Warship - old school single ship military sci-fi
There is nothing all that unique about Warship. The formula used here has been done before and many of the usual tropes are included: a grizzled captain with secret bottles of alcohol in his closet, dysfunctional leadership back home in command, an old ship that is about to be retired, and one last mission that puts the ship off in a part of space by itself where it comes across a serious threat to humanity. Despite all that, I must admit that Joshua Dalzelle does it all in a way that just works for me. This is solid old school "single ship against crazy odds" sci-fi and when it was all said and done I was eager for more of it.
The Blue Jacket is an old ship, just like the rest of the Black Fleet, and it is scheduled to be retired in the near future, along with her captain, Jackson Wolfe. One final mission is undertaken to get the new XO some time in the command chair and of course things don't go according to plan. Jackson, his new XO, and a crew that has never actually fired a single shot in anger, come up against an unexpected alien threat that they are ill equipped to handle. However, playing it safe and returning home to warn others will result in millions of humans being wiped out, and despite his many failings, Jackson Wolfe isn't going to end his career like that. This all adds up to some pretty entertaining military battles with interesting tactics and a story that is reminiscent of old school sci-fi TV. After hundreds of years of peace, humanity finds itself back at war and this book puts you on the bridge of the ship that is on the front line.
Mark Boyett does a great job as the narrator of the audiobook version and with a teaser epilogue that sets the stage for what happens next I found myself with no choice but to immediately start book 2 of the series as soon as I was done with this one.