Review of “Of Treason Born”


“Of Treason Born” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by J. L. Doty ( Mr. Doty has published 10 novels, with this being the first in his “Treasons Cycle” series.

I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains some scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. This Science Fiction novel is set in the far future where mankind has spread through the stars.

The primary character is York Ballin. The story begins when he is a pre-teen. After being caught with older boys who accidentally kill a woman when they attempt to mug her, he is offered (forced) into Naval service as an alternative to certain death on a prison asteroid.

The Imperial Navy has been fighting a war that has lasted generations with the Federal Directorate of the Republic of Syndon. The Imperial Navy after decades of war has evolved into a structure and life similar to that on 19th century British ships of war. Ballin begins his naval career at the lowest level of duty.

The story tells of how young Ballin grew up in the Navy and advanced. Certainly he has more than one mis-step in his progress. By odd circumstance Ballin is constantly being reassigned to spacecraft headed towards the front lines. Along the way too he is pulled from the ranks and sent to military college. By the time the story wraps up, Ballin is an Ensign serving aboard a small hunter-killer vessel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent with this 272 page novel. I had already read the sequel “A Choice of Treasons” and had enjoyed it. Ballin is a character that starts life with many challenges, yet not only survives, but turns into a vey fine officer. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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