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Deep Space – Another good Star Carrier book but with some annoying parts

Deep SpaceDeep Space (Star Carrier, #4) by Ian Douglas
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Humanity had appeared to fend off the Sh’daar assault once and for all, though they never learned why the alien empire was driven to halt Earth’s advancement toward technological Singularity.

But in this war of worlds, victory is always elusive.And now a new battle begins.

After twenty years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander whose heroics forced the Sh’daar into submission, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. But pursuing his mandate—sovereignty from the centuries-old Earth Confederation—becomes a risky proposition due to events taking place on the other side of the galaxy. A Confederation research vessel has been ambushed.Destroyers are descending on a human colony. It seems the Sh’daar have betrayed their treaty, and all nations must stand united—or face certain death.

This is a good book there is little question about that. It takes off quite a few years after the last book ended but it still pretty much continues the main story arc from the first three books. As before there is a fair amount of action and the action is well written taking (most) of the normal laws of nature into account making for a realistic, as far as science fiction goes, experience.

Again the Star Carrier battle group kicks some alien butt but not without getting a fair beating in return. The repair crews are kept busy indeed. Also, it appears that humanity might have found some new potential allies although that it still pretty much undecided by the end of the book.

However, there are some annoying parts of this book. For example there is a bit too much philosophizing among characters which slows things down. The main floor with this book however is one that quite a few books have. Humanity is under attack by an advanced alien race and is threatened with extinction or at least enslavement of the entire race. Yet a bunch of idiots still provokes fighting between the humans themselves. Personally I find it unbelievable and in any case, not very fun reading.

To make matters worse, the main trouble makers are an entity that have a suspicious resemblance to the European Community and which now appears to have its seat in Geneva. Now, do not get me wrong, I do not mind bashing both the EC bureaucrats/useless politicians nor the similar idiots in Geneva and yes they are useless pencil-pushers mostly being a part of the problem, not the solution. I was born in Sweden, I live in France and I work in Geneva so I have first hand experience. After almost twenty years here I have developed a deeply rooted contempt, even hate, for useless political bullshitters that put their own gain before everything else. However, my problem with this stuff in the book is that I find it rather boring, not to mention frustrating, to read.

However, after getting past those parts of the book what remains is still a good book. It ends in a cliffhanger so I assume that we will get a 5th book in the series. Hopefully this one will be more focused on fighting the real threat and less on the human civil war nonsense. Although I wouldn’t mind if a few of the European morons got a doze of their own medicine first.

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