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
Yes, my very lackluster headline reflects my experience with this book. The story is very heavy on the tech elements, and light on character, plot, and story. Douglas and Sullivan do a great job of explaining some very heady physics and military science concepts. These academic concepts seem to take priority over the narrative. It's unlikely I'll give the rest of the series space on my iPod.
...I did not immediatly look to buy the next installment. Good fun, but lacking that addictive quality that i crave so desperatly.
Not enough character development. After 2.5 hrs of descriptions about the star ships, technology, etc. and no character development (or even dialog!) I still didn't know what the story was about and didn't care.
I really enjoyed the Star Force series and thought this would be similar. But, there was no dialog, no character development, nothing but tech, tech, tech. I don't mind getting up to speed on the technology of the time, but let's also have some people (or aliens) we get to know and care about.
Absolutely, this was a good story that moves pretty quickly so i think a repeat listen will be just as entertaining. This story perfectly sets up an entire series of books that could range from 4 to 15 books easily. I really like how he features two main protagonists, not focusing on the single protagonist was different and very clever as it opens up more plot lines very easily.
Lots of action, enigmatic aliens, giant FTL ships, Earth hanging in the balance. What's not to love. I hope the next in the series is as good.
This book crawls at the beginning, you feel almost no attachment to the characters until mid-way through the book, and Douglas takes way too long to set up the battles.
That said, the second half starts to pick-up and my initial distaste was overridden "just enough" for me to look forward to the next book (which has already been published).
This looks like the beginning of a great series. The physics, units, and ideas are well thought out. The main characters are intelligent and likable. This book does drag while it sets up the entire series. I listened to this book while doing a lot of driving this last weekend and even though I was tired at times it helped to keep me awake.
The description of the book is a little bit misleading and is probably better suited for the entire series even though only the rest of the books can verify that.
This series look promesing. Hardcore space war. Fast tempo. If you like spacebattles I recommend this book. I will now download book 2.
i liked it
the reader might have been ONE notch above the text to speech reader on my kindle... in a higher pitched voice "blue ten blue ten i have tango fighters inbound at 5-0" that comment was supposed to express danger,,, i didnt believe it..
I have a history with aircraft carriers, so this book got my interest. I'm hooked! Will be listening to all the books.
The science can be boring or head spinning if you don't have a phd, but the book makes it somewhat believeable.
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