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Antares Passage Paperback – September 4, 2002

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About the Author

Michael McCollum is the author of 10 science fiction novels and one book of short stories, with total sales of 250,000 books in bookstores. He is now the proprietor of Sci Fi - Arizona, an Online Science Fiction bookstores and publishing company.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Third Millennium Pubns (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929381085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929381081
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig.Shuey@usa.net on November 26, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book and "Antares Dawn" have got me scourering the dusty shelves of used book stores and libraries trying to find something more written by Michael McCollum! He has really piqued my interest and I'm going through withdrawl symptoms anticipating the next in the series! Highly recommended reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Golden mountain guy on February 17, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent, believable hard Sci-Fi with a dash of romance and Hornblower thrown in. Loved it. Sorry he left the series hanging. I'm still waiting for the denoument.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's great that this long out of print book and its mate ANTARES DAWN are again available. An exciting, hard science adventure story set against the backdrop of interstellar war. Mr. McCollum's characters are a bit wooden sometimes, but the story moves along, the alien menace feels real, the puzzles are puzzling and the revelation at the end is a clever one, leading into the last book of the trilogy. The good news is that that book is at last available. I read ANTARES VICTORY, published by scifi-az.com, and it is a very satisfying conclusion to the series. I hope the books become more widely available because they are quite enjoyable.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Antares series is one of the few trilogies I have read, where each novel in the series is better than its predecessor (a reverse of the usual pattern.) If you enjoy fast-paced, realistic SF without too much technical detail, these novels will not disappoint.

I first read this novel and its predecessor, Antares Dawn, back in the '80s in the Del Rey editions. It was one of my favorites, but this book ends with (in my opinion) a cliffhanger. No third novel had been published at that time, and it left me feeling unfulfilled. So, when I discovered that McCollum had published the third novel, Antares Victory, I returned to the series eagerly and re-read it.

This series of novels propose the "jump point" method of faster-than-light travel, a classic SF device. What McCollum does which is interesting, is the way in which this method of FTL affects the logistics of the ongoing war between Humanity and their mortal enemies. The constraint of using jump points creates a two-dimensional battlefield with built-in advantages to the defender, resulting in an extended stalemate. The plot of the trilogy focuses around the way in which Humanity gets around these constraints, as well as the relationship between humans and an alien race whose motivations are quite different from humans'. McCollum applies that difference to each races' military strategy in a thought-provoking way.

Antares Passage spends much more time than the first novel, on exploring the relationship between the two races. It also continues the main military plot of Humanity finding a way to break the decades-old stalemate in the war with the Ryall.

If you want an entertaining read, the Antares trilogy will not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on May 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Another book I couldn't put down. Not quite as much action as the previous book, but still plenty of things happening, and definately still very interesting. I'm fast becoming a big fan of Mr McCollum!
Now all I need is Antares Victory...
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By John Patin on May 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the kind of science fiction I really enjoy, so much so that I have re-read the series several times over the (too many) years. It is evocative of the sense-of-wonder stuff I read as a kid and just as enjoyable. Ignore the single one star review. I'm no 'fanboy' (see too many years, above) as that reviewer accuses and I don't know the author, but I DO know what I like. This series truly deserves its 5 star rating. If you are looking for a solid, old-fashioned, enjoyable, science fiction read, this is it. I won't show up as a confirmed purchaser because I own the original (well thumbed) paperbacks. Trust me. You will like this trilogy.
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Enjoyed this book. Only complaint was the story seemed a little rushed in places, like the author knew where he wanted to get to and didnt want to waste time on the way. But thats a minor complaint and it didn't detract from the overall experience. Story is set up well for the final book which I'm really looking forward to reading.
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Michael writes in an excitement generating fashion and is very clued up on the latest technologies involving space travel. His understanding of space warfare and micro-gravity conditions is the best I have come across in the constant evolution of science fiction writers. I will continue to read what he puts out.
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