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Earth Strike (Star Carrier, Book 1) by [Douglas, Ian]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in Star Carrier (6 Book Series)
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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: 939 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XDFU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jeff N.B VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2010
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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
JNB
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By Fin on 17 Nov. 2012
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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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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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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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"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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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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Earth Strike (Star Carrier) This is a fast paced book that tells a realy good story. If you enjoy a good plot,good characters,vast settings with a salute to 'the real' effects of near light travel and tatics, then this author should not disappoint you. If you enjoyed these authors, John Ringo, Michael Z Willianson, Taylor Anderson and others who use a military theme, then this book will hold you and leave you wanting the next book now! Kind regards to all. John.
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Military Sci-fi at it's best.

The characters are engaging and identifiable. The physics of the universe is Einstein based and believable. The aliens are nicely different too.

If you want hard, non-stop action with best guess physics descriptions of future weapons, this is a great book.

My only niggle is that the author introduces lots of acronyms and then defines them but actually hardly ever uses them again. A new edit of the text should remove the acronyms not used again to keep the acronym overload to a minimum. Sill, I enjoyed the book very much.
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