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When the supergiant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century. Then one day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of such behemoth, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy dispatched one of their most powerful ships to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds when they finally catch the intruder is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew.
That is disturbing news for the Altans. For the dead battleship could easily have defeated the whole of the Altan navy. If it could find Alta, then so could whoever it was that beat it. Something would have to be done.
©1986, 1998 Michael McCollum (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Marc Phillips on 07-22-13

I enjoyed it, but it was terribly out of date.

I thought the story was good, but the sexism could have (and probably should have) been given an updated explanation for the audio version. As written, it would have made total sense when it was originally published (I had to look that up and then said "Oh, 1986... right.").

I thought the universe created, however, was interesting enough to move on to the others in the series.

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By Colin on 05-19-13

good story, but seems "dated" like a little "80's"

First let me say that this is sorta a review for all 3 books, thats how I am going to be doing my reviews for dual books or trilogy's or more that are a direct continuation of the ones before it.

I have gotten the trilogy from the same author "Gibraltar Earth" and it was great, this one being written in 1986 is a little dated but is still worth reading. This trilogy is a little strange being as the first 2 books "Antares Dawn" and "Antares Passage" were written in 1986 ad 1987 however the last book "Antares Victory" was written in 2002. This allows for some of the "dated" things to be "updated" as it would be and some of the science cleared up a little better.

This book was great the whole concept is something that should have a prequel and I hope its written, I have sent an email to the author expressing my want for a prequel of some sorts you can find his site, it to is a little "dated" but it works.

The "dated" things I am talking about are the fact that women are basally treated like they were in the 1980's where they have pretty much no place in the Navy, there are a few but not many. This book has that thing going on here where men are confused about why women are going to be doing things on a Navy ship when its always been men, well as most people know in the 80's that was happening and its in this book thats sorta in the future. A few other things will seem to be "from the 80's" I cant put my finger on it but when you read this you will see what I mean.

The story holds up to the test of time if it is only 27 years old sometimes sci-fi that old can be unreadable except for when its from some of the greats, not saying that Michael McCollum is one of the greats but he is pretty dam good. The technology here is all good and sound based on science, the weapons used are all practical and seem to make sense.

If you are going to read something from this author I would start with Gibraltar Earth it is newer and a better story IMO so if you like that then go and read this one understanding that it will be a little "80's"

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By C. Corbin on 01-24-15

Difficult to care much about the characters.

The overall story is interesting. However the characters somehow do not come across as ones the reader form an attachment to.

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By Rosie on 03-08-13

Great To See This Series On Audible

I remember reading this series years back and enjoyed it. It's great to see it back in action again in audio. The narrator does a good job overall however i found the quailty of the audio a little tinny, non the less it was great to be enjoying this series once again after a long time.

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