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Reviewed by Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite
Annals of the Five Moon Fleet: The Largoan War by Charles Remington is an exciting sci fi novel set on a spectacular habitable planet named Margareta (the Pearl) with five moons. It is endowed with oceans of fresh water, and a slightly denser atmosphere set off by a lower gravity than Earth. The author has dispensed with alien terms and used English for descriptions and names of the inhabitants, making the book extremely understandable. The story begins when the Fontanian navy vessel Tremaine - a naval training airship suspended by balloons, with thirty new recruits from amongst the humanoid denizens who are the dominant race of Margareta - returns to port, and sets the stage for the adventure to follow in keeping with the title of the book. Remington gently introduces the reader into the culture and way of life of the Fontanians and the principal protagonists, Daniel Routledge, his friend Chris Trevellian, as well as their families and background. The story continues at a brisk pace as the young cadets return to the Tremaine for the second phase of their training, involving rigorous and dangerous actions when the airship is floating high above the ocean. New dangers like cleaning the hull of the airship of weevils and bird nests are part of the training, till finally they are trained to fly using the wings provided with their uniforms. Politics, intrigue, government and the lifestyle of the people of the planet are excellently narrated, enhancing the spellbinding suspense of the story.
Annals of the Five Moon Fleet: The Largoan War is a book which brings to the fore the basic traits of courage, jealousy, infighting and curiosity in the cadets. The main protagonists pick a fight with another cadet, which is narrated in a manner leading to camaraderie and lasting friendship. The book, though set on another planet, shows that basic human traits of goodness, sacrifice, and loyalty even under torture, must exist even amongst alien species. The cadets travel far to the Largo capital of Padat Kung, and encounter and fight the battle airships of enemy nations intent on hegemony and expansion of their borders. The flow of the story is excellent, and the tone of the story is consistent across the many canvasses that comprise the book, including the functioning of government and the military. Some sex – nothing explicit. A quote I particularly liked is: “They say that necessity spawns the inventive process but adversity is also a great helper.” Original and excellent, innovative yet plausible science fiction.