The Galactic Hegemony has been around a long time, and it likes stability--the kind of stability that member species like the aggressive, carnivorous Shongairi tend to disturb. So when the Hegemony Survey Force encountered a world whose so-called "sentients"--"humans," they called themselves--were almost as bad as the Shongairi themselves, it seemed reasonable to use the Shongairi to neutralize them before they could become a second threat to galactic peace. And if the Shongairi took a few knocks in the process, all the better.
Now, Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, more than half the human race has died.
Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize scattered survivors without getting killed. And in the southeastern US, firearms instructor and former Marine Dave Dvorak finds himself at the center of a growing network of resistance--putting his extended family at lethal risk, but what else can you do?
On the face of it, Buchevsky's and Dvorak's chances look bleak, as do prospects for the rest of the surviving human race. But it may well be that Shongairi and the Hegemony alike have underestimated the inhabitants of that strange planet called Earth... in David Weber's Out of the Dark.
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The other members of the Hegemony fear the Shongairi and decide to recommend that the Shongairi colonize KU-197-20, figuring that the war-like humans and the Shongairi will keep one another occupied for a while.| Read Full Review of Out of the Dark
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David Weber is one of the most prolific and popular writers in Science Fiction and Fantasy, his novels hit the best seller lists and more often than not, he’s got two or three different books on the bestseller lists every year.Jan 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Out of the Dark
They realize that it will be several hundred years before the Shongairi can reach the Earth and begin their conquest, and that things can change during that time, but they don’t believe that humanity will have been able to attain a much higher degree of sophistication, intelligence, and civilizat...Oct 13 2010 | Read Full Review of Out of the Dark
However, the aliens can’t take the losses of their equipment (they’re way out of their range from everybody else in the Hegemony, the alien “community”, and have absolutely no time to set up an industrial complex) and keep fighting the humans, so they begin to devise a terrifying option for deali...Oct 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Out of the Dark
I am looking forward to the next Safehold book but now I am going to be more careful in buying a Weber book.Sep 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Out of the Dark
meets Jericho meets War of the Worlds meets Tomorrow, When the War Began meets Battlefield Earth meets -- holy shit!Sep 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Out of the Dark
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