Review: Linesman (Linesman #1) by S.K. Dunstall

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Review: Linesman (Linesman #1) by S.K. Dunstall

First in a brand new thought-provoking science fiction series.

The lines. No ship can traverse the void without them. Only linesmen can work with them. But only Ean Lambert hears their song. And everyone thinks he’s crazy…

Most slum kids never go far, certainly not becoming a level-ten linesman like Ean. Even if he’s part of a small, and unethical, cartel, and the other linesmen disdain his self-taught methods, he’s certified and working.

Then a mysterious alien ship is discovered at the edges of the galaxy. Each of the major galactic powers is desperate to be the first to uncover the ship’s secrets, but all they’ve learned is that it has the familiar lines of energy—and a defense system that, once triggered, annihilates everything in a 200 kilometer radius.

The vessel threatens any linesman who dares to approach it, except Ean. His unique talents may be the key to understanding this alarming new force—and reconfiguring the relationship between humans and the ships that serve them, forever.

Title: Linesman
Author: Linesman, S.K. Dunstall
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Alliance, Confluence
Series: Linesman #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Alliance, Confluence
Published by Penguin Group
Source: Publisher
Published: June 30, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 373
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Stars: four-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I’ve been trying to figure out how to start my review on Linesman so I’m just going jump in and say, I liked it. It takes me back to the days of when I use to read nothing but Sci-Fi. The possibilities of the future, all the techie stuff, and life not here on earth. I eventually drifted away from the genre but occasionally I go back and ‘explore the future’. I’m not even going to attempt to describe the story line. Instead, here’s what did it for me.


The characters – top notched! Our main character is Ean. He is a Linesman but since his background is as a slum child he’s not as pretentious (snobby!) as other linesman. He’s actually quite the underdog, shy, feeling very unworthy of what he has and others look down on him because of the way he is with the lines. There’s a smattering of other characters, Michelle, Radko, Abram to name a few, that I’ve grown to like and really add flavor to the story. The story is mainly told from Ean’s side although there are alternating chapters from another Linesman, Rossi. Now he is very pretentious and for the longest time, I didn’t get why we needed to see things from his POV. Personally, I think it shows the differences between the different attitudes of linesman. I also must confess, I’ve read the next book in the series, and having the hindsight now, I do think seeing things from Rossi now do make sense.


The story line was easy enough to follow BUT it wasn’t perfect. There’s a nice steady build up to it so you have an understanding of what a Linesman is. Now the lines the self, that took me a while to grasp and I’m still a bit unsure about them. Obviously, they all have to do with ship and traveling through space, but the who/what/where of them, I was about 50% into the book before it started to sink in. Now if you think this is just a Sci-Fi tech story, it’s not. There is also a lot of political stuff that goes along with it. At times that held my attention others, not so much. Those would be my moments that I found the story dragging a bit.


Sci-Fi and politics, definitely not my favorite combination, but by the time I finished Linesman, it all made sense. In the end, I liked it. It definitely isn’t something everybody would enjoy, especially not my reader friends since most of them want romance. However, for some who enjoys reading Sci-Fi, I think this would be worth the read.



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