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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 5 October 2013
I love a space opera series and in fairness I enjoyed reading this. It paints a picture of the future that features technology you can get on-board with and believe could be possible. The same for the future geo-political landscape. Overall I like the premise of the book and read the next 3 books. The combat was well paced.

My only criticism's of this and the subsequent books was the constant explaining of certain moments that struck me as a bit of filler. For example whenever Gray gets in his fighter there seems to be the need to explain about the Nano seal opening and reforming. This sort of thing is repeated through out the books and is unnecessary. And again constantly re-explaining Gray's background and what life entailed as a prim! I also felt the characters could be better developed and were a bit by the numbers.
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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 30 January 2015
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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on 30 December 2013
Some action and some nice tech: Faster than light travel, almost-as-fast-as-light drives, shields and screens, orbital bombardments and nanotech shape-changing space fighters.

But I can't shake the impression that the author has taken a second world war plot, with fighter groups attacking fleets, and tried to update it for the modern era and the future at the same time. There's new tech but no new ideas, and the new toys haven't been thought through - they're just there to hold the plot together, and things are only dangerous when the plot needs them to be.
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on 27 November 2013
Grabbed from page 1, the unfolding is gripping , with much insights of 'what could be possible' in the not TOO DISTANT, future because of this you read this book with a sense of YEP it could be that way, without compromising on story lines, following the trail no matter where it leads with credibility!, a rarity in many similar works!.......YOU GOT IT RIGHT Mr.Douglas!! Keep it up!..................T
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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 24 February 2013
The book is a version of the 'superior galactic race attacks mankind'. Well enough written with some in depth detail on the technologies used in 2404 and what Earths societies were like at that time. Looking forward to book two to see how the story develops.
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on 21 August 2013
Earth Strike by Ian Douglas.
Superb Science fiction packed full of war and death. A story to be read by many. The first in a series of star Carrier books. Predominantly military in theme, but nothing like the real military machine.
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on 7 May 2013
The problem with this book 1 is that it spends well over 50% of its time laying out the structure i.e the technologies, the politics,the aliens. I will be buying book 2 hoping that now the preface (book 1) has got over it's self.
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on 4 September 2016
Pure sci-fi escapism
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