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Blackcollar (The Blackcollar Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Zahn
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Book Description

The blackcollars—an elite, genetically enhanced fighting force—may be humanity’s only hope

Decades after a successful invasion of Earth and the Terran Democratic Empire by the Ryqril—hostile, leathery-skinned aliens—resistance fighter Allen Caine is training for an undercover mission. He will assume the identity of an aide to the senate—part of the government that colludes with the invaders. But when the mission begins earlier than planned, Caine finds himself stuck on the off-planet outpost of Plinry with no idea of what awaits. He’s responsible for the most important mission undertaken by the resistance in twenty years, and when the operation goes awry, Caine’s only hope is to locate Plinry’s so-called blackcollars—the elusive, martial arts–trained guerilla force whose wartime resistance efforts are legendary. With his life and the freedom of everyone in the TDE on the line, Caine’s success will depend on whether or not he can find them. . . .


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About the Author

Timothy Zahn is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author of more than forty novels, as well as many novellas and short stories. Best known for his contributions to the expanded Star Wars universe of books, including the Thrawn trilogy, Zahn won a 1984 Hugo Award for his novella “Cascade Point.”He also wrote the Cobra series, the Blackcollar series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series, whose first novel, Dragon and Thief, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Zahn currently resides in Oregon with his family. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 3677 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453297871
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094ANSJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story; poor technology - now fixed! December 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
EDIT: I've received word that this has been fixed. Downloaded a new copy and I see that all the ones I had bookmarked have been corrected. Thanks for that!

I really like the storyline. Zahn has put together a gripping story that sucks you in and makes you want to find out what's going to happen next. Highly recommended!

However, the publisher has done it a great disservice. Typos are all over this book - it reads like they took the original print version, ran it through OCR software, and then never bothered to fix the typos that introduced. "Who needs copy editing? Just push it out there and make that money!" It's like the publisher in "Elf" who signs off on printing a book with two missing pages. Who's going to notice something small like that?

Well, I noticed and it's really, really annoying. Yes, it's "only" the Kindle edition, but take some pride in your work and show some respect for the author's vision!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zahn's Best Work! August 3, 2003
By events3
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This and the Spinneret book are Zahn's best (he eventually lost me in the Cobra series & Coming of Age). This is action-packed and suspenseful. The Blackcollar, with their super-human reflexes were man's last hope against the alien invaders. This is the story of their guerrilla war against that enemy - and their human nemesis, Galway, who is attempting to prevent the Blackcollar from doing greater damage to mankind than has already been done by the aliens. Excellent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting military science fiction. January 18, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I often find myself disappointed by Timothy Zahn, especially with the inordinate time he spends with fantasy and Star Wars themes. His major contribution to military science fiction writing is via the creation of the Blackcollars and the Cobras. These display Timothy Zahn at his best with convincing plot lines, well-developed characters and interesting stories which make for page turning anticipatory reading. The best recommendation I can offer for Blackcollar is that I own the series. Definitely five star material.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mixture of science fiction and martial arts March 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoy science fiction mixed with martial arts, as well as a book with plenty of action, this book is for you. It's companion novel, "The Backlash Mission", is also a worthwhile read. After re-reading the novels for the -nth- time recently, I'm ready for the (long awaited) third novel in the series!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect November 11, 2012
By Peace
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was nice to read a good solid clean science fiction book. I won't own any books my kids can't read because of morality issues. I have young kids who read way above grade level and grab books so finding a book that wasn't to tweeny and yet clean was great. Solid adventures with some good turns in plot. Zhann has a way of making you feel like that charecter could be the kid down the streat. Excellent Characterization. Loved the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
"Blackcollar". Three decades have past since the Ryqril invaders conquered the earth. The last hope, the Blackcollar warriors failed and either died, were captured, or fled in defeat, rumors being to lick their wounds on the isolated colony of Plinry. Now thirty years later, a fledgling resistance has formed. Amongst the newcomers is young Allen Caine, who has never lived on a free earth. His mission is to find the Blackcollar squadron and accompany them in a quest to locate and use five cached Warships.

Blackcollar: The Backlash Mission: Allen Caine has come along way from his neophyte mission. He has since been trained as a Blackcollar and commands his own unit. His first mission as a leader is to visit a lab that produced the physical enhancer chemical Backlash. The assignment seems simple enough after his time on Plinry, but he will learn otherwise once in the Mile High City. In Denver, a bewildered and beleaguered Allen learns first hand that the local gangsters run the city and do not welcome armed outsiders; others want him to fail, even retired Blackcollars. Finally the elixir and its secrets reside inside an impenetrable stronghold that no one not even the Blackcollar veterans who thirst for their potion or the Ryqril have infiltrated.

The reprinting of and merging of two entertaining 1980s science fiction thrillers into one book will please fans of Timothy Zahn and anyone who enjoys a besieged earth vs. all powerful alien invaders. Both tales are well written with Blackcollar more of a coming of age story while by the Backlash Mission, Allen has gained experience and training. Though the tale simplifies the good vs. evil adversaries, albeit these are Allen's tales, readers will want to peruse this fine collection.

Harriet Klausner
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 20 Years Too Late And Too Little May 23, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have waited on this book for 20 years. Timothy Zahn's last Blackcollar book was written and published in 1986. I wish I could say it was worth the wait!!! I WISH I could give it 5 stars but I am stretching it to give 3 stars. I have read the first 2 books at least 10 times and even bought the hard back copy so I could continue to read them when I need a little "Derring Do" in my life. In the first two books all of the characters were fully developed and Mr. Zahn made you care about what happened to them. No so much in this book. The character were pretty lackluster, there was none of the drama of the first two books between the characters. In fact there was no real tension between any of the characters except the aliens. In this book although he tied up a lot of loose ends and the Humans finally rid the TDE of the EVIL aliens, it was more of a "What the Hell, lets leave the poor humans alone" instead of the Good Guys defeating the Bad Guys. Also in the first books the Ryqril were supposedly the fiercest of warriors and even a "Blackcollar" hesitated about taking one on in a hand-to-hand fight. But in this book five, six and more were killed by individual Blackcollars. And this was treated as"Eh no big deal - business as usual"'

Jamus Galway's plan: to turn the Blackcollars and their combat skill into unknowing tools of the Ryqril was OK but to think that he could do so on a permanent basis was "too hard to swallow" Also having the clone Judas act as a spy was very original but the clone played a Very small role in the book. Basically he stood around and let everyone do everything. He didn't even make a very convincing spy.

I am sure that if I were new to the books and just now reading all three together then my opinion might be different. But after waiting 20 years for the good guys to win, I felt it was too little, too late.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Like a bad kung fu movie, only worse
I am hard pressed to understand what redeeming qualities others saw in this book to justify a four or five star rating. Read more
Published 2 days ago by RussS
2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived. Very little character development.
Contrived. Very little character development.
Published 10 days ago by James HArwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Review: Blackcollar by Timothy Zahn
I usually really like Timothy Zahn's writing,with its clever dialog and twisty plotting, but I was surprised, this book, while well written,didn't engage my interest or sympathy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Zahn can write
I pretty much like everything Timothy Zahn writes. This book wraps up the Blackcollar series nicely. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and deception at its best!
This is my first non-stop wars book that I've ever read by Zahn and I must say I'm huge fan! I was not disappointed and was largely rewarded with fantastic story telling in richly... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Tighe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good
Published 2 months ago by William D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ending to the series.
Published 2 months ago by Derek M. Hewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good story line and very readable. Enjoyed the book and will read the second. Well written and will keep you interested
Published 2 months ago by G. Worsham
4.0 out of 5 stars Bond versus E.T.
I found this to be an easy read. It is more of a spy novel than science fiction. But it had some good action and a few twists.
Published 2 months ago by Tim Stump
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good sci fi. I enjoyed this series.
Published 3 months ago by Lynley
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Timothy Zahn is the Hugo Award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire, among other works. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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