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Koban (English Edition) par [Bennett, Stephen W]
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We colonized seven hundred planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military.

Then the Krall found us.

The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability. We are useful only if we can fight well. If not, they will destroy us swiftly, as they have others. They already have slave races, and we are poor tasting meat animals. The Krall will use us, if worthy, to seek physical perfection using the attrition of war, one planet at a time.

Growing weary of human physical weakness, the ruthless Krall are on the verge of a decision to eliminate our race quickly. A ship containing bio-scientists is captured for combat testing on Koban. The urgent choice for Captain Mirikami and the scientists is simple: Prove we can produce better, smarter fighters, or humanity is doomed to rapid extermination, rather than the slow eradication the Krall prefer.

However, the Krall are only part of the problem. We have to survive Koban’s gravity and superfast animals. The huge tiger-like rippers with skin contact telepathy are predators too fast even for armed Krall to face. The Human genetic solution: If you can't beat them as you are, become like a ripper.

The Krall will learn another species can bypass natural selection.

(Book 1 was edited and proofread again, by an expert, July 2013.)

Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2 of the series, was published February 12, 2013.

Biographie de l'auteur

I was born in 1942, so I'm an autumn rather than a spring chicken. I live outside of Tampa, Florida with my fabulous wife Anita, and one remaining son at home, Montana. I have three older boys, Mark, Gary, and Anthony, all of whom have married and presented us with terrific grandchildren. I read hundreds of books by the science fiction greats growing up, and thousands of fair to not so greats in dual novel paperbacks and magazines. My education gravitated to science, starting out as a physics major and my depression era folks told me I'd never make a living as a theoretical physicist (probably right, and Cosmology wasn't a career field then), so I moved to Electronics Engineering. I did most of that in the aerospace field for MacDonnell Douglas Corp, in St. Louis, Mo. I worked on the F4 Phantom project, and briefly on Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), before the fickle fates of government finance forced contract cancelations. I devoted (read: I was drafted into) two years' service for the US Army from 1965 to 1967. A great two years, and the Army, caring not a whit for my electronics background, offered this draftee a job as an Air Traffic Controller. Cool! After discharge I spent a short time back at MacDonnell Douglas before the contract reductions laid me off, and was hired by Emerson Electric (1968), working on the design of a neat heads-up fire control system for the Army's new Cheyenne Helicopter (to be a 270-knot hybrid fixed wing/rotor craft). Never heard of it? The fickle fates of Army finance is why this time, plus Lockheed didn't keep the airframe part from crashing and burning at a crucial point in development. I taught Electronics for about eighteen months (near starvation wages after the high pay), and finally decided to try my hand at actually supporting my family again. I hired on with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in 1970. Thanks Army! I spent exactly forty years in federal service, deciding in 1979 to use my technical background to work on writing features for the software of the FAA's Terminal Automation Systems (for 28 of those 40 years). Retired, I now work as a consultant/contractor for the FAA, supporting a software feature I helped create. I finally decided to try my hand at writing what I love to read, Science Fiction. My Koban series is doing very well. I hope you enjoy the books. Steve Bennett

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  • Taille du fichier : 4441 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 490 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1479158968
  • Editeur : Stephen W Bennett; Édition : 32 (16 août 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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either the style than the story with good ideas, is excellent!
I'm finishing the second one and will buy the third book
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Une histoire prenante, des héros convaincants mais pas toujours héroïques et un contexte qui est très original. Le résultat ; des heures de plaisir. Allez-y ça vaut son prix !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great start to a new series 22 août 2012
Par O. Chughtai - Publié sur
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I really enjoyed this book since there were many fresh ideas that complemented some of the more repetitive sci-fi concepts employed. Mr. Bennett takes a harder, in-depth stance on the science in his book that may be a turn off to some, but I rather enjoyed the inclusion. I was a bit concerned that the book would be dry and bland from the somewhat tedious prologue, but once he gets to the actual story, things rapidly pick up. A lot of what is introduced in the prologue is either repeated later in the narrative, or could probably be reworked into the narrative in different ways to make it more engaging and seem less like a dull history lesson from the future.

The pacing of the book is a bit unusual, it does not really build up to a single climax but maintains a rather high level of action with less energetic interludes that were interesting and helped build the world and characters. The chapter structure could use a little work also since some of them just suddenly ended in a way that felt a little jarring. As I got more used to his style, I didn't mind it as much since the story completely held my interest.

Proofreading could use a little work, but coming from an indie author with a low price of admission, I would only take off half a star at most. No typos were in evidence, but missing words and awkward sentences caused minor problems in flow. This is also a rather long book so you will get a lot of reading for what you do pay, some trilogies are not much longer than this debut novel.

I truly hope that the next book in this series comes out quickly, but if Mr. Bennett is making book 2 anywhere as long as book 1, it could take a while.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A bit slow to start by an excellent (nasty) alien encounter adventure. 22 février 2016
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I have had this book on my to-read list for a while but I have not gotten around to read it. I recently saw that some of my friends on Goodread gave it high marks so I finally decided to give it a go. That was a good choice.

Humanity has been exploring the galaxy in relative piece for hundreds of years. Their only problems have been the usual poor choices of the human race which has led them to make yet another poor choice which leaves them defenceless to the new threath although most of the humans do not yet know about the nightmare that is coming their way. This book is about the few people who are about to, firsthand, experience that nightmare.

The book starts of a wee bit slow but it is quite well written and, although it is perhaps advancing at a somewhat leisurly pace it was still catching my interrest during the entire journey.

Nedless to say the humans concerned are in a for quite a surprise. The aliens are worse than their worst nightmares and, even worse, they soon learn that the very survival of the human race might actually rest in their hands. Not that it matters right now since survival is on position one, two, three etc. on their pritority list. Luckily, well they are the heroes after all, their survival is intimately tied into whether or not the human race will be exterminated or not.

The aliens are an interresting bunch. The book is nicely balanced between the human struggle and the aliens trying to fullfill their desires of following the “Grand Path”. The aliens are hugely adept at killing, by brute force, due to their millenia long selective breeding of warriors. Yet they may have forgotten that strengh alone is not sufficient. It soon turns out that they are children in some aspects of tactical thinking as well as in other matters. Matters where the humans excel.

The wast majority of the book centers around the survival of the human party that was captured. During the course of events a number of characters, of course, takes on the leadership (hero) role. There are a number of characters that are behaving like the usual political [censored] that they are as well of course. I am happy to write that the latter set of despicable people are really put aside reasonably quickly and do not really play a major role in the book.

In short this is a book about ascending heroes and humans first encounter with (nasty) aliens. It is very much a, quite long, stage setter for things to come and there are indeed a lot of promise as far as “things to come” goes. I am going to cheat a bit here and reveal that I have already read book two in the series and the next one is at least as good.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Start to your standard Standard Space Opera 7 février 2013
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Koban was a novel that I enjoyed for a weekend read. I could follow along with how the various cultures came about and found the plot moved along reasonably well. I will say that I found he Krall a little bit over done. I would think that in general their whole best predator mindset would have taken a bit of a beating somewhere in the whole 25,000 years of their conquests. If they really are that technologically stupid then why have their slave classes haven't successfully staged some kind of revolt (or sabotage of their system). I understand the Raspani devolving but the Prada and Torki might have a sub-culture simply waiting for their chance.

I look forward to the second book but wonder just how the rest of the human race will fare against the Krall if the effect of the gene-war is as complete as was implied. I think in general that it can't be for any number of reasons and expect that we will see a large change in human space soon.

In general I'm quite curious about the 2nd planet that was observed in the Kobani system. It was behind the star when the Fancies arrived, was it visible to the other new arrivals? You implied it could be class M, I would think it could be reachable if they fix some of their ships. You mentioned the need for a control group that could interbreed with the Kobani what better way to separate them then putting them on a 2nd planet.

I am a bit surprised that no other civilizations (while not being aggressive) were technologically advanced and defensive enough that the Krall wouldn't find them almost impossible to conquer.

Can't wait for the next book (I fell I picked this up at a good time since your discussion says it should be out before valentines day.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Still wishing there were text editors to wash out language 19 septembre 2015
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Reading the Kobani series, I got more interested in the morality related by the author than the action in the plot. All species have thrown out the idea of an almighty creator, but morality is important and is touted by the 'better' races. The Kobani hold to a higher morality than Normal humans. And the higher morality doesn't come by choice, it comes from genes! Even more, morality is not from human genes but from animals! lol

Bennett is an outstanding writer. I usually ask Amazon for a refund when I run into crude language in a book. For all of this series I stayed, and enjoyed the physics education and intriguing ingenuity of the main characters of all the species in defeating the bad guys.

Skip the series if you object to language (less than R-rated) and immorality (fornication is not immorality and marriage is simply a contracted relationship), yet there are strong family relationships. This is fiction and, after all, how can we have good galactic science fiction without believing there are millions of planets with oxygen, water, forests, and life? So, I include the religious, moral, and ethics of the stories as part of the fiction.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but with some flaws 4 mai 2013
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A lot of the Kindle SF is military SF. A genre I dislike, despite (because?) military history is a big interest of mine.

So, how does Koban fit? How original is it?

Well, dangerous planets transforming people into super soldiers are a common subject in SF. Deathworld by Harry Harrison, Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert. Dune itself too. So any criticism that Koban is not super-original is missing the point - the idea has been around and it can still serve as a good premise to a book.

I think where Koban shines are the Krall themselves. Take a physically agressive species that has enough tech, enormous breeding potential and a samurai-like code of conduct, without the honor. Add in that they are not the brightest kids on the block.

That makes for an interesting premise and Koban runs with it successfully. Plenty of combat scenes, guns, predators and enough adrenaline to keep you reading. In between the lines, the overall idea is far from dumb. Kralls can be be a bit like Huns in Roman times - dangerous opponents, but very narrow-minded.

And the backdrop to the humans' social organization and dislike of genetic engineering is clever as well.

Last but not least, the characters are endearing and fun to read about. We occasionally get dropped in the PoV of the Kralls and even the local predators and it's well done.

Now, for a bit of criticism.

The Kralls got all built up in the first half of the book, a bit like the Storm Troopers in the 77 Star Wars at the beginning. Later on, the focus shifts to the humans and the Kralls aren't really played up, they become almost secondary characters. Dangerous bogeymen, yes, but not especially interesting.

More worryingly, book #2 reminds me of Dune's greatest flaw. In Dune, Herbert fell in love with the Fremen. To the point where all the other groups were just sideshows to show off how great the Fremen were at... everything. The Court, Sardaukars and everyone else? Not very interesting anymore.

Koban #2 has the colonists adapating, very successfully, to their super-dangerous home planet. Their genetic mods make them near-unbeatable supersoldiers and the last quarter has them beating up the poor helpless Krall. I get a bad sense of Fremen deja-vu here, but only near the end.

So... great books overal, but my wish list for book #3 is - develop the Kralls and their subject races and back off on idolizing the Koban-modded humans. Way more interesting that way.
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