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4.0 out of 5 stars Stirling goes solo on McCaffreys's brain series&does well
Twenty years old Joat Simeon-Hap is a commercial ship owner, noted for taking on strange tasks. Her latest client, Central Worlds Security, allows Joat the opportunity to enact revenge on two individuals from her past. The techno demon initially goes after the War lord of Kolnar. She needs to get even with the villain who viciously tried to destroy her home station and...
Published on Feb. 20 1997

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a brainship, not avenged
Set in McCaffrey's "Brainship Universe" the book starts off well, bringing onstage the now 23 year old, smart and pretty, blonde JOAT with her ship WYAL (not a brainship but with a likable AI). The first three quarters of the book move right along, not too many characters, neatly divided between the good and the bad, and a clear if somewhat simple plot. Then,...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stirling goes solo on McCaffreys's brain series&does well, Feb. 20 1997
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Twenty years old Joat Simeon-Hap is a commercial ship owner, noted for taking on strange tasks. Her latest client, Central Worlds Security, allows Joat the opportunity to enact revenge on two individuals from her past. The techno demon initially goes after the War lord of Kolnar. She needs to get even with the villain who viciously tried to destroy her home station and who has captured her adopted parent's lover. The second vengeful quest is even more personal in nature. During a card game, her uncle used her as part of his ante. When he lost, she was part of the pot that some of the playing perverts were able to claim.
What Joat is unaware of is that the Kolnari have selected her as the carrier of their bio-chemical weapon that will change one-hundred trillion (much greater than the national debt) individuals from sentient beings into zombies.
THE SHIP AVENGED is a very good science fiction novel that diehard fans of the Anne McCaffrey "Ship" series will enjoy. For everyone else, the novel falls short because the reader does not feel any empathy towards the lead players (strange as that seems because readers do feel an attachment to them in previous novels). Apart from the diehards, everyone else who has read the "Ship" books should pass this book in favor of returning to the earlier McCaffrey "Ship" books. However, readers unfamiliar with a "Ship" novel should try it because they will not have any preconceived expectations. Not everyone is McCaffrey and this is a good book written by a gifted writer.

Harriet Klausner
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a brainship, not avenged, Sept. 24 2002
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This review is from: SHIP AVENGED (Mass Market Paperback)
Set in McCaffrey's "Brainship Universe" the book starts off well, bringing onstage the now 23 year old, smart and pretty, blonde JOAT with her ship WYAL (not a brainship but with a likable AI). The first three quarters of the book move right along, not too many characters, neatly divided between the good and the bad, and a clear if somewhat simple plot. Then, when the story is set for a nice (if perhaps unimaginative) finish, suddenly a lot of complications are thrown in as if the writer forgot his 101 writing class (open story: main character suddenly in trouble and has to do something to get out of trouble, take it from there till main character is out of trouble). From then on there is to much trouble for JOAT to do anything about it, nothing makes sense, everybody does just the opposite of what they promised to do and JOAT is thrown back and forth like a rag dol, boom, fortunately she lands in the black, somehow (how?). End of book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read, but..., April 3 2003
This review is from: SHIP AVENGED (Mass Market Paperback)
I really enjoyed "The City Who Fought", especially the character of Joat, so I was thrilled when I finally found out there was a sequel. Well...it was all right. Not bad, not great, certainly not what it could have been. All the right moves were made in the beginning to set up a truly fascinating read, but it just never came together. The end of the book is riddled with plotholes and dangling plot lines that the author tried to tie up neatly at the end, but just...didn't. It wasn't just that the romance felt horribly contrived, but ALL the character relationships towards the end started feeling like actors reading lines that didn't quite add up. And unfortunately, some of the most important action of all was glossed over by an "overview" last chapter that left me screaming. The book would've benefitted from an extra fifty pages or so to tie up all the complications that were brought in at the last minute.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not along the same lines as others, Dec 8 2000
This is a good read, but not great. It's actually a divergence from the brainships theme, set in the same space (in fact brain-anything is hardly mentioned). Joat from the connected book is all grown up; she meets someone "smarter" than her and fall romatically for him (bip, boom, bang). Some friends get caught by the bad guys and one falls in love with the Kolnari. They meet some bad guys, some really dumb things happen. The plot wanders around; the book really doesn't end becuase the author likely had a sequal deal in mind. I mean, the Kolnari threat is trashed before the girl even meets them. Everyone in the book knows what's going on including most obviously the reader. Consider that as a female JOAT thinks of herself as "Jack of All Trade" and not "Jill of All Trade". Of "Jane" or "Judy". She even disses the idea. Unoriginal. Not too female. Male oriented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is worth reading!, Oct. 28 2001
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This review is from: SHIP AVENGED (Mass Market Paperback)
Oh, cease your idiotic propagandized drivel, you people who have no understanding of a well-written novel. So what if S.M. Stirling can't write a convincing romance? The rest of the book is good. The plot is interesting, and the end is maybe a little sappy, but that's just becaues Stirling can't write romance. Big deal. The book is good and carries you along with it. The Kolnari are well represented, the characters are well-developed, and overall the book is well-written, except for Stirling's attempt at romance. That's no big deal, even romance writers can't write good romance. People still read those idiotic excuses for books, and those don't have any redeeming virtues.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Ship Avenged (although not really a brainship), May 23 2004
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Pauline "dilly41" (Annapolis, MO United States) - See all my reviews
This is NOT a brain ship story.
If you like McCaffrey, you'll read and like it well enough. However, when I first read it, I thought it was a CHEAT.
All the previous brainships were human minds and the stories related to the ship as protagonist. This ship is simply an artificial intelligence used to fake a brain brawn story with Joat, a character introduced in an earlier book.
Joat is the main character and the story is ok, but I'd have liked it better if this had been about some way of getting Joat into a real brain/brawn relationship in spite of impossible odds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joats back, more mature, less nasty but more realistic., July 1 1997
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You gotta read the brainship series. They are all entertaining. Stirling tones down the
evil mutants and shows the potential for some reconciliation. Still some nasty folks to
contend with but off set by a new alien and a likable AI. Joat could be a good focus point
for some entertaining tales digressing from the brainships. Her confrontation with her personal devil is skewed enough to be reasonable. No skull sweat but
recreational reading doesn't have to be demanding, read it if you read the rest, you'll be
sorry if you miss it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Hardback!, May 4 1997
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I am a diehard Stirling fan, and this is the weakest of his books. "The City who Fought" was wonderful, and this is just uninspired. I conjecture that working out of his own universe took its toll. Go back and read any of his other books, and give this one a miss. Even Joat is toned down. When she confronts her Uncle, all she does is punch him in the nose!!. Not the old rip their eyes out Joat we knew and loved in "City who Fought"
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2.0 out of 5 stars not up to snuff, Feb. 23 2000
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L. Magee (Boston) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SHIP AVENGED (Mass Market Paperback)
This is not a book about a brainship, it is a sequel to a brain space station book. While it was a little disappointing not to be about a brainship, it had great potential. In fact, it was really good until the end where it seems as if they suddenly realized they had to meet a deadline and quick wrote the last 10 pages, which of course made no sense. Bad endings are bad. It could have been a stellar book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very good read., Aug. 29 1997
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I have read all of the 'ship' series.I do believe
that this book wraps up a lot of loose ends from
The City Who Fought.
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