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A lost starship... A dire warning from futures past... A desperate search for salvation… Captain Mitchell “Ares” Williams is a Space Marine and the hero of the Battle for Liberty, whose Shot Heard ‘Round the Universe saved the planet from a nearly unstoppable war machine. He’s handsome, charismatic, and the perfect poster boy to help the military drive enlistment. Pulled fA lost starship... A dire warning from futures past... A desperate search for salvation… Captain Mitchell “Ares” Williams is a Space Marine and the hero of the Battle for Liberty, whose Shot Heard ‘Round the Universe saved the planet from a nearly unstoppable war machine. He’s handsome, charismatic, and the perfect poster boy to help the military drive enlistment. Pulled from the war and thrown into the spotlight, he’s as efficient at charming the media as he was at shooting down enemy starfighters. After an assassination attempt leaves Mitchell critically wounded, he begins to suffer from strange hallucinations that carry a chilling and oddly familiar warning: They are coming. Find the Goliath or humankind will be destroyed. Convinced that the visions are a side-effect of his injuries, he tries to ignore them, only to learn that he may not be as crazy as he thinks. The enemy is real and closer than he imagined, and they’ll do whatever it takes to prevent him from rediscovering the centuries lost starship. Narrowly escaping capture, out of time and out of air, Mitchell lands at the mercy of the Riggers - a ragtag crew of former commandos who patrol the lawless outer reaches of the galaxy. Guided by a captain with a reputation for cold-blooded murder, they’re dangerous, immoral, and possibly insane. They may also be humanity’s last hope for survival in a war that has raged beyond eternity....

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ISBN : 24419820
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Number of Pages : 433 Pages
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Starship Eternal Reviews

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2019-05-26 06:52

    ABR's full Starship Eternal audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Captain Mitchell Williams is the celebrated hero of the recent battle which saved Planet Liberty. Unfortunately, it’s all a lie, his wing mate and lover actually did it, sacrificing herself in a suicide attack against overwhelming odds. But the Alliance is keeping quiet, using Mitchell as a PR pawn to attract military recruits. The Alliance and Federation are 400 year old Earth factions who have been at war since an alien ship crashed into the Earth in the mid-21st Century.Mitchell hates taking the credit, but goes along with the ruse until he is lured into a sexual liaison with the Prime Minister’s wife. Accused of rape and exposed as a fraud, he has only one option—run—but where? He is helped by criminals, an antique ship with future technology and even his past self. Barely making it to the edge of known space, he finds more questions than answers.Starship Eternal has some time travel elements, but they are more conceptual than actual. Most of the action is real time and no one is jumping forward or backward at will. The novel is more of a high-tech military story with plenty of fighting action and military situations, brain implants, medical nano-bots, lasers and force fields. Much of the story takes place on a mining ship full of court-martialed misfits who run espionage runs when they aren’t trying to kill each other.There is plenty of action throughout the story to keep any space war junky happy. Mitchell has every woman after him, getting enough sex for half the galaxy, though none of it described explicitly.The story is read by Jeffery Kafer who does a very good job. He has a pleasant baritone voice and is good with character changes. You will enjoy listening to his voice through the length of the novel and presumably, through the sequels.Starship Eternal is a great ride, full of action and plot twists that keep the listener thoroughly entertained. Though, technically SciFi military, it has a lot of space opera elements that give it a much wider feeling. Time travel is a central element of the story, but the scientific explanations don’t hold much water, better not to over think it. Just go with it and enjoy the ride. The novel wraps up the initial action well while still leading the listener to the sequel.Audiobook provided for for review by the publisher via audiobookblast

  • Fred Hughes
    2019-06-15 09:35

    I actually started reading this book several days before I posted it.This is a great mix of military science fiction and multiple time lines.Mitchell Williams is a Space Marine and the celebrated hero who made the shot heard throughout the universe in destroying what appeared to be an unstoppable war machine. So now he is being used as a large public relations machine to enhance funding and recruitment into the Space Marines and other forces. The first month or so was fun but now Mitchell realizes he will never get to pilot a space fighter which is his true love. Plus he is under constant threat by the creators of the war machine he destroyed.However, it's all a big lie as Mitchell was there when the war machine was destroyed but not the pilot that took the shot; he just happens to have been the only survivor of his team.Soon it all starts to unravel as an assassination attempt comes really close and he meets someone who tells him he has a higher calling and needs to find Goliath.Goliath was a state of the art warship that was launched 400 years ago for a 15 minute test run and never returned.In his quest to find Goliath he runs into all sorts of people who may be able to help him or are trying to kill him.A rousing space opera with compelling characters.From a picky perspective it appears that the copy editor didn't read the last 50 pages of the book as there are grammar and spelling errors throughout. It was just weird that the front of the book was tight from this perspective, and then it changed.Still a Good Read, and recommended

  • Kurt
    2019-05-20 10:55

    Good representation of the genre

  • Alison
    2019-06-14 07:35

    Very entertaining!Really enjoyed the story but Mitchell a bit too perfect. It got tiring to read about all the women throwing themselves in bed with him.

  • Jim
    2019-06-11 07:53

    I’ve only read one other book by this author, M. R. Forbes, and it’s interesting that he uses a bunch of convicts to do his fighting. In “Hell’s Rejects”, a group of criminals breaks out of “Hell” a maximum security prison and eventually start helping the military that put them there. Now, back to this book, we have a war hero, Captain Mitchell “Ares” Williams, running for his life after being framed for something he didn’t do. He runs right into a bunch of, you guessed it, criminals setup on a salvage starship called the “Schism”. But, things are not quite as they appear. Captain Mitch Williams was leading the good life. A Space Marine fighter pilot who had not only survived the battle for Liberty, but who became the hero of the galaxy when he single-handedly destroyed the Federation behemoth that was attacking the planet Liberty. He’s now touring the galaxy being used as a recruiting tool for the Alliance Navy. And, he’s doing a good job. He’s a handsome fairly young guy, with a natural charm that makes his life interesting when meeting some of the galaxy’s more attractive females. He doesn’t mind the attention although it can be quite taxing at times and he would very much like to just go away for awhile and rest. Yet, there’s no rest for him now or in the future. The Federation knows who he is and they won't forget what he did. He lets his guard down once and slips his handlers (a PR guy for the Navy) and winds up getting that handler killed and himself almost assassinated. He understands the assassination attempt. He doesn’t like the idea of being a target, but he’s military so he knows what they are trying to do. Then he gets another handler, but unlike the previous PR guy, this is one mean Major. She now outranks him and she’s not going to cut him any slack. He’s going to do what he’s told and go where he’s told and that’s a fact. Except everything is a lie.This is a very good, fast paced story. It’s not just about the Alliance and Federation fighting each other, but something else is happening out on the fringes of the galaxy. Earth long ago launched its first FTL ship, the Goliath, which also became the first FTL ship lost forever. No one really knows where it went. Now, it’s up to Captain Williams to find it or Earth and all of humanity might just cease to exist.I wish writers would find better military consultants when they write military stories. This one got some things right, but then it get confusing later on. We have a ships Captain, who is rightly called Captain by the crew, but she’s actually an Admiral. Now it totally doesn’t make sense why an Admiral would be commanding only a single ship on the fringes of the know galaxy. At best, the Captain of this ship would be a Navy Captain. That would make sense. There there’s the problem with Captain Williams coming aboard. He should have been temporarily promoted to Major so as not to have two Captains running around on one ship. That’s why Marine Captain equivalents in the Navy are called Lieutenants. There’s just one Captain of a ship and it doesn’t really matter what his/her rank is, as long as he/she is on the ship, he/she is addressed as Captain. Going around calling Williams, “Captain”, confuses the hell out of some parts of the book. Ok, that’s my gripe for this book.It is a good start to a really interesting series. I already have the second book, “The End of Liberty” and I just realized that this series already extends out to book 7! Wow! I’ve got a lot of reading to do.

  • Pariah Burke
    2019-06-18 11:59

    Very well written and paced. Imaginative with excellent character development. Truly impressive! I've already bought the next three books in the series just based on the first.The only way you know it's self-published is the consistent grammatical mistakes, which are jarring. The author apparently doesn't know that ship names are to be italicized and that non-interrogatory sentences that include the words "who," "what," "when," "where," and "why" shouldn't end in question marks. The author also named an event "the Shot Heard 'Round the Universe." After writing he clearly did a search & replace on the entire book to capitalize every instance of "Shot," the majority of which shouldn't be, which is distracting from the reading.

  • Zchesus Alwaysrighty
    2019-06-04 08:57

    Note: Writing this as an avid science fiction fan, whose first real book he ever read was Star Wars at the age of 4, almost over 35 yeas ago, and never stopped devouring SF. When I ran out of SF translated into my mother tongue, I learned English and continued devouring. I don't know how many books I've read. By the age of 18 I've raided all libraries in my hometown and read EVERY SciFi (and lots of Fantasy) title. I am enjoy good military sf, but this is complete and utter garbage.Maybe it would be interesting if I was 4 years old again. At that time Star Wars was magical for me, and I struggled to understand some concepts.With this book, I doubt I would have same problem.Story is flat, characters are two dimensional, the author's concept of time travel (I won't spoil anything) is just unispiring and unimaginative, worldbuilding leaves much to be desired and story is just garbage. How this got this high rating is beyond me.If you crave some good SciFi combat with uber advanced tech go for Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga, or maybe Altered Carbon if you are not interested in long read.Also, this is more fantasy then science fiction, it couldn't even be called space opera, not that I am big fan of techno babble, but this is just plain unfinished/unpolished and boring as hell.Maybe I'm the wrong audience, maybe it's suited for kids who are getting into SF, and will get turned on by mechs/starfighters and scenes which describe how main characther porks every second female he stumbles upon.

  • Selena Lang
    2019-06-18 12:43

    The characters all felt flat and uninteresting to me. Honestly the time loop theory had me very confused. It was hard to follow and did not really make any sense to me. It was decent enough to finish the book, but not enough to have me go out and buy the next two books in the series. It just did not hold my interest long. It somehow. And the quickness in which he was accepted and became, for all intents and purposes, the leader of the rag tag band of criminals was a bit too much. The author was trying for camaraderie or brotherhood or something along those lines I think, but it just did not come to fruition. It did not feel like a "band of brothers" or come even close to that. It was too quick to form real feelings and relationships among the crew and the ending was just feeling of triumph or relief or looking forward to continuing the story.

  • Robert D
    2019-06-02 11:00

    This was a difficult book to get into. Mitchell, the main character, for all his intelligence and skills he actually was doing a good job of not paying attention to details and allowing himself to be lead into circumstances easily avoided. Once past chapter 11 it was a little more interesting, though Mitchell was still being lead into trouble. When reading the book I kept finding it very similar to Robotech. At towards the end even more so. It was not a bad book, but it took a while to get going.

  • Andrew Rose
    2019-06-10 12:43

    Opening SalvoM.R. Forbes ventures out from the previous paranormal fiction and into the lanes of deep space in this Space opera story. The characters are well written and the plot is deep, keeping the reader guessing as both time and space are explored. If you like David Weber give this a try

  • John
    2019-06-08 12:58

    Great read. Cannot wait to read the second book. Thank you for the recommendation, John W!

  • Austin Bates
    2019-05-25 13:42

    The concept for this story is a mixed bag of elements ranging the gamut from "ooh, that's interesting" to "Uh, what?" and also "So, basically, magic then?" The narrative style is more or less solid, with excellent pacing and smooth flow. However, some of the characters, plot devices, and technology portrayed requires a bit more of a suspension of disbelief than I can manage. This is probably where I fell out of liking this book the most.First, the concept central to the plot conflict of this novel is not well presented, and sure part of that is the circumstances under which the concept is relayed to a character. But even still, the idea of it is only ever brushed over, and we, the readers, are just expected to go along with the ideas that spawn from this vague and opaque concept.Second, the actual nature of the enemy and the technology around them is never clear. This is where my "magic" comment comes in. This is where I'm sure the other books in the series will pick up and provide more details. However, in the span of this single story, what's presented is weird and unclear.Third, the character development in this story is oddly hit and miss. The protagonist is interesting, and dealing with a lot of guilt, but many of the rest of the characters he meets are weirdly undeveloped. In fact, another major character he encounters seems a contradiction in ideas and seems all over the place. Many of the other characters are just names with one or two described faucets. Fourth, the sociopolitical climate is never once explained. We eventually learn of three major factions: New Terrans, The Federation, and The Alliance, but its never explained why they're all at war with one another, what people think about it, how it affects society, etc. I know that this is book 1 of 7, and without looking at the titles or summaries, I would bet money one or more of those books will touch on this further. But in the scope of this first novel, the lack of scene setting is bizarre, since a large part, actually, almost the entire first part of this novel is predicated on the ongoing war between the Alliance and the Federation, and a military-recruiting drive the protagonist is part of. But why are these two factions fighting? No one is ever presented as being opposed to this war without reason. Even one simple scene of a protester barging on stage during a TV interview with the protagonist would have set up a great launching point for context. Fifth and finally, a large part of this story takes place in space, and yet I'm always left confused as to the actual distances in which things occur. Perhaps my perspective is tilted because I've read all of The Expanse books so far, which take PAINSTAKING efforts to emphasize the actual vastness of space and how combat would occur in it (slowly and from insane distances). In Starship Eternal, however, I think there were maybe three or four references to actual distance measurements in the entire book. Further, when combat occurs, it sounds like ships are waiting until they're right on top of each other before firing. That's a bit weird. And not all of the directional or vector descriptions are clear. All that said, the book has an intriguing series of plot twists and great pacing. At some point I'll probably read the next installment, but by the end I was starting to lose interest and felt myself pulling away from the story.

  • Gareth
    2019-05-20 14:04

    Great but one thing lets it downI really enjoyed this book, the story is epic and well written with a great concept of timelines. The battles that take place are very well written and do not get overly complicated as sometimes seen with these books. The only thing letting it down is the fact that the main charter is literally irresistible to women, every woman in the book comes on to him and hr sleeps with most of them. That aside I'm still going to read the next book as I'm hoping that this was building up to something else that causes him to change in the next book. The story and the potential that the book has set up for the series is enough for me to carry on.Well worth a read.

  • Michael
    2019-05-20 12:39

    The book did start off a little slow for me as there are several species of aliens with strange names that took a while to sort out but, after I did, the story picked up the pace and action. The future technologies weren’t too far off the chart as you could wrap your arms around it without crying foul, and the author did a good job of getting you into the backgrounds into the characters to make you feel like you were in the middle of the story. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • L J Field
    2019-06-09 07:52

    I am quite surprised by the quality of many self-published books. M R Forbes has produced a small gem here of interstellar warfare. This is the first of seven volumes that make up the entire story and I am itching to get to volume 2, The End of Liberty. The writing is quite good and the book has very few mispellings or editorial errors. The plot has a forward thrust that keeps you engaged and the many mysteries that are encountered are perplexing, but very interesting.

  • Scott Holstad
    2019-05-18 11:53

    I had never heard of the author of this series until Amazon recommended him to me. I’m really glad it did. I enjoyed the hell out of this first of a five book series. I thought it was well-told, engrossing, action packed, well plotted, and left me wanting more. I’m hooked.The book begins with Captain Mitchell “Ares” Williams, the Space Marine war hero pilot who fired the “Shot Heard Around the Universe” in the Battle for Liberty, a battle that saved the planet and possibly saved the Alliance itself. It was amazing and it’s made for great PR. The problem is, it’s a fraud. His lover and wing mate did it in a suicide attack on a huge dreadnaught. He’s the only survivor, so he’s the lucky flunky the brass has decided “took the shot” and who they’re parading around the Alliance worlds to give speeches, autographs, and amp up recruitment, which is exactly what is happening. Oh, and he’s getting laid a lot too. A lot. But then comes an assassination attempt. His military handler gets killed in the action and he kills some of the assassins while attempting to get them all. While he’s hailed, again, as a brave and miraculous survivor, the truth is civilians died, and it’s his fault because they were late getting to an event because he was in a bar feeling sorry for himself and his handler was there trying to talk him into going. If he had gone, no one would have died. New handler. Major Christine Arapo. Serious, won’t take shit from him. But he’s wounded in the attack. His implant’s been scrambled and needs to be fixed. After it is, he starts hearing voices and is freaked out. He hears voices telling him to “find Goliath.”At that point, we find ourselves 400 years back on Earth where an alien ship has crash-landed and a young girl named Kathy has seen all of this on TV while they all discuss and debate about what to do with what they call “XENO-1.” From it, they develop their own alien technology built starship years later with Kathy piloting it. It takes off for hyperspace, disappears and is never seen again. Everyone wonders whatever happened to it. It was named Goliath.Mitchell continues going along with the sad ruse until he is lured into a bad sexual liaison with the Prime Minister’s wife. Accused of rape and exposed as a fraud, he has only one option—run—but where? He is helped, first, by Christine, then by his past self (it’s complicated). He makes it out into space and joins up with a crew of spec ops called the Riggers who are a complicated mess. All of them are on the fringe, all have been court martialed, many would have been executed by now, some are guilty of murder – or worse – but they have skills that the Alliance needs, so they’re on this seemingly innocuous freighter going around the galaxy running opps with minimal opposition, as no one expects anything from this ship or this crew. And Mitch joins them, becoming the captain’s lover and XO. Millie is a good and feared captain, a murderer, but her heart belongs to the Alliance. So when things start happening that make no sense… Mitch keeps hearing voices about Goliath. He keeps thinking of Christine, even though he’s now with Millie. And Mitch heads back to Liberty to look for Christine, only to find it’s become overrun with alien invaders. A gigantic alien entity has implanted itself in the planet in the middle of his old city and has taken over everyone with implants (meaning the military), as he’s quickly discovered. He’s had his implant ripped out by now. He barely makes it out of there and gets back to rendezvous with the Riggers. They have new mission orders. I forgot something. If they disobey mission orders, there is a kill switch. Their ship can/will get blown up. They have to obey commands. Mitch tells Millie what has happened, what has happened to the Alliance, to Alliance implants, how important it is to get rid of them asap, and of finding Goliath and of going back to Liberty to find Christine and rescuing her, as she could be key in helping to find Goliath and helping to save the Alliance from these invaders. But all of this means disobeying direct orders. Millie ponders it. Her crew is definitely opposed. She decides to go with Mitch and tells her crew to head to Liberty. It’s a tension filled book. Naturally, I had to get the sequel. And then that book’s sequel. Etc., etc. Starship Eternal has some time travel elements to it, but they’re mostly hinted it. Probably more in future books. It’s military sci fi, high tech, but also with a definite space opera feel to it. Which is a nice mix. There are a number of typos, especially toward the end of the book, which incline me to lower my rating from five stars to four stars, which is unfortunate, because this is a really excellent book, but the author needs to invest in a good copy editor. It’s his own fault if he produces substandard work. It’s his responsibility. I realize there’s “officially” a publisher listed, but I’m 99%+ confident this is self published, like so many of the recent spate of decent sci fi titles out there. Many of them are quite good, but most of them could use some good copy editors. Nonetheless, a very solid four star book and certainly recommended. And I’m already reading the second book in the series and enjoying it very much. Good series. I wish I had known about this author a while ago. Thanks, Amazon, for recommending him to me!

  • Robert Herzberg
    2019-06-17 07:38

    A Super Read!This book is high energy mind bending fast changing scene shifting excitement from beginning to end. Forbes is a talented author reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs. A remarkable story teller.

  • Ryan Dash
    2019-06-15 06:36

    Solidly plotted, with some well-written action sequences. The far-out sci-fi bits, however, were not sufficiently explained and the overarching time travel loop didn’t really jive with the rest of the story.

  • Glenn Daniel
    2019-06-01 13:38

    Engaging space warfare.I found the pace of the action to be engaging and satisfying. In my opinion the characters were believable. My only complaint, and the reason I couldn't award five stars, was the abundance of irrelevant gratuitous fornication.

  • Kevin
    2019-06-02 11:38

    Good read!Enjoyed reading this, kept interest, unique plot. I am less interested in strategy but it would interest some, I enjoyed the people interaction.

  • Kelley
    2019-06-17 05:47

    Beginning was really slow. The rest was ok. I did like the concept of time.

  • James M. Sawyers Jr.
    2019-06-17 08:44

    Fascinating story theme

  • Larry J. Bise
    2019-06-04 11:03

    The plot has got meI have had a hard time trying to put it down when I need to. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  • Bill Sherry
    2019-06-09 13:47

    Great readingI enjoy most sci-fi books, this one brought new twists to space battles. The interaction of the players and their stories are excellent. Next book!

  • David Murray
    2019-05-28 12:40

    Liking this!

  • Ashley
    2019-06-04 13:59

    Review to come.

  • James E Middleton
    2019-06-09 12:35

    Forbes books are always a good read.

  • Susan
    2019-06-10 05:58

    Starship Eternal by M. R. Forbes Set a fair distance in the future, mankind has settled the galaxy. And yet we still fight one another: Alliance versus the Federation. Mitchell ‘Ares’ Williams is a war hero and currently the hottest thing driving military enlistment. He’s paraded from world to world, talk show to signing event, telling his battle stories to starry-eyed youngsters dreaming of combat and glory. Also, he’s got a price on his head by the opposition. After surviving yet another assassination attempt, he is badly injured and perhaps a little mentally damaged. He keeps hearing voices that tell him he must find the Goliath, the long-lost initial FTL ship Earth ever made.This was an immensely satisfying book. This is what military scifi should be. Fascinating characters (both male and female): check! Intriguing, consuming plot: check! Enough science in my fiction to make me believe this could some day come true: check! Cool tech and weapons: check! Yes, indeed, I was mightily impressed with this story and didn’t want to put it down.Mitchell Williams is a conflicted character and that made him easy to connect with. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn that he was part of a critical and intense battle that left all his comrades dead. The military totes him around showing him off to the population like more of a war trophy instead of a war hero. Mitchell doesn’t feel like a hero because he knows things didn’t go down as they were reported in the newsfeed. His handlers and supervisors know it too, but they won’t let him back into the fight, instead believing he is more valuable for driving up enlistment.There’s plenty of other characters in this story, most of which came with some background and a purpose. I truly love that there are so many female characters and they almost all of them are plot related. Christine is Mitchell’s handler after the assassination attack, keeping a tight leash on him. Millie is captain of the Riggers, a rag tag crew of military personnel who hit the end of their rope in one way or another and who were consigned to patrol the outer most edges of settled space. Both these ladies have their own personal goals, actions that relate to the storyline, and just enough past events to fill out their character. With all that said, here is my one tiny criticism: nearly all the women in this book have a thing for Mitchell. He’s a handsome man, but aren’t there other handsome men or perhaps some lesbians in space?The plot is primarily military scifi, but also with a touch of time travel. There’s this long-standing war between the Alliance and the Federation. All of society has been militarized in some way to assist in the war effort. The time travel element doesn’t come into play until the second half of the book, so I won’t say much on it other than to say that it is well done.I really didn’t want to put this book down. I kept finding little ways to prolong my listening time so that I finished this book in 2 big chunks of blissful (if chore-filled) listening. I do believe Forbes has raised the bar for military scifi.The Narration: Jeffrey Kafer has long been a favorite narrator of mine. He does not disappoint in this his performance here. As always, Kafer has distinct male and female voices for all the characters. I especially appreciated how he imbued each and every character with emotion. He made a very good Mitchell Williams.

  • Jennifer Griffiths
    2019-06-10 08:03

    Good bookI enjoyed this story good characters. Two things annoyed me - slow to get going and a very rushed ending.

  • Gary
    2019-06-08 05:43

    Really enjoyed the book. The premise is unique, looking forward to book 2.Good character development, main character is flawed, but has integrity; twists and turns in the plot swirl around him in a maelstrom and when the real story is revealed, it's quite unexpected.It feels funny to say that a space opera story that has FTL, interstellar travel, and futuristic weapons has a bit of a believability issue with cybernetics / bionics later in the story, but it does. It doesn't distract one too badly, however, and it's easy to suspend disbelief long enough to move back into the action.Well edited, only noticed one or two true typos. Nothing horrendous enough to take you out of the compelling story.