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Book Review: ‘Deep Space’ by Ian Douglas

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Deep Space by Ian Douglas is the fourth book in the New York Times best-selling “Star Carrier” series. The action in this installment is at an all-time high as the Earth breaks out in a global civil war while simultaneously struggling for survival against the Sh’Daar alien race.

In this installment, after 20 years of peace, not one but two fragile truces are unraveling. Alexander Koenig, the former Navy commander who forced the Sh’Daar into submission in a previous novel, has won a second term as President of the United States of North America. However, keeping a campaign promise to pursue independence from the centuries-old Earth Confederation becomes a risky proposition after a Confederate research vessel is ambushed and Sh’Daar destroyers head towards Earth.

One of the things that I like about this book is the way Ian Douglas managed to find a very important balance. Even if you haven’t read the other three books in this series, you’re still able to follow it all of the action in this installment.

The one thing that I didn’t like about this novel is that, on a few occasions, Douglas lets loose a desire to over-explain things: how a certain machine works or a certain element of an alien culture. Since these points rarely have any connection to the plot, it momentarily slows the pace of his story.

Thankfully, though, these instances are relatively few within his 355 page story. Everything else about this novel, though, I simply love. The fictional world he creates showcases the depth and breadth of his imagination. The characters are all very well developed.

I definitely recommend Deep Space to anyone who likes reading science fiction. If you’ve read the other three books in the Star Carrier series, you will almost certainly enjoy this installment. If you haven’t, you’ll probably want to read the other three just because the stories are that good.

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