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 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.
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.
...I did not immediatly look to buy the next installment. Good fun, but lacking that addictive quality that i crave so desperatly.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
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.
Yes. Decent story.
Yes. Started to catch on to the story.
Yes, a long story to tell
Break down some of the terms once in a while.
Fast, future, politics
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.
The Harrouk (sp?.) You just have to love that sound affect.
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 ;)
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..
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