Press Gang!

Press Gang!

by Donny Savoie

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During the 17th century The Royal Navy used military impressment as a means of taking men into service by force. Millennia later, the concept lives on in the Royal Terran Empire when the frigate HMSS Rubicon sends her impressment team, known as the “press gang” down to the planet New Dublin in order to feed her insatiable appetite for space fodder. The Captain’s word is law and his judgement is final. The punishment for a minor offence is a ship’s flogging. For serious crimes there is only one sentence---death! An impressed man has to be tough and a fast learner in the brutal environment of an interstellar warship. Killian Connacher is such a man. Wrenched brutally from his family and home world, he is immediately plunged into the turmoil of Marine training, interstellar intrigue, and space warfare as HMSS Rubicon sails through space on the galactic winds and waves of dark energy. Along his journey from civilian to hardened Marine, Killian has time to play a little football in battle armour, rescue his captain and a beautiful princess, and learn the hard lessons about life, death, friendship, love, duty, loss, and pain.

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ISBN-13: 9781483522418
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 289
File size: 545 KB

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Press Gang! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Killian Connacher of New Dublin has begun his journey from civilian student to battle hardened marine. Taken by a press gang, he has been impressed into the service of the Royal Marines on the HMSS Rubicon. The punishment of minor offenses is flogging. In the harsh, brutal environment aboard the Rubicon, a recruit must be a fast learner. Along the way, there is time for football in battle armor, rescuing the Rubicon’s captain, and life’s hard lessons. As the HMSS Rubicon begins to leave system, she is lured into a trap. A trap that will propel Killian Connacher into his first major battle to destroy the vicious rebel Consortium. To complicate matters, the Imperial forces discover that the Consortium has access to alien technology that could just provide to be a game changer. Review: In Press Gang!, Donny Savoie mixes futuristic, military science fiction with the old wooden navy of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. The ships achieve faster than light travel through sails that catch the galactic winds and waves of dark energy. This proves to be an interesting mix. However, the author uses some military terms without a conjoining explanation that can be distracting. He also doesn’t seem to have full control over shifting perspectives between people. Taken together, Press Gang! is an exciting novel, full of hard hitting military action, and the close, personal relationships you would expect with people who face life and death together.
McWilly More than 1 year ago
Riveting! Amazingly descriptive, with the perfect ratio of action and suspense. As an avid military history reader, I found this to be very refreshing, as it was a well balanced blend of Science Fiction and Military reading. The characters come to life as soon as you begin reading, leaving you wanting more at the end. A very enjoyable read. Hopefully a sequel or prequel are in order. Simply outstanding!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic space opera. Good Action, kept me turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago