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Deep Space: Star Carrier: Book Four [Mass Market Paperback]

Ian Douglas
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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30 April 2013 Star Carrier (Book 4)

In the vein of the hit television show “Battlestar Galactica” comes the fourth book in this action-packed, New York Times bestselling, science fiction series in which humankind is in a vast power struggle to bring down an evil empire.

20 years after the fragile truce with the Sh’daar, Koenig is now President of the USNA, and Gray is skipper of the CVS America… soon to be promoted to commander of the entire battle group, Koenig’s old position, and one which he might not be ready for.

The truce with the alien Sh’daar is unravelling as many predicted, and Humankind still knows little about them, or what they are.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006218380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062183804
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Douglas knows his SF.” Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repeats, repeats, repeats 20 May 2013
By Abedo
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I have now read all four books in the Star Carrier series, this one being the 4th. Great read, good characterisation and written with good pace.

Only 4 stars though. Why? Well, I suspect that if you take out all the repeat narrative that the four books would condense to three. Ian Douglas seems to think that his readers have a memory retention span of of just an hour or so. All character history and explanations, earth history and explanations, alien history and explanations are repeated ad-infinitum, frequently several times in the same book, not just across books. I found myself skipping whole paragraphs, sometimes pages, to avoid re-reading what I'd read a few chapters ago. This gets really annoying.

Please Mr. Douglas, I think it's quite safe to assume that if you explained something a few chapters ago that the reader will remember, so repeating the narrative with such frequency isn't necessary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, excessive descriptive repetitions 9 July 2013
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I like this series of books, the previous books had quite a lot of historic detail. This book has the same historic detail but each event seems to be described more than once. The overall story and plot is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same but some new twists too 27 May 2013
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The last three of these were good action, nice pacing and interesting ideas. This carries on in that direction; in fact there's a bit more action but character development is somewhat reduced as a result. The larger story arc is pushed forward but not as much as I'd like. If I was going to give one criticism, it does feel like some of the plot is being a bit recycled. Although it could be viewed as a natural progression but the new character introduced seems like a bit of a clone of a previous one (sorry for being cryptic I'm trying not to give any of the story away)
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's not bad 27 May 2014
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It's not bad but really it's just a scene setter for book 5 if your already a fan then half the book is a rehash of 1-3 & the other half sets up book 5
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2.0 out of 5 stars One book too many 23 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed the first 3 books in the 'Star Carrier' series; mostly straight-forward space opera with the odd update from its forbears in the form of some thought about the technology. The characters were all a little cliched and one-dimensional, though. The third book wrapped up most of the plot-lines fairly well. That is where the series should have been left. In this sequel, the author begins to repeat himself almost from page 1; there is too much filler at the expense of moving the story along. The main protagonists continue to be under-written. Sorry, Mr Douglas, this is a lazy effort; I certainly won't bother with book 5...
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Great book, but takes a bit of getting into. You need to read the series in order to really make sense of it. Having said that it is a gripping read that is difficult at times to put down. I am thoroughly enjoying the series, and find myself looking for the next book as I come towards the end of the book I am reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deep Space 3 Feb 2014
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Not a bad story line and tolerably written. But do we need the endless repetitions of technical detail like how the interstellar drive works? Very tiresome and I am an engineer. Perhaps Douglas gets paid on the word count.

Same goes for the first three books in this series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars USA navy in space 7 Jan 2014
By Texxy
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A better than average read but suffers from USA flag waving a little to much. Action moves at a reasonable pace and Plot is ok if a little predictable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it.
Published 20 days ago by Johnsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep space star carrier 4
Great read smashed through it in two days , good space battles with a bit of politics thrown in.
Felt the book could have been longer however I look forward to the next one
Published 10 months ago by s p smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Struggling to get into it
Loved the previous books in the series but this one I'm struggling to get into story doe not seem right, compared ton the previous ones.
Published 10 months ago by Robert F
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a short story
This is a short story, padded out with background material and a dreadful amount of repetition. By the time I had read through the padding I had lost my immersion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars too long poor ending
Having read the other three books in this series I was kind of committed to read this one so I would know what happened. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but more of the same
I think I hope that there won't be any more.
The series was OK, if a bit repetitive. I liked some of the ideas, especially the attempt to describe alien culture and way of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by DaveG
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first 3 in the series
An enjoyable read but re-used the plot and the characterisations. Not as complex or interesting as the first three in the series
Published 13 months ago by C. Gale
3.0 out of 5 stars More Space Battles
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. A. Phipps
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