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Planet by planet, galaxy by galaxy, the inhabited universe has fallen to the alien Xul. Now only one obstacle stands between them and total domination: the warriors of a resilient race the world-devourers nearly annihilated centuries ago.

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

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  • Lawrence
  • Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-04-08

Good Sci Fi Detail and excellent story

lf you like a military type science fiction that does detailed character, political and historical development, this is a fantastic listen.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Exquisite Techo Sci-Fi

I tend to consume 2 - 4 audio books per month, I consider myself and avid Sci-Fi fan and this book was fantastic !

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Good detailed military sci-fi

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Amazingly detailed

Incredible detail and suspenseful narration are what distinguish this long novel of space warfare and strategy. Cool Borg-like aliens also.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • DEL VALLE, TX, United States
  • 09-26-09

decent long on model numbers

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..

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Pleasantly suprised, Like a space conflict.

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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All 3 books are Great!

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!

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  • Wes C.
  • LANDING, NJ, United States
  • 09-30-11

Great SciFi Story!!!!!

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.
Great stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great space and military series

This is a great series combining the history and honor of the Marine Corp with a great space based Sci-fi filled with exciting technology of what could be.

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AMONG THE STARS

It is hard to believe one person could have such s vast imagination. I could listen all day. It puts me in a place far away from the ordinary but it still seems possible.