Gunship is the debut book by John M. Davis, and the first in a series of books. It’s available in Kindle format, though it appears there was a paperback edition. It was independently published, so this is the third indie book I’ve reviewed.
I found this to be a very quick read. It’s not a long book, and is easy to finish quickly. It involves the crew of a gunship, a crew of outlaws wanted by many people, but they’re well-meaning. Captain Adam Michaels is the lead character, and he is a brash leader prone to impulsive decisions that aren’t always the best choice. Then there’s Dalton, his best friend and alcoholic, providing plenty of humour. Roman is a tough fighter with another side to his personality. Kelly, Kato, and Luck round out the crew, though those three have very little development. Sarah and Troy come in soon and complete the group. Of all the characters, I found Michaels and Roman to have the best development, while Dalton remained pretty static. Sarah seemed soft, but has a tough side to her. Kelly, Kato, Luck, and Troy don’t get much time to develop. The dynamic between Michaels and Dalton is humourous. The romance wasn’t very well done early on, unfortunately. I found it unnatural and a bit cheesy in the beginning.
The story takes place both in space, as well as a handful of planets. There wasn’t much in the way of extensive description, it was kept pretty short, but was effective enough to create a solid picture in my mind. Although it’s in space, I found it interesting that most weapons were rather old-fashioned. I guess it’s retro sci-fi in a way. The antagonists were kind of like vampires, making it an odd combination with science fiction.
The story itself is mainly action scene after action scene. There is a small amount of downtime in between, but not very much. It’s a very fast paced story, so there’s plenty of excitement. Davis describes the action reasonably well. It’s not a complex story, and is very straightforward. It’s not entirely predictable, but it doesn’t really give much in the way of surprises. But it is an entertaining story.
I don’t base my reviews on editing issues, but I have to mention that this book really needs an editor to clean up the strange dialogue punctuation, spelling mistakes, and lack of line breaks between characters’ speech. It’s also difficult to tell when a scene change happens, as they’re not marked.
Aside from the editing problems, I found this book to be fairly entertaining, though not very deep. It’s a simple story with pretty basic characters. But I did enjoy the story.
I’d give it 3 stars. It’s an entertaining read, and I’m curious about where the story will go in the next book.