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Earth Strike (Star Carrier, Book 1)

Earth Strike (Star Carrier, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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“Douglas knows his SF.” Publishers Weekly

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

There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point.

But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary—by total annihilation if necessary.

To the Sh'daar, the driving technologies of transcendent change are anathema and must be obliterated from the universe—along with those who would employ them. As their great warships destroy everything in their path en route to the Sol system, the human Confederation government falls into dangerous disarray.

There is but one hope, and it rests with a rogue Navy Admiral, commander of the kilometer-long star carrier America, as he leads his courageous fighters deep into enemy space towards humankind's greatest conflict—and quite possibly its last.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007482949
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (3 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XDFU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtle. 17 Nov 2012
By Fin
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that delivers what it promises, so if the description sounds interesting you'll probably get along with it. It's also incredibly subtle and there is no hint of overcompensation or euphemism in a kilometre-long mushroom-shaped star carrier named America forcing its way into enemy star systems and firing teardrop shaped fighters out of the hole at its tip.

What I'm saying is it's a penis.

Entertaining despite, or because of, that, but wasn't worth the full paperback retail price I paid for my copy.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Great 29 Sep 2010
By J. N. Bullock VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I will admit from the start that I have not really enjoyed the two previous books by Ian Douglas that I've read but I thought I would give Star Carrier Earth Strike a go. Well this book came close to being a "great"... but alas the weaknesses that were obvious in the previous books really stood out here. It's a shame because the story is good, the character development is good and the techno-logic is excellent. There are hints of both Asimov and Heinlien here but it is all spoiled by Douglas's writing totally for the American audience. Everything it seems everything has to be based on the good old USA even hundreds of years in the future. If only he had noted how Robert Heinlein handled his universe in his classic Starship Troopers, Mr Douglas would have created a true "Great" but instead he fell for the easy narcissistic route and let opportunity pass him by...Pity
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Summing this book up in a single word: appalling. Basically taking the worst, sub-par, John Wayne WW2 US-Propaganda movies and painting some sci-fi stuff over the top like a thing veneer. If you wanted to give people a bad impression of John Wayne WW2 movies and of military science fiction, you might consider giving them this book. One to avoid if at all possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read 19 Nov 2012
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A damn good read, hard to put down, was reading far too late into the night!Good concepts,good characters and good story, so much so that I am now pas t the 2. book well into the third!Hope the writer keeps it up like this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars American Penis Ship fails to impress 9 Mar 2013
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As others have noted the main warship The America is described as a giant penis and after that in the first paragraph it took me a while to take the book seriously, but maybe you never should take a book seriously.

This book was not very interesting the first half the book is about a battle, in the sort of detail that i can imagine someone who was in the military (or an engineer) might find interesting, descriptions of why a ship was called something and what it would have been called in the "olden days".

There were glimpses of interesting story in between all of the tedious detail, but every time the story started to get interesting it was stopped mid flow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 29 Nov 2012
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At last, a writer that gives relativity the respect it deserves!
A really imaginative debut. The author not only has a clear idea of the effects you'd encounter in space, but has a really clever way of getting round most of them!
I was particularly impressed with the problems of light-speed communications together with light-speed travel and the tactical problems this would give.
The story telling is first-rate, the narrative flows without any digressions into irrelevant side issues. Personal relationships are explored as and when they add to the plot.
If you like Interstallar shoot-em ups, look no further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tech 17 Sep 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Good tech and interesting story but found myself flicking through the token character development, enjoyed enough to read the 2nd book which is tauter and better written imho, battle seqeunces are very well done which is the point:-)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable rubbish 1 Jun 2011
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"Military science fiction" has a bad reputation, because of books like this. The story is simple, characters are barely developed at all, and their actions are predictable. We know from the first few pages that the admiral will disobey his orders and save the day. We know that the fighter pilot that no-one likes will be a hero. It's all very depressing that so many peoples' opinions of science fiction are formed from reading crap like this.

On the other hand, it is at least exciting. I had to keep turning the page, so polished it off in a coupla days. I doubt very much that I'll read it again, but I might read the sequel if I can find it cheap.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard, fast-paced and hard hitting.
Ian Douglas had captured a very hard universe in his 'Earth Strike' series. The story isn't a space opera in the sense of a wide range of moving parts, yet it does lean in that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. D. Richards Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars earth strike
Book one in this series,a bit like hornblower in space. A good series that has s good on going story line
Published 3 months ago by Texxy
3.0 out of 5 stars WWII with some new tech
Some action and some nice tech: Faster than light travel, almost-as-fast-as-light drives, shields and screens, orbital bombardments and nanotech shape-changing space fighters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Parkway
5.0 out of 5 stars STAR. STRUCK.
Wonderfully. Thought out, real Depth. to the story, the. enemy. seems. to. be. familiar, some. S/F. I. Must. Have. Read. Previously, in. paper. Back.. would. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Halley
5.0 out of 5 stars First in series.
Grabbed from page 1, the unfolding is gripping , with much insights of 'what could be possible' in the not TOO DISTANT, future because of this you read this book with a sense of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Takeittoem.
5.0 out of 5 stars A New author to me
Its hard to find a new sci fi writer I enjoy but this was a good read and will read the next in the series
Published 5 months ago by Heather Neaves
2.0 out of 5 stars started well
Would not buy the second book you tend to know whats going to happen before you get there very disappointed looked very promising at the begining
Published 5 months ago by Bev
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read mostly
I love a space opera series and in fairness I enjoyed reading this. It paints a picture of the future that features technology you can get on-board with and believe could be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the hassle
Poorly written, too wrapped up in technicality to actually put any flesh on the bones of the characters that inhabit this book
Published 7 months ago by Ian Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading
Hard to put down. Interesting concepts and good action sequences. There are enough characters that are well developed that make the story engaging. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BuyAnt
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