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on 29 November 2012
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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on 17 November 2012
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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on 19 November 2012
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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VINE VOICEon 29 September 2010
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
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on 17 September 2011
Good tech and interesting story but found myself flicking through the token character development, enjoyed enough to read the 2nd book which is tauter and better written imho, battle seqeunces are very well done which is the point:-)
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on 1 June 2011
"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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on 16 May 2012
I brought this series on Amazon recommendation whilst looking up the Lost fleet books, Lost fleet is 5 stars, great characters and fabulous descriptive battles.

The Star Carrier series has some really good ideas and characters, but Ian Douglas puts a lot of padding in which is not needed. The constant going over of tech ideas and history already described in the book and instead of reference to earlier books, he tends to go over the top describing previous events in too much detail and at times 4 or 5 times in the book, at one point I was screaming to myself "read this 50 pages ago... GET ON WITH IT."

In summing up, good invoking characters, a good overall story, but too much going over previously described events.
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on 4 December 2012
Ian Douglas nailed it with this book. It finds a nice balance between action, world building and story telling.
Military SciFi meets hard SciFi in a (modest) Space Opera way...

Basically the story is about the human race in 25th century, still struggling with the effects of global warming
and the aftermath of a series of wars. Human forces and colonies are coming under attack from a client race of the Sh'daar, the rulers of what is believed a galaxy spanning empire. After having been trading with another client race
of the Sh'daar for several decades (peacefully) humanity gets an ultimatum from the Sh'daar (delivered by a second client race)...

Soon humanity finds itself fighting an enemy it knows nothing about for reasons it doesn't understand.
The aliens are truly alien, the characters are truly human . Loved the technology, loved the concepts, the story
and the setting.

I've read this story in high-speed mode, had trouble putting it down (and getting enough sleep) - I ordered part 2 and 3 this weekend when I was about 1/2 through part one in the hope not having to wait more than a day after finishing the first book before I could continu reading.

Top rating as far as I'm concerned.
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on 9 March 2013
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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on 13 February 2014
Ian Douglas had captured a very hard universe in his 'Earth Strike' series. The story isn't a space opera in the sense of a wide range of moving parts, yet it does lean in that direction where locale and immediate characters are concerned. The main character is likeable, almost a 'remnant' from our times, and a free-thinker. You experience the epic journey through his experiences, yet receive gleams into the other characters lives aboard the America.

The technology is feasible (see Alcubierre drive), and innovative!, Gone are instantaneous warp-drives, in come singularity drives and computers that can resolve targeting solutions in mere microseconds. The dog-fights are intense and vivid, with a lot of great action sequences. Ian Douglas even leaves some room for reflection aboard the Star Carrier, to ponder the great themes of evolution and the technological singularity.

Well worth the read.
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