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Blackcollar (The Blackcollar Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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!
The book takes place in the future, sometime around 2447. The Terran Democratic Empire and it's 28 planets, including Earth, lost a war to an expansionist species known as the Ryqril. Humans now live under occupation. Each planet is completely isolated from the others except for select government personnel. Humans in high level positions are forced to go through re-conditioning, ie. brainwashing. Living conditions are not exactly optimal and the Ryqril aren't very compassionate overlords. It is in this environment that a few cells of resistance remain. The main character, Allen Caine, is a young member of the resistance on Earth who has trained his entire life to fight the Ryqril and undermine their authority. After a lifetime of preparation, he's been given a mission to sneak off Earth and make contact with the resistance on another planet. It's their hope that this contact can lead to a new paradigm in the war against their oppressors. The key to their success lies with the Blackcollars.
What's interesting about this book is just how important the Blackcollars are to the story. Zahn could have gone a lot of different ways with the story.Read more ›
The story takes place in the future. Earth and the many planets it has colonized had a major battle with an alien race…and lost. However, this isn't the usual post apocalyptic tale where everything is left in ruins. At the beginning of the story we find out that in the last days of the war Earth and the planets it inhabits surrendered to avoid being annihilated. While the book does go deeper into it that really sets the history that begins the actual story.
The actual story begins 30 years after the occupation of the alien force. A resistance movement made up of former government officials, regular soldiers and an elite branch of soldiers known as "Blackcollars". While the resistance has been a thorn in the side of the aliens, now governing all Earth's inhabited planets, this story begins when the resistance decides the time is right for a major offensive to fight back.
The author, Timothy Zahn, then takes us on a journey to other inhabited planets where a group of Blackcollars join with one of Earth's resistance fightersand they become the core group that the story focuses around.
This was the first book I had ever read by Timothy Zahn and that was back in the early 80s. This was always intended to be a trilogy but like most trilogies this first book in the series is a full story in and of itself. Sort of just like the first Star Wars movie. That way if it doesn't sell the reader still got an entire story even though it's open ended (like that first Star Wars movie back in the 70s).
what I love about Timothy Zahn's style of writing is that it leaves so little to the imagination, because it's so descriptive, that you could almost see the story in your mind as if it were a movie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Timothy Zahn strikes again! He always brings his characters to life and develops them well, while at the same time he puts them into absolute cliff-hanging situations. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Leon Terrell
I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. The early main character gets lost, then a lot of minutia.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sigh. Another good story tainted with easily fixed errors. The most annoying error was a lack of separation from one scene to a totally different scene. Read morePublished 27 days ago by M Lomeli, author
Solid sci fi adventure. Fun quick read. Think: halo super soldiers (sans armor) meets French WW2 underground.Published 2 months ago by J. T.
Thirty years after humans lost the war to the conquering Ryqril, a small group of elite soldiers plot to overthrow the Ryqril. Read morePublished 4 months ago by soraki
Timothy Zahn creates a fantastic futuristic world that's hard to put down. His books are like heroine to the reading addict! Beware you will be addicted to this trilogy.Published 5 months ago by runwithryan
I am always nervous about reading an author's work outside of the "universe" I am accustomed to them writing, but Zahn did not disappoint. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bart Harper
Tons of action, twists and turns keep you on the edge. These books are hard to lay down. Leave you hungry for more.Published 10 months ago by William Belson
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