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The starship New Horizon is Earth's first attempt at an FTL capable spaceship. But others don't want the mission to succeed. The mission goes suddenly and horribly wrong with the possibility of inadvertently leading the Hocklyns to Earth decades in advance of their estimated arrival time. Can the cadets on the New Horizon stop the deadly plot before it's too late? The Fede The starship New Horizon is Earth's first attempt at an FTL capable spaceship. But others don't want the mission to succeed. The mission goes suddenly and horribly wrong with the possibility of inadvertently leading the Hocklyns to Earth decades in advance of their estimated arrival time. Can the cadets on the New Horizon stop the deadly plot before it's too late? The Federation survivors on Ceres have built a new warship. It’s the most powerful ship they have ever built. Its mission is simple. Return to the old Federation worlds, search for survivors, and find out how far the Hocklyn Slave Empire has spread. The whole key to their mission is secrecy, but the disastrous events on the New Horizon may jeopardize everything.


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The starship New Horizon is Earth's first attempt at an FTL capable spaceship. But others don't want the mission to succeed. The mission goes suddenly and horribly wrong with the possibility of inadvertently leading the Hocklyns to Earth decades in advance of their estimated arrival time. Can the cadets on the New Horizon stop the deadly plot before it's too late? The Fede The starship New Horizon is Earth's first attempt at an FTL capable spaceship. But others don't want the mission to succeed. The mission goes suddenly and horribly wrong with the possibility of inadvertently leading the Hocklyns to Earth decades in advance of their estimated arrival time. Can the cadets on the New Horizon stop the deadly plot before it's too late? The Federation survivors on Ceres have built a new warship. It’s the most powerful ship they have ever built. Its mission is simple. Return to the old Federation worlds, search for survivors, and find out how far the Hocklyn Slave Empire has spread. The whole key to their mission is secrecy, but the disastrous events on the New Horizon may jeopardize everything.

30 review for Fleet Academy (Moon Wreck, #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Another enjoyable read in this very good series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I wasn’t happy with the previous book, but I was still interested in following the story, unfortunately this book didn’t start that well. It’s been 24 years since the Earth found out about the Ceres base and that they were going to be totally wiped out in a couple of hundred years. How much progress have they made in preparing Earth? Virtually none, because they are worried people won’t like too much progress. The Hocklyns could turn-up at anytime and kill everybody, but at least the population I wasn’t happy with the previous book, but I was still interested in following the story, unfortunately this book didn’t start that well. It’s been 24 years since the Earth found out about the Ceres base and that they were going to be totally wiped out in a couple of hundred years. How much progress have they made in preparing Earth? Virtually none, because they are worried people won’t like too much progress. The Hocklyns could turn-up at anytime and kill everybody, but at least the population won’t be worried about too much progress! It gets worse with such a clichéd ‘Fleet Academy’ that I almost gave up when the class bully appeared. Then it gets even worse with a plot to steal the only FTL ship by a group of even more clichéd evil idiots. When you actually find out their plan, they are just completely illogical, even worse they are unbelievable and were the final straw.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    This series got under my skin. I read the first short story and thought, "I want more." So here I am still plowing through author Raymond L. Weil's Slaver Wars series. One warning to first-time readers: The titles of the books don't really track. It goes like this: Moon Wreck, Moon Wreck, Moon Wreck, Slaver, Moon Wreck, Slaver. Weil puts a helpful chronology in the back of the book. But back to an actual review. Fleet Academy introduces Jeremy Strong, son of one of the two who made first contact This series got under my skin. I read the first short story and thought, "I want more." So here I am still plowing through author Raymond L. Weil's Slaver Wars series. One warning to first-time readers: The titles of the books don't really track. It goes like this: Moon Wreck, Moon Wreck, Moon Wreck, Slaver, Moon Wreck, Slaver. Weil puts a helpful chronology in the back of the book. But back to an actual review. Fleet Academy introduces Jeremy Strong, son of one of the two who made first contact with the band of humans who were just about wiped out by the nasty reptilian Hocklyns and their masters, the tentacle covered AIs. Strong kind of has a thing for the daughter of one of these off-Earth humans. But he's a total gentleman. She is too. Well, patient anyway. They build a relationship through this story. Another reviewer points out some holes in the bad guys' story. Yeah, OK. No big deal. I didn't really care. I just wanted Weil to kill them off. He doesn't disappoint. This is an old-style adventure. Weil's a storyteller. He gets under your skin. There remain some editing issues that I'd love to fix. And the characters come off a little two dimensional. But the story moves along pretty quickly. Fleet Academy is basically a set-up to the next book. It establishes the human motivation and brings the two populations -- the off-Earth humans and our guys -- together so they can deal with the real enemy. I'm hooked.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    I love this series. This novel is a fine continuation of it. It takes a while for the action to get started but when it does it doesn't stop. This book follows Jason Strong, his son with other new and familiar characters of Earth and the Federation trying to prepare for the eventual Hocklyn war. But because of the events in this book, it may happen sooner than anyone thinks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Anderson

    Human's have finally discovered a very vital technology! They added seatbelts to their spaceships. It's something I bitched about from the last book. It was stupidly ridiculous. Lucky for humans, the Hocklyn's haven't seemed to have discovered this vital technology. It'll probably be the biggest reason humans eventually win the war. I can't stop reading this trainwreck of a series. Onward! The plot, and what was roughly going to happen, was really obvious almost from the start of the book. Such utt Human's have finally discovered a very vital technology! They added seatbelts to their spaceships. It's something I bitched about from the last book. It was stupidly ridiculous. Lucky for humans, the Hocklyn's haven't seemed to have discovered this vital technology. It'll probably be the biggest reason humans eventually win the war. I can't stop reading this trainwreck of a series. Onward! The plot, and what was roughly going to happen, was really obvious almost from the start of the book. Such utter black and white in the characters. Every major character is nearly perfect and morally exceptional (and boring). Those evil evil boys wanting to steal the new ship are horrible people. Matt Barr even has fantasies about basically torturing the perfect Jeremy Strong to death. Elizabeth Johnson has this fine thought: "She really didn't like the men talking about things that might worry her." It's like she's emotionally a damaged 8 year old. (view spoiler)[Obviously the Admiral's computer in his office isn't password protected (or something better). Then the 15 year old hacker Katie convinces the AI to talk to her and explain stuff. Obviously, that makes perfect sense. Ariel the AI gives special treatment to her two favorite families. And she wants a new personal friend in 15 year old Katie. How precious. This is the same AI that Ceres gives orders to that she has to follow. Yet Ariel tells secrets very few on Earth or the Moon know about to a 15 year old. This AI is brilliant. Oh joy, more random psychic feelings, this time from Earth humans. I'd really prefer either no psychic stuff, or actual powers that were interesting. Vague feelings are pretty lame. Hey! At least a woman was finally given actual command of a ship. Likely, this is only because she's been in cryosleep and is from the original war. Still, it's quite a step for women's rights. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott Holstad

    I have to be honest: I've already finished this series as I write this, so I know how things shake out, and am writing from that perspective. That said, this was my least favorite novel in the series. While one could argue its necessity in bringing together the Earth and Ceres populations (to a minor degree), and while it does display Earth's first attempt at an FTL-capable spaceship in the New Horizon, the plot seemed both predictable and absolutely inane to the point of beyond stupidity. Only I have to be honest: I've already finished this series as I write this, so I know how things shake out, and am writing from that perspective. That said, this was my least favorite novel in the series. While one could argue its necessity in bringing together the Earth and Ceres populations (to a minor degree), and while it does display Earth's first attempt at an FTL-capable spaceship in the New Horizon, the plot seemed both predictable and absolutely inane to the point of beyond stupidity. Only Jim Jones and his ilk could have been more stupid than those attempting to do what was done in this book. To think it would actually work is mind boggling as one wonders just how low of an IQ one would have to have to actually think that -- below that of a squash or stone, I'm sure. So, I felt really insulted as a reader, like I was being written down to, and I didn't appreciate that. Fortunately, for the SERIES, the next book resumes sanity and enjoyment, as do the remainder of the books in the series, so three stars, more for the series than the book itself (the series deserves a solid four stars overall); I doubt the book deserves even two. Recommended only for those reading the entire series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Williamson

    ,Earth is about to launch its first FTL ship and Our favorite moon men and women are back in book 3! A lot has happened on Earth since we last saw them. Jason and Greg are married to Lisa and Elizabeth from book 1, and are now family men with Jason's son Jeremy attending the academy and Greg's teenage daughter Katie crushing on him. Greg's son Mathew is living and working at the colony on New Tellus. Let's just say Trouble is Marie's middle name! Ariel makes a new friend, and two of my favorite Fe ,Earth is about to launch its first FTL ship and Our favorite moon men and women are back in book 3! A lot has happened on Earth since we last saw them. Jason and Greg are married to Lisa and Elizabeth from book 1, and are now family men with Jason's son Jeremy attending the academy and Greg's teenage daughter Katie crushing on him. Greg's son Mathew is living and working at the colony on New Tellus. Let's just say Trouble is Marie's middle name! Ariel makes a new friend, and two of my favorite Fedration survivors from book 2,Amanda and Richard, are back to test some new advanced weapons and a new ship.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Good third book of series Book was good and introduced new characters in the series but the villains were inconsistent. Spoiler alert. Maher or someone provided lots of money to get everything in place to take the ship to set up a new colony. Yet no plans were made for an industrial base, sufficient setup supplies or a realistic population base.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Ropers

    The 3rd book keeps the series racing Another excellent installment in the Slaver Wars series. Well introduces new characters and keeps the plot flowing with fast paced action and suspense.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristoffer

    This book was enjoyable but not quite as much as the previous two books in the series. The story in this one just felt a bit light. It was possibly worth the read though, especially if the following books in the series are good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Constance Dady

    EXCELLENT will read the complete series - one of the best i ha ve read in some time. vivid, interesting stories of characters, events and locations.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gary Davis

    Interesting But sometimes a little slow. Found myself nodding off or speed reading. But it was good enough that I'll buy the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bob Hale

    A good casual read

  14. 4 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    Fleet Academy is the fourth book in the Moon Wreck series by Raymond L. Weil and, at around 220 pages it is the first book in the series that is a full novel and not just a short story. As the other short stories in the series this book was an enjoyable read. I quite liked that it was a full book and not just a short story. In this book we jump ahead in time quite a few years to when Jason is an Admiral and have an adult son, Jeremy, that attends the Fleet Academy in question. The Earth populatio Fleet Academy is the fourth book in the Moon Wreck series by Raymond L. Weil and, at around 220 pages it is the first book in the series that is a full novel and not just a short story. As the other short stories in the series this book was an enjoyable read. I quite liked that it was a full book and not just a short story. In this book we jump ahead in time quite a few years to when Jason is an Admiral and have an adult son, Jeremy, that attends the Fleet Academy in question. The Earth population is still largely ignorant of the Hocklyn threat as well as the presence of humans on Ceres. This includes Cadet Jeremy Strong which makes for some nice surprises along the way. The fact that most Earth people do not know about the dangers to come also causes some people to make some unfortunate decisions which have equally unfortunate effect on the New Horizon’s first mission. In terms of story advancement this book can be said to be a bit of a interlude with the purpose of introducing some new people. The bulk of the book deals with the New Horizon incident and sure, the aftermath will have some effect on the future of the Moon Wreck universe but not a great deal since the people who now know a bit more was, according to statements in the book, going to be told shortly anyway. Still there are some nice developments that will have an effect on the future. The introduction of the new Monarch Two heavy cruiser by the federation people and of course the fact that Lisa, the AI, seems to develop her sentience. As far as I am concerned the main carryover for future installments are the new characters introduced though. If I should nit-pick a bit I have to say that the author is a wee bit conservative when it comes to his nuclear arms tonnage. The new all singing and dancing Devastator missiles are supposed to be weighing in at around 10 Megaton. We can already manufacture bombs in the 100+ Megaton range. The Russian Star Bomba, which is the biggest one ever detonated was a 50 Megaton device. At the technological level of fusion reactors, FTL-travel, force fields etc. one would have thought that 10 Megaton would have been a bit on the low side. But, as I said, I’m nit-picking now. Again I enjoyed reading one of Raymond L. Weil’s books and I am definitely looking forward to the next installment which, according to the author’s website, is going to be out in September/October.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    8 September 2014.      5 Stars out of 5 I cannot believe I haven't read this series before!  It is science fiction at it's best.  The story continues from the previous three part book which left our two Astronauts facing an amazing job of getting Earth prepared to face a galactic war with an enemy that is about 286 years away. That's how much time Earth and the Federation of Humans have until the Hocklyn's reach our Solar System.  They have already wiped out the Fedration of Humans who were and ar 8 September 2014.      5 Stars out of 5 I cannot believe I haven't read this series before!  It is science fiction at it's best.  The story continues from the previous three part book which left our two Astronauts facing an amazing job of getting Earth prepared to face a galactic war with an enemy that is about 286 years away. That's how much time Earth and the Federation of Humans have until the Hocklyn's reach our Solar System.  They have already wiped out the Fedration of Humans who were and are much more advanced than Earth.  While Earth will benefit from the knowledge the Federation brings, it has to be slowly introduced in to the Earth's economic system or it could destabilize the entire world.   This part of the series was more of a young adult story because the main characters are now the Sons and Daughters of Commander, now Admiral, Strong and Greg Johnson.  Jeremy Strong is now in the Fleet Academy and seems to be doing pretty good.  Then there's Katie Johnson who turns out to be an untrustworthy teenager that should have been locked up!  I know that sounded pretty severe, but she is a real unnecessary nusiance.   Then we have to add in the fact that humans just can't seem to do anything right!  We have to get terrorist involved and those responsible for the greatest event in humankind fail to take necessary security precautions!  I do not understand why there isn't or wasn't a great deal more security taken to protect the New Horizon while she was still docked.  That part of the story doesn't seem to make sense. Additionally, would Earth really develop and send out a brand new interstellar space ship that was completely unarmed?  I mean, this ship didn't even have an on-board Marine Detachment!  Not going to happen that way! Still, this was a great story and it continues.  I'm really glad I don't have to wait for the next book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Don Viecelli

    From My Newsletter Number 65: This review is on Moon Wreck Fleet Academy, which is Book Three of The Slaver Wars series by Raymond L. Weil. Book One is composed of three short stores from the Moon Wreck series subtitled First Contact, Revelations and Secrets of Ceres. All are interesting and should be read for background information. They are all a prelude to Book Two called The Slaver Wars: Alien Contact, which I read first and liked a lot. The book titles are a bit confusing to the reader, I kn From My Newsletter Number 65: This review is on Moon Wreck Fleet Academy, which is Book Three of The Slaver Wars series by Raymond L. Weil. Book One is composed of three short stores from the Moon Wreck series subtitled First Contact, Revelations and Secrets of Ceres. All are interesting and should be read for background information. They are all a prelude to Book Two called The Slaver Wars: Alien Contact, which I read first and liked a lot. The book titles are a bit confusing to the reader, I know. Book Four, The Slaver Wars: First Strike is already on my read list. This story starts out with Lieutenant Jeremy Strong sitting in class at the Moon Fleet Academy where he and other classmates will soon graduate and be assigned duty on an interplanetary exploration cruiser. Lieutenant Strong is the son of Admiral Jason Strong and Greg Johnson who were the first two astronauts to discover a crashed alien ship on the moon years ago. The discoveries they found on the ship have been kept secret from most humans for security and other purposes. The story starts out a little slowly with the main characters trying to get along with each other in the academy and on the ship until things go wrong and the crew must try to survive against an old alien force set out to destroy them. As you will discover in reading this series, humans have been fighting a superior alien force for decades and the battle for survival and/or freedom from slavery is very much in doubt. I give this book four stars because the storyline and characters are interesting and the space battle scenes are action packed. I look forward to reading Book Four of this series to see what happens in the future when final contact with the “Masters” is made and war begins.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Medrod

    The story which began three books back continues. The story starts about 25 years after the discovery of a crashed spaceship on the moon (the previous book in the series). The storyline has a training academy established on the moon. Most of earths population knows nothing of the human survivors that crash landed one of their ships on the moon or of the future coming of an alien invasion. During this time, those that are aware are working with the remnants of the descendants of the spacefaring h The story which began three books back continues. The story starts about 25 years after the discovery of a crashed spaceship on the moon (the previous book in the series). The storyline has a training academy established on the moon. Most of earths population knows nothing of the human survivors that crash landed one of their ships on the moon or of the future coming of an alien invasion. During this time, those that are aware are working with the remnants of the descendants of the spacefaring humans by introducing new technology into earth economies to get earth up to speed. Part of the story is of what's happening at the academy and the building and launching of the first earth-built ftl ship and its subsequent maiden flight. In the tradition of true sci-fi, this is all about space, science, and story. A fast paced book that moves you along but gives enough story to the characters so that you feel they are real. I really enjoyed the book and plan on reading the entire series. This collection reminds me of the sci-fi books I enjoyed reading many years ago as a teen and in my twenties.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Éric Kasprak

    This is quite simple really, M. Weil with his Slaver Wars series is writing exactly what I want to read. This is book 3 in the overall series, witch cleverly jump from the Moon Wreck past events to the Slaver Wars present situation. The intertwining story is well done and helps to keep things fresh; a conquering evil alien race (empire) butting heads with the resourceful human race in pure Sci-Fi goodness. The writing style of M. Weil is easy to follow and his pacing is top-notch. Do yourself a This is quite simple really, M. Weil with his Slaver Wars series is writing exactly what I want to read. This is book 3 in the overall series, witch cleverly jump from the Moon Wreck past events to the Slaver Wars present situation. The intertwining story is well done and helps to keep things fresh; a conquering evil alien race (empire) butting heads with the resourceful human race in pure Sci-Fi goodness. The writing style of M. Weil is easy to follow and his pacing is top-notch. Do yourself a favor and start reading this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mig

    I have enjoyed the book in this series to this point, but this book is just bad. The overall story is fair, and adds some to the overall series story. What ruins the book is that most of the characters in the story feels like characters from a bad sitcom, where you easily can predict all the bad lines, before they happens. But what for me hurt the most was how a several hundred years old AI acts like an retard teenager.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Loved it. This series was recommended to be by a friend who is crazy about sci-fi. I devoured this book in two days in spite of a busy schedule. I can't critique the accuracy of the technicalities but I can say the story line captured and kept my attention. I felt the characters were believable and well developed. I have already started another book in the series and look forward to reading them all. I will now be recommending this author to my friends!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Don Willett

    Space 101 The story follows the lives and adventure of the survivors of a sudden destruction of their civilization and the human race they are preparing to face the coming enemy. The interaction between characters is good and the story progresses smoothly. I felt the characters were not capable of helping themselves and contributed very little

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin Enslow

    Fantastic Read! Another great story in the Slaver Wars saga! The story moves quickly while building strong characters. Love that the story doesn't get too bogged down with elaborate tech talk (this coming from an IT guy).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

    Fleet Academy.... Well written. Good pacing. Well written characters. I am really enjoying this series. I am going back to read the short stories of Moon Wreck. I haven't read so many books in a long time.... These are good reads.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mick Bird

    A good follow up I am enjoying reading this series of books. They continue to follow the story of the human federation and their rebuilding of the ships required for the coming war.

  25. 5 out of 5

    J. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Dcostandihotmail.com

    Continues the pace and the momentum. Great read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Richard Pope

    Another page turner A very fast paced book. I am glad I found this series, it's just plain entertaining. What more can you ask for in a book?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monty

    The story continues. Another example of can't-put-it-down writing, as the Slaver Wars saga continues. Great character development. Great attention to detail. Highly recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    another great read Enjoying the books in this series. Solid story lines, good Action, and good character development. Looking forward to continued stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janetta Bitting

    A exciting read I have enjoyed this book.There is plenty of action. The character development adds to enjoyment of this book. I plan on'reading others.

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