Embers of War

Embers of War The warship Trouble Dog was built and bred for calculating violence yet following a brutal war she finds herself disgusted by conflict and her role in a possible war crime Seeking to atone she join

  • Title: Embers of War
  • Author: Gareth L. Powell
  • ISBN: 9781785655180
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • The warship Trouble Dog was built and bred for calculating violence, yet following a brutal war, she finds herself disgusted by conflict and her role in a possible war crime Seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress.But, stripped of her weaponry and emptied of her officers, she struggles in the new role sThe warship Trouble Dog was built and bred for calculating violence, yet following a brutal war, she finds herself disgusted by conflict and her role in a possible war crime Seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress.But, stripped of her weaponry and emptied of her officers, she struggles in the new role she s chosen for herself When a ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of misfits and loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, an ex captain of a medical frigate who once fought against Trouble Dog, are assigned to investigate and save whoever they can.Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating and saving the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing ship, whatever the cost In order to do this, he must reach out to the only person he considers a friend, even if he s not sure she can be trusted What Childe doesn t know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be.Quickly, what appears to be a straightforward rescue mission turns into something far dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz and Childe, find themselves at the centre of a potential new conflict that could engulf not just mankind but the entire galaxy.If she is to survive and save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight.

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    1. *** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much too, Titan Books for the opportunity to read and review Embers of War. ***Whoa, what an amazing and fantastic book was Embers of War was for me. I absolutely and thoroughly loved and enjoyed everything about this book, it had everything that I love in sci-fi books. Plus when I heard this was a space opera book I had to check it out. I really don't want to go into any details about this book because I [...]

    2. I really enjoy a good space opera and this has everything I could wish - great characters, brilliant starships and a thoroughly entertaining plot set in a variety of fascinating settings - plus mysterious and wondrous alien artefacts. There are hints of something else in the shadows ensuring that my attention is caught for the rest of the series, although the characters and the strange 'Gallery' have done more than enough to hook me. Gareth L Powell writes very well and is an excellent teller of [...]

    3. What I love about Powell’s style, is that he doesn’t mess about. He can take you straight into the action and make you feel you belong there.The prologue of Embers of War set the scene. It goes straight to the point. Quick and dirty like Captain Deal’s orders.From chapter one onward, you are taken deeper into the action thanks to a skilful use of first-person narrative - this switches from character to character, chapter to chapter. It can be a hit or miss, but Powell allows you to settle [...]

    4. The soul of great literature surely lies in an imaginative and grounded presentation of identifiable persons involved on a stage of aspiration and conflict recognizable to the reader. The protagonists must reside in an ethical world, even if they be monsters their lack of human compassion or virtue should be comparable to more decent standards. The classics of world literature exemplify the creative artist’s successful mastery of this environment. From Austen to Zola readers are blessed with a [...]

    5. You want to read this book. You may not like it, it may make you uncomfortable, but you want to read this book. Even if you are not a big fan of military sf, you want to read this book. It's almost like a descendant of Ann McCaffrey' "Ship Who " series and David Feintuch's "The Seafort Saga" series. It's not pretty. It makes you think about the horrors and legacies of war and the stupidities of those who wage war. It makes you think about your place in the universe.The writing is spare, powerful [...]

    6. The thing that I enjoyed most about this book was the author's willingness to connect the dots, no matter how far apart they appeared to be when first shown. As a result, everything you read in this book will matter later, with very few exceptions. That keeps the reader on his or her toes.I also enjoyed the very interesting take on artificial intelligence. Basing an AI on a partly organic brain makes a lot of sense. Basing it on cells from both humans and dogs was a new twist, and an interesting [...]

    7. Intriguing space opera with lots of twists and turns that I kicked myself for not anticipating sooner (tho to Gareth L Powell's credit, there were so many red herrings that I was constantly second-guessing myself!) The writing is wonderfully descriptive, and I loved the concepts and definitely want to see where our ragtag group of heroes will go next. I wish I could say more about specifics but there are so many cool surprises from the get-go that it's hard to talk about the plot without giving [...]

    8. Embers of War is the first book in a new series by UK author Gareth L. Powell, and it gets things off to a terrific start. Part character driven fiction, part Mil-SF, there’s a bit of Ian Bank’s Culture in the sentient starships, and a enough action to keep things moving along in the twists and turns that the crew of the sentient starship “Trouble Dog,” need to take to survive to accomplish their rescue mission when a thousand-passenger liner is attacked in a system full of planet sized [...]

    9. This is space opera at it's finest. Characterizations, world-building, dialogue, mystery, action, intense space battles, and, at the heart of it all, the morality, or lack thereof, of war. It's part one of a trilogy, but there's not a cliff hanger you'll be waiting a year or more to see resolved. It had an excellent conclusion that leaves you wanting more. This isn't just a great sci-fi book, it's a great book, period.

    10. Fast, furious and fun. There’s a couple of aspects of the very end that leave me mildly dissatisfied, but a solid entertaining space opera of great visuals (the Gallery!) and engaging AI (Trouble Dog <3)Full review to follow. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    11. Refreshing new Space Opera, with a thoroughly engaging protagonist called Trouble Dog. Loved it.

    12. Author Gareth L. Powell reading a 15 minutes excerpt from chapters 3 and 4 of "Embers of War" at FantasyCon 2016.From that bit alone, I am excited to read this in 2018. :)

    13. 4.5 out 5 starsSometimes it’s the book’s synopsis that catches you. Sometimes it’s the author. Other times it’s the beautiful cover. This time it was a single concept that was introduced within the original synopsis that I read. The space ships are not run by an AI; they are fully sentient. Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell is a fantastic space opera with tight prose, fast pacing, and unforgettable characters.Embers of War follows the ship Trouble Dog and her crew. Once a battleship, Tro [...]

    14. What can I say?This is one hell of a book and one I'd definitely recommend to fans of space opera. The characters are well-rounded and captivating, especially Trouble Dog who steals the show in the final act as far as I'm concerned.I've seen a few people compare it to Iain M. Banks, and I can see the similarities. There are also some elements of Babylon 5 creeping into the narrative towards the end, though this is a good thing.As the first in a series, Embers of War is an excellent piece of writ [...]

    15. So well worth the wait. Gareth L Powell has presented us with a cast of characters each of whom shares the telling of the tale in their own way. Everyone speaks from their own perspective and so the tale develops, every time you think you have got a handle on it something changes and perceptions shift. There is no unnecessary fluff, the story is tight, gripping and satisfying whilst still leaving enough questions to have me now chewing my finger ends waiting for the next one

    16. Up until about 2/3 of the way through this was a 4. I love an AI warship, which should definitely be a sub genre, and this wears its Culture influences lightly. Trouble Dog isn't as awesome as, say Sleeper Service, but the world building is good and the back story interesting. All was going well with mystery objects, troubled pasts, family issues, and then it just lost it for me. Too much was revealed I think about the mystery objects and it was a bit of a deus ex machina ending.

    17. okayyou war in space, galactic scale. why the heck you are still using ancient shit such as ; fibre optic, nuclear, mortgage ???yupI tried to endure the idiocy, gave up after seeing 'mortgage'. such nonsense fart.

    18. Recent Reads: Embers Of War. Gareth Powell's space opera mixes sentient starships, giant artifacts, and a RNLI in space; all slathered in post-conflict guilt and redemption. Work like you are living in the early days of a better Culture.A contender for book of the year, already.

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