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

Timothy Zahn
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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: #40,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 24 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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Zahn Great! October 11, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Timothy Zahn is one of my favorite sci-fi authors, but his quality has been decreasing somewhat as of late (Manta's Gift and Angelmass for instance). But this new edition to the Blackcollar series was superb!

"The Judas Solution" would be an enjoyable read without reading the previous Blackcollars. However, the story is fairly complicated and it continues right where the others left off, so I would highly recommend that you read them first - they are great! It had been awhile since I had read them and it took me a few chapters to remember what had gone on and who was who.

This book had lots of twists and a deep plot, it also wrapped up the series nicely. I would recommend it to anyone who likes action sci-fi.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good sci fi. I enjoyed this series.
Published 3 days ago by Lynley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series but....
Timothy Zahn is one of my favorite SF authors his work with the Star Wars expanded universe is some of his best work, the Blackcollar series is a enjoyable read but the lack of... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Michael W. Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Blackcollar was just not for me.
Sorry, but with over 45 years of martial arts experience, I just couldn't suspend belief enough to really enjoy this book. Calling a shaken a shuriken shows all. Read more
Published 22 days ago by D'veed
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackcollar series
This is a great series! To bad the author is not continuing the series any farther. This is a good read.
Published 29 days ago by B. Dial
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'd expect out of this author
I've read other Timothy Zahn, and was hoping this would be something like his Conqueror's trilogy. I was wrong.

Blackcollar reads like fan fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dsan
5.0 out of 5 stars `We Lost, ARGH!
The plot, summed up:

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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Andrews
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Good Zahn
Dated but entertaining. As always, the good guys win and unveil numerous surprises on the journey there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kent L. Weitkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters and Story-line
This is the last book in Author Zahn’s Blackcollar series, as with the previous two it is an excellent read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bobml
2.0 out of 5 stars unimpressed
I didn't care much for this book. It seemed like it should have been written as a graphic novel instead. The characters were weak and the storyline though interesting was thin.
Published 5 months ago by colleen
3.0 out of 5 stars Can you say Deus Ex Machina
An interesting conceit, the plot is fast moving and the characters are interesting, but the astonishing skills the characters have at hand are always a little suspect.
Published 6 months ago by JW
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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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