Rated 4.33/5 based on 4 reviews
In this second volume of the David Birkenhead series, our young hero has been adopted into the powerful House of Marcus. But... what can be done with a former slave-boy who's earned his kingdom's highest award for bravery, but who also can't shed his Rabbithood no matter how hard he tries? More

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Review by: Felix Pleșoianu on Dec. 01, 2013 :
Continuing the gripping story started in the preceding book, Midshipman upholds the same excellent tradition of classic space opera. This second installment, however, reminded me of a book in a different genre: Heinlein's Double Star. Which just happens to be my favorite book in all literature. Midshipman tackles similar problems of politics and society, but takes them to an unprecedented level.

It also continues the incredibly nuanced and poignant discourse on slavery started in the first book, which it *also* takes to a whole new level, if you can imagine that. It blew my mind. Bonus points for highlighting the horrible abuses that any military is prone to -- an especially sore point for me.

But ultimately it's about a fundamentally responsible boy thrown into a world full of irresponsible men at an age way too young for such a heavy burden. This makes Midshipman painful to read at times, but also elating, so happy reading.
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Review by: Bruce Hobbs on Dec. 26, 2012 : (no rating)
I enjoyed this book so much I ended up buying the whole series and read them all in just three days! It was a very engaging story line with plenty of action, interesting characters and a good story arch.
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Review by: Paraplegic Racehorse on Oct. 22, 2012 :
An incredible character and a fabulous story.

-1 star for lack of editing. In spite of the editing, read it. Highly enjoyable.
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Review by: David Silver on Sep. 13, 2012 :
I'm not much for long reviews, so please forgive that.

An enjoyable read, like its predecessor. I enjoy the universe as laid out, though some parts feel a bit heavy handed in delivery, the whole feels right and is fun to read, which is the important part.
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