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I thought I was reading a Clancy novel at first, the attention to detail and the technical descriptions were first rate. The interplay between politics and social structure of the aliens and how that both helped and hindered their mission was fascinating.
The story was completely believable and I was totally hooked - until the ending completely blew it. It's as if the author was told he had an hour to finish the book and he just threw some nonsense at it.
I'm aggravated I put the time in to read the book now.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
This story is far too incomplete. I expected a better, more detailed story from David Weber, but this one has a pivotal character in the tale coming in late with almost no background information or personality. I am very disappointed.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I've listened/read a few David Weber stories now and I've really liked some of them. The 'march upcountry' series, for example, I really enjoyed. That said, I have the same issues with many of his stories, and they were especially obvious in this book - the author goes into an awful lot of unnecessary detail! In some cases, this can be quite interesting; I learnt about making swords, what makes a seaworthy boat and how best to use pike-men in the 'march ...' series. However, in this book the author spends so much time discussing guns and tanks, using alot of jargon, that I tend to tune out as it becomes incomprehensible to me!
He also spends the majority of the book telling the listener what is going on through large amounts of exposition, and not showing us. The events which are told as they are happening are very engaging and enjoyable, but too much of the action is skipped in favour of the events being told through conversations after the event.
I didn't hate this novel (i did finish it, after all), but it was certainly hard work, self indulgent (naming the pets after two characters from another series? Not cool!) and could have been much better.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Out of the Dark again? Why?
Yes, decent sci fi story. If you like Footfall or World War In The Balance you'll like this. Basically David Weber read both these books then and combined them to come up with this...which is no bad thing.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Dark?
That would be near the beginning when the fighter pilots run into the Aliens and chaos ensues.
Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favourite?
The Leader of the Aliens.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The ending...you gotta feel sorry for the Aliens
Any additional comments?
The end is kind of...well silly really. Wont spoil it but...made me chuckle. You'd think if you were going to invade a Planet you'd do a bit more research though.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
(No spoilers here...)
Weber is normally reliable, producing strong, character-based military sci-fi.
This book begins well, develops very nicely and seems ready to deliver a fascinating denouement when Weber appears to hit a contractually obligated word limit, shouts "OH WOW IT'S MAGIC!" and ends the story abruptly with outright silliness.
Still an acceptable read/listen - but falls flat on its face and a long way short of Weber's usual high standard.