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Antares Dawn Paperback – September 4, 2002

4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Antares Series

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About the Author

Michael McCollum is the author of 10 science fiction novels and one book of short stories, with total sales of 250,000 books in bookstores. He is now the proprietor of Sci Fi - Arizona, an Online Science Fiction bookstores and publishing company.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Third Millennium Pubns (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929381069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929381067
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was pretty excited when I read the premise of this book; a colony is cut off from earth for over a hundred years when an unknown spaceship appears out of nowhere. The colonists decide to go figure out where it came from. It sounds like an interesting mystery with potential for some plot twists and thrilling events. Unfortunately nothing THAT interesting happens. The story alternates between being in space and people on planets talking politics. I started to skip through the long dialogues because they really didn't have to do with the plot. Of course there was a love story that was crammed in so that there could be a female character - because you can't have a female on a starship unless she's in love with the captain or something right?

It's clear that this was heavily influenced by "The Mote in God's Eye" which is both good and bad. You will roll your eyes at certain things. The reason I gave it 2 stars and not 1 is because it does have some very nice descriptions and plenty oftechnical/ hard scifi stuff.
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These other folks with the 2 star reviews are dead on. I won't repeat what they have already stated. I've read a substantial amount of Sci Fi in my life and this is one of the few works that I have abandoned completely. I guess my top complaint is being dragged through page after page of things like cocktail party dialog and details about mundane events/scenes that have absolutely nothing to do with the plot. When it's good, it's enjoyable, but that ends all to soon.
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By A Customer on August 16, 2000
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...this isn't. McCollum has a knack of keeping the words out of the way of a good story. I put down most SciFi books in disgust after a few pages when they become too improbable or unintelligent or the quality of the writing is unbearable. But of all "regular" scifi I have enjoyed MacCollum's books the most, especially the Antares books. They are very easy to read, the science is almost always well worked out, and they are hard to put down. Don't expect super-deep character development, but the plots are fun and rattle along. The Antares books in particualar are the sort of books that you feel sad to finish. My favorite kind!
I just hope he sits down and writes a book the size of say, Lord of the Rings, so I can really get into one of these worlds for more than just a few days. Please please!
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Great read, if you enjoy ed his other books (i'm thinking Life Probe and Procyon's Promise) you will definitely enjoy this series. Great conceptualizing of the distances involved, and tidbits of physics theory thrown into a great sci-fi adventure story.
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I got this book due to it being talked about on Security Now Podcast. Steve Gibson said the series was a good one and he was right. Well written stories that kept you guessing what was going to happen. If you ahve never listen to a Security Now Podcast they are great. Not just about computer security, but lots of got ideas on Sci-Fi books.
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This isn't a review per se, just a kudo for the author: Michael McCollum does it again. I've read just about everything by this author and have determined that he's one of the very best sci-fi authors ever. I've read this book and its sequel three times now--about once every 6 months or so since finding them. This is the kind of story that stays with me and keeps drawing me back over and over--even tho I know what's gonna happen! The broad landscape of this story is absolutely entralling, the characters are well developed and really come alive, and the physics of wormhole travel even seems plausible. Please, please someone make a movie out of this story. It would translate MOST EXCELLENTLY to the big screen.
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Its a decent but predictable story of space war. decent read, but If I finish the series I will go find it for nearly free at the used book store. I love reading on kindle but come on its old 1980's novel. Not worth 8 bucks. IMHO.
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By Russ on November 8, 2012
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This is your normal, typical space adventure type of book. I decided to try it for I saw more than one book in the series.. and after liking the first one, I will be buying the rest and reading them. Sometimes I found it was a little difficult and far fetched so to speak, but overall I liked reading it.
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