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.
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..
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT... THE WRITER SPENT SO MUCH TIME TALKING ABOUT MEANINGLESS TECH SPECS AND NO TIME DEVELOPING HIS CHARACTERS. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY A ROBOT.
NO... I'VE LISTENED TO OVER 200 BOOKS IN THIS GENRE AND THIS IS ARGUABLY THE WORST OF THE BUNCH.
MAYBE... I KNOW HE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO WORK WITH BUT A READER LIKE FRANK MULLER WOULD HAVE LEAST MADE IT BEARABLE.
COMPLETE BOREDOM... THOUGH I MIGHT LISTEN TO IT WHEN I CAN'T SLEEP.
I'VE SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND FOR THE MOST PART I'M HAPPY WITH MY PURCHASES BUT THERE NEEDS TO BE A WAY TO GET A CREDIT BACK WHEN THE MATERIAL SUCKS.
I purchased the Audible version on sale and decided to give this series a try. Unfortunately, turns out this is the type of military sci fi that generally turns me off: uber jingoistic "superpower" Americans fighting thinly veiled Islamic aphorisms while bogging down on endless scientific drivel. I tend to prefer character and story rather than technical jargon and macho men.
Story: Well, typically I'll put a story synopsis here. But this book was so all over the place that I'm not quite sure what the story is about. There's a lot of fighting, your typical military incompetence/apathy/negligence/politics horror stories, and some aliens.
This novel pretty much failed to engage me at all levels. At one point, I started to vacuum the carpet and didn't bother to turn up the volume so I could hear the narration. When the vacuuming ended 20 minutes later, I didn't feel like I had missed anything. I realized then that I'd had enough of Earth Strike.
At the half way point, I felt confident that I could go apply for a degree in xenobiology or speculative physics. There is so much endless scientific discussion it felt almost like a case of phallus waving - macho soldiers and they have a brain too! It was boring and really difficult to skip through those sections in an audible presentation.
Added to the endless annoying science was the complete lack of characterization. No one in the book felt real and each seemed to react rather than actually think through situations with emotion or any kind of feeling. Add in a real pet peeve of mine - POV chapters from an alien - and I was left with no one to root for or want to know more about.
Finally, the whole first part of the book seemed to be about the author making observations about the current Islamic condition as it pertains specifically to the US. The whole idea that there are no Christian fundamentalists wreaking havoc (or Buddhist!)only those evil daughter killing Muslims - it got old fast.
I did manage to get through most of the book but really want that time back. But at least perhaps I've grown some hair on my chest (to my husband's dismay) thanks to all the machismo in there - and I can drop terms like "relativistic" into ordinary conversation with ease.http://www.audible.com/write-review?asin=B00657NR2K&rdpath=%2Flib#
There are a lot of up front intro to the tech and setting but it is required for this long journey. Action packed military and politics but more on the military and from that perspective. There is no fooling, it's not a beginners SF. Very rewarding though. -written lazily from my PDA
Struggled to get thru the 1st chapter..couldn't listen anymore in the middle of the 4th chapter and stopped listening. It was too technically descriptive to be enjoyable! 😕
The story kind of dragged along. The author details battles to the point that the majority of the book is taken up by that. Which is sad because it's a good story, but the content of the book could've been compressed to about 10% if you take out the battles
The story would be a whole lot better is there was more story and less description. I don't really need a T0&E of a unit, nor do I need a detailed description of a star drive, or details of other technology. The story is great please more character development. Hopefully this will improve in later installments.
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