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Its a unique character story fit into an overused but yet exhilarating model of a hero captain that is being unused forced to take control of humanity's last chance against an alien threat, while the government and naval admirality is reducing all ability to fight during a peace time apathy. The viewpoint of crewmen from multiple viewpoints rises it from the average to unique making it a very enjoyable read and start to a new series.
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I had passed over Starship Alexander several times in my quest to find a book to listen to during the usual Monday gristmill because the summary outlined a cookie cutter plot: Old ship going out on its last mission with a full load of cadets as observers and captained by a short timer whose career covers a tendency to bend rules and reg's and interpret his orders to suit him. Of course this time the ship ends up in a running battle with Aliens who are better armed. Sound familiar? Don't let it fool you! This book made me resent the clock and any interruptions. Jake Elwood made Starship Alexander an engrossing tale full of adventure and action with a large compliment of well developed characters that interacted well with clear distinction of good guys, bad guys and utterly evil aliens. Colin Maheu, the narrator was flawless and from the opening line, kept me entranced. All I can say is that Assume did its thing and I was the one with the big ears......