Title: Patriarch's Hope
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Flat SIGNED by David Feintuch on the title page. Fine volume in a fine, unclipped, dustjacket. The jacket is sleeved in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 1004230013
Synopsis: Nicholas Seafort, Secretary General of the UN, is fiercely determined to clean up the planet, despite the fact that his plans clash head on with his beloved UN Navy's mission to colonize the stars.
Review: If you're already a fan of David Feintuch's bestselling Seafort Saga, Patriarch's Hope will be a welcome chance to catch up with the series' hero, Nicholas Seafort, now Earth's global executive. In this installment, Secretary General (SecGen) Seafort must juggle the demands of a colonial empire across the stars, a powerfully politicized Navy, and a morally questionable world religious council against the needs of a dangerously degraded planet. Much of the book details Seafort's political maneuvering and the discarding of his anti-"Enviro" prejudices with the help of his idealistic son. But the action picks up before the book closes, as a crippled Seafort leads a small team to wrest a giant battleship from the hands of a mutinous captain unhappy with the SecGen's change of heart.
If you aren't already a fan of the "Seafort Saga," you may or may not be sold by Patriarch's Hope, depending on your tastes. The grizzled, conflicted Seafort huffs and puffs predictably throughout, and the pseudofuturistic, military motif is ever-present and a bit much at times (the "SecGen" and his "middies," use "puters," fly "helis," and find frequent cause to shout "Belay that!"). Hope is passable military SF, but it serves better as an adventure-filled primer on honor, stoicism, personal responsibility, and male bonding. --Paul Hughes
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