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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Faster than the speed of light or an Honor Harrington military science fiction

Having learned of the existence of hostile humans, The Galactic Hegemony Empire is coming to conquer and colonize Earth. An advanced scouting team witnessed the massacre at Agincourt when King Henry V and his English Army used the longbow to slaughter the French. The ...
Having learned of the existence of hostile humans, The Galactic Hegemony Empire is coming to conquer and colonize Earth. An advanced scouting team witnessed the massacre at Agincourt when King Henry V and his English Army used the longbow to slaughter the French. The Hegemony scout leadership concludes the bloody barbarians are a bunch of "lunatic local sentients". Earthlings are so bellicose they make the bloody Shongairi warriors look docile and thus deserve extinction.

The Hegemony sends their Shongairi warriors to conquer Earth. The military invaders are stunned by the resistance to their assaults. Even more shocking to those who have defeated forces throughout the galaxy is something out of horror novels rises from the grave to unite with the native humans in a counter insurgency.

Faster than the speed of light or an Honor Harrington military science fiction, Out of the Dark is an action-packed thriller that fans of David Weber will enjoy. Over the top of Olympus Mons and with a resistance theme that has been used in many books and movies (for instance, The Puppet Masters), the novel is refreshed with an element from the horror genre. Mr. Weber provides an entertaining tale that requires seat belts with the speed of acceleration from start to finish.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 25, 2010

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15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Rather unoriginal, all told.

I was rather excited about this book if for no other reason than it was stand-alone rather than yet another lengthy series.

The first 7/8ths were typical Weber. Cutting between a number of characters, lots of military hardware detail, etc. Nothing we haven't seen f...
I was rather excited about this book if for no other reason than it was stand-alone rather than yet another lengthy series.

The first 7/8ths were typical Weber. Cutting between a number of characters, lots of military hardware detail, etc. Nothing we haven't seen from him before, but well done.

(One bit of advice the author & the typesetter--if you're going to switch view points every paragraph or two for several pages, the heavy all-caps used to start each section gets distracting. Go third omniscient or reduce the typographical excess.)

But the more it went on, the more I realized it was going to have to pull out a very sudden ending--there simply wasn't space left for anything else.

Since I didn't read the whole book description ahead of time, I was honestly surprised by the vampire angle. And that's the biggest problem. If there was any foreshadowing of anything supernatural, I missed it. My reaction was: "Vampires? Really, Mr Weber? You too? Really?" He could have swapped in fairies or elves and barely changed anything.

Could have been worse, I guess. Could have been zombies. Or that might have been better.

Long review short: War of Worlds, but super-vampires instead of microbes for the deus ex machina. That is all.

posted by JimmXn on November 15, 2010

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Your people know nothing about predators, but they will.   I¿ve

    Your people know nothing about predators, but they will.  
    I’ve been a fan of David Weber’s since I started reading the Safehold series, so I was excited to read a book by him in a different universe (Fans of Safehold: keep your eyes peeled for the names of the two dogs as a tribute to those books). This book wins the award for having the most crazy-bonkers plot twist of all time, which I absolutely LOVED. I don’t know if this book is the beginning of a new series or not but I would be interested to see where this story could go after that. I also like how Weber told this story from both human and alien perspectives concurrently. If you like a story to surprise you, this is a good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Spoilers below!

    If you are a fan of David weber you will enjoy this book. The reviews below are full of spoilers, and wannbe critics.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Vampires should have played more of a role through out the book,

    Vampires should have played more of a role through out the book, their introduction towards the end as vanpires seemed a little hookie. Otherwise this was a fast paced enjoyable page turner. Hope there is a followup soon the will continue the saga where it left off with these characters.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Another good read by David Weber

    As with most other books by David Weber, the author gets you into the lives of his characters and makes you care about them. I was slightly taken aback by the unexpected twist at the end of the story, and I still haven't quite decided weather I like it or not, but I would definately buy the sequel, just to see where he goes with it. All in all, I enjoyed the story and would reccomend it to any fan of David Weber's stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    good

    Enjoyable, but strange ending

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    Quite enjoyable

    I liked it

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

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    Talk about an unexpected plot twist!

    It was so unexpected it almost ruined it, frankly...

    Will finish the series though, I am quite sure. I would prefer he get the Safehold series completed first, please! :)

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    An ending not expected

    Funny how the ratings on this book are either bad ..."Dreck" ... or really great ... "Highly recomended". Not much in between. I like the author's books and series ... even if occasionally there is a slip up or two. This series will eventually be stronger than its start. But PLEASE finish the Safe hold series first.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    OK so I am not easy to please. After all I go back to Dco Smith and I mostely re-read the same thing over and over but I bought this on a huntch and found I enjoyed it a great deal. Puts me in mind of Drake, Niven and the great S.M. Stirling. Don't let the nay-sayers turn you off. I throughly enjoyed the ending and can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Good, though blatant deus ex.

    So let me start off by telling you not to worry about reviews of this book that include spoilers. I won't spoil here, but I will say that Weber ended this book with one of the most blatant deus ex machina ploys I've ever read. And --- because I knew it was coming --- it really didn't bother me.

    So, read the other reviews here that contain spoilers. Those spoilers don't detract from the story at all, and instead actually provide a kind of incentive to *keep* reading, as you wonder when this thing that everyone complains about is going to happen.

    But to the book. This one is another of Weber's military science fiction novels, this time with aliens coming to devastate the earth, and human beings essentially becoming guerrilla fighters to drive them away. I *love* Weber's military books, and this one gives him a setting that's truly different than the other books he's written so it really feels fresh.

    His aliens are plausible---powerful, but not so much that any fighting is unlikely, and he portrays them with a mind-set distinctly non-human. (And part of the fun of this book is how much humans are non-alien.)

    I really enjoyed this one, even though the ending was such an unfair twist.

    4 of 5 stars.

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