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An enemy might just have to become an ally . . . in order to save humankind

The United States of North America is now engaged in a civil war with the Earth Confederation, which wants to yield to the demands of the alien Sh'daar, limit human technology, and become a part of the Sh'daar Galactic Collective. USNA President Koenig believes that surrendering to the Sh'daar will ultimately doom humankind.

But when highly advanced, seemingly godlike aliens appear through an artificial wormhole in the Omega Centauri Cluster 16,000 light years from Earth, President Koenig is faced with a tremendous choice: continue fighting the Sh'daar . . . or ally with them against the newcomers in a final war that will settle the fate of more than one universe.

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Ian Douglas is one of the pseudonyms for William H. Keith, New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, Star Corpsman, and Star Carrier. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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15 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A good-to-great fifth book in a cycle 29 mai 2014
Par Azaqui - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
An uneasy truce with the alien races continues, while the Earth forces investigate a ring of six black holes of clearly artificial origin.
Meanwhile the civil war on Earth reaches its peak, and the USNA forces resort to a very unconventional plan to turn the tides of war.

The unexpected discoveries continue , and universe starts looking darker and vaster than ever before.

If you have read previous books of the series, you definitely need to read this one.
If you haven't - read all the previous books, just to get to this one. Yes, it's worth it.

Now, don't get me wrong - I am giving this book four stars. That means it's a good-to-great book, something that is really worth the time. Why not five stars, then? I reserve five stars for the books that have the timeless quality - Frank Herbert's "Dune", Dan Simmons' "Hyperion" etc.

This is a military sci-fi series. It's not timeless, but it is hell of a good read.

There are many things that make (or break) this kind of books - the series gets all of them right: interesting and changing plot, good writing and the future military technology that is plausible and thought-through. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to, but overall the character arcs are the only thing that I would mention as just average.

What I expect from good SF, be it military or not, is a fresh idea, something that will keep me thinking after I finish the book.
I think this book has it - without too many spoilers, author shows how alien can another race be, and how much our human ethics influence our reactions to something that is not wrong, but just of a different evolutionary origin.

Author managed to construct the alien psychology and behavior of the alien race in detail, supporting every trait with the evolutionary background that made it plausible. While the initial reaction to the alien race one has is repulsion, it was a surprise to me to realize it was my own narrow-mindedness and being conditioned to human ethics that caused the reaction, and that there is no objective "right" or "wrong" in the universe, just evolution in its myriad forms.

It is usual for the SF series to wither and get worse over the course of the series - but not this one.

Read it, enjoy it and wait for more books from this brilliant author!
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A good Sci-Fi space military story but too much filler and technical detail to be a 5 star book! 20 juin 2014
Par JJCEO - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have purchased and read all of the books written my Ian Douglas. I like his stories and he writes a great tale when it comes to military space battles. This book is no different and at times it is a great story with a lot of action.

What hurts this book and others of the series is a few issues.

One is the constant repeating of data presented in past books. For those readers that have read all of the past books this is just too much filler and it is redundant.

The second is Mr. Douglas' lectures on technology and science. I appreciate his in depth research and knowledge that he brings forth into the books but it is overwhelming. Tell a great story but don't try to make all the readers scientists or genetic engineers. I am sure that he loses a lot of potential readers because of the pages and pages of the book dedicated to physics and medical technology.

Finally number three; there is too much politics built into the story. Some of it is necessary to the story to show that the human race is evolving but not yet intelligent enough to unite and become a motivated race determined to make its place in the galaxy. It just becomes too much of the reading material and detracts from the story at times.

I still liked this book and I enjoyed reading it. It is a 4 star story. Ian is still one of the best military Sci-Fi authors and his books are entertaining and his imagination is amazing. I do wish that more details had been presented about the "star gods" but that is the next book. I hate it when a topic only exists on the first 10 pages of a book and on the last 10. I am addicted and I am waiting for the next book!
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent story but a bit too much filler. 2 juin 2014
Par 19kato52 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I am a fan of Douglas and have read a number of his books. I look forward to the next installment of this series. The characters are well written and developed. The action and character interplay are interesting and engaging. I like sufficient detail and explanation of background, history and definition; this book was overly heavy in these areas. A brief description of naval history or storyline "historical facts" fill out the narrative and paint the picture more fully but at times it seems as though I was listening to one of my old college professors. In these areas I tend to speed read through to more "meat" of the story. Truthfully, I prefer to be engaged such that I read practically every word. I still recommend this book and series whole heartedly and hope for minor adjustments in the storytelling.
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If you missed a point, don't worry, it'll be back in three pages. 24 juin 2014
Par J. Roberts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
I wrote a review of the previous book in this series where my primary criticism of it was how much a little repetition goes a long way with Douglas, in the sense that he has a habit of repeating both expository passages as well as general plot structures in his books, (American military heroes fight battles against vastly more powerful alien enemies while European no goodniks wring their hands and try to stop the pesky Americans is the basic plot of both this series and the last of his Marines in Space trilogies.) but his basic talent at writing fast paced military action sequences and making things move at a far greater pace than a lot of other military sci-fi writers do over came those issues with Deep Space.

Sadly, in Dark Matter, all of my worries about this series become all too horrible fact.

Explanations and exposition for elements of the story recur with alarming frequency, sometimes less than ten pages apart. The story appears to be in a holding pattern, setting up a potential future conflict for a later book, leaving the actual plot of the book to be a jumbled mess of subplots about how the plucky Americans are fighting a civil war against the largely French led world government, and none of it really holds together very well. Characters that were interesting and well drawn in previous books in the series are basically just there to worry about Doing The Right Thing and not displaying any of the growth they had in four previous books.

And the resolution to one of the book's major subplots...look, I'm not going to get into my particular political views, but I will say that I tend to go into American written military fiction, be it actual military or military SF, knowing that I tend to have views that are in opposition to, at a guess, a good 80% of the authors, but I will let that slide if the content is interesting and if the author doesn't bring out their soapbox too often. (In all fairness, there are authors with personal views in line with my own that annoy me when they climb on their soapboxes, so I am fairly consistent in that regard.) But when the resolution to one of the major subplots of a book is a page long rant on how horrible the entitlement state of America was in the 21st Century, followed by a rant about the evils of socialism, and then the evil Confederation just...collapses for the sake of the plot...well, I can agree with the author's view point and still think "that was some terrible writing there, dude." Someone like me, with differing viewpoints-I actually threw the book down and said "for crying out loud" before I finished the handful of paragraphs left and shelved the book forever.

This will be the last book I buy in this series, simply because Douglas seems to be phoning it in, and when you've read eight books by an author that slowly but surely become parodies of their earlier goodness, there's little point to keep reading. Recommendation to avoid.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Major Disappointment 9 octobre 2014
Par KB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
This book is mostly filler. The author drones on and on detailing his social and religious philosophies. The little bit of action in the book is constantly interrupted by lengthy pseudo scientific explanations. I have read and enjoyed several previous works by this author so this book was an immense disappointment.
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