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Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One | [Ian Douglas]

Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Scott Clarksville, TN, United States 01-14-14
    Scott Clarksville, TN, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Falls far short of the great's. pls read the Rvw."
    What would have made Earth Strike better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ian Douglas again?

    GOD! No. A waste of $17.95 for an Audible book.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Sullivan’s performance?

    He did fine. Just a shame he had to read through the whole thing. (shed a tear for him).


    What character would you cut from Earth Strike?

    What characters? Oh the downed pilot we FINALLY! got to, but left for other crap half way through.


    Any additional comments?

    NO! Just that I want my MONEY!! back.

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    Josh QUAKERTOWN, PA, United States 01-06-14
    Josh QUAKERTOWN, PA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Eventually Interesting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More original characters or conflict.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was very even, which wasn't great, but worked okay for this book.


    Could you see Earth Strike being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure. Pick any modern male superstar and his supporting cast.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fruit Heights, UT, United States 11-26-13
    Amazon Customer Fruit Heights, UT, United States 11-26-13
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    "A redundant book that tends to repeat itself..."
    Where does Earth Strike rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Michael 09-24-13
    Michael 09-24-13
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    "Snoozer...Don't read while driving. Monotone perf."
    Would you try another book from Ian Douglas and/or Nick Sullivan?

    Only as a comparison to see if this book was an anomaly and if there is a different narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment for sure


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Gig Harbor, WA, United States 07-28-13
    Ron Gig Harbor, WA, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Sci-fi loving history buff who enjoys a good detective story.

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    "Dripping with unrealized potentail"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ian Douglas before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Micajah Laguna Niguel 05-24-13
    Micajah Laguna Niguel 05-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Replace the narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was terrible - Was this his first book read? Over dramatic and overly pedantic. I couldn't stand to listen to it. I tried to see if he loosened up as he read but it didn't get any better.
    Have someone else read it - I feel sorry for the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-12-13
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I finished the book..."

    ...I did not immediatly look to buy the next installment. Good fun, but lacking that addictive quality that i crave so desperatly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 03-04-13
    Dean 03-04-13 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "a fun space war soldier saga."

    The performance was OK, not bad, though not he best ever. The story was detailed enough in scene, plot, and character to keep from being flat. Though this was definitly a book written as part of a series, and thus the over all plot does not stand alone. I am glad I bought books one and two at the same time, as this text does not end at the end of a tale.

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    Mike Rapolas Winter Haven, FL United States 01-21-13
    Mike Rapolas Winter Haven, FL United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Technical"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Decent story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Douglas? Why or why not?

    Yes. Started to catch on to the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Sullivan?

    Yes


    Do you think Earth Strike needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, a long story to tell


    Any additional comments?

    Break down some of the terms once in a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc New York, NY, United States 01-19-13
    Marc New York, NY, United States 01-19-13
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    "Enjoyable book, good narration"
    If you could sum up Earth Strike in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, future, politics


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grey; He represents what so many of us in modern day America are. There are layers to his character, far beyond the demure savior, far beyond the minority that our modern day republicans are out to destroy, he's a man who would do anything for the person he loved, despite the personal sacrifice.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

    The Harrouk (sp?.) You just have to love that sound affect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and almost did. Didn't sleep enough for two nights to be able to read. Add a whole Saturday to that for book 2 ;)


    Any additional comments?

    I find it very interesting that Ian Douglas, intentionally or not, explored a lot of his own political leanings in this series. Almost as interesting, he is both left and right leaning, at the same time..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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