This book was rather disappointing as far as I am concerned. The book blurb sounded interesting but the story was, in my opinion, just a hot mess. Continue reading Alien Secrets – Too much of a mess for my taste.
Ian Douglas writes good stuff. Characters, dialogue, action etc… are all well done. I do like most of the characters including the AI Konstantin. I do like the action. All those things are quite good as always with this author. Continue reading Bright Light: Enjoyable but not great.
Overall I found it quite enjoyable to read, enough for a four star rating, but I also got the feeling that the book series is not progressing as I would have liked and has perhaps even outstayed it’s welcome a wee bit. Continue reading Dark Mind: Enjoyable read but…
This is a quite nice little novella in the Warstrider universe. I have to say that I am not sure why the author, if he wanted to review this series, opted for “just” a novella. At only around 150 pages it is indeed more of a short story than a full book. It has all the qualities of the rest of the series but it really leaves me wanting more. […]
Continue reading The Ten Billion Gods of Heaven – Quite nice little novella in the Warstrider universe.
Deep Time (Star Carrier #6) by Ian Douglas My rating: 7 out of 10 star The clock is ticking in the struggle for galactic independence Once rebels fighting all-out civil war with The Earth Confederation, over the demands of the Interstellar Sh’daar Collective, the United States of North America is now the dominant force in negotiations with the Sh’daar. But as the Marines root out the … Continue reading Deep Time – I have a difficult time making up my mind about this one. Is it just good or is it great?
Battlemind (Warstrider #6) by Ian Douglas (William H. Keith Jr.) My rating: 6 out of 10 stars The Web, a vast machine intelligence of unbelievable power, is steadily consuming the galaxy, indifferent to any species that stands in its way. Fighting the Web brings together an alliance between disparate societies and alien civilizations to stand against it in battle. And overcoming the Web means discovering … Continue reading Battlemind: Oh nooooo…time travel!
Netlink (Warstrider #5) by Ian Douglas (William H. Keith Jr.) My rating: 9 out of 10 stars Over twenty years have passed since the events of Warstrider: Symbionts. Contact with the DalRiss and Naga and their technology has radically altered human society, as has the constant struggle between the Hegemony and the rebel Confederation for control over the dozens of human-inhabited planets. But the Hegemony … Continue reading Netlink: Well done Science Fiction. I liked it quite a lot.
Symbionts (Warstrider #4) by Ian Douglas (alias for William H. Keith Jr.) My rating: 8 out of 10 stars Dev Cameron helped the rebel Confederation defeat the Hegemony forces at Herakles, but his experience merging with an alien Naga consciousness has changed him irrevocably, and the rebellion rages on. After the passive DalRiss unexpectedly attack the Hegemony, Dev and Katya Alessandro are sent to meet … Continue reading Symbionts: Good, solid hard military science fiction.
Jackers (Warstrider #3) by Ian Douglas (alias for William H. Keith Jr.) My ratings: 7 out of 10 stars Once he was the gaijin champion of a cruel and oppressive Empire. Now Dev Cameron is a military commander for the rebellious, newborn Confederation — and at tentative peace with the galaxy’s all-powerful rulers. — But treachery has shattered the uneasy truce, as the Imperial lords … Continue reading Jackers: A bit mixed but still a good read.
Rebellion (Warstrider 2) by Ian Douglas (alias for William H. Keith Jr.) My rating: 7 out of 10 stars In the wake of a breakthrough in the struggle against the Xenos on its frontier worlds, the Hegemony turns its attention to the planet Eridu, where newly-encountered Xenos as well as brewing unrest among the colonists threaten the Hegemony’s rule. The ensuing struggle will test loyalties and … Continue reading Rebellion: More politics and less aliens in this one
Warstrider (Warstrider #1) by Ian Douglas (alias for William H. Keith Jr.) My rating: 7 out of 10 stars In the 26th century, humanity is at war with the Xenophobes, and the planet Loki is the next battleground. Dev Cameron joined the military to fly a starship, but is rated unsuitable and grudgingly accepts an assignment with the ground forces piloting a massive walking tank- a … Continue reading Warstrider: Good solid read and a story with a twist or two.
Dark Matter (Star Carrier #5) by Ian Douglas My rating: 6 out of 10 stars An enemy might just have to become an ally . . . in order to save humankind The United States of North America is now engaged in a civil war with the Earth Confederation, which wants to yield to the demands of the alien Sh’daar, limit human technology, and become … Continue reading Dark Matter: Somewhat disappointing actually.
Bloodstar (Star Corpsman, #1) by Ian Douglas My rating: 5 out of 10 stars In the 23rd Century, war is still hell . . . Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle joined up to save lives and see the universe. Now he and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are en route to Bloodworld—a hellish, volatile rock colonized by the fanatical Salvationists who … Continue reading Bloodstar – Well written book but never really caught my interest
Deep 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, … Continue reading Deep Space – Another good Star Carrier book but with some annoying parts