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Blackcollar [Hardcover]

Timothy Zahn

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Book Description

Nov. 1 2005
Allen Caine was too young to remember when the Earth had not been a conquered planet, one of many such in the huge and sprawling Rygril empire. But he knew of the legendary black collars, guerrilla warriors trained to the limit of human speed and skill, then turned into nearly superhuman combatants by use of the now-lost backlash drug. Eanh and its former colony worlds had been overwhelmed, but sparks of rebellion still smouldered, and the rebel underground on Eanh had sent Caine on an undercover mission to the former Eanh colony of Plinry, where there was a faint hope that a black collar unit still existed. The underground alone knew of a secret that might be humanity's ace in the hole. And if a remnant of black collar fighters still existed on Plinry, they were the only hope of playing that ace in a final bid for the freedom of humanity.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (Nov. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416509259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416509257
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.1 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,538,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story; poor technology - now fixed! Dec 2 2012
By M. Peterson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
EDIT: I've received word that this has been fixed. Downloaded a new copy and I see that all the ones I had bookmarked have been corrected. Thanks for that!

I really like the storyline. Zahn has put together a gripping story that sucks you in and makes you want to find out what's going to happen next. Highly recommended!

However, the publisher has done it a great disservice. Typos are all over this book - it reads like they took the original print version, ran it through OCR software, and then never bothered to fix the typos that introduced. "Who needs copy editing? Just push it out there and make that money!" It's like the publisher in "Elf" who signs off on printing a book with two missing pages. Who's going to notice something small like that?

Well, I noticed and it's really, really annoying. Yes, it's "only" the Kindle edition, but take some pride in your work and show some respect for the author's vision!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zahn's Best Work! Aug. 3 2003
By events3 - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This and the Spinneret book are Zahn's best (he eventually lost me in the Cobra series & Coming of Age). This is action-packed and suspenseful. The Blackcollar, with their super-human reflexes were man's last hope against the alien invaders. This is the story of their guerrilla war against that enemy - and their human nemesis, Galway, who is attempting to prevent the Blackcollar from doing greater damage to mankind than has already been done by the aliens. Excellent.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting military science fiction. Jan. 18 2010
By Christopher J. Ward - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I often find myself disappointed by Timothy Zahn, especially with the inordinate time he spends with fantasy and Star Wars themes. His major contribution to military science fiction writing is via the creation of the Blackcollars and the Cobras. These display Timothy Zahn at his best with convincing plot lines, well-developed characters and interesting stories which make for page turning anticipatory reading. The best recommendation I can offer for Blackcollar is that I own the series. Definitely five star material.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mixture of science fiction and martial arts March 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoy science fiction mixed with martial arts, as well as a book with plenty of action, this book is for you. It's companion novel, "The Backlash Mission", is also a worthwhile read. After re-reading the novels for the -nth- time recently, I'm ready for the (long awaited) third novel in the series!
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Nov. 11 2012
By Peace - Published on
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It was nice to read a good solid clean science fiction book. I won't own any books my kids can't read because of morality issues. I have young kids who read way above grade level and grab books so finding a book that wasn't to tweeny and yet clean was great. Solid adventures with some good turns in plot. Zhann has a way of making you feel like that charecter could be the kid down the streat. Excellent Characterization. Loved the book.

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