“The blurb sounded interesting. I was prepared for Weber's long winded weapons descriptions. Despite as usual for Weber, needing to be edited down so the story flowed more smoothly it was fine. Until the last chapter that is. He took a bizarre turn - probably because he couldn't figure out how to write himself out of a corner. Not a great ending. Too bad, the rest of the book was ok.”Colleen wrote this review Wednesday, April 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“wow a good sci fy book but not the best I've read”Alexander G wrote this review Saturday, March 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So let me start off by telling you not to worry about reviews of this book that include spoilers. I won't spoil here, but I will say that Weber ended this book with one of the most blatant deus ex machina ploys I've ever read. And --- because I knew it was coming --- it really didn't bother me.
So, read the other reviews here that contain spoilers. Those spoilers don't detract from the story at all, and instead actually provide a kind of incentive to *keep* reading, as you wonder when this thing that everyone complains about is going to happen.
But to the book. This one is another of Weber's military science fiction novels, this time with aliens coming to devastate the earth, and human beings essentially becoming guerrilla fighters to drive them away. I *love* Weber's military books, and this one gives him a setting that's truly different than the other books he's written so it really feels fresh.
His aliens are plausible---powerful, but not so much that any fighting is unlikely, and he portrays them with a mind-set distinctly non-human. (And part of the fun of this book is how much humans are non-alien.)
I really enjoyed this one, even though the ending was such an unfair twist.
4 of 5 stars.
“Really? Never again Mr Weber.”Marcus P wrote this review Sunday, January 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“David Weber's "Out of The Dark" is a mediocre underdog story with a heavy Sci-Fi theme. Earth has become a prime candidate for colonization in the eyes of the Shongairi, a violent alien race out to conquer the galaxy. From the get go, the Shongairi have the upper hand with superior technology and with little resistance soon conquer Earth after slaughtering several billion people.. But that's as far as they get. The human survivors as a whole are angry. Very angry. Within a few weeks human resistance is high and the Shongairi are desperate for solutions. Despite their hover-tanks and complex weaponry, the Shongairi keep finding themselves up classed by human resistance fighters. So, the Shongairi officer corp decide to wipe out humans through a virus of sorts. After a whole lot of trouble in acquiring humant test subjects, their special facilities find themselves under attack one by one by unseen forces. In the end, the Shongairi fleet is destroyed by vampires who have been reawakened by the recent conflict. With the Shongairi gone, the survivors form a new society that includes vampires. That's right, vampires. With Dracula leading the survivors into a new age.
I read this novel because I am a huge fan of science fiction writing. At the bookstore, the title and the excerpt on the back were enough to get me to buy the book but I was to be severely disappointed with it. At first, the novel showed promise and I enjoyed quite a bit until the plot line took a nosedive; that's when things became silly. Gaping plot holes, illogical reasoning, cardboard characters, and vampires just ruined this novel for me in the end. The beginning was average but after about halfway through the novel, things stopped making sense to me. I felt that Weber simply stopped caring or he was too lazy to finish this novel in a decent way.
I would not recommend anyone to read this novel primarily because it is a poor example of a magnificent genre. The story itself is more comedic than serious and the lack of any realism and believability made me constantly want to stop reading this novel. Honestly, I consider this a waste of the twenty or so dollars I spent at the bookstore. This was a major disappointment.”
“Not Weber's best work. Unoriginal idea that get's bogged down with his sometimes poor dialog or overly detailed discussions. The action sections are good, but this feels like a toss off book for him. A mash-up of other authors/film-makers ideas.”Wes B wrote this review Friday, December 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Was A good a very good book. Just hated the ending.”Bean0900 wrote this review Friday, December 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Alien invasion novel with the dumbest ending ever. A disappointing sellout from the author of the great Honor Harrington series.”Norwegian Blue wrote this review Tuesday, November 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ok story line at the beginning. Ending was a crazy twist with no explanation. Very convenient as well. ”Tom M wrote this review Thursday, October 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Exciting alien invasion book which reminded me very much of Harry Turtledove's Worldwar series. The story of a group of aliens invading and trying to colonize earth and finding a surprisingly resistant planet able to put aside their petty differences in the face of a common enemy. The book moves among several different groups of characters in different parts of the world, as well as the alien fleet. The characters are well, if not deeply, developed and easy to care about.
The action comes fast and furious throughout the novel. It is a page turner in the best sense of the word. I found myself up late reading the book and thinking about it long after I put it down. Two very minor quibbles with the book. Some of the descriptions of the guns and ammunition and their stopping power read almost like an NRA recruitment brochure. Also, after moving steadily along for most of the book, the ending came very suddenly and perhaps resolved a little too easily. That being said, the ending left open the possibility of sequels and didn't detract from a very exciting book. Highly recommended.”