To Honor You Call Us, my first novel, has just gotten its 800th customer review on Amazon. Considering that I thought it was pretty awesome to get 8 reviews back when the book first came out, 800 is a staggering number to me. What is even more staggering is that average rating is 4.5 on a 5 point scale and that 61% of the reviews are 5 star, with 28% 4 star for a total of 89% of the reviewers being strongly positive.
I have to say, too, that this is a very nice review, from a self-described “old Navy guy.” The old Navy guys and most other folks who identify themselves as current or former military personnel are almost all very positive. I think it’s worth reprinting this one here, as it this reader received the book exactly the way I hoped and prayed readers would receive it. My thanks go to this reviewer and to all the others who took the time to give their impressions. The good reviews are what made this series “go” in the first place.
Thanks to all of you.
on December 1, 2017
As an old retired Naval Officer, I thoroughly enjoyed the realism and the accuracy of how a warship is organized and operated. This book has fantastically believable technology, real navy terminology, fabulous crew and character development and actions, and above all a superior and spellbinding story. Many good sci-fi stories are spoiled for me by how unrealistic their description of technology and shipboard operation are described. This book is so well and accurately written, that this old warrior felt transported back to his days at sea and in combat. Well done!
The Amazon “Vine Voice” program releases advance copies of upcoming products to select, highly-regarded reviewers. One such “Vine Voice,” Ginny Mapes, just reviewed the upcoming 47North edition of the first “Man of War” Novel, To Honor You Call Us.” She has written well over 300 reviews on Amazon.com. You can find the full review here, http://www.amazon.com/review/R239VUYRDTWUMX/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1477848894&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag= but for the purposes of blogging, I’ll tell you she gave the book five stars (out of five” and was VERY complimentary.
Among other kind things, she said: “This story is richly detailed in naval lore which many refers will relate to. There is humor, honor, heroism, redemption, and a plot that will make you sweat in your space suit. This book is the first in the trilogy. Next up, H. Paul Honsinger’s, For Honor We Stand. Oh, yes!”
Let’s hope that this review is a harbinger of how these books will be received by critics and the public.