Dark Matter: Star Carrier: Book Five (Anglais) Poche – 27 mai 2014
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Présentation de l'éditeur
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.
Biographie de l'auteur
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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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!
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!
With the story line the biggest problems are the threat to humanity just keeps getting bigger and bigger with no end in sight. We are 5 books into the story line and humanity cannot find any help from another species and cannot stop fighting with each other. It seems the author is just milking this story line without coming up with anything new.
There are also numerous times where acronyms are explained over and over throughout the book. Explaining it once is necessary to new readers, and even twice I could understand but by the last quarter of the book I shouldn't be reading the meaning of CAP again.
Those two points combine to make my last complaint even worse. The book is short, very short. I read it in 2 days and wasn't really even trying to read it quickly. And when there's clearly filler material in the book I would expect it to least last a decent amount of time reading it.
Overall I would recommend this book as it is a great and fun read, especially if you have read the rest of the series, however I really hope the author addresses these issues in the coming books.