Commander

Rated 3.67/5 based on 3 reviews
"We have not yet begun to fight!"

In this fourth installment of the David Birkenhead saga, the hero of Zombie Station must once again make do with what he has rather than what he might wish for. Deep behind enemy lines, commanding a ship most of the navy's top brass consider a joke, he will have to hold out and try against all odds to reach a safe harbor. More

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Review by: Felix Pleșoianu on Dec. 04, 2013 :
By now we're halfway through the David Birkenhead series, and our titular hero gets a break for a change, as well as a chance to build rather than destroy. Until, that is, he gets into trouble again, at which point we again get to see just how much of a war happens behind the scenes -- behind the fighting. Only death remains a constant.

Indeed, by now it's pretty obvious that death is the primary motif of the series, just as human rights and responsibility are the main themes, and this book mixes them especially well. Just how many deaths can one consider an acceptable price, however big the goal? How can you ever trade between one life and another? Commander doesn't claim to provide answers, but then again, I wouldn't trust anyone who does.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Paraplegic Racehorse on Oct. 22, 2012 :
I agree with Paul Millsted that the DNA soul bond thing (initially presented in Midshipman, if I remember right) feels a little weak, but it does provide some great character development for our favorite slavebunny.

This episode has the feel of larger naval stories from the likes of Patrick O'Brian (Master & Commander, et al) and CS Forester (Hornblower).

Again, the quality of editing is poor at best, but the story and characters are compelling and worthy of being read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Paul Millsted on Oct. 15, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book but after the high of Lieutenant it felt like a bit of a let down.

Reasons (except for the length 167 pages which really doesn't qualify for the title novel IMHO) are all to do with the story so

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers.

The Court Martial had no tension and it should have had a lot, the only one worried about it was David and that was only because he's being super wonderful modest. Where were all the establishment lining up against David? and he did murder his superior officer when all was said and done a little drama wouldn't have been out of place.

Not to sure about the assignment it seemed like a worthy enough cause but I wonder how useful it will be when it is expanded to planets owned by all those corrupt and incompetent nobles that the King is always complaining about?

The DNA soul bond thing with David's childhood sweet-heart felt incredibly shoe horned in, obvious set up for later stories and the whole concept is distasteful in a mind control fashion, plus it seems retarded from the angle of what they were trying to accomplish with the project.

The mission behind enemy lines was decent stuff but the whole episode felt . . . like an episode? considering how long it went on for, over a year iirc a lot of nothing happened in between the moments of action which were themselves pretty much glossed over in a paragraph or two. "Captured a ship ho-hum"

Nice enough story but the series really felt like it was building to bigger and better things and this isn't that.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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