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Dark Matter (Star Carrier, Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Douglas
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The fifth book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence…

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.

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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: 1151 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062183990
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (29 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong storyline 11 Jun. 2014
By R P Jee
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Book 5 picks up some time after book 4. It was interesting finding out what all the old characters had been up to in the intervening years. The old enemies are still out there the sh'daar collective threatening from the shadows. The mysterious starlight aliens with their godlike technology are still a big unknown. But neither really come to the fore in book 5 as it concentrates on earths civil war and a new alien enemy that see us as a new food source. It's a complex and interesting story. Personally I end up skipping a lot of the technical explanations of how the tech works. It feels like each book has explained FTL and it's associated technology's to death, and I just cannot take any more, captain. Even considering the swathes of story you have to skim over if you not overly interested in alternate physics, there is a worthwhile story to be read here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By gramps
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This book is not as good as the first four in the Star Carrier series and had the feel of a book that was 'dashed off' to meet a dead line. We are briefly introduced to the Rosette Aliens, who appear to ignore us, and then move on to another unknown species who we give a bloody nose. Presumably the Rosette Aliens will get more mention in; ? (Star Carrier, Book 6) Lets hope so.
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Having followed the Star Carrier series from its conception, I am once again astounded at the pure brilliance of the latest installment. As mentioned by other reviews, yes this book does visit a few of the background politics and the meta-plot. This, however, is very important as, contrary too what one of the reviewers mentioned, a anchoring point for the plot, re-defining what is actually going on within the universe of Men (Humans), bringing the vibrant and realistic internal strife of a species to the author.

Many of the core characters make an appearance, uncovering a great amount of character development. Technology has been refined and boosted, thankfully not beyond believable means, straddling that thin line of hard and soft sci-fi, which Ian Douglas does so well. And of course the utter alien species that make this series stand out amongst the masses are once again slithering towards the inevitable, unthinkable first encounter.

I hope that book 6 is already red-shifting in our direction, as I cannot wait!! What a great read!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 19 Jun. 2014
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I read the other books in this series and found them to be a very good reading. This latest book though I think the author has lost the plot, he goes into a lot of political and science background which a found to be seriously distracting, so much so I lost interest half way through the book and couldn't finish it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much waffling has lost this fan 19 Nov. 2014
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For book 4 (Deep Space) I wrote "I started off enjoying this series, but with each new book, there were too many rehashes and descriptive texts of concepts etc, defeating the continuity of the story".

Unfortunately, this episode is even worse; there is so much rambling and regression it became quite a tedious read, which was a pity as the basic plot has potential. In books 3 and 4 the content could easily have been reduced by 30% to preserve the story-telling; for this bok I dare say it has increased to 50%.

I doubt very much that I will read any future releases that complete this series. Sorry, but your waffling has lost this fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good continuation 24 Feb. 2015
By andy B
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Book 5 of the continuing saga of the star carrier America, if you've got past book 4 you already know you want this one
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little thin 18 Mar. 2015
By Rob
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Ok for quick read - needed meat and character development - storyline interesting - may improve in future series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Oct. 2014
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Really enjoying this series from Ian Douglas
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