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CENTER OF GRAVITY: STAR CARRIER: BOOK TWO By Douglas, Ian (Author) Mass Market Paperbound on 22-Feb-2011 Unknown Binding – 22 Feb 2011


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cybermage.se on 12 Mar. 2011
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Ian Douglas likes the theme of humanity against a huge galactic empire where the American military by human ingenuity and flexibility overcomes both the aliens and the stupid civilian administration that tries to lead them astray. The civilians are not so over the top stupid this time but that is not to say they are smart.

Center of Gravity starts in the aftermath of Earth Strike and Admiral Alexander Koenig and his crew are officially the heroes that saved the day. The closeness of it all scares the political leadership so much that they want to pull more forces back to defend earth, a posture that would put the center of gravity of the conflict right on top of earth. Admiral Koenig knows a strong defense is futile against an aggressor with overwhelming resources. He has to take the initiative and bring the fight to the Sh'daar. He eventually gets a reduced task force he has to sneak away with fully knowing that an order to stay and bolster earth defenses is only hours away.

As usual in Ian Douglas series the focus is on the military actions with vivid descriptions of combat and what is happening with the people involved including the alien point of view. The humans are a bit bland compared to the aliens' interesting psychology. Ian introduces a few more races and starts to reveal more about the Sh'daar, the mystic race leading the galactic empire and their motivation behind the edict against transcendence technologies that started the war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P Templeton-Jones on 8 Dec. 2013
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No warp drive, no mythical 'force', just plain hard theoretical physics! All the space travel contained within is well within the current area of accepted theoretical physics. It just makes the story more possible and believable. The characters are well rounded REAL people and Earth's "Back Story" all to believable as a possible future for us. Why not?

The story itself is very enjoyable; earth against 99% of the known galaxy. Of course we'll win..........won't we?

Am reading the fourth book now with the fifth pre-ordered. Can't get enough! Who needs Jedi knights and Klingons on the starboard bow? Not me, no Sir!
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I purchased this book working on the principle that it's usually worth giving anything a second chance. (well, within reason). I had previously found the first in the series a bit of a drag. It was ok in everything, plot, writing style, everything. But that was it - ok. This one's a major improvement, pacier, more action-packed and generally a smoother read altogether. I don't want to reveal anything about the story but I enjoyed this one much more and all I can say is 'Roll on the 3rd'.
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I love the hard sci-fi in this and a lot of the issues to close to c combat and fleet action. The characters are a bit flat to be honest and smell of the 1980's; lots of top gun with all its associated clichés. Bar that it has some interesting ideas which are pretty well executed. The action is good and so is the build-up. I know it's trashy but it's a fun fast read. No regrets.
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By Damon-lee on 10 Feb. 2013
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This book is a supriser, i just bought the first one to get me through the day at the gym and when im bored, but i ended up reading it pretty quick, and bought the rest of them, and they are great the only thing i can say is a fault is that the author repeats information a couple times through-out the books but other that that its great!!
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This is an enjoyable read that concentrates on action from a space fighter pilot's perspective. The book is a good read but the repetitive explanations of the same technology in several places in the book can be jarring. The read is not totally immersive and some of the attempts to make social comment in the book fall a bit flat.
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By Gavboy on 8 July 2014
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repeats itself again and again and again god , very tedious read.
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This book does a very good job of not only continuing from the first book but also setting up the next. Still hard to see how just a trilogy is going to be enough.
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