A power vast, ancient, and terrifying, the mighty Xul have lost track of the insignificant humans hundreds of years after devastating their home world, which has enabled the United Star Marines to operate unnoticed and unhindered. A near-autonomous intergalactic policing force, they battle in defense of an Earth they may not live to see again.
Now, following the trail of a vanished 24th-century transport, they are journeying through an unexplored stargate to the edge of an unknown galaxy many light years from their sun. For the last, best, and only chance to defeat the tyrants of the universe may at long last be at hand.
©2008 William H. Keith, Jr.; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
lf you like a military type science fiction that does detailed character, political and historical development, this is a fantastic listen.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The story is a military one, set in space, in the future. The author is clearly a marine-ophile since every second or third paragraph contains a snippet of marine history or a description of how wonderful marines are. Of course, the author didn't refer to them as the U.S. Marines because in this future the US is (theoretically) just part of a planetary federation; in reality, however, the whole Federation is American in nature.
Of course, this doesn't make the story bad at all... as long as you're aware that it has a North American perspective on everything, is very military, and has a very Marines-are-King attitude. That and the author likes to give the make, model and serial number (and color too, sometimes) of every technical item from the armor to the alien's hibernation chambers.
The aliens are cool, the details are great, the story is engaging. Even the narrator is good. And, although this is book one in a series, the story stands completely alone and is satisfactorily wrapped up in the end.
Incredible detail and suspenseful narration are what distinguish this long novel of space warfare and strategy. Cool Borg-like aliens also.
the story is good and i will download the next book. but he goes on and on with the model numbers and jargan that i lost my place a couple of times. lost track of the characters if i could not give it more than an hour a listen. love the narrator though..
I enjoy a good space fight with the straightedges and thoughts this is a great piece of entertainment of sci fi conflict, Reminds me of some of David Drakes books of space warfare I really enjoyed reading. If you like those you will like this.
I am writing this for all 3 books in the series.
Very good plot and lots of action. The narration is also very good.
I'm very glad to have listened to them.
Ian Douglas is a great writer and Marc Vietor is a very narrator together making a great listen....ENJOY!
Husband, father of two, IT support for large generic Pharma company, I am a gamer, and a Fantasy, SciFi lover.
I read the reviews before getting this and I have to say I have loved this book. I was concerned by what was described as over use military jargon, and way to much detail. To that I have to say, this is a trilogy, and the author must build the story for it to expand into a three volume set. I will be reading the second book next.
Space opera's were never intellectual but Ian would find Fox news a little too deep.
The narration was the best part.
Every scene that was based on comparing member size, which would be almost every scene.
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