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After an atomic detonation renders almost the whole of the Middle East a barren wasteland, world leaders decide to pursue peace. The atrocity moves the governments of the world to abandon their weapons of mass destruction and it isn't long before the people of Earth start to focus their energies on projects that will ultimately prove beneficial to the species as a whole. B After an atomic detonation renders almost the whole of the Middle East a barren wasteland, world leaders decide to pursue peace. The atrocity moves the governments of the world to abandon their weapons of mass destruction and it isn't long before the people of Earth start to focus their energies on projects that will ultimately prove beneficial to the species as a whole. Before this era of peace can be realized however, the resistant, violent members of society must choose: Embrace peace or leave Earth forever. Those who try to stay behind and live violently on Earth are forcibly exiled to space... 300 years pass, and mankind has made great strides in technology. War on Earth is unknown, and even conflict between individuals becomes rare. Mankind has outgrown its need for violence, and the people of Earth have entered into a new, enlightened age. A renaissance with no need for guns or war. What the Earthlings couldn't have anticipated was that they might someday encounter a threat from beyond their world. When a major city is devastated by an alien force from the galaxy's edge, the planet's population finds itself at the mercy of a new and insidious foe. Bereft of weapons and military forces, the Earthlings cannot defend themselves. World peace ain't all it's cracked up to be. The Earthlings have one hope however, and it lies with the star-flung descendents of those exiled to cold space centuries prior. The culture of the nomadic space-farers retains the traditions of human violence. Living in space, relegated to the periphery of human affairs, the space-born have weathered the demands of space over generations and used their resources to develop powerful weapons. The exiled are called upon to save Earth from the alien menace. The space-born are not an organized unit-- like pirates spread out across a vast sea of stars, they are fragmented and tribal. Some among them would meet news of Earth's invasion with indifference, others with glee. When Earth comes calling, only one man heeds the call. His name is Faust, and his command is the Battlecruiser Methuselah.


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After an atomic detonation renders almost the whole of the Middle East a barren wasteland, world leaders decide to pursue peace. The atrocity moves the governments of the world to abandon their weapons of mass destruction and it isn't long before the people of Earth start to focus their energies on projects that will ultimately prove beneficial to the species as a whole. B After an atomic detonation renders almost the whole of the Middle East a barren wasteland, world leaders decide to pursue peace. The atrocity moves the governments of the world to abandon their weapons of mass destruction and it isn't long before the people of Earth start to focus their energies on projects that will ultimately prove beneficial to the species as a whole. Before this era of peace can be realized however, the resistant, violent members of society must choose: Embrace peace or leave Earth forever. Those who try to stay behind and live violently on Earth are forcibly exiled to space... 300 years pass, and mankind has made great strides in technology. War on Earth is unknown, and even conflict between individuals becomes rare. Mankind has outgrown its need for violence, and the people of Earth have entered into a new, enlightened age. A renaissance with no need for guns or war. What the Earthlings couldn't have anticipated was that they might someday encounter a threat from beyond their world. When a major city is devastated by an alien force from the galaxy's edge, the planet's population finds itself at the mercy of a new and insidious foe. Bereft of weapons and military forces, the Earthlings cannot defend themselves. World peace ain't all it's cracked up to be. The Earthlings have one hope however, and it lies with the star-flung descendents of those exiled to cold space centuries prior. The culture of the nomadic space-farers retains the traditions of human violence. Living in space, relegated to the periphery of human affairs, the space-born have weathered the demands of space over generations and used their resources to develop powerful weapons. The exiled are called upon to save Earth from the alien menace. The space-born are not an organized unit-- like pirates spread out across a vast sea of stars, they are fragmented and tribal. Some among them would meet news of Earth's invasion with indifference, others with glee. When Earth comes calling, only one man heeds the call. His name is Faust, and his command is the Battlecruiser Methuselah.

30 review for A Memory of Violence (Voyages of the Battlecruiser Methuselah)

  1. 4 out of 5

    John

    Over the past few days I had been slogging through the Slaver War series so picking up A Memory of Violence was a welcome relief. I knew nothing about the book, or it’s author, before choosing it as my next to read. The cover wasn't anything special, but enough work was put in that it didn't detract from the book. And the title, who couldn't be drawn in by that title. A Memory of Violence. Just that phrase is enough to spark curiosity. Engage the imagination. Everything that a title needs to do. Over the past few days I had been slogging through the Slaver War series so picking up A Memory of Violence was a welcome relief. I knew nothing about the book, or it’s author, before choosing it as my next to read. The cover wasn't anything special, but enough work was put in that it didn't detract from the book. And the title, who couldn't be drawn in by that title. A Memory of Violence. Just that phrase is enough to spark curiosity. Engage the imagination. Everything that a title needs to do. The book starts out three hundred years after everyone with violent inclinations are exiled from Earth to space. The exiles have built a civilization in the intervening years, mostly lawless and rife with piracy and conflict. Then, Earth is attacked and, having no way of defending herself, calls out to its castoffs for help. Only one ship, the Methuselah, responds, the rest harboring resentment from the treatment of their ancestors. A Memory of Violence is well written, and has none of the issues I struggled with while reading The Slaver Wars. The character interactions work really well, and seem drawn from reality. The story is mostly told from the perspective of one of the senior crew, preventing the reader from knowing what the captain of the Methuselah is thinking. I think this is a very interesting, and effective technique. It conveys the right amount of mystery. The action, because there is some, is varied and fast paced. Overall the book is crisp and clean. A Memory of Violence does a very good job of setting up what promises to be a long series. Nothing is resolved in the book, which is slightly disappointing. However, I will be excited to pick up the next instance in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Wood

    Partial Novella of Alien Invasion Arbogast has given us a portion of a novella. He has carefully set the stage for further developments, then cut the readers adrift in space, unsure of the conclusion of the story. He has an interesting premise of humanity divided between Earth residents and spaceborne who are forbidden to even visit Earth under penalty of death. Earth has transported all angry, unruly or criminal residents to space, and erected a deadly barrier to any return. As you might expect, Partial Novella of Alien Invasion Arbogast has given us a portion of a novella. He has carefully set the stage for further developments, then cut the readers adrift in space, unsure of the conclusion of the story. He has an interesting premise of humanity divided between Earth residents and spaceborne who are forbidden to even visit Earth under penalty of death. Earth has transported all angry, unruly or criminal residents to space, and erected a deadly barrier to any return. As you might expect, the Earth is attacked and now desires the space-borne to help the Earth fight off the invaders. That idea does not sit well with the majority of space-borne. One old battleship might answer the call. It's Captain Faust realizes the invaders will probably attack the space-borne after defeating the Earth Forces (What little they have). However, Captain Faust's crew will most probably not agree...alien invasion or mutiny...Hum... This short segment holds promise but delivers little. Not impressed enough to buy the next segment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nigel

    This was an easy to read, uncomplicated yarn which revolves around the crew of a single ship (Battle cruiser Methuselah) and how they respond to the pleas from Earth for help following an alien attack. The situation is complicated by the fact the earth had expelled the crews antecedents from earth generations earlier in a desperate attempt at peace. It is a short book and has the feel of being part of episodic fiction rather than a full novel written as part of a series. There is a definite cliff This was an easy to read, uncomplicated yarn which revolves around the crew of a single ship (Battle cruiser Methuselah) and how they respond to the pleas from Earth for help following an alien attack. The situation is complicated by the fact the earth had expelled the crews antecedents from earth generations earlier in a desperate attempt at peace. It is a short book and has the feel of being part of episodic fiction rather than a full novel written as part of a series. There is a definite cliff hanger at the end of the book, which is paving the way for book 2. The lead up to this however does close off some of the minor story lines so there isn’t too much of a feeling of being left high and dry. Having looked on Amazon book 2 is even shorter, and as I am not a great fan of novellas I am not sure if I will be reading further in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet Arroyo

    This is war I enjoyed this book. The storyline was good. I liked the diversity of the characters from gruff tough Captain Faust , meek mediator Kanpei, Stella, grumpy Jack Savage, Mika and Cleo. Earth was under attack by an unknown alien. Leaders of Earth sent out a mayday. The only one willing to reply was Captain Faust. His crew were not happy about the situation. They were at war. This book kept my interest but there were some grammatical errors that were annoying. There are two books in this This is war I enjoyed this book. The storyline was good. I liked the diversity of the characters from gruff tough Captain Faust , meek mediator Kanpei, Stella, grumpy Jack Savage, Mika and Cleo. Earth was under attack by an unknown alien. Leaders of Earth sent out a mayday. The only one willing to reply was Captain Faust. His crew were not happy about the situation. They were at war. This book kept my interest but there were some grammatical errors that were annoying. There are two books in this series so I want to read the next one to find out how the story ends. This is a good read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J.J. Mainor

    Overall good story, very descriptive. Characters were varied and had personalities to them. Cliffhangers can be a pet peeve. As a standalone book, I want to see a story completed, even if overarching threads carry over. This book should have ended after the attack on the station with a suitable denouement. The training scene and their struggle to limp away to the next station should have served as the beginning for the next book. Still, I'm not holding it against the book since that kind of stor Overall good story, very descriptive. Characters were varied and had personalities to them. Cliffhangers can be a pet peeve. As a standalone book, I want to see a story completed, even if overarching threads carry over. This book should have ended after the attack on the station with a suitable denouement. The training scene and their struggle to limp away to the next station should have served as the beginning for the next book. Still, I'm not holding it against the book since that kind of storytelling still seems to thrive in the genre, and the book was much better than others out there.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Harry Salmon

    Poor I thought that it was poorly written. People not realistic and the scene of the battle poorly done. I suppose it could have been better but I kept getting the image of an unreliable crew and a pirate ship.

  7. 4 out of 5

    S. Dillinger Cobb

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ray Russell

  10. 5 out of 5

    nathan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Al

  12. 5 out of 5

    paul knight

  13. 4 out of 5

    G W Bailey

  14. 5 out of 5

    Archie Prentice

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steve Angell

  17. 4 out of 5

    kjell soderstrom

  18. 5 out of 5

    jr weightman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

  20. 5 out of 5

    Iram J. Gomez

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eyvind

  22. 4 out of 5

    Saya Wahrlich

  23. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Nichols

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alvin Smith

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  26. 4 out of 5

    A.G. Kimbrough

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ken-o

  28. 5 out of 5

    Decurium

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stig

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dave Webber

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