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Center of Gravity: Star Carrier: Book Two by [Douglas, Ian]
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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.


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  • File Size: 1198 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (February 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EBT7IM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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.

Enjoy!
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Center of Gravity picks up shortly after the events of the previous book "Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One" left off. As such that previous book is very much required reading.

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.
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This is the second installment in the "Star Carrier" series. It carries forward both the strengths and the weaknesses in this series. This continues to be a considerable work of imagination in which the author successfully produces a dazzling view of humankind's future. His technological prognostications are creative, plausible, and intelligent. From iPhones and Google Glasses today, to mandatory implants and on-board implanted artificial-intelligence computers tomorrow as the author predicts in this series, it all makes sense. The conflict between Earth and the aliens is interesting and made to seem plausible in this second installment.

This novel, in common with Book One, suffers from a lack of character development and an over-reliance on technobabble. The author is quite capable of spending an entire chapter describing the technology of a given class of star fighter, how warp drive works, etc. It all could have been shortened without harming the storyline one whit. On the plus side I will say that the author writes intelligently about how a future warp drive and other technological advances of a similar nature might work. But in this novel the author continues his trend of over-reliance on such long explanations and the reader often feels as though he or she is essentially wading through this to get to the real purpose of the novel. To the credit of this series, the character development in the second novel is a little better, but only a little. The protagonists are still pretty one-dimensional, and one really gets the feeling that the author is not interested in developing these characters -- he would rather explain for the upteenth time about warp drive, artificial intelligences, and other staples of the series.

Despite the above criticisms, this storyline continues to hold my interest and I am off to book three in the series. RJB.
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