Second Star (Star Svensdotter Series #1)

Second Star (Star Svensdotter Series #1)

by Dana Stabenow

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When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. We began to look seriously outward, not with the heady optimism of the early days, but with deliberate calculation. We knew that Someone was out there, and that eventually, they’d be coming. If Earth didn’t occupy the High Frontier, it could be ours to lose.

Esther “Star” Svensdotter’s job is overseeing the completion of the American Alliance’s first O’Neill cylinder — a massive space hab capable of supporting thousands of colonists. It’s just weeks away from commissioning, and she’ll be damned if Luddite terrorists, squabbling bureaucrats, military takeovers or rogue AIs will stand in the way. Frontier justice on Ellfive sometimes involves an airlock — you don’t want to be on the wrong side of justice. Or the wrong side of Star Svensdotter.

The first in Dana Stabenow’s Star Svensdotter trilogy, Second Star is a tale of first contact, declarations of independence, and new frontiers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013251342
Publisher: Gere Donovan Press
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Series: Star Svensdotter Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 205,022
File size: 457 KB

About the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and after having a grand old time working in the Prudhoe Bay oilfields on the North Slope of Alaska, making an obscene amount of money and going to Hawaii a lot, found it in writing.

Her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award, her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her twenty-eighth novel and nineteenth Kate Shugak novel, Restless in the Grave, comes out in February 2012.

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Second Star 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
lanalucy More than 1 year ago
Once I started, I had a really difficult time stopping for little things like eating, and I did not go to sleep until I finished it. This is hard science-fiction, no fantasy here. Wonderful characters about whom it was easy to care - I cried in at least two places, so much did I care about the characters. Even though much of the book is basically "a day in the life," it was far from mundane. When the story heated up and the real action got started, it was even more fascinating. Polished writing and professional editing. I did not find a single editable error in the entire book. Considering the state of many of my digital reads lately, I'd almost give an extra star just for that, if I could. :) My two regrets: I did not find this book, or its sequels, in the 90s, and the two sequels are completely out of my budget. Suitable for about 13 and up. There are a couple of sexual situations alluded to, but not actually put on paper (so to speak).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much, I will read the second in the series.
star-readerNJ More than 1 year ago
It shows what it may be like to work and live day to day in space. The ending was not expected however was fun to thing on. Liked all the items to outher stories I have read overy the years.
Robins_Son More than 1 year ago
Long out of print, I am glad to see these books available again. The main character, Star Svensdotter, has overtones of Ms. Stabenow's better-known heroine, Kate Shugak, but stands on her own as a strong and interesting protagonist. Thank you, Donovan Press, for bringing her back!
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the books in author Dana Stabenow's 2 Alaska series PLUS her Coast Guard standalones, I decided to take the plunge and check out her science fiction trilogy. Different. On many levels. The book (in my case, the audio book version) falls into a convention common to science fiction and fantasy books – the simple acceptance of some aspect(s) of the characters' reality that is not shared by the reader. Sometimes the explanation follows shortly, others it comes eventually, and occasionally, it either is never covered or else done so with such subtlety that the reader – at least this one – misses it altogether. Plot-wise, author Stabenow takes a risk. She does not use the typical “bell curve” in which action picks up as the book goes on until it reaches a high point, and rapidly descends into a conclusion. Rather, the book felt more like a daily newspaper, with events continuing on a day-to-day pace. Some days may contain more excitement and/or action than others, but it is not obvious at the time it is occurring (or in this case, the reader is reading). Even when one subplot reaches an obvious apex, the reader cannot get complacent as another subplot may be heating up. The characters in Ms. Stabenow's book are developed in such a way that the reader cannot help but be concerned about their issues and cheer over their successes – likeable characters has long been the author's strong point. As such, even if the plot of the book failed to keep interest – and sometimes that felt to be the case – the reader wanted to keep going to find out what happened to, well, their new literary friends! In summary, not everyone's cup of tea. Not necessarily satisfying to fans of Stabenow's Alaska work. However, worth a try. Some may be surprised that they actually DO like it and want more! RATING: 3 1/2 stars, rounded down to 3 stars where 1/2 stars are not allowed.
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After reading the Kate Shugak & Liam Campbell series, I was excited to find this trilogy. Kate Shugak is a favorite of mine. Second Star was enjoyable, but not of the same caliber. The history lessons tended to lag & it wasn't until the end that some of the characters developed real depth. I look forward to the next book & will no doubt enjoy it too. As an avid reader I've developed patience while authors & characters grow in a series.
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trbCA More than 1 year ago
I began this series after finishing the Kate Shugak series. Intriguing ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be in fiction and not in science and nature
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However. This book is not one of my favorites.
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I enjoyed this book a great deal and look forward to reading others in the series.
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RichGillock More than 1 year ago
Second Star is bad on many levels. The characters are flat, and seem to all resemble one person, maybe the author. They all have different characteristics, but I don't detect any fundamental differences in personalities. The computers have more differences in behaviors than the characters. The science part of science fiction is supposed to be based upon the laws of physics, but in this case they aren't. At best the science is limited to an 8th grade science class with many fundamental flaws (people don't blow up when subjected to a vacuum). I struggled to get by the bad science and flat characters to try to find an engaging plot, but it just wasn't there.