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Out of the Dark Audiobook

Out of the Dark

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Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died.

Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed. His chances look bleak. The aliens have definitely underestimated human tenacity - but no amount of heroism can endlessly hold off overwhelming force.

Then, emerging from the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe, new allies present themselves to the ragtag human resistance. Predators, creatures of the night, human in form but inhumanly strong. Long Enemies of humanity…until now. Because now is the time to defend Earth.

©2010 David Weber (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Weber pulls off this conceit in audacious style with a focus on military-powered action that will thrill fans of his Honor Harrington series, and he keeps the pedal to the metal right up to the almost unbelievable conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Barry College Station, TX, United States 10-27-10
    Barry College Station, TX, United States 10-27-10
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    "Collapses at the finish line"

    I thought I was reading a Clancy novel at first, the attention to detail and the technical descriptions were first rate. The interplay between politics and social structure of the aliens and how that both helped and hindered their mission was fascinating.

    The story was completely believable and I was totally hooked - until the ending completely blew it. It's as if the author was told he had an hour to finish the book and he just threw some nonsense at it.

    I'm aggravated I put the time in to read the book now.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Epps 11-10-10
    Brian Epps 11-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Not all there..."

    This story is far too incomplete. I expected a better, more detailed story from David Weber, but this one has a pivotal character in the tale coming in late with almost no background information or personality. I am very disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Fontana, CA, United States 11-28-10
    David Fontana, CA, United States 11-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Why Weber, why that ending?!?"

    It was all good; a little heavy on details about weapons, but that's to be expected from David Weber, but the ending. It was like a Star Trek ending where they make up some technobabble to get them out of the fix they were in during the last 5 minutes of the episode.

    I have to wonder if he didn't intend this to be the 1st book in a trilogy and then decided it was just going to be a single book so had to be able to wrap it up after writing a good portion of the book.

    Disappointing.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ash D Cornelius 10-08-10 Member Since 2016
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    "A strong start, a WTF ending."

    The book is fairly strong throughout the majority, with plenty of interesting tactics on both parts. However within the last hour of the book it goes steadily down hill. I've never said WTF out loud at an audio book, but this definitely caused it. I'd say if you go into it with full knowledge of the ending being screwy, it's not a bad purchase.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    chris Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-01-10
    chris Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2013
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    "the last 2 hours was like ???"

    I liked the concept of aliens attacking Earth and ending up in a situation like the US in Vietnam at first, but the story soon got a bit monotonous, overly descriptive of each and every gun/weapon to the point of nausea, and then the ending was out of left field.

    Spoilers ahead, the US in Vietnam analogy was soon lost because part of the reason the Earth was winning during actual fighting was because our technology for war was better than theirs. So at this I thought a real opportunity to comment on war being more than just who has the best toys was lost. Beyond that, so much was made in the beginning of the story of how abhorrently violent the Earthlings were, but then later we find out its common practice for the various creatures of the universe to enslave other sentient species as long as they haven't invented electronics??? Also the idea that they would invade our planet without doing a bit of research first? they took the time to get info, but after traveling millions of miles through space they don't take the time to evaluate the info???

    Even though the story had it's share of lapses in common sense it was still a reasonably enjoyable story that I listened too on a long drive, and then... (big spoiler here) in the last two hours of the story, from out of nowhere, DRACULA himself makes an appearance to personally do his part to save humanity from alien enslavement...??? WTHeck...??? way to totally ruin it IMO. Before that the author seemed to do his best to make this a logical and pretty realistic portrayal of contact with an aggressive alien race, and oh buy the way Vampires are real too... :)

    I liked the Prince Roger books, and this story started out pretty decent, but you don't just introduce a whole new belief system at the end of the book. I was waiting in the final minutes to hear that Jesus came down from heaven and brought everybody back to life too!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    David JOPPA, MD, United States 10-12-10
    David JOPPA, MD, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2011
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    "No Kidding, Really Bad Ending"

    Started well, mediocre story, unbelievable ending. Read as if author had to meet a dead-line. One star because it is a book, one star because it has a story.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Clovis, CA, United States 10-17-10
    Douglas Clovis, CA, United States 10-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Solid, with a contrived ending"

    First, Charles Keating is a great reader and was excellent in rendering this story. Second, Weber's premise was an interesting variation on the theme of aliens invade Earth and eventually get their asses kicked. The problem is that Weber contrived an ending that made no sense from the rest of the story. He could have developed many more plausible endings that would have flowed logically from the various story lines. So, it looks to me like he wanted to finish off the story, was tired of it, and just came up with a whacky way to do it. You will hear the usual Weberian internal musings, digressions, and ocassional political polemics that characterize his later work. He sounds a lot like Tom Clancy in his love of weapons of violence and their many models, attributes, and killing capacities.In summary, this is a decent piece of commercial work for Weber, but not anywhere close to his best.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew alton, il, United States 10-13-10
    Andrew alton, il, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2013

    Im a listener.

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    "lost potential"

    I think if the narrator did better at character distinguishment, it would have been better. Too single toned, sometimes I lost place in not knowing from who's perspective I was listening too. I regret this purchase.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-12-10
    David 10-12-10 Member Since 2012

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    "16 hours about muzzle velocities and dumb aliens"

    This was my first Weber novel, and it will probably be my last, unless someone convinces me that his other books don't ramble on and on about the hardware every single character uses. The story is very "high concept," action-packed, full of Americans saving the day, and ends improbably. Really, really improbably. You wouldn't believe the "twist" except that it's pretty obvious if you read the book's description (or other reviews).

    This would have been a great graphic novel; cynically, I suspect Weber is hoping to lure interest from Hollywood. If you like military SF, I guess Out of the Dark has the requisite amount of blowing stuff up, but the characters were cardboard (including the aliens) and the writing was full of tedious infodumps.

    Charles Keating is a good narrator but... he sounds like a crusty old Englishman. I kind of got used to imagining the Shongairi all sounding like British colonial officers talking about how to put down these nasty primitives. His accent doesn't work so well with the mostly American human cast, though.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Hornsby Heights, Australia 11-30-10
    Matthew Hornsby Heights, Australia 11-30-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A great tale that's spoilt by a weird ending."

    I loved this book right up until the last couple of chapters when the author lost the plot and introduced a truly strange twist to the plot. It's almost as if he ran out of ideas and so he came up with the most implausible ending he could find.

    Disappointed :(

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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