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Centre of Gravity (Star Carrier, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Douglas
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The second book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence

In the evolution of every sentient race, there is a turning point when the species achieves transcendence through technology.

The warlike Sh’daar are determined that this monumental milestone will never be achieved by the creatures known as human.

On the far side of known human space, the Marines are under siege, battling the relentless servant races of the Sh'daar aggressor. With a task force stripped to the bone and the Terran Confederation of States racked by dissent, rogue Admiral Alexander Koenig must make the momentous decision that will seal his fate and the fate of humankind.

A strong defensive posture is futile, so Koenig will seize the initiative and turn the gargantuan Star Carrier America toward the unknown. For the element of surprise is the only hope of stalling the Sh'daar assault on Earth's solar system—and the war for humankind's survival must be taken directly to the enemy.

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    “Douglas knows his SF.” Publishers Weekly

    About the Author

    Ian Douglas is the author of the popular military SF series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, and The Inheritance Trilogy. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 764 KB
    • Print Length: 401 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BNY7WA8
    • Publisher: Harper Voyager (4 Oct. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007H3GLGU
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Earth Strikes Back ... 12 Mar. 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars SCIENCE FICTION? THEORETICAL SCIENCE FACT! 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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, but ... 5 Nov. 2012
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    I have read the first two books and will definitely get the third when it is released.

    However, I do cringe at some of the mathematical/physical/practical errors that occur. I would be the first to admit that they are few and far apart but for me at least they do briefly spoil my enjoyment when I encounter them. Mostly he has done very well at keeping his calculation and assumptions correct but the one that gets me every time is the velocity of the KK rounds from the fighters which he mentions several times as being 175m/s. My problem with this is that it is half the muzzle velocity of a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and a simple search of Wikipedia shows a US Naval test of a railgun firing a 3.2kg projectile at 5.4km/s "in the late 2000's". Surely in the intervening four centuries and with the vast amounts of energy they seem to have available they should be able to compensate for a shorter 'barrel' and keep the velocity to a useful level. Similarly the carrier can only launch its projectiles at the same speed as the fighters are launched as it uses the same 'barrel'. Surely they should be able to simply use the same energy and so fire a lighter projectile at a higher velocity?

    Despite these niggles the plot and characters continue to develop and we are introduced to several new alien races.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 14 Mar. 2013
    By Bob60
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    Ian's take on infant technologies that exist now and their potential in a few hundred years are thoroughly believable, the nanotech stuff in particular. The battle dialogues are fascinating too but perhaps a little too detailed at times. Great storyline, wiith good character continuity. Whilst I appreciate he is successfully portraying how alien other life forms could be, I'm surprised there are no humanoid biped types somewhere in the mix. No matter, just got Singularity and looking forward to the continued story. Keep up the good work.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Pays to be Patient 19 Jun. 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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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    2.0 out of 5 stars two much repeat detail 24 Feb. 2013
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    For me book two was OK with regards to the development and growth of the story line. However I have given it only two stars, perhaps a bit too tough, because there was a lot of copy detail from book one on the technologies etc. etc. I realise that in a set of books the author has to do some of this in case a person buys a book out of sequence. To me though there was too much of this. I will not be buying the next two books in the series.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Aliens abound
    Second book did not disappoint - a jolly good read with space battles galore. Interesting enough for a long series!
    Published 1 month ago by Thewood
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Received in lovely condition
    Published 4 months ago by Pat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 6 months ago by derran
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 8 months ago by Peter Simpson
    3.0 out of 5 stars dull
    repeats itself again and again and again god , very tedious read.
    Published 12 months ago by Gavboy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Centre of the Trilogy
    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.
    Published 16 months ago by Andrew Cowell
    5.0 out of 5 stars A. Space tale. ,romp. with. loads. of. STOMP.
    What. Is. not. to. like, Ian. Douglas. as. a. writer. has. got. the. lot,pace. ,spies. romance, heroes, deep. plot,, astrology, battles, @'''''''''
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    Published 18 months ago by Peter Halley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Centre of Gravity
    Another of the line of books continuing the story by Ian Douglas. I find them an excellent read and have read most of them. I can recommend it.
    Published 22 months ago by S. Pentney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Star carrier
    Great read bring on the next one, not going to win any awards but entertaining none the less. I would recommend
    Published 23 months ago by s p smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars Centre of Gravity
    Centre of Gravity by Ian Douglas.
    The second book in the saga. It continues in the same way as the first and is in fact a direct follow on. Read more
    Published 23 months ago by James 42
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