Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

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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...

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765324122
Characteristics: 381 p. ; 25 cm.

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jnowicki42
Feb 14, 2019

Like many I started this book and thought "Hey this is pretty good."

Then there was the twist at the end. Worst twist this side of Tigana. It was bad. Don't read it.

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alareau
Feb 05, 2019

Not knowing about the twist near the end, i was ready to throw the book out the window when i got there. Because of the twist, the perspective of the humans was meaningless and adds nothing to the story.

The author should have cut out all the humans out of the story and made it only from the aliens point of view. Maybe then it would make the ending endurable or believable.

In my top 5 worst reads.

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fgleslie
Dec 23, 2018

As it was a sure thing end of the world I thought the ending was outside the box and was impressed as nothing would have saved them, they had dug themselves too deep in a hole to get out on their own. Good read.

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Osgiliath
Aug 13, 2016

SPOILERS PRESENT. This book feels like the editor ordered Mr. Weber to tack vampires on to the end of a perfectly good SCIENCE FICTION tale to appeal to a younger demographic. However the results where far more horrific than they sound. As I write this I feel embarrassed to acknowledge the fact that I read this book, and I believe this feeling shall endure long after this comment.

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richlp
Jan 30, 2016

Add me to the list who found the ending appalling. I LOVE Weber's work (I'm re-reading the Safehold series now) and this was beneath him.

It sort of reminded me of the ending in War of the Worlds when the Martians suddenly started dying and everything was over. But Well's had a very plausible reason for ending it like that. Vampires just don't cut it.

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TurtleReads
Oct 10, 2015

I can't go into details of why I didn't like this book since they would constitute spoilers. I thought that the ending of the book felt inconsistent with the rest of the book.

Cordite Sep 03, 2015

Looking over some of the comments I think that some reviewers are too critical. This is a fun read and I enjoyed it. No author will satisfy an area where the reader has personal technical expertise. My wife groans at most medical dramas on television. I groan at the wrong application of tooling that I am familiar with. Suck it up ! This book format is meant to entertain-not educate.

A patron review for the Adult Summer Game: "Although the premise for the book is interesting, humans mounting a credible resistance to alien invasion, the denouement is very disappointing on many levels. In addition, there is, from time to time, excessive detail in the weapon descriptions. I would not recommend this book."

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galactic_unicorn
Apr 10, 2014

Do not read this if you value your self respect. It started out pretty well and rapidly declined, becoming nothing but repetition, guns (LOTS of technical boring details there) and wait for it... vampires! Only he didn't add the vampires until the very last chapter, with no foundation or anything. They just sort of appeared, just in time to save the day. I don't mind vampires, but they were entirely wasted.

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wesb
Jul 25, 2013

Beware of the outliers who rated this highly. Note how many one and half star ratings this got.

I love Weber's work, but this one was awful. Not worth the time.

AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS.

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Kelticat
Sep 08, 2011

Aliens Are Invading! Half Of Earths Population Has Been Slaughtered In The First Strike! WHO CAN SAVE US NOW?! Well, there are four things in humanity's favor. 1) The aliens were expecting a pre-Revolutionary War tech base. They were expecting us to have barely discovered gunpowder; instead they were dealing with automatic assault rifles, tanks, F-22s, and the internet. 2) After the panic of the first strike died down, the majority of the human race had all the rage, grief, fear, and horror that a large number of Americans felt during 9/11/01. Quite the unifying force. 3) Even though the aliens took out the majority of the military, there were enough reservists, military en route to other locations, and retired military to provide training and security to civilians. 4) A 'super-army' under the command of a VERY experianced general has decided to protect humanity. The man that both enemies and allies called 'Vlad the Impaler' has command of a small force soldiers, both modern and from his own time period, to take out the alien bases. Yes, Dracula has come calling, and he's not happy. Why should he be? He has spent the better part of 500 years trying not to be a monster, and within a few months of the invasion he has to become the monster AGAIN! No he definately isn't happy.

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