Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One
by Ian Douglas
Cover Artist: Gregory Bridges
Review by Ernest Lilley
Eos Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061840258
Date: 01 March 2010 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Star Carrier Book One: EarthStrike fuses elements of a number of SF traditions (space opera, mil-SF, post-apocalypse, singularity/post-humanism and of course, new-kids-on-the-galactic-block) with a number of tried and true SF technologies (artificial singularities, localized space warp FTL, zero-point energy, AI, nanotech, and autonomous personal avatars) and mixes in a real appreciation of how naval carrier operations (translate to deep space) are actually done to create one of the best pieces of mil-SF I've seen, complete with some serious character development in the mix. Not only does the author blend this complex list of ingredients together into a coherent narrative, but he adds some new tricks to the genre, or at least makes some favorite tropes plausible, like how fighters can follow curved paths in space.
I won't be surprised to find that Ian Douglas can cook as well. From official release/information:
Product Description: To the Sh'daar, the driving technologies of transcendent change are anathema and must be obliterated from the universe—along 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 conflict—and quite possibly its last.