Dark Matter (Star Carrier Series #5)

Dark Matter (Star Carrier Series #5)

by Ian Douglas

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An enemy might just have to become an ally . . . in order to save humankind

The United States of North America is now engaged in a civil war with the Earth Confederation, which wants to yield to the demands of the alien Sh'daar, limit human technology, and become a part of the Sh'daar Galactic Collective. USNA President Koenig believes that surrendering to the Sh'daar will ultimately doom humankind.

But when highly advanced, seemingly godlike aliens appear through an artificial wormhole in the Omega Centauri Cluster 16,000 light years from Earth, President Koenig is faced with a tremendous choice: continue fighting the Sh'daar . . . or ally with them against the newcomers in a final war that will settle the fate of more than one universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062183996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Star Carrier Series , #5
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 171,628
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ian Douglas is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, The Star Corpsman, and the ongoing Star Carrier and Andromedan Dark series. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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Dark Matter (Star Carrier, Book 5) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Wegg More than 1 year ago
While I agree with some of the other reviewers that this is not the strongest in the series, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The deep science explanations were at times repetitive and strangely paced but the introduction of the new alien races, the battle sequences and the unexpected twists and turns kept me going.  For anyone who found it too political, I think they need to realize that the author himself is ex military and that conservative, small government ideology permeates through their veins.  I have read other books like Z-Wars which were the exact opposite.  VERY liberal positions are pitched as what saves the day.  It is fantasy.  I don't let it worry me.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really sure what the other 2 reviewers problems are. I have been following Mr. Douglas since Heritage Marine and he always delivers. Keep them coming, I'll keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Endless pages of ramblings that make no sense. It seems to be done just to eat up pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author loses steam when going too deep into describing things. Have to skip pages to get back to the conversation taking place between characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a few good moments, felt more like a dragonball z type filler episode.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me think about possible solutions to real world problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual some of the best scientific si fy ever written. And i have a lot
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tnpir4002 More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the first words of the first book in the Star Carrier series, I was hooked. As a longtime sci-fi devotee, I found Ian Douglas' take on an expanding universe a nice change of pace: here we had a fantastic blend of real-world physics and larger-than-life happenings in the galaxy. The first, second, and third books made for a compelling trilogy with high reread value--but starting with the fourth book, it seemed like I was reading something of substantially lower quality, and this, the fifth book, continues that decline. In the pages of this novel, it was very difficult for me to focus on what events were actually taking place. A single, brief conversation can stretch across pages and pages, because the dialogue itself is almost buried in backstory, or worse, in a character's own internal monologue. Worse still, even events from earlier in the book find themselves explained again and again, repeatedly. Not even action sequences are safe from these significant flaws; one sequence in particular comes to mind, and while a fierce laser fight rages, Douglas wanders away from describing events and seems to get lost in yet more backstory. I, personally, tend to write, and favor the writings of others that do this, in a way that presents any necessary "room dressing" (to borrow another reviewer's phrase) and backstory at the beginning of a chapter, and from there focus on the actual events. Then, at the end of the chapter, filter any additional exposition through whatever character whose point of view the scene was told from, and even then only on those occasions when I couldn't work the necessary information into the scene itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the basic story is good, Ian Douglas gets carried away with himself and needlessly repeats back story or inconsequential "room dressing". I was able to skip several pages at a time without losing the story. Dialog is pages apart with characters ruminating on trivial topics in between.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stick with SF and stay away from religious intolerance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent in science content, narrative, imagination and characters. Overdone in extended, unnecessary or misplaced dialogue or description compared with earlier episodes, yet not really about the aliens mentioned in the prologue. Overall satisfactory reading, well worth turning into a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Star Carrier Dark Matter reads like that Physics book you had in College if it was written for graduate studies and you're a freshman under-grad. The author spends way too much time trying to impress you with random facts. Of course that saves him from that tedious task ofdeveloping characters you care about. I was a big supporter of Ian Douglas, but no longer.
RWMarshall More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of this author's books and enjoyed them as adventure stories. I haven't cared a lot for the political theories, but heck this is fiction. However one of the main characters goes into a rant about big government that does not seem to have anything to do with the story. Any way he carries on about how big government in the early twenty first century nearly ruined everything. The early twenty first century is now and big government is not the problem, but the big problem is big political corruption led by the Republicans on the Supreme Court. This is the last book I will ever read by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever wrote this book should go to jail