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ANTARES VICTORY (The Antares Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Michael McCollum
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Book Description

After a century of warfare, humanity finally discovered the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe. Spica – Alpha Virginis – is the key star system in enemy space. It is the hub through which all Ryall starships must pass, and if humanity can only capture and hold it, they will strangle the Ryall war machine and end their threat to humankind forever.
It all seemed so simple in the computer simulations: Advance by stealth, attack without warning, strike swiftly with overwhelming power. Unfortunately, conquering the Ryall proves the easy part. With the key to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake discover that they must also conquer human nature if they are to bring down the alien foe …

Product Details

  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Sci Fi - Arizona (May 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00292A9BM
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Final book ends the Antares Trilogy on a high note September 23, 2005
Michael McCollum wrote the first volume in this trilogy - "Antares Dawn" back in 1986. The second volume "Antares Passage" came out in 1987. Fans had to hold out until 2002 when the third and final volume "Antares Victory" completed the series.

I'm happy to say it was worth the wait. Michael McCollum has finished the tale on a high note. Bringing back our favorite charactors (Richard Drake & his wife Bethany) from the first two novels, for one last adventure - this one combining a facinating look into the complexities of a totally alien civiliazation with his usual flair for military science fiction.

The trilogy involves a great war between the far flung human worlds and a race of xenophobic aliens - the Ryall.

The whim of fate disrupted our heroes sole means of faster-then-light travel (a "fold link") to the rest of the galaxy, isolating their third generation colony world of Alta, for 125 years. Their star Valaria, being 125 light years from Antares; the wavefront from the explosion at Antares finally swept past and their fold link was re-established (without anyone noticing it).

The mysterious appearance of a badly damaged giant battle ship of the Earth Navy signals both an end to their isolation and the first clue that things may not be going so well "out there"

One of this writers best strenghs is his crafting of a highly believable tale. The careful preparations, the cautious explorations that unfold in the first book, set the tone for the rest of the series.

Fans of military science fiction will enjoy the very realistic battle scenes (given the technological assumptions - no gravity control for example).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Space Opera; 3.5 stars June 25, 2008
This book has an interesting history and provenance. Antares Victory is the last book of a space opera trilogy started by McCollum in the mid-1980s. The first 2 books appeared under the Del Ray imprint, McCollum produced some other solid books, notably the imaginative The Clouds of Saturn, and then silence. McCollum appears to have returned to writing in the early 2000s, and produced Antares Victory. This book and his others are now self published and can be ordered in either trade paperback versions or as PDF downloads from McCollum's website. I obtained Antares Victory as the latter and found the experience to be inexpensive and painless.
The Antares trilogy has many of the standard space opera devices. Wormhole type interstellar transport, major interstellar space battles, humanity versus implacable alien (as is typical, a non-mammaloid species) foes, and plucky human heroes. The plotting, based on a variant of the wormhole idea and a postulated effect of supernovas on wormholes, is clever. The quality of writing and characterization is decent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to a wonderful series April 13, 2009
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After reading and enjoying the first two books I was disappointed when I was told there was no third book. Lo and behold I'm searching on Amazon and found by chance the third book to the set. After reading all through the second book, I kept feeling - That's it? Where's this battle? Do the aliens be come anhillated, or, do the earth plants? Antares Victory takes you through it all with some very interesting surprises. Michael, thank you for giving us a wonderful ending to the book. Debbie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Antares trilogy June 19, 2014
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Great space opera. Good conclusion to the trilogy. There is a nice twist at the end. Its worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Closure at last March 12, 2014
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I read all of Michael McCollum's books that were available in the early nineties. The second Antares book ended in a way that demanded more to the story, yet for years I never saw another book in the bookstores. I still looked every time, though. Then finally, here it is! Great conclusion to a great story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book and ending to the Antares trilogy!! August 31, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this and all of the books in the Antares series. The story line is well thought out and captivating. I gave it four stars because the Kindle version has some mistakes that should have been caught by the editor, however, that did not detract from the enjoyment in reading this book. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all Sci-fi enthusiasts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - With good twist to end July 28, 2013
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I enjoy the last book in this series, Good battles, but also a twist to the end of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! June 21, 2013
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Great final book in the Antares trilogy! I've never been a reader of fiction but enjoyed the entire series immensely.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The author takes an easy way out and leaves you hanging
The author takes an easy way out and leaves you hanging. It is clear he has no military experience. It is evident in all three books.
Published 2 months ago by Shane O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars ANTARES VICTORY
Great book from an exceptionally good storyteller. The last installment of the series which began with Antares Dawn.
Published 3 months ago by William A. Averill
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great read all the way through
I just finished the last book in the series. It was a great read all the way through! Michael will definitely be an author that I am favoriting.
Published 3 months ago by M. Engle
4.0 out of 5 stars Have read this many times through the years
This is a fun series, and I read it again once in a while. I have read all the books in this series.
Published 18 months ago by R. Loitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Got what I expected from an exceptional Author
I've been reading this Author and this series as well, for years. An excellent story line and a talented Author, who isn't trying to grind some private axe with his story as some... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Keith Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ending to Trilogy
After not reading a lot of Science Fiction for many years, I decided to read more SF using the Kindle App on my iPad Mini. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars A conclusion that barely lives up to the first two books.
This book did a satisfactory job ending the story from Antares Dawn and Antares Passage, however the writing seemed less polished and the characters more one-dimensional than they... Read more
Published 20 months ago by P. W. Kerns
4.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction at its best
A great sequel to Antares Dawn. Makes for enjoyable reading and a very good plot with page-turning infectiousness. Michael's understanding of astro-physics is incredible.
Published 21 months ago by Colin V. Setterfield
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Michael McCollum was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1946, and is the author of 13 science fiction novels, including Euclid's Wall, to be released Fall of 2012.

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