The first book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundaryby total annihilation if necessary. To the Sh'daar, the driving technologies of transcendent change are anathema and must be obliterated from the universealong with those who would employ them. As their great warships destroy everything in their path en route to the Sol system, the human Confederation government falls into dangerous disarray. There is but one hope, and it rests with a rogue Navy Admiral, commander of the kilometer-long star carrier America, as he leads his courageous fighters deep into enemy space towards humankind's greatest conflictand quite possibly its last.
Page turner but very similiar to other books by this author
By The Chief - February 28, 2010
A real page turner and entertaining read, however...
This author has done this storyline before. He is using almost identical plot lines and enemies as the previous stories. Heck, this story is set with a similar beginning as the last and in the same universe..The major change is a different enemy even they are also billion year old, galaxy-spanning, mega-bad-guys bent on the destruction of the human race. Hmm, sound like the Xul again.
I do enjoy the science though and will buy the next series. I just wish more effort was spent on creating a new universe and change of plot lines...
The plot lines in both series:
1. Politicians are idiots and only the military are smart enough to know what's best 2. Civilians are idiots and only the military are smart enough to know what's best 3. Civilians and politicians are proven wrong only after an attack on earth that kills billions 4. Only the Admiral/General of a battle group seems to... read more
It's more of the same
By Damien Stewart - March 19, 2010
William H. Keith Jr. writes under several pseudonyms and I was surprised to discover that I have several of his other books from non-related genres. Having read all of the Heritage, Legacy, and most recent Inheritance Trilogies I was kind of disappointed that Earth Strike has a lot of carry over from those series in technology and plot structure. The book was entertaining but predictable and at times I'm sure I could find very similar passages from the previous nine books of those series. I just was expecting a little more but overall was satisfied enough to read it over a week or so. The last book of the Inheritance Trilogy I read in a single night the day it released as a comparison. So if you enjoyed other Ian Douglas books I'm sure you'll enjoy this one. I also plan on continuing to read the rest of the series as they are released.
Stuck in the Mud of Over-Explanation
By OldWave - August 1, 2011
Yes, I know there is a tendency to try and explain the nature of every technology that the author has conjured up for their books, but at some point the story has to carry the day, and the tedious explanations should subside, it only holds up the action, and is truly pointless, since these technologies don't exist, and this isn't a textbook. That is what sinks Ian Douglas. I don't know if he does this with all his books, but there is no prize for descriptions that run on and on. You end up screaming "Will you please get on with it!" And then you finally throw in the towel and go back to William Dietz. Can you imagine a WWII story that stopped to explain, in detail, the inner workings of an M1 before anyone shot the Nazi charging their position? How about George Lucas stopping the film to explain the engineering behind a "jump to light speed"? Why do they think anything needs to be explained at all? After the first thirty pages I wanted to strangle Ian..."You realize that none of this... read more
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