Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061976445
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Star Carrier Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 13,296
  • File size: 612 KB

Meet the Author

Ian Douglas, one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith, is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular military SF series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, and the ongoing Star Carrier and Star Corpsman series. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    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 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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Saturday Matinee-Style Military SciFi at Its Best

    If you loved the Heritage, Legacy, and Inheritance series, then you'll love this. There's nothing really new here per se. Though Earth Carrier is set in a different universe than that of the Xul, you'll find the exact same type of characters, science, and plots as before.

    Earth Carrier is from the perspective of space fighter pilots, rather than space Marines. The action is very fun and the characters enjoyable. Who doesn't love the occasional "Politicians are Stupid", "Civilians are Ignorant", "Admiral/General Knows Best", and "Humans Outwit their Technologically Superior Alien Foes" story?

    While there is nothing too deep here, this is Saturday Matinee SciFi escapism of the first degree, and I cannot wait for Star Carrier II to hit the virtual shelves.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    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 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this book. I intend to buy #2 and read it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2011

    Not my thing..

    This book had great potential to be a page turner. Instead, the author got so caught up in the science that he drownds out the story. To many times he breaks away from the action to detail the physics of the ships and the ships systems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Space Navy - A must read for those who want to see the Navy in space.

    Ian Douglas can write. There is noooo daught in my military mind. I have read several of his books, and when I bought this one, I was impressed. I was Fleet and some of this makes you think of todays Navy. In Star Carrier, He gives you enough tech but gives you a lot of personal so that you can understand the people. I look forward to reading book two. Keep up the good work, Shipmate.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    Suprisingly Knowledgable

    Ian Douglas doesn't dissapoint people looking for a true military flavored sci-fi. Suprisingly detailed descriptions of FTL drives and the complex physics of space. He really captures life as a pilot and even an admiral of the fleet. You will be given percpectives of the same battles from nearly every angle. Amazing book. The battle sequences are intense and certainly not short lived.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Great Author

    He is always a great read combining hard science a real military facts for a great book.
    I would suggest his other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    This book truly sucks!

    This book truly sucks!

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    For those who love Miltary Sci-Fi this book is for you. From tat

    For those who love Miltary Sci-Fi this book is for you. From tatics to the interaction of the soldiers this book screams military.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Very entertainig

    Like the series so far. Good levels of detai about the physics of space warfare with interesting characters to follow. Would recommend if you are a fan of battle star galactica or looking for a book that keeps you engaged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Enjoyed

    I really liked being thrown into the middle of an interstellar war. Great tech and enjoyable characters.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    I like my Sci-Fi to be hard, not fairies or vampires and the Sta

    I like my Sci-Fi to be hard, not fairies or vampires and the Star Carrier series is that. I very much enjoy the story as focused between the main characters Admiral Koenig and Lt. Gray. The novel is a good length but at least half is repeatedly re-telling detailing acronyms re-explaining background details which gets very tiresome and I find myself skipping ahead everytime I come across them. That being said it is still an excellent alternative to Star Trek and Star Wars universes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Worth it!

    Seemed slow in the beginning as there seems to be a lpt of background. It does pick up and grabs your attention. The background transformation of Trevor is noteworthy. I'm continuing with the series!

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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 May 16, 2013

    Oceankit

    Read my story at ink paper all results its called 'carrying the dead'

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    SILKCOAT TO OCEANKIT

    Sorry i was busy...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Couldn't get going

    I can read almost anything but couldn't get into this one at all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Twoleg of the Clans- Prologue

    It was a silent, peaceful night. The moon was lifted high among the clouds, its silvery luminesence spreading among the earth below. A soft breeze emerged from the bushes, cooling the tepid air of the forest floor.
    On the top of a small hill was a cat, her sleek, golden tabby pelt bleached white by the quiet watch of the bright moon. She raised her white muzzle towards the gray, dark clouds, her emerald eyes half-closed.
    "StarClan…" she murmured, tensing her muzzles as she began to pray to her warrior ancestors. "So many cats have died… what have we done to anger you?" She looked towards the ground, her sweet, velvety voice cracking. After several moments, she focused her eyes back on the dark sky. Nothing but the moon and the clouds met her gaze.
    The queen's worrying was interrupted as she heard a rustle in the bushes. Her eyes instantly narrowed, she raised her hackles, her mouth split in a yowl.
    "Mother, don't worry. It's only me." A silver tabby seemed to melt out the foliage, her small complexion hardly seen in the brown and green colors of the forest.
    The golden queen sniffed and looked back up the sky. "Why are you up so late?"
    "I could ask you the same thing," the silver scoffed, taking three, graceful bounds up the hill where her mother now sat. "Even more you unusual than me, considering I'm a medicine cat apprentice."
    The golden queen sighed. "I guess you're right, Silverpaw. I'm just… worried."
    Silverpaw rested her black-gray tail on her mother's shoulder, her green eyes filled with sympathy. "We all are, Goldenstone," she whispered. "We all are."
    Suddenly, Goldenstone whipped around to look at her daughter. "Silverpaw," she mewed, her voice laced with urgency. "Have you had any… dreams, about this?"
    The silver she-cat thought for several heartbeats, before shaking her broad head. "No. I have not."
    "But you're a medicine cat! How are you supposed to help us if you don't even know the answers to things?!"
    Silverpaw instantly lost her sympathy to her fellow Clanmate. "Listen, just because I'm a medicine cat /apprentice,/" she emphasized the word /apprentice, "doesn't mean I'm the holy grail of StarClan. Sometimes we don't have answers, sometimes we do. Nevertheless, you should be grateful we're doing our best to help!"
    The smaller cat turned to leave, when suddenly, the clouds of the night parted, revealing a small, twinkling star. Silverpaw's muscles tensed, and she gave a small squeak of fright. Suddenly dizzy, the medicine cat gasped, half climbing, half falling off the hill.
    "Silverpaw!" Goldenstone yelped, running down to her daughter. "Oh, StarClan, no… don't take another one of my Clanmates. Don't take another of my kits!"
    After many heartbreaking moments, the silver she-cat fluttered her grass-colored eyes open. "I'm fine," she finally choked out. "I'm fine…"
    "What happened?" Goldenstone demanded. "What made you so… so…" she struggled to find the right words.
    "It was… a prophecy from StarClan- no, an omen…"
    "What?! What was it?! Please tell me!"
    The she-cat shuddered as she slowly regained her strength. "They said… a creature, the complete opposite of our kind, will save the Clans, and perhaps give us all a new destiny."
    Goldenstone frowned. "I-I don't get it," she meowed. "How can something we don't even know of save us all, let alone give us a new destiny?"
    "I don't know," Silverpaw admitted. "But I think we will all find out soon. Very soon."
    The two cats then remained silent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    May i join earthclan?

    Hi may i join? Read my bio at oplim res 3 click most recent. My names Shadowheart and im a tom.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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