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 love scifi and fantasy. I am ready to go to space with a one way ticket to Mars, or explore in a generation spaceship.
This series look promesing. Hardcore space war. Fast tempo. If you like spacebattles I recommend this book. I will now download book 2.
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.
You've got to get all of the rest of the books in the series. The military sci fi, the political environment, and the character development was plenty believable. In addition there is a lot of mystery about the protagonist alien species that keeps you guessing throughout the storyline. My only issue is that it currently stops at book 5.
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
This book was terrible. To really give it a proper rating I would have to go re-rate all my previous ratings because the bar was lowered.
Probably, but not for a year. Give myself time to forger details.
Interesting vessels. I liked the new hardware.
I think he did just fine. Since the other books are listed, here. I can't suggest a change in the dialogue, but when a Navy person needs to repeat a statement, he precedes it with "I say again." He does not say "I repeat".
At the end when the prim pilot is not given proper respect from his previous commander. She cannot bury her personal feelings because he was not in the battle in space; even though he was on mission.
I will follow this series
I read through the first half and was amazed at all the tech jargon that meant nothing. It let me see nothing. I was left wondering if any characters were in this book. Empty, hallow, Lacking any feeling or direction. THIS SUCKED! and that is bad for a book I only had to listen to.
GOD! No. A waste of $17.95 for an Audible book.
He did fine. Just a shame he had to read through the whole thing. (shed a tear for him).
What characters? Oh the downed pilot we FINALLY! got to, but left for other crap half way through.
NO! Just that I want my MONEY!! back.
More original characters or conflict.
There is only one mildly interesting character, and lots of missed opportunities. Author could have explored more: The Admiral, the political whiner, the squadron CO.
Narration was very even, which wasn't great, but worked okay for this book.
Sure. Pick any modern male superstar and his supporting cast.
By the end of the book, I found it pretty enjoyable, despite the erringly even narration. I'm probably going to give the next book in the series a try.
I enjoyed this, especially the space battles, but the author repeated items throughout the entire book. It was almost like each chapter was written independent of all others. You really could start listening anywhere in the book and not be lost or confused. I don't know if this is fully a good thing though. I actually did fall asleep while listening to it and don't feel like I even missed anything.
Only as a comparison to see if this book was an anomaly and if there is a different narrator.
disappointment for sure
Sci-fi loving history buff who enjoys a good detective story.
I love space based sci-fi which is what lead me to this series. This story's revolves around a central flawed individual who eventually becomes the unlikely hero. The author does a good job building our hero's past and weaving it into the story. There wasn't any point that I wished we could have sped this along to get to the space battles. Unfortunately it is the space battles where this book falls flat. There is a lot of time devoted to the minute details of the tech, which is cool, but in the end the overwhelming and seemingly invincible enemies are easily turned away.
This is my first Ian Douglas book and where I won't be listening to any more in this series he is a gifted author and I would give another book a listen.
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