The first book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence.
There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point.
But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.
To the Sh'daar, the driving technologies of transcendent change are anathema and must be obliterated from the universe - along with those who would employ them. As their great warships destroy everything in their path en route to the Sol system, the human Confederation government falls into dangerous disarray. There is but one hope, and it rests with a rogue Navy Admiral, commander of the kilometer-long star carrier America, as he leads his courageous fighters deep into enemy space towards humankind's greatest conflict - and quite possibly its last.
©2010 William H. Keith, Jr. (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I have a history with aircraft carriers, so this book got my interest. I'm hooked! Will be listening to all the books.
The science can be boring or head spinning if you don't have a phd, but the book makes it somewhat believeable.
The story is great, reminds me of classic navel battles of WW2. The narrator however gives too much small detail. Such as: Chapter 6, June 23, 2403, 23:00 hours, cic, usna America , too many useless words. But don't let that stop you. The book is worth it. I also bought book 2.
Absolutely, this was a good story that moves pretty quickly so i think a repeat listen will be just as entertaining. This story perfectly sets up an entire series of books that could range from 4 to 15 books easily. I really like how he features two main protagonists, not focusing on the single protagonist was different and very clever as it opens up more plot lines very easily.
Not much to say
i liked it
the reader might have been ONE notch above the text to speech reader on my kindle... in a higher pitched voice "blue ten blue ten i have tango fighters inbound at 5-0" that comment was supposed to express danger,,, i didnt believe it..
While the overall concept of galactic wars between humanity and aliens is not much different from the sci-fi novels out there... this one stands out for its heart-in-the-mouth narration of fighter combat.
It takes you literally into the viewpoint of a combat aviator twisting and turning through enemy combatants ... the exhilaration ... the excitement ... the destruction and the desperation
The misunderstood hero , the firm and stoic leader , the easy going mentor , the nasty rivals , the weird aliens and heartstrings action
This one has everything of a popcorn summer action movie
Keep it coming :D
very little character dialog outside of shouting and relaying combat orders. no building of characters so if someone died... who cares. I would like a refund.
The ideal reader is a sci fi techno, gimmick, detail mad junky. Sounded more like a training manual than a story. Ian has done much, much better.
Maybe, if it was a better book. I have listened to some of his work, which is really good.
I don't think anyone could have made this book enjoyable
How about the whole first half of the book to the cut shop
While I am negative on this, it does fit the genre perfectly. I have read widely in Military SF and this is on par with the better ones. It is just after all I have heard, including Nuttal, this just didn't inspire.
An emotionless nonsensical story with a narration to match. There's nothing here worth listening to. Try Ringo or Weber if your looking for space battle operatics. This is a dud.
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