An enjoyable space opera, with unusual twists and turns,
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This review is from: Dark Space: The Original Trilogy (Books 1-3) (Kindle Edition)
Ethan Ortane is a smuggler who gets caught up in a fight for the survival of the human race, which the Sythians and their subservient species, the Gors, are trying to eliminate. Mixed up in the machinations of this story are the antics of Alec Brondi, a sort of Vito Corleone type gangster; Alara Vastra, Ethan's co-pilot at the beginning of the story who is changed by Brondi to be something completely different; Atton, Ethan's long lost son who is not who he seems at first; and Admiral Hoff, who has an extraordinary past, and turns out to be the father of Atton's half sister, Atta; and Destra, Ethan's wife who he has been searching for for years, whose story is told in a series of 'flashbacks' going back 10 years. In addition, there are a number of secondary characters, mainly military, that complete the line up for this story.
The plot centres around the aliens-trying-to-eliminate-mankind theme, but with quite a few twists and turns. Essentially, the remains of mankind have shored themselves up into a region of space called Dark Space, which is only accessible by a huge Stargate type portal, and it is defended by a massive carrier, the Valiant. What happens to the crew of the Valiant is key to how this story plays out, which you will just have to read to find out.
I read the trilogy as one book. Did I like it? Yes and no. It was a compelling story, although it took time for it to get going in my opinion. I liked the plot twists and turns, and the author makes reasonable attempts at injecting the right amount of technology into the story, without which a space opera wouldn't just work in my opinion. However, I did find some of the technology deployed to be somewhat thin, particularly the area surrounding the use and (non) detection of holo-skins. At the end of the book, there are a huge number of appendixes detailing races, technology, weapons, places, starships, military structures, and other miscellaneous stuff. I'm not sure that this amount of info is conducive towards the enjoyment of the books, but I guess this is down to personal preferences. Nevertheless, the author did his job, and will be looking forward to the next instalment in this series, which is not a mean feat in the age of Weber like authors, all of whom are trying to make their mark.