Humanity is no longer alone in the universe. An unknowable threat approaches Earth - and we are completely unprepared to face what's coming.
Aerospace tycoon Gordon Elliot Lee cannot stand idly by while a mysterious alien presence from Delta Pavonis bears down upon mankind's only home. Shut out from NASA and military support, Gordon is forced to go it alone, to sow the seeds for an entirely new sort of planetary defense: a space-based naval force.
Joined by Nathan Kelley - a bloodied naval warrior, scarred by his own actions in the waters off North Korea - and Kris Munoz - an avant garde scientific genius with more ideas than sense - these three will scour the very edges of fringe science and engineering to attempt development of Earth's first space navy in time to oppose the Deltan invasion.
Beset by ridicule, government obstruction, industrial espionage, and their own personal demons, it will take a miracle just to get off the ground. But the challenges on Earth are nothing compared to what awaits them in space. Against an unknown alien enemy with vastly superior technology, a handful of human scientists and warriors must become the sword that holds the darkness at bay.
Missiles will flash, railguns will rumble, lasers will burn, and defenders will die. If they fail, our end is at hand.
"Solid adventure, intrigue, and speculative space-tech, from a rising star in military science fiction." (David Brin, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Existence)
"There are brilliant first contact stories, great space combat stories, and amazing stories of technological discovery. Rarely do you find all three in the same novel. Remember the name Thomas A. Mays. You're going to be seeing it on the best-seller list." (Jeff Edwards, award-winning author of Sea of Shadows and The Seventh Angel)
"Sharply written, suspenseful, and tightly plotted, A Sword Into Darkness reads like the best Tom Clancy novels, with a science fiction heart provided by Arthur C. Clark. Can't wait to read more from Thomas Mays!" (Graham Brown, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Zero Hour)
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Great Audio Rendition of Military Sci-Fi
The concept of humanity having two decades to prepare for first contact, the vivid description of the technology, and the high-stakes plot were awesome.
My favorite character was the brilliant girl who blew up her developing the futuristic propulsion system. Who doesn't like a girl like that?
Describing my favorite scene would be a spoiler because my favorite scene was near the end. Suffice to say, it was the final battle scene.
The launch of the Sword was a pivotal moment that moved me.
I gave this four stars in its Kindle format, really 4.5. I gave 5 stars to the audio version because it felt more real and alive hearing it. The reasons I withheld the 5th star in the written version were washed away by the audio.
- John R. Monteith
Fairly enjoyable despite Narrator
I don't know if I can recommend this book or not. The story wasn't bad I have listened to a lot of books in this vein, and it did a decent job with the "save the Earth by making a big leap in technology premise". I feel I would have liked it more if the narrator was better.
Liam Owen's voice wasn't bad, the big problem with his performance was he often mispronounced words. Lots of them. It was almost as if he had never spoken them aloud before. This happens at least once a chapter and it's very distracting. It takes the listener out of the moment while you try to figure out what he was trying to say.