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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (13 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765306069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765306067
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,209,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Walter H. Hunt is the new master of military SF. - Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer

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Walter Hunt lives in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. "The Dark Path" is the sequel to "The Dark Wing," his first novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Jackson on 5 Mar. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book in the series, please buy the first one before you read this one. It is a real series and this is not a stand alone book. Time has moved on and we are now about 80 years on from the first book and the story is really developing. For those of you who liked Babylon 5, this is a series for you. The first book gave hints at odd places and set things in motion. Now we start to get development of the forces and the key players are brought in. I could go on about similarities between this series and Babylon 5 but that would be unfair to both. This is not a rehash of Babylon 5 but the sweep and the interlinkages are what gives this series a feel of Baylon 5. The first book was very reminiscent of David Weber/Steve White's books like Crusade and The Shiva Option but this one has moved on in a different way from that series.

Anyway this book itself is very well paced. Initially I thought it was a bit slow but it builds beautifully to set up the next book. Lots of things happen that will have ramifications in following books and not all of the players have been fully displayed. There is limited space warfare in this book, rather it goes for the characters but there was plenty warfare in the first book and it looks like there will be more come.

So, very good second book in series, looking forward to the 3rd. By far the best SF I have read in a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
delightful military science fiction 8 Feb. 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The war between the birdlike Zor and humanity is over with the two species now at peace. Still not everything is idyllic in the galaxy. Known for their psychic ability, the Zor panic when the High Lord dreams of a nightmarish assault from the feral species residing in the racial memory of his people as demons. Also two human vessels have vanished and a rescue effort to save the missing crew fails.
On the Cicero Naval Base, Commodore Jacqueline Laperriere and her XO Ch'K'te the Zor learn that the "demons"(aliens) have used their powers to change shapes to infiltrate the outpost. The Vulh with their mind control abilities and their talent to phsyically mimic anyone including a commander and an XO have arrived. The only hope for mankind is Jacqueline, but her superior thinks otherwise, while the Zor believes she is the reincarnation of the legendary Zor hero Qu'u, here to defeat the Vulh if she can find the ancient weapon that succeeded once before.
THE DARK WING was an exciting war of the worlds that showcases a new talent in the military science fiction category. THE DARK PATH is a better tale as Walter H. Hunt provides incredible depth to the interspecies relationships yet never loses sight of the action expected by sub-genre readers. The story line is superb because the audience obtains a stronger understanding of the Zor, better insight into how humans relate to this species, and introduces in flaming red terror the Vulh. Obviously the military crowd will enjoy this thriller, but outer space sci fi fans will appreciate the novel too,
Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great storytelling! 10 Feb. 2003
By Stephen Z. Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Set in the universe that Hunt introduced in "The Dark Wing", "The Dark Path" is the first book in a larger story (that will take at least a couple more books to complete, I guess), and Hunt has me hooked!
Like "Dark Wing", this is classic space-opera sci-fi of the highest order. The plot is complex and compelling, the characters are well-drawn and sympathetic, and the story is finely crafted and well-paced, combining mystery and action in a way that will keep you in its grip until the final page, and leave you wanting more.
I can't wait to read the next installment!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Joint Review of Dark Wing Series; Solid - 3.5 24 Jan. 2006
By R. Albin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
These 4 books - The Dark Wing, The Dark Path, The Dark Ascent, and The Dark Crusade - exhibit many of the standard space opera devices. There are the winged and in many ways admirable aliens, the remorseless insectoid alien adversaries, the hidden powers attempting to manipulate human fates, and the sprawling and somewhat corrupt space empire. There is also more than a touch of mysticism with events mirroring myths of the winged alien species. Nor can it be said that Hunt has done anything particularly novel with these devices.

Nonetheless, Hunt is a more than competent practictioner and these books are a decent read. Hunt does quite well with reasonably tight plotting and characterization. His integration of the mythic elements is better than average. These books are better, for example, than David Weber's very popular books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
delightful military science fiction 8 Feb. 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The war between the birdlike Zor and humanity is over with the two species now at peace. Still not everything is idyllic in the galaxy. Known for their psychic ability, the Zor panic when the High Lord dreams of a nightmarish assault from the feral species residing in the racial memory of his people as demons. Also two human vessels have vanished and a rescue effort to save the missing crew fails.
On the Cicero Naval Base, Commodore Jacqueline Laperriere and her XO Ch'K'te the Zor learn that the "demons"(aliens) have used their powers to change shapes to infiltrate the outpost. The Vulh with their mind control abilities and their talent to phsyically mimic anyone including a commander and an XO have arrived. The only hope for mankind is Jacqueline, but her superior thinks otherwise, while the Zor believes she is the reincarnation of the legendary Zor hero Qu'u, here to defeat the Vulh if she can find the ancient weapon that succeeded once before.
THE DARK WING was an exciting war of the worlds that showcases a new talent in the military science fiction category. THE DARK PATH is a better tale as Walter H. Hunt provides incredible depth to the interspecies relationships yet never loses sight of the action expected by sub-genre readers. The story line is superb because the audience obtains a stronger understanding of the Zor, better insight into how humans relate to this species, and introduces in flaming red terror the Vulh. Obviously the military crowd will enjoy this thriller, but outer space sci fi fans will appreciate the novel too,
Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great . . . Except for the Ending 6 Dec. 2003
By Gauffroi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For the first 95% of this book, I would have to say it is one of the most entertaining sci-fi books I have ever read, and very well-crafted. The end, however, was a total disappointment. It was as if the author suddenly got tired of writing and had to tie up some loose ends in the last 25 or so pages (King's "The Stand" comes to mind in this regard). Even assuming that this was not the real ending (i.e. there will be a sequel) it wasn't a customary pre-sequel ending, keeping the reader in suspense on what might happen next -- it just kind of fizzles out. I just found it odd in such an otherwise wonderful piece of writing.
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