In the twenty-sixth century, humanity is at war with the Xenophobes, and the planet Loki is the next battleground....
Earth is conquered. Sol is lost. One ship is tasked to free them. One Captain to save them all....
The Confederation has fought three wars against the forces of the totalitarian Union. Three generations of its warriors have gone off to war, held the line against the larger, more powerful enemy....
Captain Keyes is loved by the public but hated by Command. He captains the UHS Providence, an aging supercarrier and the last human ship not dependent on dark tech....
The most powerful starships ever constructed are gone. Thousands are dead. A fleet is in ruins. The attackers are unknown. The orders are clear: Recover the ships....
One thousand years after Earth was destroyed in an unprovoked attack, humanity has emerged victorious from a series of terrible wars to assure its place in the galaxy....
The Phage War had been a devastating conflict for the Terran Confederacy. Even with the destruction of their terrifying, implacable foe, humanity is still reeling....
Two books in one bundle - Book 1: Albion Lost and Book 2: The Long March: For centuries, the Daegon waited. They plotted. And now they are ready to strike....
The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere....
The Year is 2040. The Marines have landed on Mars to guard the unearthed secrets of an ancient and dangerous alien race: Ourselves....
The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them....
One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets....
It came from deep space. It sent the signal. Now our computers are killing us, helping the enemy drive us into extinction....
In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed....
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492....
Across thousands of light-years, a vast armada of warships is heading for Earth to burn the homeworld down to its bedrock....
The year is 2162. Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads the Tellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core....
They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition....
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.
This seems to be Ian Douglas' new philosophical approach to storytelling in "Earth Strike", which starts a new series in a new fictional universe.
Seriously... The battle starts with the book's opening pages and takes up literally the first half of the book. After that, a short lull as the factions regroup (and we get our only short period of character-building), and then the second battle starts, running all the way till the end.
Does this work? Well, it depends on what you're going for. If you like reading military sci fi simply for the action (or watch movies simply for the mayhem and the explosions) then you will probably dig it. He writes action pretty well. There aren't many new technological ideas involved, rather an amalgamation of different tech and themes common to sci fi. Probably the most stand-out theme is that Douglas has figured out a way to make star fighters important again, giving him the excuse to write a highly "fighter pilot-focused" book. In fact, this book probably has the most starfighter action since the "X-Wing" series, albeit with much more powerful fighters fighting at near-relativistic speeds.
On the other hand, the lack of character development means you don't really engage with any of them that much, and this of course lessens the impact of the fighting itself. If you're hoping for a really deep story, look elsewhere. Furthermore, this imbalance in the time devoted to action vs worldbuilding makes me hesitate to recommend it to military sci fi fans. There are books out there that have the total "package" wrapped much more completely, including, I daresay, the X-Wing series itself.
Overall, this is a light, action-packed story that probably will appeal most to those who are already Ian Douglas fans.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
A story that's more about theoretical space combat than the story. Unfortunately even the combat scenes fell short. It's difficult to truly enjoy a good hard sci-fi battle scene when you care nothing for the participants and it sounds like it's being read by a computer.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
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.
Has Earth Strike turned you off from other books in this genre?
Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Sullivan?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
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.
12 of 16 people found this review helpful
You've got to get all of the rest of the books in the series. The military sci fi, the political environment, and the character development was plenty believable. In addition there is a lot of mystery about the protagonist alien species that keeps you guessing throughout the storyline. My only issue is that it currently stops at book 5.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book to a friend because the story is quite interesting, keeping to a science fiction setting that is well developed.
What did you like best about this story?
I like the political setting just as much as the technical details which are explained in a way that the listener is able to keep up with.
What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
NIck Sullivan is able to bring the book's characters to life by using his voice in a consistent way that allows the listener to easily keep up with the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This is not a book that inspires the urge to listen to the entire thing in a single sitting. Although I was interested in keeping up with the story, it was not too difficult to take a little break every once in a while. That may have something to do with the way I listen to books, though.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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).
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
This series look promesing. Hardcore space war. Fast tempo. If you like spacebattles I recommend this book. I will now download book 2.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful