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..
I almost didn't get past the first chapter of book one because at first it struck me as noting but space battle without enough story behind it - I was wrong. I like sci-fi that explores the possibilities of what might really exist in space and the near future. By the end of the first book, I realized that there is a very significant plot here and a great deal exploring what our galaxy might be like and what other civilizations may exist.
I like sci-fi with as little fiction as possible. I prefer that only the characters and events are fictional and that everything else, including the stars included in the story, and futuristic science be as real as possible and consistent with what we know today. This book delivers that better than any I've read.
After book two the story had me firmly entranced in a future that seems not only possible, but highly probable. I also appreciated that all the physics and astronomy used in the story was accurate, again I think more so than any other sci-fi author that I've read.
I just finished book three and I am stunned by the possible and probably future and state of the universe as described in this story. I really hope this become the next movie franchise. Works like this are how society as a whole can start to become more aware of what to realistically expect from the future.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I've read many military sci-fi works and many authors (Jack Campbell for example) tell the reader only the bits and pieces one NEEDS to knowto understand what's happening, for the advancement of the story. Sadly, there may be a good story hidden here but Mr. Douglas feeds us buckets of info, several minutes at a shot, that, for now, we couldn't care less about. We don't need to know how the war started, what planetary systems have been defeated etc etc etc. Give us some action, get us involved, then inform us, if indeed we must know.
Maybe, were I more patient, it would have improved. However, there are too many good books in the world for me to have that amount of patience.
Very difficult to get into the characters. The detail of the science and the metrics get in the way of the story. The characters and there nuances get lost in the jargon.
‘A Boot’ is what the marines call the star where a colony of non-consenting Islamic believers grabbed a foothold on a planet that is absolutely unfriendly to our concept of life. The colony is there because all those governed by Earth were pressured to sign an accord of non-proselytizing, absolute tolerance of others beliefs and no prosecuting of religious wars. Yeah, there is quite a history building up to that in Ian Douglas books. Anyway, these didn’t want to sign that so they formed their own colony on a shit planet they figured no one else would want. Apparently, they didn’t take into account what the Sh’daar wanted nor how their minions would deliver on the Sh’daar wishes.
Meanwhile, marines were tasked to protect the colony found themselves besieged by the, spelling by ear, Tur’oosh. The Navy swoops in to attempt a save leading to the events that eventually form the title of the book. Enough with the spoilers and move on with the review; should I read or listen to this work?
The work is encumbered somewhat with multiple technological data dumps, some are repetitive. I’m not sure whose idea that was, author, editor, publisher...but after a bit it detracts from the work. That is not enough to dissuade me however. Having read many works by this author I have seen that his universe is skewed to the somewhat dark in that most everything he envisions us encountering will require a jingoistic military response. He may be right and this is after all military space opera, if something needs repelling or a good fight then let’s get the bastards!
The futuristic societal split on Earth between techies and Prims is kind of eye opening and not far off the mark. Techies embrace new tech, neural implants, altered features making them resemble forms they empathize with like Selkies or Elves. Prims refuse tech enhancement and live outside of the net cloud in abandoned structures. This may not be that far away.
I’m going with yes...you should read or listen to this series. The audio version kept me enthralled and the battle scenes where well done. The narrator did an excellent job conveying the gestalt of the Tur’oosh combatants seeking consensus between the mind above and the mind below. The author did a masterful job of conveying how even in futuristic space combat roles at near relativistic speeds and individual can still make a difference. Three satisfaction points instead of four because I feel the data dumps were overused. I would rather see characters in the story unveiling what is needed than the NARRATOR. That’s a Red Shirts reference. Enjoy!
Nv Native American, 1 room school house, hi school of 30, Raised 4-2& 2 ala Brady Bnch, lv audio books, home bound widow. M happy. Thnx AB.
Even the chapters began with dry recitation of date, time, and place.
But if the listener can discard the chaff and focus on the books plot, great characterization of the players, and continuous action, it's a very good listen. Narrator Nick Sullivan makes it all come together flawlessly in an expressive way. This was a book that could have easily lost the listener but Sullivan mastered it and presented a tale that promises more. I await the second offering!y
A story that's more about theoretical space combat than the story. Unfortunately even the combat scenes fell short. It's difficult to truly enjoy a good hard sci-fi battle scene when you care nothing for the participants and it sounds like it's being read by a computer.
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