The fourth book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence
Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity.
But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins.
After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition due to events taking place on the other side of the galaxy. A Confederation research vessel has been ambushed. Destroyers are descending on a human colony. It seems the Sh'daar have betrayed their treaty, and all nations must stand united - or face certain death.
©2013 William H. Keith, Jr. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Harry Turtledove fan
Excellent story, good narration.
Story is linear and tight. But not rushed. Especially the infighting between countries over an AI,
I love this series and I am looking forward to more of it. However this book seems to get lost in itself and in the end nothing great has been accomplished. It basically ends at the same point it begins with no real new information given about the situation.
Also there are several "Sub plots" like Grey's girlfriend that are annoying.
Really you could swap out Gregory for Grey and you would have the last book all over again.
Jack of all Trades, Master of None
New to the series? No. As a continuation, yes, but with a few caveats. He lost the plot here a bit. Instead of continuing the question between Aliens and Humans, we now spend a whole lot of time on a contrived internal human conflict that really only makes sense if you somehow belief in American Exceptionalism.
Not from the genre, but I am questioning if I want to read the next book in the series.
I think he adds a bit more character to the individuals he portraits. Douglas isn't really all that good in creating characters, they all are pretty two-dimensional.
Still split on it. It was more of what was expected, but at the same time also more disappointing.
I wish Douglas would concentrate on the human vs.alien dynamic instead of trying to project human global politics 500 years into the future. The problem for me, as a non-american, is simply that I don't buy American Exceptionalism and his repeated retreat to it is annoying. It was, I admit, always there, but in the past books it was more a bit of a faint echo in the back, with this book though he has gone full tilt.
So yes, he's America and served in the military and that he concentrates on ships that could be considered American is understandable and forgivable. But his portrail of the rest of humanity is less than flattering. If they aren't scheming people who try to destroy the "United States" (thinly veiled as USNA), they are shown as completely militarily incompetent. Funnily enough, it seems, they also all seem to be French. Guess Douglas likes his cheese eating surrender monkeys.
I might come back later to another series
Ian could have developed story rather than just show us how much research he'd done. This was part science dissertation and as such quite boring. No character development beyond perfunctory cardboarding, and no story beyond easy good versus bad...and sadly while there was a lot of research shown here, the basic understanding of space itself was thrown out the window -- if you are going to use hard science to develop technologies reliant on that science, you really can't afford to throw it away when you feel like. Space ship dog fights indeed - especially when everything is at the speed of light. I expected more from this noted publisher - disappointing.
The narrator was not too bad, but the material he had to work with wasn't that great.
I like space opera, when it is done well -- this could have been done well, but it wasn't
Just because the author knows all the right science and uses all the terms and details correctly doe not automatically make it a good hard science story -- obviously someone was blinded by jargon
I just did. :) I re-listened to the entire series before listenng to book 4. It had been quite a while and I power listened to book 1 and 2 a second time and then listened to book 3 and 4. The series was excellent and kept me interested.
Koenig for the first two books and as I suspect the author wanted, I started getting wrapped up in the Prim's character, Grey.
I love the authors attention to detail with respect to the technology in use in his world. He gets really into the physics of near light-speed combat and creates really fun battle scenes. The politics and story are good too, but its all about the space battles here. That's a perfect sci-fi book to me. It's not "Nebula Award" winning story telling but it's a lot of fun!
Kind of like the Lost Fleet series but with a lot less fluffy drama. Great space battles, cool tech, both are a little bit repetitive in how they explain the technology over and over again. The character storylines in this book are a bit better than those in the Lost Fleet series. Really, this book is all about awesome space battles.
Great narrator, love his pacing and voice.
Ian Douglas continues to deliver. Picking the story up several years after Singularity he delivers a great story that is well paced and diffuct to put down (or stop listening to). Do not start unless you have time on your hands!
This is another great book in the series. It has real Aliens not the star trek kind. REAL Aliens!
Great narration. Lots of action. Great story! Another book has to come out of this. I will get it when it comes out.
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