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The Dark Wing [Hardcover]

Walter H. Hunt
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Dec 2001
In the future, man will take to the stars and in doing so place himself in jeopardy. The zor is just one of the races that man encounters, and from the first meting, it's been war. When the zor decide to mount a surprise attack on Earth colonies outside their sphere of influence, the normally self-occupied governing body of Earth realises that something must be done.
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  • Hardcover: 491 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076530113X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765301130
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,596,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fast-paced story that should appeal to fans of space opera and military SF. Reminiscent of Orson Scott Card's military classic Ender's Game."-"-Library Journal""Military science fiction ... something like Honor Harrington flavored with Babylon 5."--"Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Walter H. Hunt lives in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. "The Dark Wing" is his first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The public became aware of the battle at Pergamum as a rather significant military defeat, though it was by no means a complete loss; if anything, it was, in strategic terms, more of a loss for the zor than for the Solar Empire. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather good SF. 20 Sep 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Evokes echoes of Honor Harrington and Babylon 5, without falling into the common author's trap of getting bogged down in ever more minutiae. Considers the philosophy and morality of war more than the details of ever-better military hardware, and has plenty of suspense and action.

Comparisions change later in the series, as the writer's style evolves. It moves away from Harrington and towards Ender's Game and Dune, and shows a healthy knowledge of classics - like Babylon 5 did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just another space war book 11 Mar 2002
By blm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am not a fan of military SF, but I enjoyed "The Dark Wing." The space battles have a good balance between "bullet by bullet" action and glossing over the details in a paragraph.
The characters are well imagined; the humans are, for the most part, honorable and duty-bound, but there are shades of color in their personalities, and many of the on-ship details and persional add depth to the characterization.
The zor are believable and intriguing; I especially liked what was revealed of their religion and mysticism. Their psychology is human enough that the reader can understand it, but does have an alien touch that makes their mindset inhuman.
The plot flows along smoothly, despite neccessary shifts of location, and the plot and subplots reveal themselves nicely.
I am looking forward to further volumes of the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more! 18 Dec 2001
By Mark Holden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is well written, with well-developed characters. The plot woven with so many threads of personal and political agendas, I couldn't put it down. The Zor are painted as such a unique and completely different race, I am very fascinated by them, and want to know more. After reading this book I find myself thinking about the characters (especially Stone) and wondering when the next book will be forthcoming. Walter H. Hunt needs to look no further for a day job. This -- his first book -- shows he is an excellent author and storyteller, and should continue to write. I will definitely be watching for the release of the next, in what I hope will be many volumes. Long live the Solar Empire!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent space opera just in time for Christmas 30 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a real treat for hard SF fans: an excellent, well imagined space opera that isn't afraid to tackle big issues like total war, how far to push self-defense before it turns into a massacre, whether genocide can ever be justified, and necessity for knowing one's enemy. It's also refreshing to read military SF that doesn't spend page after page after page explaining the hardware/political system at the expense of the characters and the story.
A very, very good beginning, with plenty of hints about sequels. If the rest are even half this good, we're looking at the start of a major career.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Efforts in Space Opera Lately 19 July 2004
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First-time novelist Walter H. Hunt is surely a writer to watch, writing credible space opera that harkens to some of the finest I have seen from the likes of Gordon Dickson and Jerry Pournelle, to name but a few. Although Hunt isn't nearly as gifted a stylist as both venerable science fiction authors, he does a magnificient job in reviving time-worn space opera in his literary debut "The Dark Wing". This is a spellbinding tale of a scholar and military officer, Admiral Lord Marais, who becomes mankind's savior in the latest war against the zor, an ancient race of bird-like aliens. Marais seems to be the only one capable of understanding zor psychology and religion, which he uses effectively against the zor in a brilliant campaign after a zor sneak attack on the Solar Empire's key outpost of Pergamum. I liked Hunt's depiction of the zor and the internal conflict within their government as they realize that Marais thinks of himself as their destroyer, "The Dark Wing". Hunt does a fine job in creating several intriguing characters along with Marais, most notably the senior naval officers Torrijos, Hudson and Bell. With this novel, Hunt has established himself as a superb writer of military science fiction, with sufficient political and religious intrigue that is similar in scope to J. Michael Straczynski's "Babylon 5" television series. Anyone expecting to read a thin rehash of routine "Star Trek" fiction will be disappointed. But others, including myself, should look forward to Hunt's future efforts in military science fiction and space opera.
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