King David's Spaceship

  • by Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by Rob Dean
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 3013.
The imperial navy has invaded Prince Samual's world....

The superior weaponry of the CoDominium Empire has brought unity to the Samualans - at the cost of their liberty.
Their last bid for freedom is to create a space program. But the knowledge to build a starship is extinct.
Colonel Nathan MacKinnie, leads a daring raid to steal these secrets from the planet of Makassar, where the key to space technology is guarded by Temple priests.

MacKinnie battles across the universe, to wrest away the knowledge left by the first settlers who traversed the void of space from a planet called Old Earth. To live in peace they must fight for ancient secrets. To gain their freedom they must build....

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what if you lived on a planet without rockets

Prince samuel's world did not have radios or rockets, but their next planet had even less. This is great Pournelle at his best.
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- Jim

New Perspectives, Writer Solves Everything.

I am a love it or leave it kind of person. I don't have time to waste on a mediocre book. This book does not disappoint. It is just as well written as all the other books by Jerry Pournelle that i have read. As I listened to the book I kept thinking of problems the characters would have to overcome. Sometimes those problems are overlooked by writers to make the book flow. Not only did every issue I thought of as an obstacle get addressed, but done so in a believable way. I am particularly impressed with how engrossed I was by the story, as told by the natives, so quickly. All the other books in the CoDominium universe that I have read were from the Imperial view. When I looked at the audio book for the first time I didn't think I would enjoy it as much, since the book is told from the local's viewpoint. The opposite could not have been truer. I really enjoyed getting this perspective and seeing arrogance and superiority where I had not previously thought about it. Great new depth on the CoDominium verse for me.
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- Travers R Body

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios