Always on the prowl for a good science fiction story that fills the void in my life, I’ve wanted to give Ian Douglas a try for a while. Since no one ever bought it for me for Christmas, I decided to buy it myself a while back.
Earth Strike is the first book in the Star Carrier series. Humanity is a space-faring species, advancing quickly in technology. But that seems to be making an enigmatic alien species uncomfortable, and a cold war between species is heating up. Now, Earth and humanity are fighting for their lives, trying to keep ahead of a species they know nothing about.
Full of identity crises and space battles, Earth Strike is action-packed from the very beginning and keeps going until the last pages.
The first thing I noticed was that, though it’s its own series, I would have been better off starting with the series he wrote first. I believe it would have given me context on the way this reality is set up. There were a few typos that bugged me too, but that’s neither here nor there.
When I started in, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I was expecting a little more of space odyssey, but it was more of a military novel set in space. It wasn’t bad, just not quite what I expected. I’ll probably continue the series, at some point. I did enjoy it, and I’m interested to get deeper inside the minds of some of the characters. But, at the end of the day, it’s not a series that is all consuming, and that’s the kind of science fiction I was looking for. So the search will continue, at some point.