• Capital Starship

  • Ixan Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Scott Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (307 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Galaxy's Doomed Without Him

The Ixa smashed the galaxy to bits before they were defeated. Captain Husher has sounded the alarm in the decades since: the Ixa’s creators will return to finish the job.

But unlike Husher, the galactic government didn't battle the Ixa, and the politicians have convinced themselves that maintaining peace means limiting the ability to wage war.

Now the enemy has returned, with high-tech weapons that prove they haven’t limited their own combat capabilities in the slightest. If Captain Husher and his beleaguered supercarrier crew can't manage to stop the invaders, they will happily devour the galaxy whole. 

Fans of Daniel Arenson and Jay Allan will love Capital Starship, part of a new military science fiction series set in the Ixan Prophecies universe.

©2018 Scott Bartlett (P)2018 Scott Bartlett

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Starship Social Justice

I made the mistake of starting this book before reading previous ones in series.
If they are all like this, I won't be able to continue with it.
The basic premise is military sf in the Battlestar Galactica style, a lone ship with a grizzled, weary captain, protecting humanity from aliens, the book does this part well enough but doesn't stand out.
In one of the most preposterous scenarios I can imagine though, this ship is hauling a city full of civilians within it like some immense, bloated carnival liner, because who wouldn't want all of that extra mass and civilian mouths to feed and protect when you're flying into a war zone.
Most of the drama in the book focuses on the captain being beset upon by the trivial demands of civilians who are rendered as over the top caricatures of present day campus PC activists, complete with a point by point retelling of the recent Evergreen college/Bret Weinstein debacle... In space!
I might be as annoyed with runaway identity politics as the author but to have this all play out on a warship in wartime is beyond absurd, I would suggest he find another format to vent his political frustrations.
The narrator is great, he excels at this style and is one of the reasons I gave this book a shot.

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Good God SJW the book!

Just can't deal with the bullshit in the book.
The Battles & command is entertaining and fun. Anything to do with the ship's city is just sooo dumb.
The Capitan is right.

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A gutless captain(so far)

Okay i'm almost halfway through this books and if the captain doesn't grow a pair soon I'm not sure I will be able to finish this.

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Not like the first series.

Forced myself to finish it and hatred that I bought the second book. Of it weren't for the city in the ship I think the book would be a 5 star book. I'm not looking forward to the second book at all. The story was slow to get going and then poof is over.

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The best of the best !!!

Scott Bartlett is one of the best if not the best author around today which really saddens me, I got to the point that I always feared, I’ve listened to every audiobook of all the series’s that he wrote but one, it’s like I’m worried about listening to the last one, what will I have to look forward after that?
If I knew exactly the day that I will die I would have waited with the last book so it can be my last one ever.
Scott created three series which are really one perfect masterpiece.
Explaining won’t help, each of you have to experience it for himself to understand what I mean when I say truly perfection !
So I won’t say nothing beside that Mark Boyett was a perfect choice for narrating those books and that with all my heart I fully recommend every one of Scott’s books !!
And one last thing,
Thank you Scott for taking me on this awesome journey !

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Such a weak character.

the political drama that plays out is so cliche, I wasn't expecting a Robert Heinlein or even a BV Larson but seriously do better I don't need to hear a political message especially one that so overdone.

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A solid performance of an entertaining book

I usually don't do reviews but I received a free Audible download code for this trilogy from Scott on Reddit so I feel like I should return the favor.

I want to give five stars to this book solely because of what it did to me emotionally but I want to give book 2 something to aspire to, so I'm holding myself to four.

The battle action was fantastic. There was stealth, intrigue, and Marine oorahs galore. More than enough to keep this fan occupied.

Where this book excelled for me, though, was in the civilian storylines. The protests and the attitudes displayed by the protestors and Husher alike could have been ripped right out of today's headlines. If this had been a new release I might have even thought it commentary. Maybe it should be, anyway.

Excellent narration, as well. I hadn't heard Mark Boyett before, but he seems to be out of the Scott Brick school, which is never a bad thing for me. A great voice that lends gravitas to the battle scenes and can keep it light and/or bewildered where needed elsewhere.

Looking forward to the next one, and thinking I need to check out the other series in this universe as well. Good stuff.

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Riveting, gripping, military space opera

This was the first book I'd read or listened to from Scott Bartlett. I was really interested in his writing. Narrator Mark Boyett did an outstanding job of characterizing all the different people - particularly since there were many alien races in the mix.

This is the story of a supercarrier, the Vesta, and her crew. Led by Vin Husher, her captain, who has a troubled past indeed. In this first book of the 3 part series, Husher must defend the IU, the Interstellar Union, against enemies both foreign and domestic. And his hands are tied in many ways. There are politically based rules of engagement he must follow, even though he is the captain of one of the most powerful ships in the galaxy. He is not allowed to shoot other attacking vessels. He is also hobbled by the fully populated civilian city that exists at the heart of the Vesta. And those people don't like him. There are political struggles abound, even on the ship, and to make matters worse, not everyone's motives are virtuous.

Husher has some interesting characters to deal with. His first officer is an avian species, a winger named Fesky. And she is utterly loyal to him. He has a scientist on board, whom he secretly has developing military hardware. And to make matters worse, this scientist is a war criminal from the last galactic war.

So with a complex and complicated plot, with twists and unexpected turns abound, this is a really good book.

I have to admit, it started a little slow for me. I was really wondering if I was going to make it through the first few world-building chapters, and character-building chapters, but even as I was wondering about this, and not liking the descriptions of Cybele (pronounced Sibiley), the city at the heart of the Vesta and its inhabitants, all the action and intrigue caught hold, and I really started getting into it. So much so, that I got very involved, and I purchased the next two audiobooks, as I knew I had to read them and see where the series went and what happened to the characters.

Scott uses really interesting and imaginative technology in this book. Oculenses provide virtual reality vision for everyone. They seem to be like virtual reality contact lenses, and they also allow the control of the ship and the display of tactical information. They play a huge part in the series later on. Scott also does a magnificent job of capturing the different perspectives of the characters and the various diverse races. Somewhere along the line Scott was either exposed to or worked for a military organization or a government or both; his descriptions of the political and hierarchical processes are very realistic. Most importantly, this is a story of our galaxy on the brink of war. We face overwhelming odds and racial obliteration. That's more than enough to make for an incredibly gripping and action-packed read.

On the whole, this was a 5-star read and listen, with fantastic narration by Mark Boyett and exceptional writing by Scott Bartlett.

I ended up really loving this book, and I think you would too. I highly recommend it. Just be aware that if you go down this rabbit hole, you're going to want to read the whole series!

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Capital starship book 1

This was one of the most riveting SciFi books of the hundreds that I have read. The author expertly kept the reader on the edge of their seat while salting the story with plot twists, with devious political plots designed to steal the freedom of an entire galaxy of mixed races.

I guaranty this book to be one that is nearly impossible to put down.

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Great world building but somewhat painful

We return to Vin Husher after twenty years, and he has had to make compromises with rude obnoxious politicians of the worst sort to keep his command. For most of this book we experience these painful interactions with child-like politicians, betraying comrades and uncompromising social justice protestors, everyone seems to hate Vin and it takes him most of the book to, as another reviewer said, 'grow a pair' and stand up for himself. But it does happen and the pay-off is worth it in the succeeding books, don't give up before that happens, the pay-off is worth it!
And big kudos to Mark Boyett, he is an outstanding narrator!

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  • RL Pike
  • 02-20-18

Good work by Scott

Good narration on a well written story. Looking forward to more in this series soon.

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  • MR H.
  • 02-07-22

I cringed but not why your thinking!

A great follow up to super carrier, which if you enjoyed jump right back in here! Why did I cringe? Because of how this book mirror current social trends and the self doubt and self questioning the characters go through under those pressures. Great series. On to book 2!!

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  • David Munch
  • 12-04-20

Good story, great narration

Capital Starship is the first book in a new trilogy, the Ixan Legacy, that follows the events of the Ixan Prophecies, written by Scott Bartlett. Husher is now captain of a new class of capital super carrier starship, The Vesta, which in this post-war time, carries a population of 50.000 civilians. It is a time of peace, and politics are guiding development in the galaxy, trying to promote friendship everywhere they can. Husher on the other hand, is restless after 20 years of not having been to war, and most certain that recent attempt to establish lasting peace with the aliens species the Gack, which he defeated in the war, is not going to end well. And thus it should came as no surprise that an old enemy rears its head..

As with the previous trilogy, this is a military scifi series, and the writing style is very similar. Good dialogs, interesting characters, and very well written action, of which there is a lot. Since it has been 20 years since the war has ended, politics takes up much of the first half of the book, which I found to be a nice change from the previous trilogy, as it fleshed out the world building even more. The public community aboard The Vesta is pushing for peaceful actions, and this is in stark contras to how Husher want to act, and creates nice tension between the two world views. Husher has to deal with both being a warship captain, a man in charge of 50.000 civilians, and he is also coping with memories of his dead daughter, and likely suffering from PTSD. Husher believes in following principles, but he starts to find disbelief in himself, when he is accused of being a fascist that undermine of non-human species. This gives us a complex main character, which is quite interesting to follow, and I really enjoyed that. It also gives the civilian view a much larger voice in this book, compared to the previous trilogy, which suited it quite nicely.

The book is a little less action oriented, because it takes its time building up, which was good, and in the we of course find outselves in the climax of the story, with excellent space battles yet again. The author has a nice and simple way of writing tense space battles, despite the many variables that are part of it, and that in a 3D setting.

The narration again was excellent, as Mark Boyett again was in charge. Great voices, good pitching during action sequences, and generally a very nice and clear voice to listen to.

If you enjoyed the previous trilogy, you’ll most certainly also enjoy this. If you haven’t read the previous trilogy, I’d recommend that you do that first, since there’s a lot of recurring characters and it often refers to what happened during those books. It will also explain why some things happen as they do.

I received this audiobook for free in return for a review. I have no affiliation with the author, the narrator, the publisher, or their pets (Although I am sure the latter are quite nice!).

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  • Adrian
  • 07-04-20

Takes effort

Let me caveat this by saying I've not read the authors earlier series, so if you have perhaps your take will be different. For me this book takes a long time to get going.

The first 30 odd chapters feel like one long political lecture and far too much time is spent on that as opposed to meaningful character development or action - we are all here for the space battles right?

Eventually we get to the point that politics are complicated, the book starts to get moving at a faster pace and the final quarter was pretty enjoyable.

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  • Azura S
  • 06-21-20

Excellent And Quite Topical Really

I confess I was given a copy of this book but I'm given quite a few books each year and don't feel it incumbent to give good reviews unless the book is good, this one was excellent. Very entertaining look at an interstellar woke culture with some nice sci-fi trope-style action scenes. Lots of fun and very well narrated. Don't miss out, grab it now!

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  • Jonathan
  • 06-08-20

The beginning of the end

I received review copies of the books in this trilogy, and this review covers all of them. Whilst this book is the start of a new trilogy it would be better to consider it the 8th book after the excellent Ixan prophecies trilogy and, to a lesser extent, the 4 Mech wars books. This trilogy starts just as the events of the mech wars books conclude, with the galaxy once again coming apart, as the great AI menace begins to conclude its campaign.

After the long peace from the events of the first trilogy, support for the fleet has reduced and the political compromise was to build space faring cities on military ships which leads to events as ridiculous as you might expect.

As usual the narration from Mark Boyett is excellent whilst the writing adds a relevant political commentary which is as interesting as it is unusual. This stands as a reflection of the commentaries from both the prophecies and the mech wars books. The final twist made this series for me and it fit well with the commentary of the series.

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  • Krzysztof Kolata
  • 06-05-20

space opera with politics (little too much)

good listening sometimes slow with little too much politics for my taste.

first book in second trilogy in this universe did not listen to first one yet (did not felt like I was missing anything)

Like always Mark Boyett did a great job narrating this book

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  • Mark Say
  • 01-10-20

Capital Starship and intergalactic politics

Continuing the Ixan series of books this book brings us back to Captain Vin Husher about 20 years after we last saw him for another set of galaxy threatening problems.

It's very hard to not give spoilers (I've tried my best) but there are the return of a few characters we know and it's interesting to see who is still hanging around 20 years after the last book in the series.

The book is set aboard a 'Capital Starship' which is a city based within a huge spaceship with an entire non military population living there full time.

Quite a lot of this book is Vin dealing with the struggles of politics and leading a ship meeting pushback from politicians and the general public and honestly the way that this pushback was written got me so frustrated because it's so true, the way that Vin is practically forced to jump through some hoops to try and placate the public is so true to life I was really wound up by it.. That said when Vin overcomes the odds (and you know he will!) it is that much sweeter.

This is the first book of a trilogy and sets up the next book right at the end. I'm looking forward to the next past which will reunite us with another of the characters from the universe.

I definitely recommend going back and starting with the Ixan Prophecies if you haven't read those books yet as you'll miss a lot of background otherwise and go from there.

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  • Poppey
  • 04-19-18

Good start, albeit a slow one

If you can persevere through the slow start of the first 9 chapters, then you will find this book has definite possibilities to become a very good series.

This series is also helped along by the brilliant narration of Mark Boyett.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-19

Fun

Awesome story to follow, can't wait to read the other books. Politics and Action follow a starship captain

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  • Alan
  • 11-26-18

great start to a trilogy

this was a great start to a three book series, looking forward to hearing the next in the series

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  • Clemens
  • 03-19-18

Quality installment

Great sequel and Mark Boyett delivers as always. I am looking forward to the next