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Center of Gravity (Star Carrier Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Douglas
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Book Description

Center of Gravity is the second book in the explosive Star Carrier series by Ian Douglas—and a breathtaking new high in military sf, the strongest of the science fiction subgenres. Battlestar Galactica fans will adore this saga of ultimate war in deep space, as humankind risks its very future, battling a vast alien evil empire in order to achieve transcendence and become a major power in the universe. Douglas’s Center of Gravity belongs on every action-lover’s sf bookshelf—right between Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War and Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.

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    "Douglas knows his SF." Publishers Weekly

    From the Back Cover

    In the evolution of every sentient race, there is a turning point when the species achieves transcendence through technology.

    The warlike Sh’daar are determined that this monumental milestone will never be achieved by the creatures known as human.

    On the far side of known human space, the Marines are under siege, battling the relentless servant races of the Sh'daar aggressor. With a task force stripped to the bone and the Terran Confederation of States racked by dissent, rogue Admiral Alexander Koenig must make the momentous decision that will seal his fate and the fate of humankind. A strong defensive posture is futile, so Koenig will seize the initiative and turn the gargantuan Star Carrier America toward the unknown. For the element of surprise is the only hope of stalling the Sh'daar assault on Earth's solar system—and the war for humankind's survival must be taken directly to the enemy.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 769 KB
    • Print Length: 401 pages
    • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (February 22, 2011)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004EBT7IM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Continuation of the Series February 27, 2011
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    If you haven't read Book 1 of this series, I highly recommend you read Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One first to make sure you are up to speed on the characters and their background as the author draws on a lot of the personal relationships, as well as to make sure just who the heck the bad guys are.

    This book pick right up where the first one left off, and it is pretty much non-stop action with good character dialogue. I also like how he brings you along on the technological front, which makes the light drive systems more believable. You know you're reading an intriguing . thought-proviking book when you dream about some of the technologies like I did - I wouldn't mind having a replicator!

    About the only drawback I have with the book is the different alien names as it was hard for me to keep them all straight. There is a lot of repitition to his other series with idiotic politicians and similar characteristics of the soldier heroes but it's not that big of a deal to me.

    Bottom line is this is a good story - well worth the investment on my Kindle. Now, how much longer do we have to wait for the next book in the series?
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    27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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    I like the book, and the series. It has been a fun read with characters that I can believe in their emotions and troubles. I also like where this book is going for the next installment in the series. You can definately see a much larger story being spun out.

    What I don't like is the price gouging from the publisher. $7.99 for the kindle book, when I could get the paperback for $4? Come on. Get with the times. E-Books are the way of the future, and I will not be paying twice the price for the ebook over the paperback. I have now flagged the publisher I automatically skip over because of their stance on pricing.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book March 7, 2011
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    Buy this book. Oh, and the one before it too. If you have not read the previous book, I envy you ;)

    This book picks up right after the first one, "Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One". The story is complicated and should be read in order.

    Set in 2404 AD, humanity has expanded into the surrounding stellar neighborhood with the farthest settlement some 60 light years away. Humainty is under attack by a near-galaxy spanning collective. They want humans to stop developing new technology or face destruction. Best guess is they dont want humanity to discover something we may be on track to find out soon, immortality, transcendence, panspora?

    The story is fast paced with plenty of time for plot and charcter development. Well thought out realistic space combat and interesting depth into alien evolution.

    Main technologies in use include nonotech, gravitics, FTL, and AI.

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    15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Stop! Don't waste time on this book January 14, 2012
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    I read the first book in this series and really thought Ian Douglas had set up an interesting universe full of aliens, advanced technology and desperate situations. Unfortunately the second book was a huge disappointment. I don't know if Douglas just banged the story out in three days to fulfill a contract or if he has someone else ghost write the book. Either was it is a huge mess.

    To me what makes a space opera interesting is when the author chooses a universe very similar to our real universe with one or two changes. Like a hostile alien race that is in conflict with us poor humans. Then determine what advances in technology is needed to make such a story possible and interesting.

    In the Star Carrier series the there are three main technological advances.

    1) Advanced nano technology in the form of star ship hulls that can change shape, replicators that can create most anything from feed stock, and nano bots that keep humans healthy and alive for a very long time.

    2) Artificial intelligence that is faster and smarted than human intelligence.

    3) FTL spacecraft capable of travelling many light years in a few days and the ability to create artificial black hole singularities that allow small fighter space craft to accelerate at 50,000 gravities so they can reach light speed in about 10 minutes. This technology also allows humans access to practically unlimited energy drawn from the quantum vacuum.

    Now this could make for some very interesting stories if the author spent a few minutes to figure out how these technologies would change the tactics of space warfare. And write stories that reflect that thought. Instead Douglas fights the space battles as if he where using aircraft carriers and fighter jets.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Star Carrier May 11, 2013
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    Accidently, I read this and Earth Strike out of sequence, so I had a little trouble wrapping my head around this author's style. Being a fan of science fiction, it is a complex but a very interesting story line. I think it is a treasure trove for those whose minds lean towards mechanical or military applications. However, it has intrigued me enough to follow this story line in Mr. Douglas's other books. I especially love the premise that we have no idea how alien an alien species could be.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series! August 15, 2011
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    I love this book series! I've been reading it on my Android phone with the Kindle app. I can't wait for the third book to come out. I like how the author explains concepts of space travel and military tactics.
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    Ian Douglas, one of the many pseudonyms for writer William H. Keith, is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular military SF series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, and the ongoing Star Carrier and Star Corpsman series. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

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