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    Kevin J. Anderson(Author) Mark Boyett(Narrator Performer)

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The Dark Between the Stars is space opera on a grand scale. Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness, and the human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.

Kevin J. Anderson has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels, GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994.He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award.Visit his websitewww.wordfire.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By Guest on 16 July 2017

    I got 17% of the way through this book before giving up -- giving up is quite unusual for me, which is why it gets the lowest rating.It promises a grand saga, and seems to be setting something up, but the chapters are simply too short (or at least, too little happens in them?) for me to be able to maintain a handle on the characters and their motivations. I don't have any emotional investment in any character beyond the first two introduced, and the book just keeps introducing more; I'm not even sure if the new characters relate to the existing ones -- maybe I've just lost track of their names?Perhaps my piecemeal reading style, reading typically for 10-15 minutes at a time is harmful to my appreciation of this work, but I feel like I'd need a notebook to draw relationship diagrams even if I sat down and read for a few hours.

  • By Kelly Walsh on 7 July 2017

    loved it, great characters revisited

  • By Sam Tyler on 3 November 2014

    From my experience Opera should be left to fans of the art form, or BBC4. However, there is one sort of opera that I will take notice of, the Space Opera – a term that encompasses science fiction on an epic scale e.g. Dune. Starting an all-new Space Opera is a daunting task for both reader and writer. In ‘The Dark Between the Stars’, Kevin J Anderson not only had to create new worlds full of interesting characters, but we the reader have to get our head around all the concepts at once. Therefore, having the story told from the point of view of up to twenty different people is probably not the wisest thing to do.‘Dark’ is book one of a new saga set in the Spiral Arm, a science fiction universe shattered by war and looking to rebuild relationships. The disparate groups are starting to rebuild alliances, but old fears are hard to quell and a new threat is on the horizon. Follow space travellers, scientists, entrepreneurs, royalty and many others as they tell their own story and that of ‘The Saga of the Shadows’.I am all for a science fiction universe to be rich in content and vivid in scope, but there is detail and there is extraneous detail. Anderson is a stalwart of the science fiction genre, but he often works within the confines of already established universes e.g. ‘Dune’, ‘The X Files’. Here he is given open reign to create something from scratch and it feels like he has taken all the ideas he had as a frustrated tie in novelist and crammed them into one story.Ambition should not be discouraged, but it should be handled carefully. ‘Dark’ is a massive book and in turn a very long audio book. Each chapter starts with a different characters name and the following 20 minutes or so tells their story. As Anderson develops the universe further he introduces more and more characters, getting up to about twenty individuals. Many of these individuals do not interact at all; therefore you are getting several story arcs that are yet to interlock. This is all very ‘Game of Thrones’, but whilst that series keeps the pace up, ‘Dark’ lags on occasion and you find yourself stuck with an uninteresting character and you just want to go back to the few that do excite.There is a lot of detail and prose in ‘Dark’ so it is going to be a challenge for anyone given the task of narrating all 600+ pages. Thankfully, Mark Boyett is more than up to the task. Some of his more bland narration is as much down to Anderson’s writing style as it is Boyett’s ability. When he is asked to narrate as over twenty different people he is able to make characters distinct from one another to bring the story to life (and this is sorely needed at times).There is a lot of book for your money with ‘Dark’ and any pleasure you glean from it will be determined by your love of the Space Opera/Saga genre. If you are a fan there is certainly enough going on here to interest you and plenty of detail. However, non-fans will grow tired with the overly complex universe building and abundance of characters. There are classic Space Operas out there that would be a far better place to enter the genre with; Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ (as mentioned earlier) is a prime example.

  • By Carole P. Roman on 19 April 2017

    Richly diverse, this is science fiction at its best. The Dark Between the Stars is an intergalactic epic involving a wide range of creatures with rich and varied history. There is trouble brewing at Iswanda Industries. It begins with the revelation that big business won't listen to a report about the instability of their investment planet. Garrison, a worker there, escapes with his young son leaving his power hungry wife. His action of kidnapping his son reveals the gaping differences between his wife and his own background. The books jumps from species to species, the plot thickens revealing a background of conflict between humans and aliens. The opposing forces realize they must put their enmity aside to battle an enigmatic new enemy. Anderson builds credible world, filled with imaginative but believable beings. Fascinating and lush,it was a joy to read.

  • By Frank Bierbrauer on 31 August 2014

    This is an entertaining novel using the old characters from an earlier set of novels. While I enjoyed those they lacked something as does this one. While the cloud of entropy, the new evil, is a fun idea it lacks a little reality. At first the Shana Rei, the name for this sentient cloud, are there to destroy all sentient life in the universe as they are hurt by it. However this seems rather contradictory as they themselves are organised beings which are sentient as well. An attempt is made to quickly save this blunder by the Shana Rei themselves saying they wish to be unmade as well. It doesn't really work. The other weakness in all of these novels is the lack of mystery. A name is mentioned, such as the Shana Rei, but then very quickly they lose their mystery and simply become another actor in the saga and not so different from any of the other characters. They are supposed to be very, very alien but in fact possess many of the usual characteristics. The secret here is to truly make an alien race hard to understand in human terms, this was done quite well in for example in Solaris.Nonetheless, its a joy to read, a rollicking space yarn is the best description I can think of.

  • By xyz574 on 8 October 2016

    The first half of the book is a very long series of completely disjointed introductions to characters. Boring and wordy. There is a bit of actual story about half way through, followed by rushed and unconvincing resolutions at the end. It's *just* well written enough to make it to the end, hence 2 stars instead of 1.But be warned, this is fantasy, not sci fi. All the plot resolutions are simply based on magic. It actually kind of reminded me of Stargate (a fun TV show in its own way), in that at a certain point all pretence of consistency goes out the window and the plot lines are tied up with magic interventions of higher powers. It's "...and then the priest realised he could cure the plague", "...and then the magical energy creatures showed up and defeated the bad robots". I'm barely paraphrasing.I have not the faintest idea how this scored a hugo nomination.


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