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Patriarch's hope
Feintuch, David.
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New York : Warner Books, 1999.
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488 pages ; 24 cm
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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.

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Booklist Review

SF/Fantasy??? The sixth Nicholas Seafort tale opens with him nearing retirement as secretary general of a world-governing UN and beset by crises in the environment, economic recovery from the fish wars, relations with the colonies, and the future of his beloved navy. He is also wrestling as ferociously as ever with the demands of conscience, and it must be said that the Seafort saga is almost as classically "moral fiction" as it is military sf. Crippled in an assassination attempt, Seafort next faces an attempted putsch by a portion of the navy, against which he must lead an improvised opposition while still recovering from spinal surgery and trying to instill discipline and responsibility into a few adolescent waifs and strays! Victory hangs by a thread for a third of the book, and when it comes, it is only after some of the best action scenes in the series and a high price in lives, including Seafort's wife and his son Philip's lover. Flawed but compelling well describes both Seafort and his saga. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's full speed ahead with all lasers blazing in this addition (after Voices of Hope) to Feintuch's popular space opera series. Nicholas Seafort, hero of the Transpop Rebellion, has risen to the post of SecGen of the United Nations on a badly polluted 23rd-century Earth dominated by a fundamentalist Christian Council of Patriarchs. Seafort, a devout Christian and a former military man, tries to strike a balance between an increasingly belligerent navy (backed by the Patriarchs) and an increasingly intransigent Enviro Lobby. The screws are further tightened on Seafort when he becomes the target of terrorist attacks supposedly conducted by Enviro radicals. Then the Patriarchs try to force him to support a naval buildup that will negate even the most modest environmental legislation. A bomb attack leaves Seafort partially paralyzed√Ąand at this point the novel's action takes off with a vengeance. As always in the series, Seafort is a powerful, larger-than-life figure. If his heroics seem improbable, he is rendered somewhat human by his acute awareness of his moral failings. But he is also a relatively unpleasant hero, given to bullying, holier-than-thou pronouncements and prone to mete out physical punishment to young men who do not meet his high moral standards. This novel will appeal to Feintuch's many readers and to most aficionados of military space opera, but it is unlikely to attract fans of more sophisticated SF. (May) FYI: Feintuch won the 1996 John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction writer. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

As U.N. Secretary General, career navy officer Nicholas Seafort supports the Earthwide planetary colonization movement until an act of terrorism alerts him to unfulfilled duties on the world of his birth. The latest addition to Feintuchs popular Seafort Saga (e.g., Voices of Hope, Warner, 1996) revolves around the struggles of an honest man to maintain his personal integrity while learning the wisdom of necessary change. Topnotch sf political intrigue with a strong military flavor, this fast-paced tale should appeal to a wide readership. For most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.