To Honor You Call Us (Man of War) – The Cumberland Gap
Another book from the Kindle Unlimited Library & Amazon & while I wish this one was better, it’s also not as bad as some of the others I’ve read … in fact there are some elements that I really liked.
To Honor You Call Us tells the story of a ship that has not had too much luck in terms of its previous Captain. Now this isn’t a case of the person being a down on his luck Old Sot like I spoke about in Constitution, but rather in this case the Captain is very domineering and a stickler for spit and polish without any understanding of the reason or rationale for that requirement. As the Captain of a ship that was responsible simply for transporting an Inspecting Admiral from location to location, his personality might work but in a combat theater his personality and attitude quickly impacted the crew to such an extent that in previous trials, his ship was either destroyed outright or fled the battlefield! As you can well imagine, the morale of the crew on the Cumberland was nothing less than atrocious and in fact the rest of the fleet took to calling the ship the “Cumberland Gap” as she was so hopeless!
Into this morass is thrust a hard fighting and quick thinking young ensign. Not having previous command experience, he while flattered to receive the promotion, to some extent also realizes that the reason he’s received it is because he can’t really screw things up anymore! However, not only is Max able to do well, he’s able to turn around the feelings of the crew and win some stunning victories against their mortal enemies – the Krag – in the process!
What I liked and didn’t like
- Admiral Hornmeyer is an awesome character. Irascible is the best way to describe him. Doesn’t take shit from anyone and isn’t afraid to swear to get the job done. Really well written and funny and his parts in the book are both too short and too infrequent. Would love to see him more.
- Dr. Sahin is a bit weird to my taste … he always seems to have the right response and knowledge and I’d think that his reactions would be slower than a marine not faster. Really makes you wonder if perhaps he’s a spy or something like that in disguise?
- The attack against the Battle Cruiser was extremely well done and I really enjoyed reading that whole sequence. While I understand the reason and rationale of focusing so much of the book on the morale of the crew and even the shopping trips of the Doctor, I really wish there had been more sequences similar to this throughout the book as they were excellent.
- The writing overall is not too bad … it does however at times feel a bit jerky? In addition while the characters are interesting they also don’t really seem 100% natural and it feels like they are playing a role. It’s weird, there isn’t any one specific thing I can point to, but it’s just a bit off.