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Publisher's Summary

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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What disappointed you about Earth Strike?

Quarter way through the book and nothing but battles, no plot line, no character build up. It's pretty disappointing so far. It's like listening to a tech manual about a space battle.

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

No, just this author

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awesome story!!

loved it and recommend it to anyone who loves space and sci-fi lots of great tech details that really make the story suspenseful. if you don't like details like that I think you will still enjoy the rich story and the good character. also the main ship is called The America so that I'd reason enough to give it a try :)

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Very good delivery of a fairly straight story

While the overall concept of galactic wars between humanity and aliens is not much different from the sci-fi novels out there... this one stands out for its heart-in-the-mouth narration of fighter combat.
It takes you literally into the viewpoint of a combat aviator twisting and turning through enemy combatants ... the exhilaration ... the excitement ... the destruction and the desperation
The misunderstood hero , the firm and stoic leader , the easy going mentor , the nasty rivals , the weird aliens and heartstrings action
This one has everything of a popcorn summer action movie
Keep it coming :D

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great!

Sullivan brings so much more life and attitude to the characters of the story! Sullivan's voice with Douglas' story is the perfect combination of story telling!

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very cold and technical book.

very little character dialog outside of shouting and relaying combat orders. no building of characters so if someone died... who cares. I would like a refund.

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Slow to start, but moving to light speed.

Very good story line, but relied too much on the acronyms.
Narration was very clear and well spoke.

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Seriously Ian! I could wait to the end.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The ideal reader is a sci fi techno, gimmick, detail mad junky. Sounded more like a training manual than a story. Ian has done much, much better.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ian Douglas again?

Maybe, if it was a better book. I have listened to some of his work, which is really good.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

I don't think anyone could have made this book enjoyable

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earth Strike?

How about the whole first half of the book to the cut shop

Any additional comments?

While I am negative on this, it does fit the genre perfectly. I have read widely in Military SF and this is on par with the better ones. It is just after all I have heard, including Nuttal, this just didn't inspire.

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Flat characters, flat narration, flat story

An emotionless nonsensical story with a narration to match. There's nothing here worth listening to. Try Ringo or Weber if your looking for space battle operatics. This is a dud.

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  • June E
  • Duarte, CA USA
  • 04-05-16

Do not plan on putting it down

Excellent military science fiction, fast paced with just enough personal information about main character to enable emotional connection.

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Zero Personality

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Possibly a caveman who has never been exposed to good sci-fi.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ian Douglas again?

Maybe. I could not get past the dry-as-dirt narration.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

Not a chance.

What character would you cut from Earth Strike?

I couldn't say. I made it less than 40 minutes into the book and could not take another second.

Any additional comments?

I love good sci-fi space drama. This is just bad.