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Summary

Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little. The "Grand Alliance" forged by the need to fight side-by-side against the genocidal Rigelians remains, but there are those on either side who continue to hate, continue to distrust. Now the strength of that war-forged alliance is about to be tested. For Charon's Ferry is about to give up the secret of its dead. A ship has emerged from the deadly warp point at last. A ship which responds to the challenge of an Orion star ship using ancient human communications codes...then opens fire. The holocaust of interstellar warfare has been ignited anew, in a bloody crusade to free Holy Mother Terra.

©1992 David Weber & Steve White (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Endurance is needed

I kept going for 5 hours (and that was a bit of a strain) but had to give up.

This book started out quite well. However, as it went on, it was difficult to keep track of who was who as there seemed to be so many characters. This, in itself, spoilt the book as you never really knew where you were.

I tried to persevere, but gave up in the end as I completely lost track of what it was all about, if it was about anything, that is!

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  • Brian
  • 12-03-16

An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!

Where does Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up at the top, David Weber is a premier Military SF writer. These books were written about 15 years ago, and Crusade, In Death Ground and The Shiva Option were the limit until Exodus came out, which marks a different turn to the series.

What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

Written with the same standard as the best Honor Harrington books. Great character development. You come to really like and respect Admiral Anton and Admiral/Senator/Former president Anderson. The interplay with Kathara the orion with Admiral Anton is very interesting as 2 different views of Honor and culture clash.

Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't recall ever hearing him but he is an excellent story teller, giving life to this favorite series I have waited so long to be able to hear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Intrigue, Suspense, and a Battle of Epic Scale across the Stars" This series would be an excellent basis for a TV series or a movie series. There is enough time and depth to make a series of movies that would be very entertaining.

Any additional comments?

Starfire is a great series I cannot emphasize enough. It was a great read when they first came out, and I have waited years to hear it. The storytelling by the narrator is full flavored, with great character development and clear audio clues as to who is which character. An excellent rendition of an excellent book!

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  • Jean
  • 20-06-16

action packed space opera

Not sure if this is book one of the Starfire series or book two. Audible has it as book one and Amazon as book two. I enjoyed the Honor Harrington series; so thought I would give this one a try.

Weber is noted for his military science fiction adventures. In this book the Terran Federation is confronted by a new enemy that might have some relationship with a lost Terran fleet in the distant past. Weber tossed out some familiar names such as Manticore and Saint-Just, which were also used in the Honor series.

Apparently this series was written 1992 before the Honor Series. I do not think it is as well written as the Honor series, but I might go on and read book number two in the series. Marc Vietor does a good job narrating the book. Vietor is a Broadway Stage actor who is beginning to make a name for himself in science fiction audiobooks.

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  • a. Taylor
  • 15-04-16

Great Story

Where does Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the top 10 among all the audio books I'v listened to so far, can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

I would compare this book to another book I like by Raymond L. Weil called Destruction. Both books are about a desperate human situation that must be overcome.

What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator, Marc Vietor brings the book alive with his reading of the book. His voice characterization is great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have listened to this book in one setting, if I'd had the time. Couldn't wait to get back to listen.

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  • ADB
  • 24-04-16

Rewards patience. A genre stand-out.

I'm nicking the story half a star for the lack of promptly distinguished main characters. Calling chapter 1 a "prologue" might help some. The problem is that ch.1 introduces two characters, stirs your interest in them, then immediately kills them. (I don't think first-chapter ending revelations count as spoilers, do they?). And it's a while after that before you can figure out who is supposed to really matter in the tale.
But by the end--I think I have to say the Weber-White collaboration has created some characters I will long remember, and in this genre that's really saying something.
Admittedly, the characters are archetypes, but this is not a character-driven genre. (And what's wrong with archetypes, anyway?) It's not really about individuals--it's about civilizations, social upheavals, the evils people commit in the name of co-opted (and usually contrived) religion. And it's about courage, honor, faithfulness to duty, rising to the occasion, embracing responsibility.
I look forward to the next volume.

(Oh, and the battles... so many but so well done!)

I have to say a word about the reader: wow.
OK, so he can't quite tell the difference between an Irish lilt and a Scottish brogue, but the alien characters are so well read--no, animated. The fact that I'll remember them is much owing to Vietor's excellent work.

I look forward to hearing more Vietor as well.

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  • Michael D. Johas Teener
  • 28-01-18

Good yarn, space opera but “lib-progs”, really?

I really liked the story and the performance was outstanding, but casting the “liberal-progressive” party as the tool of the corporate state, and an enemy of the people seems like something out of Breitbart or Fox News.

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  • Phillip
  • 15-08-18

Political Illiteracy or Trolling

Liberal progressives are against war, corporate power, and cutting taxes on said corporations. So I can't tell if the use of the political alignment "liberal progressive" as the corporate-backed bad party is meant as a deliberate act of trolling, or simple political illiteracy on the part of the author's.

Other than that this is one of the best books I've read in the last year, and I will be rereading it immediately.

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  • Phyllis
  • 04-06-18

Returnable?

May I return this one? I have dozens of Weber books but this is the first one I could get past the first section.

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  • NastieNate
  • 08-05-18

Good Story, Hard to follow at some points

narration was fast but i blame the author for bit putting in some setting when jumping between characters. got lost a few times

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  • Per
  • 09-02-18

Classic space opera

Any additional comments?

When David Weber appears on a paperback cover, it is usually a story that is quite predictable yet enjoyable none the less. Great pallet cleanser, though nothing special.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-18

great book

great story. great characters. couldn't stop listening to the book. can't wait to get the next book in the stories.