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The Ascendant Stars: Book Three of Humanity's Fire

The Ascendant Stars: Book Three of Humanity's Fire [Kindle Edition]

Michael Cobley
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A multi-layered, 21st century take on the classic tropes of space opera by a bold new voice in British science fiction.

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Battle-ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective. The goal is control over this newly-discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart. Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien's inhabitants will fight for their future.

However, key players in this conflict aren't fully in control. Hostile AIs have infiltrated key minds and have an agenda, requiring nothing less than the destruction or subversion of all organic life. And they are near to unleashing their cohorts, a host of twisted machine intelligences caged beneath Darien. Fighting to contain them are Darien's hidden guardians, and their ancient ally the Construct, on a millennia-long mission to protect sentient species. As the war reaches its peak, the AI army is roaring to the surface, to freedom and an orgy of destruction.

Darien is first in line in a machine vs. human war - for life or the sterile dusts of space.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 491 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the contents sticker on a can of beans to the hallowed scripts of I Claudius, Michael Cobley has always believed in the power of the written word. The written word comes before everything, whether its TV, radio, video games, political manifestos - some poor blighter has to sit on his behind and get the words down.

He also believes, poor fool, that is may be possible to make the world a better place by writing science fiction. Which goes some way to explaining his persistence over the years, from the first short stories in 1986 to the publication of the 2nd Humanitys Fire novel, The Orphaned Worlds, with the culminating volume, The Ascendant Stars, due to appear in 2011. After that, there will be more books, more words, more foolhardy attempts to change the world for the better. Who knows - he might succeed.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing end to a cracking trilogy? 2 Dec 2012
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I was advised to read this series by a close friend. But after reading the first two books in the humanity's fire trilogy (which I loved), and with the excitement building, I was left disappointed by the finale.

Too many characters, factions, and, with so many story lines converging in book 3, I was left in a state of general confusion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not with a bang but a wimper 11 Mar 2012
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The first two books set this trilogy up to go out on a high note, the stage had been set for an epic conclusion drawing together several plot lines into a great finale. Unfortunately that didn't happen, rather for the first half of the book characters were developed and new ideas and plot twists were introduced and then in the last few chapters it was almost as if the author had either a rapidly approaching deadline or was getting near his word limit. Plot lines were left hanging, like almost implied endings which didn't work to well, or wrapped up so rapidly that it felt that not much effort went into it. Main characters were killed off for no apparent reason and in passing without any description in cases.
I enjoyed the ideas presented in the book but it could have been much better
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Ali
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I'm half tempted to write a negative review of this book, simply because the author seems to be engaging with his detractors here on Amazon. To do so would be a great disservive to what is an intelligent, well written and thought provoking series of books.

As much modern science fiction and space opera does, Humanity's Fire takes the form of multiple viewpoints and weaves 4 or 5 different but connected storylines into one tapestry, the book reviewed here being the summation of that. While many of the features of the series read like a tick box checklist of contemporary writing (weapons of unimaginable power, evil aliens etc.), what seperates Mr Cobley's work from those around him is the innovative way he crafts these - the indiginous Uvovo (who I can't help but thinking of looking a bit like Ewoks) use nature as their power, much like early Studio Ghibli films; similarly the concept of dead universes forming the tiers of hyperspace is refreshing.

As the author's mate Dave says in another review, the human stories here are well written and you do genuinely care about the fate of the various protagonists, something that, say, Stephen Baxter is probably guilty of overlooking - this is not a book where the ideas overshadow the characters.

Amazon are currently offering the whole trilogy for less than £20, and if you frequent charity shops in north London you can get the fisrt book pretty easily for less, so put down the cash and buy this series - you won't regret it.
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A fast moving and absorbing story with characters you really start to care about. Who will survive, who will succeed? Not a book you can easily read with long gaps between sessions as it is easy to lose track of who is doing what to who and why. More please Mr Cobley.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good ending to the series 10 July 2013
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This series is full of action and very entertaining. It is not my favourite series, but enjoyable and fun. x
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Futility of Comparison 22 May 2013
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In my humble opinion too many people are obsessed with comparisons. Yes perhsps this series has not been as good as the culture series by Iain M Banks but it is a very different beast completely. Perhaps it is not as good as Dan Simmons Hyperion Cantos but again the only comparison i can think of is that they are both Science fiction Series.
There the comparison fades into the galactic mist between the stars.
I would be as well comparing this to Harry Potter or Hermann Hesse, this would be meaningless. though i consider it better than either of the aforementioned. I found this a fitting ending to what has been a great trilogy.
I would have prefered that the Catriona character had been explored more and as someone else said there was a little too much use of sci-fi catchphrases for my liking but many authors have the same problem (and i include myself in that cadre)((The light giving bugs were mentioned on every trip into Segrana)) So yes there are things i would like to have been changed but then I read all three books and enjoyed them. More importantly as far as Mr Cobley is concerned I enjoyed them enough that i will be buying his new book when it is out and that is the best recommendation that i can give.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok 24 April 2013
By Marco
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It is not the best story, but ok. Book does not mach size of previous 2 that complete the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb SF. 23 Mar 2013
By Jules
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I love this trilogy. It's almost equal in scale and imagination to the Iain M. Banks Culture series, and indeed received high praise from Banks himself. Excellent ideas and character development and it remained gripping all the way through the series. Not to mention very original ideas and a comprehensive and plausible plotline. One of my favourite SF series around. 5 star worthy indeed, and a must-have for any science fiction fan.
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