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Center of Gravity: Star Carrier: Book Two (Star Carrier Series) Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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?
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
In the previous book we learn that in the future Earth and its handful of colonies are losing a war against a vast interstellar empire. In the last book our heroes barely repelled a large scale invasion of our home solar system. Now in this book our heroes mount a daring large scale offensive operation, taking a fleet of ships deep into enemy space to try and shift the fighting further away from Earth. If the fleet fails the Earth will be left with dangerously few ships to defend itself with.
With the stakes set we finally get to see our heroes taking the fight to the alien invaders. Despite the large amount of world building done in book one, Ian Douglas finds a way to shed even more light on the universe he has created. Detailing a great deal more about the culture of this futuristic Earth as well as their alien enemies. On the down side however there are many explanations and details that are recycled and repeated from book one. This is obviously done for the benefit of new readers, however I found myself sometimes skimming over entire pages of repeated technical information for stuff I already read about.
In terms of the plot the author does a good job of keeping things largely fresh, although it does feel at times that our heroes are doing surprisingly well for a military that has up to that point been largely losing the war.
Overall the book continues to be a very compelling saga that really stands out from the usual crowd of sci-fi works. Its only real flaw is that it can get a tad overwhelming with the amount of detail the author provides about various topics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Douglas still spends more time than necessary with explanations, but otherwise a terrific read. Even when his pedantry runs amok.Published 27 days ago by Chyrotump
Book 1 took a bit to get into but now I'm hooked and find it hard to put down. I have the rest of the series.Published 1 month ago by SpiritWind
What is it with the Left ALWAYS having to make some sort of political comment. Get a life instead of getting into everyone elses.Published 3 months ago by The Last Plainsman
This series has interesting material, but the writing style does not appeal to me. It comes across as very flat, much of the dialogue just provides backstory and feels very forced. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt B