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Out of the Dark [Mass Market Paperback]

David Weber
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Aug. 30 2011 Safehold

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…

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“Gripping…. Shifting effortlessly between battles among warpspeed starships and among oarpowered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole.”
--Publishers Weekly, starred review on Off Armageddon Reef

About the Author

David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington and Honorverse novels—including Mission of Honor, At All Costs, and Torch of Freedom—are New York Times bestsellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He is also the author of the Safehold series, including Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed and A Mighty Fortress. His other top-selling science fiction novels include the Dahak books and the Multiverse books, written with Linda Evans. He has also created an epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, including We Few. His novels have regularly been Main Selections of the Science Fiction Book Club. Weber has a bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson College, and attended graduate school in history at Appalachian State University. He lives in South Carolina.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deus Ex Machina indeed Oct. 5 2011
I enjoy the "humans are not the pushovers you expected" genre of alien invasion/contact novels and I DID enjoy the first 4/5ths of this book, especially the writing from the POV of the aliens. And given what was going on with the aliens vs. human tech, i fully expected the humans who had access to the teaching machines to be able to do something about the orbiting starships.
But no, instead we get ... Vampires?
Deus ex machina indeed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not his best Nov. 7 2010
As a big Weber fan, I am not used to such a huge miss as 'Out of the Dark.' It literally takes a physical effort to read--let alone finish--this book. The characters are so completely flat and boring, I have absolutely no interest in their plight. I couldn't care if they all die for pete's sake. Ironically, the only character that has some sway over me is the Vamp; and let me tell you how disappointed I was when I heard that Weber was introducing that 'beloved' genre element to this book. The plot is utterly boring; I feel like I am reading a weapons manual. I really don't care how big a MI-whatever is, or what kind of rifle does this, or blah blah. Just tell me it goes boom and that will be that. Very disappointed with this book. I hope he does not attempt to create a series out of this story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well now. That was different. Aug. 31 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel right up to the 'surprise'. I know other readers have already posted spoilers, so I won't elaborate. In fact, I had already read them before I ordered this book, but decided to take chance on it.

As a first contact/alien invasion story, this one starts out really well. The author had me hooked right from the opening scene (curiously enough, I had just finished reading an historical text about this very battle) and kept me interested throughout the development of the story. It seemed plausible that, despite being technologically advanced, the aliens could be defeated by the unique strategies of the humans.

Then the aliens dropped the hammer, BUT WAIT! Surprise! I can honestly say I felt let down. Oh well.

Give it a try - it might be your cup of tea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Naughty Puppies! Jan. 27 2012
By Podo
Like many others, I got caught up in David Weber's Honor Harrington series but for the last few years his quality has been declining both in his solo and colaborative works. Still Weber could write decent action sequences to compensate for increasingly weak plots and two dimensional charaters. Out of The Dark continues his decline in plot and character development with none of the taunt action that have been Weber's recent saving grace. Some have described the book as a weapons manual with its totally mind numbing technical detail and I can only concur. His earlist books had bad guys you could relate to which added to the tension of the story, here we have bad "puppies" with all the complexity of character development you would expect of a mutt, unfortunately the good guys are equally as flat. Finally what can you say about the story itself other than where the hell was the editor??!! Honest to god, vampires??? The publisher knew this was a rip off that would sell books only due to novels written a decade ago. The same story was written by Harry Turtledove in his Worldwar tetralogy but there the characters had some depth, the plot was interesting and the action crisp.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deus Ex Machina "with spoilers" Oct. 18 2010
By Doug
Now generally I am a huge fan of David Weber's work. But this particular novel left me a little flat. First I thought that the loss of most of humanity happened too far "off-camera" and I wasn't pleased by the way Vampires only showed up at the last minute to save the day. Now I haven't checked to see if this was just a first novel in a series, which would serve to lessen the problems somewhat. To me it seemed that you have a standard Sci-Fi military novel here that has been written into a corner tactically, perhaps an earlier unfinished novel, that is then hastily resurrected by grafting on a left field solution.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had read the reviews! Sept. 23 2012
It wasn't a great book but I was looking for a distraction and so I gave it my time. And then the last chapter had vampires show up to kill all of the aliens. I threw the book across the room. I won't be wasting any time with David Weber in the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What was he thinking April 24 2012
By Perhaps
So I picked up this David weber book because it wasn't in one of his overworked series. And I did enjoy it especially his portrayal of the aliens and their world view. But as the humans kept getting wiped out I' m wondering who's to save the day? And the solution is and I still can't believe--vampires, Not cool. Not a good solution. A big disappointment. I wouldn't have been surprised if at the very end they had sparkled.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Saying this is disappointing is being polite (spoilers but who cares)
Wow. Cookie cutter, repetitive, survivalist drivel. And vampires save the day. Are you kidding? What an atrocious embarrassment for both the writer and the customer. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2011 by Daniel Colquhoun
3.0 out of 5 stars Would have been much better without the Deus ex machina
As a huge fan of alien invasion novels, when I heard about this I was incredibly excited.

From Weber's short description of the Ghaba in the Safehold series to the... Read more
Published on July 6 2011 by J. Friesen
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of time
I'm a big David Weber fan so I bought this novel with expectations of a god read. I wasn't disappointed, the story flows well, all the characters tie in and overall the plot is... Read more
Published on June 27 2011 by Woody1558
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book with a brilliant deus ex machina
Why couldn't we kick alien butt without Dracula?

Because of rocks.

You'll notice that there was a progression. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2011 by westrim
1.0 out of 5 stars Colossal disappointment!
David Weber must have been under a short deadline, or else he listened to a junior editor who said, "Hey, vampires are all the rage right now - why don't you write some into your... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2011 by SteveE
1.0 out of 5 stars Deus ex machina
Weber missed the boat with this one. Usually his science and technology is spot on, his writing style generally quite competent, his character evelopment weak - but forgiveable if... Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2010 by John Vaillancourt
2.0 out of 5 stars Least favourite David Weber Book ever
I was so excited to get the hardcover edition as soon as I saw it. The book starts off very well but soon becomes repetitive in fighting scenes. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2010 by McBagpipes
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