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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Douglas Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe D. | 2/20/2014

    " I find this genre very entertaining and this book/series delivers. Very entertaining but when the humans win yet again against overwhelming odds gets stale. Where are all the other ships if the senate is so paranoid about defending earth? Still though, a very entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/2/2014

    " It's quite literally an aircraft carrier in space, which was my favorite part of Battlestar Galactica. So of course I'm going to consider this solid sci-fi, and I always appreciate when authors don't magic away the details of interstellar flight - the author has obviously read up on the Alcubierre Drive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/29/2014

    " I'm a fan of Ian Douglas, so was prepared to love this. I almost loved it. The characters are just a tad shallow, although overall well developed. The total environment he creates has moments of great detail and depth, and other moments of sketchiness. That said, I read it cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it. Assuming it is, in fact, a series ("Book One"), then I'll read the rest as they come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Lewter | 1/28/2014

    " This story was great. Now I have to find the next two in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G33z3r | 1/22/2014

    " The first half seemed rather flat and lifeless, especially for a story that instantly plunges into the action. Mostly, that start lacked any focus character with any recognizable background, relying almost exclusively on combat action description. There are only a couple of characters who rise above a name and squadron callsign, and most of those are from central casting (the clever Admiral who's hamstrung by government bureaucracy returns, and that's abut it for his personality.) The second half catches on a little better, though it still lacks more than one 3D character (and Gray is pretty classic archetype, too.) But at least second half lifts the story to something with a little more heart, making the overall work readable if you can surmount the first hundred pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Garick Black | 1/19/2014

    " This book was very well written and had amazing designs for the science and aliens. However, the characters were very stale and one dimensional. There are two other books in this series and I don't believe I will read them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 1/19/2014

    " Generic military sci-fi. It feels familiar because it's a composite of every military sci-fi book you've ever read. Unfortunately the paste that comes out when you feed them all in to the sausge grinder has no personality of its own. Apparently the author writes 5 or more books each and every year under different pseudonyms. I dont believe anyone can create that many authentic stories. He's not creating, he's just writing to a formula for a paycheck. I dont blame him, but it's very sad that so many people like and buy this stuff. The reason Im embarassed to admit Im a scifi fan is because so many scifi fans seem to love the form (the faster than light technologies, the alien biologies) while being completely indifferent to whether the content (the story, the characters, the implications of the technology) is any good or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 12/22/2013

    " Slow starter but could build into a good series if you like this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Booknerd Fraser | 10/24/2013

    " While the author has some talent with prose, he's a bit redundant, and too much in love with technical and military jargon. And I'm really not fond of his loathing of civilians. Look to John Hembry/Jack Campbell for a more nuanced view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Servius Heiner | 10/11/2013

    " The story was good. However- it had a lot of repetitive useless technical data that brought nothing to the story. It just fucked with the pacing. I'll try the next book but I'm not over enthused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe S | 10/6/2013

    " This is some of the best space opera I've read in a while. It's not a weighty story; I finished it over two days of air travel. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the hell out of it. It was engaging, and enough of a page-turner that I found the time slipping away while I was engrossed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/10/2013

    " This seemed to be a minor reworking of his Galactic Marine series, which I thought was much better written; I will probably go on with this series though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 7/9/2013

    " Enjoyable, but slow in a few parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 6/14/2013

    " Great!!! Very similar to some of John Ringo's works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Richardson | 9/24/2012

    " Fairly generic space miltary action. Not bad, just not that memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Loeb | 8/6/2012

    " This book was very well written,as is the whole series. It is a little more on the tech-side, but it's fascinating to read and opened me to physicists I had never heard of before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AJ Armstrong | 7/11/2012

    " Above-average fare in the Military-SF genre---which may be damning with faint praise---but I hope the rest of the series lives up to the promising start. Particularly strong on implications of distance and near-c velocities for tactics, and a realistic portrayal of military customs and organization. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Donaghe | 7/2/2012

    " I found Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One to be an excellent space opera. It kept me turning the page. I am looking forward to reading book two. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 6/30/2012

    " After thirty pages of flash-backs and info dumps, I gave up when the Admiral sent a twelve ship fighter squadron to attack an enemy fleet at light speed and didn't follow for eight plus hours. Uh-huh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean-luc | 5/8/2012

    " I liked the fact that the main character was flawed. Good space battle description and original alien enemies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Floyd | 4/27/2012

    " Pretty average space opera; very heavy on the tech and pretty weak on character, story, plot. I doubt I'll will spend give the rest of the series a go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Frisby | 3/6/2012

    " Very good read. It combines elements of military fiction and good, hard science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BG Josh | 11/29/2011

    " Very good at tech and warfare. The plot is mediocre. The book also has a smart military/dumb politician worldview. "

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About the Author
Author Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas, one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of several popular military science fiction series, including the Heritage trilogy, the Legacy trilogy, the Inheritance trilogy, and the Star Carrier books. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and at many theaters throughout the United States. His television credits include The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, Alpha House, Royal Pains, All My Children, Reading Rainbow, and all three Law & Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, and Puccini for Beginners. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, is an Audie Award winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.