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Earth Strike Audiobook

Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

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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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    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-13-15
    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Military Space Op with too much dump."

    ‘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!

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    Elsie MacGregor 06-09-15

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    "Lots of action"

    If you like lots of action with a side of sci-fi, you'll probably enjoy this book!

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    dee 05-23-15
    dee 05-23-15

    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.

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    "Too much tech talk"

    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

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    Tom 04-03-15
    Tom 04-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I WANT MY CREDIT BACK!!!!!!"
    What would have made Earth Strike better?

    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.


    Has Earth Strike turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO... I'VE LISTENED TO OVER 200 BOOKS IN THIS GENRE AND THIS IS ARGUABLY THE WORST OF THE BUNCH.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

    MAYBE... I KNOW HE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO WORK WITH BUT A READER LIKE FRANK MULLER WOULD HAVE LEAST MADE IT BEARABLE.


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

    COMPLETE BOREDOM... THOUGH I MIGHT LISTEN TO IT WHEN I CAN'T SLEEP.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Michael Bradley 03-01-15
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    "Hard core"

    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

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    Todd The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-11-15
    Todd The Woodlands, TX, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Painful"

    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

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    chris 02-07-15
    chris 02-07-15
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    "Slow start but good!"

    Started off a bit tedious with the introduction to military acronym's and explanation of space movements. Once I was dialed in it was a blast.

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    Signalshifter 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enough with the detailed description of technology"

    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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    C. Bussema Lansing, MI United States 02-01-15
    C. Bussema Lansing, MI United States 02-01-15
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    "Heavy on action, light on plot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably I'll return to an author I know, maybe something by Jack Campbell, like Lost Stars.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 06-26-14
    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2008

    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...

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    "Painfully Listen"

    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.

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