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Publisher's Summary

The fourth book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence

Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh'daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth's advancement toward technological Singularity.

But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive. And now a new battle begins.

After 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh'daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate - sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation - becomes a risky proposition due to events taking place on the other side of the galaxy. A Confederation research vessel has been ambushed. Destroyers are descending on a human colony. It seems the Sh'daar have betrayed their treaty, and all nations must stand united - or face certain death.

©2013 William H. Keith, Jr. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent series and book

Excellent story, good narration.
Not unbelievable.
Story is linear and tight. But not rushed. Especially the infighting between countries over an AI,

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Lots of ?????'s

I love this series and I am looking forward to more of it. However this book seems to get lost in itself and in the end nothing great has been accomplished. It basically ends at the same point it begins with no real new information given about the situation.

Also there are several "Sub plots" like Grey's girlfriend that are annoying.

Really you could swap out Gregory for Grey and you would have the last book all over again.

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Some of, if not THE best hard sci-fi writing ever

The Star Carrier series is some of the most captivating and scientifically nerdy hard sci-fi stories I've ever read or listened to. It is up there with the best in my opinion.

The story of Deep Space (this fourth book of the series) adds a new layer of depth to the ongoing saga. I won't go into specifics but the new layers add surprises and quality to each scene and to the overall story.

I've obsessively listened through books 1-4 in just a couple of weeks as work allowed. I just downloaded book five while listening to the epilogue and will start listening to it as soon as I post this review.

The cliffhanger epilogue introducing Book 5's story was AWESOME from a purely scientific standpoint. I can't wait to uncover the depths of the story.

The narration is great as well. Representation of the diversity of alien languages and their "english" accents is one of my favorite details in this series.

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great space epic

Good book must read or listen, the battles are entertaining as well as the xenolinguistics and biology. this guy has a really cool mind. if you like BSG or any other space story, you will live this story. start with book one or you will be lost.

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Space is awesome! A lot of repeating though.

I find this series of books very addictive, because they describe space and all the questions the universe represent, so well it all most feels like reading our future.

There is still a lot of repeating of things through out the book which can be annoying. But the storytelling is very good in my opinion. Sure it's convenient that the main characters are so involved and seem to beat all odds. But it makes for a good story.

I love it.!

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I am buying the next book right now

Love this series. I listened to this with my teenage son, and he loved it too.

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  • RD
  • 10-05-15

required to leave a message so here it is

on my past I've listened to many of these books in this series and it was pretty interesting I really wish that you continue here actually skipped passes but the one point hey how this is me using google voice to text just for the hell of it so I can get this review

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great book great performance

i love it. moremore more. gimme some more. help me to feed my addiction. Amen

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  • Douglas
  • winchester, WI, United States
  • 08-05-15

Amazing!

the depth of this book are only bettered by the action and complex character relationships, we need more.

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Promised a great deal, delivered very little

Would you try another book from Ian Douglas and/or Nick Sullivan?

I might come back later to another series

What could Ian Douglas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Ian could have developed story rather than just show us how much research he'd done. This was part science dissertation and as such quite boring. No character development beyond perfunctory cardboarding, and no story beyond easy good versus bad...and sadly while there was a lot of research shown here, the basic understanding of space itself was thrown out the window -- if you are going to use hard science to develop technologies reliant on that science, you really can't afford to throw it away when you feel like. Space ship dog fights indeed - especially when everything is at the speed of light. I expected more from this noted publisher - disappointing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was not too bad, but the material he had to work with wasn't that great.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like space opera, when it is done well -- this could have been done well, but it wasn't

Any additional comments?

Just because the author knows all the right science and uses all the terms and details correctly doe not automatically make it a good hard science story -- obviously someone was blinded by jargon