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Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.

In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.

©2014 WordFire, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Crank It Up Again!

My wife and I both liked the Original "Saga Of The Seven Suns" Series, so I grabbed this book the moment it became available... It picks up about 20-25 years after the last book in the Original Series.

MANY of the same Characters, same villains and threats, with new threats and plot twists thrown in... That may sound like "more of the same", and while I guess it is, it's not really... If you wanted MORE after the original series (which WE DID!), here it is, Cranking it all up again!

I like that there's not a LOT of "Set Up" since the Author seems to assume readers have read the Original Series... He just gets right into "The Continuing Saga". The threats from the Original Series that were just hinted at, turn into REAL nightmares, even as old nightmares return to Haunt Humanity (and every other Race) AGAIN!

Anderson is GREAT at juggling a LOT of Characters and Events, all at the same time, while "Keeping Things Moving Along At A Good Clip". Every time I think "NO WAY is he going to be able to keep on throwing in NEW problems, and NEW threats, and be able to control the whole story", but he DOES!

Narration was VERY good!

I just REALLY wish the "Compi-Companions" had a slot to plug in extra memory capacity, and a way to back-up their older memories and such so they don't have to delete their Memories if they need to load up instructions to learn to operate a new space craft, etc... Kinda breaks my heart for them to have to delete their Memories of an Owner's Childhood to make room for loading up a new skill-set.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Space opera of galactic proportions

Andersen's The Dark Between the Stars begins 20 years after the finale of the Seven Suns Saga. Many of the major characters from the last saga are back with a whole host of new participants. This saga is done in the same style as the previous with each chapter focused on a specific major character (which totals to several dozen at least). While the intervening 20 years has been somewhat peaceful and idyllic, dark forces are gathering with the Illdyran boogeyman, the ShanaRa appearing as a manifestation of fundamental physics, but fearful of an even greater, more powerful, but unknown threat along with a new mysterious alien race.

The sci-fi elements are pretty much in line with the last saga, although the new variations of intelligent lifeforms are even more exotic than the prior earth, air, fire, and water manifestations. Andersen is a master of the space opera, but of a more workingman's / blue collar variety. His characters are both endearing and quite engaging. Prior familiarity with the last saga is most useful for adequate background for the carry-overs. While there is a tremendous degree of plot development, book 1 ends abruptly with multiple irons in the fire.

The last saga used two different narrators (both excellent), but this time out, a 3rd narrator is utilized. The narration is well done with a great range of voices, both male and female. The mood and pacing are expertly rendered which provides a steady even flow to an above average audiobook length.

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Sucker for space sci-fi

I am so happy to be back in this universe! Saga was an amazing series. To have some of the same loved characters here and then be introduced to new ones is awesome. The threat they now face is inventive. KJA is just fantastic at development. I can listen to his books over and over. Definitely pick this up!

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TASTE LIKE EYEBALLS BOILED IN URINE

Show me, Don't tell me.
It is a little amusing, not long ago I read the last book in The Saga of The Seven Suns and at that time, I wondered, what if Anderson would work a little on character development? Maybe that is what he was trying to do in this book, I don't know. With real characters and no silly Elementals this might be good? Like John C of Dakota, I could only make it a little over two hours. This is the seventeenth book of Anderson's that I have read, so I knew what to expect. I did not need to waste 20 more hours of my life. Usually Anderson does not have time to develop characters, as he is in a rush to add more elements to the story. So, when he writes a book in which nothing happens for two hours, it is almost criminal. I feel he stole from me. Anderson talks too much, explains too much, does not show. Of those books only three could I recommend to others, that is a high percentage of failures.

I am not sure what keeps me buying these failures, but I will show more restraint in the future.

Good bye Mr. Anderson

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Wonderful, even if you've never been introduced.

Having never read the Element Wars novels, this serves as a great series primer. Cheers.

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  • Corey
  • Peoria, AZ, United States
  • 03-06-15

Great Story

I love the way Mark Boyett takes a great story and brings it to life. He's definitely one of my favorite Narrators.

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Clearly didn't read other books

The narrator clearly didn't read the previous saga. There is some glaring pronunciation differences that really bug me. Other then that it is a great book.

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Pete and Repeat were on a boat.

I loved the Saga of Seven Suns so I was excited to"read" this book. The story is great. It is very much in touch with the Saga; however, every chapter has, at minimum, a 2-3 paragraph rehash of the previous scene with that character. It was annoying after a while... A brief summary or shirt is enough.... Maybe Anderson received feedback about not referring back to characters from previous books but JEEZ... I don't want to re-read the same stuff over and over again.

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Can be confusing but was a good read

This was my first foray back into Science Fiction after tiring of the Ender's Game series. I was surprised how much I liked it.

What I liked: the characters were interesting (some more than others) and multidimensional. It was interesting to see how some of their story arcs connect at the end of the book. I'm interested to see how they will continue in the next two books of the series.

What I didn't like: there are a lot of characters. Each chapter tells the story from a particular character's perspective (all in 3rd person). Because I listened to the audio version, it was kind of hard remembering who each character was and what they were last up to at the start of the chapter. Ultimately, I think the author did a good job catching me up without being boring so that I wasn't confused for long. Also, I wasn't a big fan of the protagonists as they were kind of hard to believe. Overall, though, I still enjoyed it.

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couldn't finish

the saga continues, I felt it going downhill the last couple books of the series, this just got worse.

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  • Anonymous Coward
  • 07-21-15

Well read, less hard science and a bit of fantasy

Would you listen to The Dark Between the Stars again? Why?

Maybe, I do find Kevin J Anderson a bit repetitive. When reading his books you can often speed read a whole page because it includes no new information, just a rehash of back-story from earlier in the book of from a previous book in the series. By book 7 of the Seven Suns Saga I had got quite adept

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Shorten it down - not the audiobook so much, the original story. Everyone must be getting paid by the word...

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's consistently good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm rooting for Exxos

Any additional comments?

Where are the Wentals?

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  • Benjamin Watson
  • 07-31-17

enjoyable but predictable

I enjoyed listening to this immensely, however several plot progressions are a bit predictable (not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you are looking for).

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  • England fan 1
  • 07-02-16

Very good book

This is a well written and enjoyable book
Mark Boyett is a really fantastic performer and it was because I have enjoyed his other performances that I came across this book.

Thanks to all involved.

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  • Iain
  • 03-06-15

Good book well read

Good follow up to Seven Suns saga. I am Desperate for the next book in this series now and hopefully it be the same narrator.

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  • Mr
  • 09-21-14

excellent listen

I thought this was an outstanding listen, especially for readers who have read The Saga Of Seven Suns series and are familiar with the characters and the back story. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Barrie Moxon
  • 08-22-14

great book

What did you like most about The Dark Between the Stars?

the format of the book, jupping from one storie to the next.

What did you like best about this story?

just a great listen

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

more feeling out of the reader

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

NO

Any additional comments?

Can not wait for book two.

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  • carl
  • 07-07-14

A truely epic book

What did you like most about The Dark Between the Stars?

a great follow up to the saga of seven suns saga

What other book might you compare The Dark Between the Stars to, and why?

the saga of seven suns saga

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the destruction of the lava planetoid

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You thaught it was over, its just begun

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Anderson is a great author/ storyteller

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  • Jaime Millard
  • 02-28-16

Epic didn't realise how much id missed the saga!!

Really good highly recommended if u liked the saga. set 20 yrs after the series

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  • Chris
  • 02-13-18

A complex plot that moves rather slowly at times.

If you could sum up The Dark Between the Stars in three words, what would they be?

classic space opera

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Between the Stars?

The discovery of the robots on a moon.

What aspect of Mark Boyett’s performance might you have changed?

His female voices could have been better. He had a good range for males.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It had a lot to be taken in.

Any additional comments?

I liked it well enough to get the next book in the series.

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  • Ben
  • 03-19-15

A Great, Engaging Story

I enjoyed the saga of seven suns greatly and the the saga of shadows has begun in much the same fashion. gripping story and a broad range of interesting characters. The reading was good giving just enough subtle differences to each character as to make them feel unique. highly recommend.

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  • another.EEGIT
  • 01-30-15

EAMONN.K

after 7 compelling books.
Anderson has created a believable canvas, where the character evolution is as u could imagine all writers strive 2 achieve.
After 8 books-keep gong mate!

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  • Craig Walsh
  • 12-30-14

Excellent

What a great read, I could not put it down
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book
Kevin j anderson's great