Review: A Call to Duty by David Weber, Timothy Zahn

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Publisher: Baen
Publishing Date: October 2014
ISBN: 9781476736846
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher Description: Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life . . . the two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

Review: The cover art would be really good if I was high. Looks like a gay superman…”UP, UP, AND…Oh my gosh this outfit is to die for!!”

This was a surprisingly fun read. It has a self-deprecating anti-hero with the lowest of self-esteem whom is constantly riddled with doubt. He ends up exerting control over his life with a hyper-sense of protocol that lands him in some shjt. This had a little more militaristic operational dialogue than I expected. For once the writing is really good and coupled with the increased dialogue makes for more palatable reading. Initially you think Travis is going to be “THE” story yet there are multiple character story lines occurring throughout.

Travis was a good character but your left waiting for him to rise from the ashes of obscurity and save the day. He does save the day, kind of, yet is rewarded in an offhand way. Perhaps the next novel in the series will see him rise to great heights.

I will be interested in seeing where these authors take the next installment. It could be great or nose dive with excessive dialogue.

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