Fleet by Brian T. Marshall

Fleet by Brian T. Marshall
Publisher: missppelled press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (281 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A man, lost and naked, on the streets of Manhattan, pleading in an unknown tongue. The retired linguist who realizes it’s an archaic Greek, unspoken for three thousand years. And the young woman who befriends them both, just in time for an unlikely quest. From New York to LA, Nebraska to Delphi, Fleet travels a labyrinth, with a mystery as old as mankind lying at its very heart.

It isn’t easy to figure out who someone is when they don’t even remember who they are.

The characters made intelligent decisions even when very odd things happened to or around them. This is something I’m always happy to find in the fantasy genre. It’s refreshing to meet characters who remain level-headed and think things through logically when they encounter something that they can’t yet rationally explain.

This book got off to a slow start. It took a while for the main characters to discover the lost man, and it took much more time than that for them to even begin to figure out anything about his background at all. As intrigued as I was by the idea of someone speaking an archaic tongue, it was difficult to stay interested in the storyline due to how slowly it moved.

There’s something to be said for dialogue that makes a reader chuckle. I had plenty of reasons to smile at the witty things these characters said to each other as they were trying to figure out who the lost man was and why he spoke such an obscure dialect. The further I got into the plot, the better their retorts became.

I also had trouble keeping track of all of the characters, especially in the beginning when the plot kept switching between various points of view. Having to adjust to so many different narrators right away made it even more challenging than it would have otherwise been to remember who everyone was and how they were connected to each other.

The backstory of the man who was found wandering the streets alone was nicely written and suited his personality well. While it did take quite a while to have any of my questions about this part of the story answered, I was satisfied by how those questions were handled once the plot decided to jump into them.

Fleet should be read by anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation in a language that almost no one speaks.