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Second Star (Star Svensdotter #1) [Kindle Edition]

Dana Stabenow
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. We began to look seriously outward, not with the heady optimism of the early days, but with deliberate calculation. We knew that Someone was out there, and that eventually, they’d be coming. If Earth didn’t occupy the High Frontier, it could be ours to lose.

Esther “Star” Svensdotter’s job is overseeing the completion of the American Alliance’s first O’Neill cylinder — a massive space hab capable of supporting thousands of colonists. It’s just weeks away from commissioning, and she’ll be damned if Luddite terrorists, squabbling bureaucrats, military takeovers or rogue AIs will stand in the way. Frontier justice on Ellfive sometimes involves an airlock — you don’t want to be on the wrong side of justice. Or the wrong side of Star Svensdotter.

The first in Dana Stabenow’s Star Svensdotter trilogy, Second Star is a tale of first contact, declarations of independence, and new frontiers.


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About the Author

Dana Stabenow is the Edgar Award-winning author of Fire and Ice, So Sure of Death, and several other acclaimed mysteries. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.0 edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061YA5O0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,551 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alaskans in Space!! October 9, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book of Dana's that I read and, as a Sci-Fi reader and an Alakan, it was fabulous! I've gone on to read the Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell series (since Dana and Sue Henry talked me into buying the first books of their mystery series at the Barnes & Noble in Anchorage) but Star will always be my favorite. For the non-Sci Fi readers out there, this is not a book with the unpronouncable names and unrealistic settings. Also, Star seems to be a decendant of one of the characters in the Kate Shugak series (re: the story knife). So, if you can find a copy of this well-written, plausible and enjoyable book,with a strong female protagonist, I highly recommend it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hair on fire February 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I managed to get through 45% of this book before I realized I would rather set my hair on fire (if I had any) than go back and read any more.
So far, at 45%, there was no story. There were characters by the dozens, each with a contrived space type name like:Yelena Bugolubovo,Nierbog,Veblen, etc etc.
Some of them were described with square heads, and some were huge, from other planets all settling on this space city.
I was so frustrated by ill-defined characters, and the number of them without giving me a picture for my mind to grasp, that I had had enough/
Maybe there's a story line, you know; good guys vs bad guys somewhere later on, but a book, a play, a movie, should entertain.
This book missed the mark for me.
You can obtain it at no cost, but that's about what it's worth in my humble opinion.
Sorry to be so strong about it, but honesty is better than false diplomacy.

Fred Auerbach
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Her first book March 10, 2008
By Ed King
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Her first book and it shows but she is a competent and interesting writer . The Sci-Fi came first [ a labor of love for the genre I think { I love it too } ] She continues to grow and try new forms . If you are a fan of her mystries her sci-fi trilogy will show another side of the writer .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't start at the beginning! July 17, 2012
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Here goes.

There is ONE MAJOR FLAW in this book...it includes half a book of background which should have been dropped.

Get the book, find where Star arrives at the habitat, begin reading. You will NOT be disappointed!

I found Dana when Kindle away "A Cold Day for Murder," in Nov 2011. And immediately fell in love with the books too.:)

I then went and got everything else Dana wrote, and was thrilled to find she'd started in SF (had I met her back then I'd have chased her in hopes she'd catch me...I was already in love with Alaska and SF, and Dana is right of of one of Robert Heinlein's works.

Dana is not a scientist or technician, so these books lack technical 'hard science' aspects.

But Dana IS a master storyteller. The result is a Heinleinesque story with a strong female lead, well-developed characters and a great story; reminiscent of many of the 'Golden Age' stories in which the science was often a bit iffy.

For technical accuracy this is the best of the series, but the other two start at the beginning rather than with a ton of background, and thus read better.

If you tried to read this and bogged down, pick it up, and page to Star's arrival in her office, and start reading.

(Dana, if it's possible, it would be a good idea to republish this after editing out the background material...it would be novella length, but more people would read it, and the other two in the series...)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Star December 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the best things I ever did was pick up this book when it first came out in hard copy. It was a great trip into space that had everything - conflicts, wonder, romance. I loved it and I am now enjoying re-reading it on my Kindle. All I can say is why are there not more in this series?!

Of course, this book was also the reason that I picked up A Cold Day for Murder because I thought the author's name sounded familiar. I have never looked back. If Dana Stabenow writes it, I read it AND enjoy it. Highly recommend this and all her books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is perfect... July 29, 2012
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But being perfect isn't all its cracked up to be.

I'm pretty glad I found this book for free on amazon and started reading it before I read any of the reviews, because honestly, I probably wouldn't have read it if I had. I'm normally really hesitant to invest any time into free books (other than the old classics in the public domain) because normally the are free for a reason... the suck.

I'm not really sure what all of the complaints are about when people talk about the conversations about building materials and such because they are such a small part of the book and it add's something without dragging on and on. Many authors (well selling authors) do the same thing, they give a bit of background with certain things and this book was no different. Personally, as a huge fan of scifi, I have found this book to be pretty fun to read and at no point did I feel like it was dragging on as some have said.

I'm not saying everyone who loves scifi will, or even should, love this book, but I know I did. I don't know if I'll take a look at her non-scifi books, but I'll sure be getting the other two in this series at the very least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Might Be OK as a Young Adult Title September 13, 2013
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I first tried reading Dana Stabenow's "Second Star" almost two years ago and had to stop at the 20% mark: I just couldn't take it any more. This time around, I forced my way through it. Was it worth it? No, not really. I've got three issues with it. First, there's not much of a plot. It's mostly a lot of things happening one after another with no apparent purpose. When you get to the end, something interesting has happened. But, it doesn't come across as something the characters were aiming for. Heck, it turns out that what we think is going to be the plot, isn't. Secondly, the prose is a bit hokey. Yes, technically, the writing mechanics are OK. But, there's a lot of stuff that happens that just starts a gag reflex. And finally, even though the science is mostly acceptable, one of the things the author comes back to several times (the spin-induced "gravity" of the setting) is wrong. Like just about everyone (even Arthur C. Clarke got it wrong in Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Rama)) authors seem to equate increasing distances from the floor of a rotating cylindrical habitat with an automatic lessening of "gravity." That's not how it works. To get less "gravity" with height, you have to decelerate against the spin so that the centripetal acceleration against whatever is keeping you at your new distance from the axis is lower. But, that third complaint is pretty minor. The big problem is the lack of plot. Even the "hokeyness" can be somewhat forgiven since the author is apparently trying to emulate Heinlein's early "Boy Scout Era" works. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd str
was looking for something to read and found this for free so I got it I thought it was interesting enough to get one of her Alaska stories. liked it also.
Published 24 days ago by c vizthum
3.0 out of 5 stars weak plot
very readable a little too far out there with a weak plot. I think that this sotory should have spent more time on development on plot and less on descriptive futuristic science
Published 1 month ago by Roger Langer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good charaters, blah plot
I'm trying to get into sci-fi books more and more, and figured since I recognized Dana Stabenow as a mystery writer, I'd give her a try (even though I've never read her mystery... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liberty Speidel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Teens
Story is a bit dated ( a strange comment for Sci Fy but that's how I felt about it). Just OK.
Published 2 months ago by Irving D. Halper
3.0 out of 5 stars Second Star (Svensdotter #1)
Dana Stabenow is one of my favorite authors. I have read most of her books and love the Alaskan adventures, having lived in Alaska for 25 years they always make me a little... Read more
Published 2 months ago by B Button
2.0 out of 5 stars too slow
far different in flow, texture and tone than her other novels; especially Kate Shugak series. This is so slow to move one wants to just quit. Where is the mystery? Who cares? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Star
I like Dana Stabenow's writing. I go back time and again for more. It gets a bit dry in places but the story and the characters are strong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dana is the best!
I have read all of the Kate and Liam books. I love them all! I am just very disappointed that Dana is waiting so long to continue the Kate saga. Very disappointing!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out and equally well written, good tale...
liked it,would read the next book in the series. Star is a believable and affable protagonist, just flawed enough to be realistic.
Published 3 months ago by One Eyed Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars nice beginning
Well fleshed out characters. Nicely paced read to start a series, but stands alone as a finished story. Another winner for Stabenow.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing.

Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace (but has since been resurrected as an e-book), her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award, her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her twenty-eighth novel and nineteenth Kate Shugak novel, Restless in the Grave, was published February 14, 2012.

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