Earth Strike (Star Carrier, #1) by Ian Douglas

Earth Strike (Star Carrier, #1)

The first book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendenceThere 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 boundary--by total annihilation if n...

Details Earth Strike (Star Carrier, #1)

TitleEarth Strike (Star Carrier, #1)
Release DateFeb 23rd, 2010
GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction, War, Military Fiction, Military Science Fiction

Reviews Earth Strike (Star Carrier, #1)

  • Mike
    I would say this is a very conditional 4 stars. Depending on your proclivities it could easily be a terrible 2 star book. While this could obviously be said about any work of literature, I think this book is very good in a very, very narrow niche which I happen to enjoy.Succinctly put, Earth Strike is a Military Pulp Hard Science Fiction. If you don't like any of those constituent parts I do not think you will like this book.Hard Science Fiction:...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    What we have here is a good solid, "not bad" space opera read. I like military science fiction. Give me fleets clashing in space or ground troops in future armor fighting giant bugs, or robots, or droids or...whatever and I'm happy. Generally if you blow up enough stuff I'm not to concerned about redeeming sociological themes and so on.This starts out on the right road but it does a sort of left turn and tries to become...relevant. Like a lot of ...
  • M Hamed
    inconsequential Rant regarding the pointlessis it better to totally ignore the Existence of Islam like 95% of science fiction ,or to introduce a deformed view reflecting what we think the religion represents.full of savagery and killing and allah akbar and death to the infidels is shouted from mobs that prefer boys than girls and don't understand logic ...oh and don't forget to throw the (J) word in there preferably preceded by nuclear ,i mean nu...
  • Jack +Books & Bourbon+
    Can anything really compare to the sheer adrenaline and inherent danger of deep space dogfighting? In my admittedly limited experience, the answer is a resounding "no". I've been fascinated with space combat, especially fighter combat, since childhood. Like most folks my age, I experienced it first with movies and shows like Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, followed by cartoons like Robotech and Star Blazers. Books soon started to capitalize o...
  • Mark Hebwood
    Oh dear. Quite poorly written, for starters. Check out this sample from page 1, narrating the arrival of the fleet flagship in space containing a planetary theatre of war:She was ... enormous, by far the largest mobile construct ever built by humankind. The three dots are actually in the text, that is not me omitting something to make the quote shorter. Clearly, the omission is designed to convey to the reader that the narrator is lost for words ...
  • Gordon
    When you hear the title Star Carrier it evokes images of massive Aircraft Carrier style ships like we've seen before in many well known and famous movies and TV shows; a Star Destroyer from 'Star Wars' or the Carrier Saratoga from 'Space: Above and Beyond'. In many cases the technology is different but the idea is the same, a simply massive vessel capable of launching ridiculous numbers of fighters against an enemy force. In these books however t...
  • Steve
    If you are in the mood for fairly mindless military sci-fi this is a good choices. Basically:The first book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendenceThere 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,...
  • Tamahome
    Like the kindle sample, and his story in Armored. Military sf with an above average level of science.His short story was on Starshipsofa 54/357 (10 hours?) - Lots of outer space action right away. I'm enjoying this. I think the science makes everything the more vivid and real, even describing the clouds and water on the alien planet. Not a lot of huge character 287/357 - Almost done. Last 100 pgs are pretty exciting. Kind...
  • Nathaniel
    Earth Strike is a weird, Frankenstein's monster of a book. I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. I just mean that it has elements from several different sources--each performed excellently--stitched together in ways that are so unusual as to be arresting. The political view of the book had me off-kilter for pretty much the entire duration, and it wasn't until reading the sequel (Center of Gravity) that I was able to tell if my read of Ian D...
  • Guy Haley
    Battlestar Above and BeyondMilitary SF is as American as testy insularity and fructose-induced obesity. There are moments in Earth Strike where you practically want to punch the air and shout “Hell yeah! America!” In a book about a multinational organisation, all the major characters are American, serving aboard a spaceship called America. But it is military SF; Douglas knows his market. Written to the best-seller beat of frequently repeated ...
  • JMcDouges
    I have to start out by saying I really wish I could give this book a better rating. The underlying frame of the story wasn't exactly new but the layers on top of it made for a rather unique and enjoyable story. The characters could have used a bit more work but didn't drag down the story too badly. There was just too many unnecessary descriptions slowing down the pace of the story, and that's not a result of this being hard Sci-Fi either. More on...
  • Hali Sowle
    Earth is now the center of what used to be a far flung confederation of human worlds. Unfortunately that confederation of worlds is shrinking due to the Sh'daar and their subservient species the Turusch. The Sh'daar are the big bullies of the universe and they have given earth an ultimatum - give up all technological progress that would lead humans to the "tech singularity event" (where we would transcend our biological forms) and become another ...
  • Hunter
    Earth Strike has got to be one of the most technical books I've ever read in Si Fi.Pros: The amount of time he put into thinking up the tech in this book and coming up with good uses for it staggers me. I love the space ships he uses and the alien species that he introduces. The combat and tactics of the space battles are pretty average but still fun to read. The ending I didn't see coming AT ALL so I love it when something like that happens.Cons...
  • Ron
    On some absolute scale this may not be that good a book, but compared to much science fiction offered today, it's a great story. Yes, it's a jingoistic space opera, but Douglas paid attention to the physics of his world enough that the reader is not insulted to read it.Obviously a story of interstellar conflict,Earth Strike also manages to develop the humanity of the cast enough that its not all singularities and lasers.A very good read.
  • Mark
    Literature it ain't. Fun, it is, if you like military tactics in space. Plus, there's some cool alien stuff.
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog I purchased the Audible version on sale and decided to give this series a try. Unfortunately, turns out this is the type of military sci fi that generally turns me off: uber jingoistic "superpower" Americans fighting thinly veiled Islamic aphorisms while bogging down on endless scientific drivel. I tend to prefer character and story rather than technical jargon and macho m...
  • ThisOneGuy
    I did not enjoy this book, and I doubt anyone but a hard science SF fan would. It's definitely got some gems in it - the strong point was definitely the book's xenobiology and description of a fascinating new alien species - but all in all, there were so many negatives that the experience was spoiled. Here are a few big ones:-The main character sucked. His name was Grey, and he was about as exciting as his name suggested. You could tell the autho...
  • Greg
    Wow. This was one of the better military science fiction books I've read in a long time. The science was prefect, very "sci-fi" stuff, but also believable, for 300 years in the future. The space travel and combat was also very believable (you know how I hate it when it isn't).If you like his other books then, you should read this (and MAKE SURE you read the Author's note in front. It explains what this book is, in relational to his other series, ...
  • Conal
    This review will be for the complete first three book arc of this series. This novel reminded me a lot of the Jack Campbell Lost Fleet series as there was lots of space battles with ship to ship action. In this series, humans are fighting multiple alien species and not other human groups and for the most part are behind them technologically but the author makes up for this in the tenaciousness of the human fighting spirit. The author also does a ...
  • BobA707
    Summary: Good old space opera military SF. Good plot, good universe, well written, thoroughly enjoyed this one. The only real problem is that their is a rather obvious and fatal flaw which must be overlooked for everything to hang together.Plotline: Good plot well thought out with action all the wayPremise: An interesting universe, well presented, not quite sure the author has really thought through some of the consequences of his physics...Writi...
  • Matt Picio
    A good book if you like military SF, better yet if you love aircraft carriers in space.Earth Strike follows the Confederation carrier "America" in the war against an unknown enemy. Main POV characters are the admiral in charge of the carrier battlegroup, and one of the squadron fighter pilots. The book showcases a very high-tech humanity on the verge of a Vingian singularity, opposed by an implacable unseen enemy who acts through client alien rac...
  • Patrick Scheele
    A description of this book compared it to the new Battlestar Galactica series. Nothing could be further from the truth, this book is everything BG wasn't. Where BG had endless politics, infighting and espionage (basically "The West Wing" in space) past the first episode, this book has actual science and proper strategic combat. If you were as disappointed with the new BG as I was, give this book a try.I do have to point out that this book is not ...
  • Paul Grech
    In the list where I first got to know of this book, it was billed as a book that any fan of the Battlestar Galactica TV series would enjoy. Of course, after that I was always going to read it.Having done so, I can understand where that analogy comes from. It is a book where humanity is under attack from a strong and remorseless enemy; where the stories of the individuals matter as much as the grander narrative. But this is a great read for more t...
  • Dorthe
    The narrator role is way to clumsy for a professional author - it jumps from omniscient 3rd person to various individual characters (including, for a brief instant, an AI) and back between single sentences, partly to explain abbreviations to the reader in the middle of a supposedly nailbitingly exciting scene when Grey is in trouble. The excitement gets lost, however, in the distance created by the all-knowing voice-over. It might have worked in ...
  • Peter Bensen
    I am growing more and more fond of Ian Douglas's work. I love the star corpsman series and I really enjoyed this book. I can get buried in details about star drives, singularities and their use in gravitic drive assemblies, etc. And I love discussions about GRIN (genetics/robotics/information/neural nets?) and mankind approaching a technological singularity (evolution of advancement) and how an alien race might be nervous about us approaching tha...
  • Tony Calder
    This is pretty standard military sci-fi - humans are fighting a technologically advanced alien race, the war is not going well, but humanity is hanging in there through a combination of ingenuity and pluck. As it's a trilogy I am expecting a decisive human victory in the final book.That said, this book is well-written and nicely paced. The author has made an attempt to keep the science at least plausible and given that the book is set 400 years i...
  • Jerri
    Interesting new series. The aliens have an unusual twist and I am looking forward to seeing how their psychology and twinning will play out. I was afraid the main character, Gray, would end up being a whinny, sorry-for-himself character, but by the end of the this book he had come to grips with his situation and decided where he wanted to be. I hope for further growth in his character. The science was thought provoking and I hope to see more in t...
  • Joseph Ottinger
    It's a good example of military scifi in the vein of Starship Troopers, The Forever War, Armor.. although it probably has more of a shared intent with the Honor Harrington series. It's got a pretty wide cast of characters; it's not entirely afraid to show the costs of war; the science is fairly justifiable (it's not trying to be true "hard science" but the leaps of faith required aren't that dramatic); the portrayal of alien biomes is actually pr...
  • Leanna M Cole
    Outstanding Military SciFiGreat story, great action, great characters, sticks to science without shoving it up your nostrils. Surprisingly good aliens who act like aliens. Military vs politicians, excellent.Pilot dealing with his demons.Realistic treatment of religious issues.Looking forward to the rest of the series.