Against All Odds By Jeffery H. Haskell

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Against All Odds: A Military Sci-Fi Series (Grimm’s War Book 1) By Jeffery H. Haskell

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The wrong crew. The wrong ship. The right Captain.Idealistic navy lieutenant Jacob Grimm just wanted to honor his mother’s sacrifice in the last great war. When he’s forced to return fire and destroy a squadron of ships to save his own, he thinks he’s the hero…Until they discover the ships are full of children.Disgraced and denied promotion, Jacob’s career is over. That is until the head of ONI needs a disposable officer to command a battered destroyer on the rim.There’s just one problem, Interceptor hasn’t had a CO in months and the ship is a mess. Worse, the system he’s assigned to is corrupt and on the verge of all-out civil war with the Alliance.However, no one told Jacob he was disposable.Pirates, smugglers, and Caliphate spies complicate the situation and one captain with an old ship can’t enforce the law, let alone stop anyone.The single greatest discovery of all time is about to change intergalactic politics forever. If Jacob doesn’t find a way to succeed, then it won’t just be the end of the Alliance, it will be the end of freedom for humanity. From USA Today bestselling author Jeffery H. Haskell comes a military science fiction epic in the tradition of Honor Harrington and Star Trek. If you love heroes and starships, you will love to stand with Commander Jacob T. Grimm Against all Odds. You’re in the Navy now!”Against All Odds is classic space fleet military science fiction in the tradition of David Weber, with memorable characters and thrilling action. Haskell is a new shining star in the genre.” –Rick Partlow, author of Contact Front
Against All Odds: A Military Sci-Fi Series (Grimm’s War Book 1), my first read from author Jeffery H. Haskell. I’m not a great science fiction fan but I am rapidly becoming a Space Marine Science Fiction fan and this book looks to be the beginning of an epic. I look forward to reading more from this author. “I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.” Peter Berkrot’s narration adds to the enjoyment of this book. I look forward to reading With Grimm Resolve: A Military Sci-Fi Series (Grimm’s War Book 2). (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 – July 24, 2018).
I enjoyed the book, and the space battles don’t get in the way of the human drama. The pace of the narrative keeps changing, slowing down and going into details and then speeding up and glossing things over. The politics are kind of rudimentary, and the main characters are a bit thin. But overall an enjoyable voyage, through well-travelled and familiar terrain.
I wanted to like this book. It started off like a fun read, albeit a bit cliched (but not in a bad way). But quickly devolved into a very white Christian America cold war mindset that I found too troubling. The good guys are part of the United Systems Alliance (USA, get it?) and later identified as Christian. Again, that wouldn’t be too bad, except the bad guys are just really troubling depictions of other cultures, with corrupt Russians (with an actual Vladimir as head boss of a Kremlin station) and infidel-hating, women-raping Muslims. With a book set in the future and in space, it was really disappointing to use caricatures of real cultures as unimaginative villain when you have a literal galaxy of options.
Fun read that builds up along the way. Really fed my imagination with well thought out storylines and emotional descriptions
I started off liking this book. The details on military operations and the thought put into the future of space travel was interesting. BUT I will now write one of only 2 or 3 reviews I have ever written.–Spoilers–What first made me go ‘huh’ were the factions. Good guys – American, European base. Neutral/Bad guys – Russians (probably would be different if written today) Evil Bad guys – Muslims. It was noticeable to me and seemed a little lazy plot wise but I kept reading.And the stereotypes kept getting worse, especially for the muslims. 1930’s stereotype arab muslims. If it was a movie they would be white guys in makeup, lots of eyeliner, a head scarf and twirl their mustaches while they rape virgin white women.What makes this all the more intolerable is when the author, pretty deep into the book, suddenly reveals that the main character is Christian who for some reason now starts praying to his God before a battle. Where the f did that come from?It got to the point where I felt like I was reading a comic book about some future crusades where the white Christian heroes defend their faith and females against the heathen muslim hordes.I am as politically incorrect as they come but it is frankly offensive. Stopped reading as my form of protest against this kind of BS.
This book was heavily influenced by On Basilisk Station by David Weber.As in almost a complete rip off, with a few twists and turns thrown in. And some of those came from later books in that same series. That being said, it was still fun and enough was different that i still enjoyed the book and will look for the 2nd one.

 

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