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Earth Strike (Star Carrier Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

If you like anything Ian Douglas or Paul Campbell have written, you'll love this book

I preferred this book to any Ian has written so far. There was a little less emphasis on the hardware and more emphasis on the trials and tribulations of the people in the story. This book is a departure from the main theme Ian has developed in his other books which h...
I preferred this book to any Ian has written so far. There was a little less emphasis on the hardware and more emphasis on the trials and tribulations of the people in the story. This book is a departure from the main theme Ian has developed in his other books which have a main theme of Star Marines meet bad-boy aliens and out wit them at a scenario similar to World War II Midway.

Overall, this switch to the life on board the equivalent of an aircraft carrier is superior to his other stories simply because I felt I could relate to the situation a little better (a little less "oo-rah" - no offense to Marines, I just could relate a little better to characters who don't have a continual chip on their shoulder because of time differentials).

If you like shoot-em up sci-fi, this is a book for you. If you also like getting inside the world of the future and what politics and military interplay might be like, this book is something you will enjoy.

Since Ian is big on series/legacy stories and I'm assuming you'd probably like books in a similar vien, take a look at Jack Campbell's series on "The Lost Fleet". Start with "Dauntless" though, it'll help make sense out of the rest of the books in the series.

posted by Mr_S1000D on April 26, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I'm a huge fan of military science fiction - of any military fic

I'm a huge fan of military science fiction - of any military fiction really - but this book severely disappointed me. No, not because of the military aspect at all. That was really one of the few saving graces about this book that kept me reading until the end.

The ch...
I'm a huge fan of military science fiction - of any military fiction really - but this book severely disappointed me. No, not because of the military aspect at all. That was really one of the few saving graces about this book that kept me reading until the end.

The characters were cookie cutter types. Admiral Koenig, while a major player in the plot - well I couldn't have a personal connection with the guy. He was just, there. And, I'm all for women heroes, tough chicks who kick butt, but Commander Allyn again was also just there. No real depth to her as a "person" she was just a fighter pilot and without the use of "she" I probably would have never noticed she was a woman honestly.

The only character (and saving grace #2) that had any depth, was Lieutenant Gray. While there were other saving graces to this story, he really was the main reason why I continued the read the book. I wanted to know what happened to him. Even with that, I still felt he could have been developed 'more'. After all, I have no idea what he looks like - at all.

If the characters were described in physical appearance at all during the story, I missed it due to the overwhelming details of the technology. Maybe I just prefer the "softer" types of sci-fi stories. Even still, I don't feel the need to take up multiple paragraphs and in some cases multiple pages, to explain to me how each individual type of ship, weapon, and tech works. And not only do that, but do it repeatedly for the same piece of equipment. The sad part was, not only was it repeated, it was repeated almost verbatim every time. The same words, in the same order.

The third and final saving grace of this story was the fight scenes. And if the over use and repetition of the technology during these scenes was taken out, they would be even better.

I didn't necessarily hate the story - the basic plot was a good one and the fight scenes kept me interested. I don't think I'll read any more books from this series though, as the over-detail and cookie cutter characters just don't make it worth my while to figure out what else happens in the series arc.

posted by AnastasiaVPergakis on March 6, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    OK for what it is

    I was looking a book that i could read without worrying about a deeper meaning in and i hit the jackpot in this series. The characters and plot are all flat and rather predictable. The main character is a misunderstood outcast with an authority problem. The secondary main character, the admiral, must buck a corrupt, enemy appeasing goverment to do what is right to save the planet. Of course the goverment is donimated by Europe and the main characters all come from the US of A. But for what i wanted and what it is its readable even if i do have to roll my eyes at some rather simplistic political ideas. To make a long story short: its OK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    A solid space combat novel

    Really nice read. I found the aliens especially interesting.

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