Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little. The "Grand Alliance" forged by the need to fight side-by-side against the genocidal Rigelians remains, but there are those on either side who continue to hate, continue to distrust. Now the strength of that war-forged alliance is about to be tested. For Charon's Ferry is about to give up the secret of its dead. A ship has emerged from the deadly warp point at last. A ship which responds to the challenge of an Orion star ship using ancient human communications codes...then opens fire. The holocaust of interstellar warfare has been ignited anew, in a bloody crusade to free Holy Mother Terra.
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I kept going for 5 hours (and that was a bit of a strain) but had to give up.
This book started out quite well. However, as it went on, it was difficult to keep track of who was who as there seemed to be so many characters. This, in itself, spoilt the book as you never really knew where you were.
I tried to persevere, but gave up in the end as I completely lost track of what it was all about, if it was about anything, that is!
"An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!"
Up at the top, David Weber is a premier Military SF writer. These books were written about 15 years ago, and Crusade, In Death Ground and The Shiva Option were the limit until Exodus came out, which marks a different turn to the series.
Written with the same standard as the best Honor Harrington books. Great character development. You come to really like and respect Admiral Anton and Admiral/Senator/Former president Anderson. The interplay with Kathara the orion with Admiral Anton is very interesting as 2 different views of Honor and culture clash.
I don't recall ever hearing him but he is an excellent story teller, giving life to this favorite series I have waited so long to be able to hear.
"Intrigue, Suspense, and a Battle of Epic Scale across the Stars" This series would be an excellent basis for a TV series or a movie series. There is enough time and depth to make a series of movies that would be very entertaining.
Starfire is a great series I cannot emphasize enough. It was a great read when they first came out, and I have waited years to hear it. The storytelling by the narrator is full flavored, with great character development and clear audio clues as to who is which character. An excellent rendition of an excellent book!
"Rewards patience. A genre stand-out."
I'm nicking the story half a star for the lack of promptly distinguished main characters. Calling chapter 1 a "prologue" might help some. The problem is that ch.1 introduces two characters, stirs your interest in them, then immediately kills them. (I don't think first-chapter ending revelations count as spoilers, do they?). And it's a while after that before you can figure out who is supposed to really matter in the tale.
But by the end--I think I have to say the Weber-White collaboration has created some characters I will long remember, and in this genre that's really saying something.
Admittedly, the characters are archetypes, but this is not a character-driven genre. (And what's wrong with archetypes, anyway?) It's not really about individuals--it's about civilizations, social upheavals, the evils people commit in the name of co-opted (and usually contrived) religion. And it's about courage, honor, faithfulness to duty, rising to the occasion, embracing responsibility.
I look forward to the next volume.
(Oh, and the battles... so many but so well done!)
I have to say a word about the reader: wow.
OK, so he can't quite tell the difference between an Irish lilt and a Scottish brogue, but the alien characters are so well read--no, animated. The fact that I'll remember them is much owing to Vietor's excellent work.
I look forward to hearing more Vietor as well.
"action packed space opera"
Not sure if this is book one of the Starfire series or book two. Audible has it as book one and Amazon as book two. I enjoyed the Honor Harrington series; so thought I would give this one a try.
Weber is noted for his military science fiction adventures. In this book the Terran Federation is confronted by a new enemy that might have some relationship with a lost Terran fleet in the distant past. Weber tossed out some familiar names such as Manticore and Saint-Just, which were also used in the Honor series.
Apparently this series was written 1992 before the Honor Series. I do not think it is as well written as the Honor series, but I might go on and read book number two in the series. Marc Vietor does a good job narrating the book. Vietor is a Broadway Stage actor who is beginning to make a name for himself in science fiction audiobooks.
This book ranks in the top 10 among all the audio books I'v listened to so far, can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.
I would compare this book to another book I like by Raymond L. Weil called Destruction. Both books are about a desperate human situation that must be overcome.
The narrator, Marc Vietor brings the book alive with his reading of the book. His voice characterization is great.
I could have listened to this book in one setting, if I'd had the time. Couldn't wait to get back to listen.
"Mediocre story. Excellent performance."
I've heard it said that if you are writing fiction, you still need to write something that's believable. While this story is military sci-fi so the battle scenes and weapons are all imaginary , and most of that could be believed, the basic premise of the story is intellectually insulting. I suppose the authors are trying to make a statement about the kind of radical jihadist spirituality that plagues a part of our world today but the idea that a single human Starship could influence an entire species of backward aliens to wage Jihad war against all of humanity after only 90 years of exposure to such ideas , is just plain ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is the idea that such aliens could have created an entire star fairing economy and weaponry in less than a span of a thousand years or more. These authors do seem to be very good at writing dialogue and human interaction but really the Space Battles and circumstances people find themselves in are just plain adolescent and fairly boring in the end. I really can't recommend this book and I I'm highly unlikely to consider purchasing any more in this particular series.
"Traditional David Weber"
If you are a fan of David Weber's space sagas, you'll like this one too.
Mr. Weber has a strong tendency to be overly fond of his written words, and the book could use an edit for size.
It was unnecessarily long in order to encompass the tale that he told.
Despite that, I generally enjoyed it and find this universe to be an interesting one.
Pros: action filled war scenes. and a lot of them.
Cons: The pace was somewhat uneven, and several of the characters were less than fully three-dimensional, or at least not fully likable. Two different things.
And yet I still overall enjoyed it. This is not the book I would start his works with, but if you've already read his works this is not a bad continuance.
"Long time fan of the series"
Loved this series when I read it in paperback (numerous times), had to buy the audible and loved it just as much.
"Dull. Confusing. Little to latch onto early"
It's the same sort of military pulp that I expect from Weber only not as good as Harrington and not as politically interesting as Safehold. Was hoping for another series to dig into and gave up after a few chapters. It has a predictable setup and the confusion over whether this was book 1 or book 2 didn't help my decision to drop it.
"Gave it a 5 because covered multi volumes in one"
I've read better versions of the space opera/military genre but I thoroughly enjoyed resolving a war in one book. I love the multiple volumes by Drake, Weber and others, and the detail. But this was a fun quick read/listen. I've enjoyed my last few quick reads such as Scalzi's work. Now back to longer stuff.
The story begins a bit slowly, but then goes quite fast. Great adventure! A pleasure to listen to.k
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