Library Journal - Library JournalThis is the first title in the ongoing Helmsman sf adventure series, which launched in the late 1980s and ran through the early 1990s. Originally released as pocket paperbacks, the books are here being upgraded to hardcover, with new jacket art by Hugo Award-winning artist Ron Miller. Even more interesting, Baldwin has rewritten the text for what he calls the "director's cut special edition." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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I have been a Helmsman fan from the beggining and own all the books. I found out about the reprinting as hardbacks and bought the first one as soon as it was available. There isn't too much different from the paperback (I think I have memorized them all). I was disappointed with a few typos, I think that a 'Director's Cut' should be edited better. My biggest disappointment and the reason why I am not going to buy the rest in hardback is the art work. I guess that the person who did the art wins awards but he did not read this book. The princess on the cover looks nothing like her description in the book and the spaceship is completely wrong. Some may consider this minor stuff but if I am going to re-buy books, at $26.00/each, that I already own because they are 'special' then I expect accuracy. This is a great book and a good start if you haven't read them yet. The whole series reflects what the Earth did during WWI and the time leading up to WWII and set it in space. Baldwin sometimes lifts whole parts of WWII along with lines from historical figures but the plots move along. He has created his own world and the stories span the galaxy. I can't wait for the new novel 'The Turning Tide' but have waited paitently for a few years now.
In this re-release of Bill Baldwin's best selling The Helmsman, Timberwolf Press kicks off the Wilf Brim series. If this first installment is any indication, the series should reach best selling status once again. The first paragraph of chapter one was so well written, I read it through three times. This man can write! Wilf Ansor Brim - the helmsman - is a charismatic character indeed. Through intelligence, skill, and grit he has raised himself from humble beginnings to reach what to most would be an impossible goal. Determination has taken him from life in lowly Carescrian mines to one as officer of the Imperial Fleet. His courage eventually transforms him into a decorated hero of space battles, mingling with royalty in palaces of State. Wilf Brim is a warrior with the soul of a poet. In The Helmsman, we meet his compatriots - Nik Ursis, the huge Barbousse, Capt. Collingswood - as Wilf sees his first battle action. He soon gains a reputation as one who excels at whatever he's assigned, whether it be blockade duty, ground battle, or rescuing prisoners of war. Through it all he forges strong bonds of friendship, gaining respect from peers and commanders. Oh, and his life is not all battle action all the time. Wilf finds love with Princess Margot Effer'Wyck. The beautiful royal is scheduled to marry another man, but seeks out Wilf to be her secret lover. Does she really love the commoner, or is he simply a pleasant diversion? Maybe we'll find out in future books if Wilf and Margo stay together. The battle action is tremendous and the characters well defined. Bill Baldwin turns a fine phrase. Whether you are a sci fi genre fan or not, give this one a try.