more and more. In fact, once it’s over, you’ll be sad!
But just pick up the next book: “Test of Mettle (A Captain’s Crucible Book 2)” by Isaac Hooke!
"Action packed space opera set in Atlas Universe."
A sequel of sorts to his popular Atlas books, this book takes place 70 years or so after the events in Atlas 3. While the story does include a much older Rade Galaal, and even his daughter with Shaw Chopra, now a starship captain herself, this is really more like Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet in tone, dealing with a starship captain and his actions against an alien menace. There is some well plotted space combat, some powerful, mysterious aliens, and some swashbuckling seat of the pants heroics from various characters. There is also some realistic fleet politics, and a backstory for the Captain that makes him a very sympathetic character. Well paced, well written, and with good continuity to the previous books, I cant recommend this highly enough. Peter Berkrot returns to narrate this one like he did the Atlas books, and does a decent job bringing the characters to life. Any fan of Jack Campbell or H. Paul Honsinger should enjoy this book.
Great job of reading this book. Really nice being able sit back and listen to the story. Lots of action with excellent character development.
"The start of another great series"
This is by far Isaac Hooke's best novel. It was refreshing to read a story that both intrigued and entertained me. I have had my issues in the past with some of his characters being a bit two dimensional and maybe just a tad whiney, but this story changes that. These characters are fleshed out with intriguing backstories and little ticks to make them very relatable. The first few chapters are slow to build, but then the story moves with a comfortable fluidity, holding your attention with the right mix of action and planning for more action. The narrator does a wonderful job of reading the story and making the characters come alive. I enjoyed this audio book immensely and cannot wait for the next chapter of the series.
""You wouldn't be planning a mutiny of some sort?""
I first read the Kindle edition some time ago and was delighted to revisit again through this audio book. The narration was good although I initially found Peter Berkrot's sometimes breathy presentation off putting at first. However, he brought an underlying excitement which enhanced the story once I was used to him.
All space battles have, essentially, the same ingredients - fire this, defend that, chase something, patch up bits that blew off and, sometimes, abandon ship. In that, this story is no different BUT I can honestly say that this was the most exciting and enthralling clash of the space battle fleets I have read: I could feel the terror of the crews facing apparent impossible odds where the consequences of failure were intolerable and the decisions made by the officers carried with them a legacy of fear and guilt
So many:It starts with the mysterious disappearance of the crew of a research ship, part of a fleet in a lesser charted area of space; then a drone sent to find out why they weren't responding to signals is destroyed and a strange, ancient artifact (ship?) is spotted on the landmass below. The whole fleet under starship captain Jonathan finds itself under attack by unknown vessels, unlike anything previously seen. The order is given for a massive retaliation which would cause the deaths of billions.But Jonathan is not convinced that the right enemy is to be targeted and, being the sort of person who believes he is always right, he decides to take on his own side as well as the attackers.And I loved the dry humour of the AI when threatened with being turned into a toaster!
Not really : I like to savour long sections rather than rush through in one sitting.
I didn't like Jonathan much as a person but, hey, he's a starship captain I don't need to like him - and all credit to the author for drawing sufficiently strong characters to elicit any feelings for them.
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