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
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.
I don't regret listening to it, but I'm not rushing out to recommend it to everyone either. So take it or leave it.
Probably I'll return to an author I know, maybe something by Jack Campbell, like Lost Stars.
There's almost no character development in the entire book. It's hard to get really involved with a story when you can't care about the characters because they're all faceless. If you're looking for a good military sci-fi with character development, try the Honor Harrington, Lost Fleet, or Ark Royal series.
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.
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