Passage at Arms

Passage at Arms The ongoing war between Humanity and the Ulat is a battle of attrition that humanity is unfortunately losing However humans have the advantage of trans hyperdrive technology which allows their climb

  • Title: Passage at Arms
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • ISBN: 9781597800679
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • The ongoing war between Humanity and the Ulat is a battle of attrition that humanity is unfortunately losing However, humans have the advantage of trans hyperdrive technology, which allows their climber fleet, under very narrow and strenuous conditions, to pass through space almost undetectable Passage at Arms tells the intimate, detailed and harrowing story of a climberThe ongoing war between Humanity and the Ulat is a battle of attrition that humanity is unfortunately losing However, humans have the advantage of trans hyperdrive technology, which allows their climber fleet, under very narrow and strenuous conditions, to pass through space almost undetectable Passage at Arms tells the intimate, detailed and harrowing story of a climber crew and its captain during a critical juncture of the war Cook combines speculative technology with a canny and realistic portrait of men at war and the stresses they face in combat Passage at Arms is one of the classic novels of military science fiction.

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    1. ☠ This Buddy Read Never Happened Because Glen Cook Doesn't Write 3-Star Books So QED and Stuff Buddy Read (TBRNHBGCDW3SBSQaSBR™) with My Dearest of Wives, The Sometimes Wise Canadian One, The Prodigal Mercenary and The Ex Noob ☠I really wanted to love read this book. But you know how it goes, you get all caught up in a super fluffy Historical Romance, and you end up not having time for wondrous Science Fiction by Glen Cook. Life sucks. So much trash to read, so little time and all that cra [...]

    2. This is a buddy read with my fellow Glen Cook fans: Choko, Eilonwy, Lee, and Sarah. This is book 4 of Starfishers trilogy. The reason for the contradiction is that it has practically nothing in common with first three. It only has some places and settings in general from the rest of the trilogy and can be read as a standalone. You will not miss anything whatsoever if you start with this one. Basically the descendants of humanity is at was with somebody else (you never get to meet these guys). Fo [...]

    3. *** 3.25 ***A buddy read with my Sci-fi friends @ BB&B "It is hard to drain the swamp when you are up to your ass in alligators"Hahaha! Good ol' Glen Cook is writing some very relevant truths, as always. !I am a bit angry This was not an ending to a series! An ending to a mission in the middle of a Galaxy war yes, but not an ending to a series!!! Does this mean that we are going to get more action and books in this world, or was this just a teaser? And since GC came back to this series, I wa [...]

    4. A reporter with military training gets embedded in a "Climber" -- a tight-quartered, submarine-like war spaceship -- and writes about the mechanics, logistics, crew, and his experiences during battle. And that's about it. This book wasn't awful. But nor was it that great, as there really isn't much plot. The descriptions of the ship and its engineering were pretty interesting, but not really 300+ pages worth of interesting. The crew was also okay, but their portrayal was very surface-y. I just [...]

    5. Took me while to get into this one, even though I had a very good idea what I was letting myself in for. It's a bleak, claustrophobic account of men at war in space. The emphasis in this novel is on the harrowing circumstances under which these men operate and the subsequent psychological effects. There are one or two nifty action scenes, but the book mostly concerns itself with the building of tension. This is military science fiction, but it is very contained. The depiction of events is limite [...]

    6. Sigh!What an utter disappointment. A Glen Cook book that I really couldn't be arsed to finish. It was just so boring and I cared nothing for the characters or their story.All in all, a fitting ending to a pretty crappy trilogy; that went to four books. The whole series started with a small flame, fizzled to a spluttering mess and died without raising any interest.As much as I enjoy Cook's writing, I would go out of my way NOT to recommend this book, or the series.Sigh!

    7. Passage at Arms is a first person narrative, from the perspective of a journalist embedded with a ship and its crew during a mission of extreme duration and hardship.The novel reads like the best of memoir or true adventure stories, with only the occasional use of dated technology to throw the reader off. Indeed, Cook creates such a vivid world that one is almost startled to come back out of the book and find themselves in the real world again.The characters are archetypes, yet subtly written so [...]

    8. This is Run Silent, Run Deep of interstellar warfare. It is a terrific book. I actually would like to give it 4.5 or even 5 stars instead of four for two reasons (1) Chapters One and Two are reversed. It starts with Chapter Two and then goes to Chapter One, then goes the Chapter Three. Recommend you begin the book with Chapter Two, then read Chapter One, then go to Chapter Three. It will make much more sense. (2) it is written in the present tense ("The personnel carrier lurches through the ruin [...]

    9. I actually give this 3.5 stars. Having just finished it moments ago, I can say that I enjoyed the final 1/4th of the book more than all the rest of it combined. Most of the time I felt like you could have replaced "spaceship" with "submarine" and you'd have the same damn novel. Which, I suppose, was sort of the pointbut it wasn't all that gripping for me.When things got desperate towards the end is when it got interesting. I love stories of men deteriorating, starving, becoming ragged and horrib [...]

    10. An excellent read from the renowned Glen Cook. "Passage at Arms" is a convincingly written narrative about the true strains of heroes under the most oppressive ship-bearing conditions (in this case a space ship rather resembling a submarine in its claustrophic space and madness-inducing solitude amongst the vastness of the star sea) and hopeless war circumstances against an enemy few understand but are willing to fight in the wake of determined high command leadership. What becomes of a particul [...]

    11. A solid entry intoCook's lineup, I was disappointed by this novel compared toThe Dragon Never Sleeps despite the fact that I feel like this book takes place in the same universe, if in the very far (relative) past.It's a book that draws very clear parallels to living and surviving in a submarine from the view of an ex-officer now turned reporter. But, it's very repetitive, and shares one issue with all other of Cook's writing that I have a problem with: he has too many flat characters. There are [...]

    12. An excellent sci-fi mash up with submarine warfare. Cook's military fiction tends to be good. The claustrophobic setting for this story is particularly effective, though the broader sense of a clash of nations is lost. There's not much of the political to enrich the action here.

    13. This book is one of the BEST Military SciFi books I have ever read. This one is a standard for others to meet. Amazing. Everything a Military SciFi should be.

    14. Personal Note: You read this on a beach under a palapa in the Dominican Republic.I searched this book out, reasoning that it must exist as I could not be the only person to have wondered if space travel wasn't more like being on a Submarine than its portrayals as swashbuckling adventuring, Naval surface engagements, World War I/II era dogfighting, etc (hell, even the Air Force is seen commanding spaceships in Star Gate SG1 from a few later episodes I've caught). This bit of speculation on my par [...]

    15. The first impression was that Glen Cook had taken Buchheim's Das Boot: The Boat and set it into an interstellar war. And though the setting and even the future science is used to enable a submarine-like environment, it is taken into new and interesting twists.Cook has always been interested and presented believable accounts of people caught in great violence and stress, and his support cast is often more interesting and believable than the main characters. Here it is no exception. And even if hi [...]

    16. This was an interesting one. I started it a while ago and got part way through the first chapter before putting it down. I picked it back up last week and still found myself struggling a bit. The problem I found was that the first two chapters and chronologically reversed. We start right in the story and I had trouble understanding exactly what was going on. I am a huge Glen Cook fan especially the Black Company, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt and gave it persevered. Once the book got mo [...]

    17. I absolutely loved this book, front to back. At first I was a bit perplexed, since - like many other reviews say, the first chapter is actually the second, and the second the first. Also the present tense threw me off. But I got over those things really quick. Cook has an excellent way of dropping a mention of something that the reader doesn't yet know, leading later to realization about what that thing is but through character's actions rather than boring explanation. That's a complicated way o [...]

    18. After conflict breaks up between Earth and Ulant, Earth federation finds itself grossly outnumbered and pushed back all the time. Only people that can stop the Ulant invasion are the men and women crews of new and experimental Climber ships. These ships, capable of blinking out of the existence (by jumping into 'null' space) in order to avoid the enemy detection, stalk him and then suddenly attack him are only edge humans have in order to repel the invaders. Caanan (symbolic ain't it) is the tho [...]

    19. I read this book in 2008. I remember being a confusing book with strange fiction regarding the navigation of the vessels and other scientific terms. Well for start this novel is set in the same universe as the Starfishers Trilogy (but is a stand alone book). This story is set almost all book aboard a Climber a ship capable of ascending beyond hyperspace and attacking enemy vessels. To be precise is a Submarine in space. Imagine de famous movie Das Boot but in SF. Well to set you in the universe [...]

    20. Passage At Arms by Glen CookAn intriguing, first person account of a mission in a war torn galaxy, in the not so near future. Our hero (who's name I never did catch!) is a war correspondent that angles his way into a Climber, to give their unique story. Climbers are small ships, with light crews, that can slip they the Ulant's defenses mostly undetected.The story is not so much about the technology of the day, but rather about the crew, and their personalities as the mission continues. A brief, [...]

    21. Just read this book completely out of order. I liked it. All the reviews saying it's "Das Boot" in space are accurate. Very well done from the perspective of a "deep dive" into a cramped, dangerous vessel during wartime.Had some complaints, though. Maybe because I haven't read the other books, but chapter 1 was confusing. It seems chapter 2, and maybe 3, should have come first that's where you actually get some introduction to what's going on. Also, with all the stuff happening on and around th [...]

    22. This is a newer e-book release of an older book written by the author in 1985. It is a space opera that is loosely modeled after WWII-era submarine warfare, complete with "down the throat" torpedo (missile) shots and depth charge attacks (enemy missiles). The story is one long buildup of suspense leading to an anticlimactic finish. Loose ends are simply cut off, rather than tying them neatly, making the ending somewhat ragged.

    23. Read the book summary to get a fine sense of what the novel's about. I think Glen Cook did an amazing job of writing to the experience of his protagonist. What some other folks see as overwritten in parts and underwritten in others, I read as Cook playing at different types of escalation of tension in the reader. I loved the Black Company books because of Cook's ability to evoke the suspension of disbelief, and this is present throughout Passage at Arms as well. Fantastic work.

    24. Submarine warfare in space. That about sums it up for this book, which is interestingly told from the perspective of an embedded journalist. The fifth star in my rating is missing because, while the military strategy, life, and battle descriptions are outstanding, the characterizations and even motivations are never really fleshed out. Still well worth the read if you're a fan of military sf, though.

    25. 265 pages. This is an intense character driven novel. The action is seen through the lens of a war correspondent embedded with war weary volunteers. It’s a psychological drama as much as it a war story. Its draws as much from Haldemans Forever War as it does from Das Boot. I found the book hard to put down and regret that there were no follow on novels.

    26. Das Boot in space. Really conveys the sense of confinement and isolation, as well as the cost.It's marked as part off "Starfishers" series, but other than taking place in the same universe, there's no crossover (and no need to read that trilogy first).

    27. A little hard at the start, as no referents were provided and we just dove into the deep end. But overall an excellent story well-written and told. Prescient in many ways, given that it's almost 30 years old, but the present has evolved somewhat differently. But wars and the young people called upon to fight them have not.

    28. 4.5 stars.I'm docking it half a star because the book really didn't start to find its legs until 70 pages or so in. At that point it gets better and better, ending with a great conclusion. By the end of the book, I was beginning to think it was some of Cook's best stuff.As usual with all work from Cook, the characterization and dialogue was spot on.

    29. A great little book about World War I U-boats science-fiction spaceship combat, that was more a mournful and thoughtful 'day-in-the-life' than a grand and epic book of spaceship combat. I liked it a lot, and it was a very quick read.

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