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The Desert of Stars: Volume 2 (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 22 mar 2013

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John J. Lumpkin was born in 1973 in San Antonio, Texas, and educated at Texas Christian University, and, lately, the University of Colorado at Boulder. A former military affairs and national security reporter for the Albuquerque Journal and the Associated Press, his experience includes covering 9-11, walking the halls of CIA headquarters, and racing through Baghdad and Kabul in military convoys. He may also be the only person who has had a drink with both Donald Rumsfeld and Steve-O from Jackass (but, to be clear, not at the same time). Now a writer and teacher, he lives outside of Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Copertina flessibile: 408 pagine
  • Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edizione (22 marzo 2013)
  • Collana: The Human Reach
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1483927164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483927169
  • Peso di spedizione: 454 g
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I read both the first 2 books and I think they are a refreshing and realistic approach to Sci-Fi storytelling.
Well written space opera with good character development, realistic approach to physics and spaceship weapons and with just the right mix between character development, belivable politics and well orchestraded space battles.
Looking forward to the third book. Hoping sales go well and the author decides to expand even more on the universe.
Definetly raccomanded if you like spacefaring adventure books.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Worth the wait! 26 marzo 2013
Di Chris Gerrib - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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The Desert of Stars is John Lumpkin's second book, a fairly close sequel to his freshman effort, Through Struggle, The Stars. After I read and favorably reviewed Through Struggle, I eagerly awaited Desert, hoping it was as good as the original. It is.

This book is set in the year 2141. Humanity, after having seen an asteroid smash into the Indian Ocean, has decided to establish colonies in space. Thanks to a Japanese scientist, they have developed a means of faster-than-light travel, and used it to establish a bewildering array of colonies on nearby star systems. Some colonies are independent; most are controlled by an Earth nation or group of nations.

As we find out very early in The Desert of Stars, a number stars that should have had habitable planets don't, thus creating the titular desert. Since FTL travel requires going from star to star, this is a real problem, and will put the brakes on the expansion of some colonial empires but not others. A war breaks out.

Lumpkin's war is not, however, the mad-dash affairs of Star Trek or Star Wars. His spaceships obey the laws of physics, taking weeks to cross a solar system. There are no force fields, no visible lasers, and in general scientific accuracy is maintained. This still results in a very entertaining book, largely because Lumpkin's characters are believable and he seems to understand both militaries and history. Much of the story is driven by the friendships developed by these characters during this war.

In Lumpkin's previous book, I dinged him for not including a number of nations, such as India, in the order of battle. Here, Lumpkin resolves that complaint, making India and Russia, two notable nations left out, key parts of the plot. Lumpkin also shows a keen awareness of the old saying that "nations have no permanent friends, just permanent interests."

In short, as literature, I found The Desert of Stars to be everything a reader of science fiction would want.
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5.0 su 5 stelle In 130 Years, People Are Still Imperfect 23 marzo 2013
Di Tristan Mounsey - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Through Struggle, The Stars was one of my favorite books of the past five years, so it was with great excitement I read The Desert of Stars. I wasn't disappointed.

Many of the characters from the first book return, along with the complex geo(stellar?)politics and murky ethical choices. Again, the author's attention to detail is shocking; I can hardly imagine the hours spent researching The Human Reach. Everything from the number of megawatts required for a laser shot through atmosphere, to the amount of hydrogen a ship burns during combat, to the geology of alien planets and its effect on imported Earth species is covered here. This may sound tedious, but the science is never labored and enhances the depth and tension of the story.

The tone of The Desert of Stars surprised me, taking the series in a slightly darker direction. Characters die (this is war, after all) and make choices that affect the lives of thousands, often in negative ways. War exhaustion, something many books capture imperfectly if at all, plays an important part in this story, with some character's resolve slipping after years of combat. The characters feel real, not the steely eyed superheroes of so many books (a steely eyed hero pops up now and again, but they tend to get people killed pursuing idealistic crusades).

If you haven't already, invest the money and read The Desert of Stars (after Through Struggle, The Stars, of course). You won't regret it.
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5.0 su 5 stelle If you like space opera 20 marzo 2013
Di Gregory Muir - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Full disclaimer: I came to the series via a scifi mailing list. After having many lengthy conversations with the author concerning the first novel, I was invited to become a pre-reader for the second. I think it's a good read.

The short description of the series was space opera told with as much attention to realism and plausibility as possible. The first novel, Through Struggle, the Stars, was a great first novel. Lumpkin set himself several goals:
1) Plausible mid-future space opera sticking to plausible technology
2) Plausible geo-political developments from the current era that could devolve into, as von Clausewitz would say, politics by other means.
3) Plausible characters whose eyes we will witness the grand events through.

Lumpkin delivers on all that. This book is a direct continuation of the previous novel's storyline. He maintains the quality of the first novel without any slip-ups. I only had one complaint from the previous novel, that the need to have our POV character near the biggest events verged on harming the plausible realism of the rest of the story, verging into action movie territory. I say verge rather than plunge because I've read biographical accounts of real military officers attested to and confirmed by historians that I wouldn't believe if presented in fiction. No such quibbles in this book.

The conflict presented here is complex. There aren't any square-jawed heroes, mustache-twirling villains, cartoonish parodies of special interest groups the author has a grudge against, polemics or pontificating. The conflict here feels like real history: muddy, complex, and defying comprehension even by the historians who study it. Even if you don't agree with the assumptions the author made in his world-building, you can't say he didn't think it through. Sadly, that cannot be said for a great many space operas.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Character, Battle and Geopolitics 30 dicembre 2013
Di Timothy K. Bovee - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Lumpkin's second book in his Human Reach trilogy builds on the strengths of its predecessor. It combines strong characters with some of the best battle descriptions I've read embedded in an elaborate geopolitical framework and a story of intriguing complexity.

That's a lot to accomplish in 400 pages, but Lumpkin pulls it off, and leaves the reader with the sense of having lived in a world with reasonable antecedents in our early 21st century. Every step of the way, from the interstellar politics to the tech, Lumpkin provides a clear trail of how we plausibly got from here to there.

And I care about the characters! So often in military sci-fi, be it in print or on the screen, the characters are stock constructs from the literary puppet store: The soldiers are all strong and duty driven, except for one, who is a maverick, and there's a crazy scientist in the mix. (Think "Stargate Universe" as an example.) Lumpkin has avoided these cliches and given the readers actors they can believe in.

A note of caution: The trilogy is an extended single story and must be read from the beginning for it to make sense, so anyone who is encountering Lumpkin's work for the first time should read the first book, "Through Struggle the Stars" (2011), before tackling this one. It is well worth the commitment.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The excellent series continues 7 luglio 2013
Di Roger J. Buffington - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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"The Desert of Stars" continues the military science fiction series that begins with "Through Struggle the Stars" and readers should start the series with that novel; there is far too much background contained in the first novel to do otherwise. In this second novel the plot begins with the knowledge as to the true motivation of the United States to enter the China-Japan interstellar war (no spoilers here). Character development continues apace, and the war develops in exciting and plausible directions. The authors manage to keep the reader on a roller coaster of military defeats and victories, and I will unabashedly admit that I am rooting for the USA in this one.

In this series the character development, political prognostications, and the technologies all meet the threshold test of plausibility, and continue to hold the reader's interest. The authors tell a very complex story in a clear and linear manner that allow the reader to follow the story and keep track of the characters and the developments to the plot. This is no mean feat of writing given the complex nature of the storyline. I will admit that there were a few times where I had trouble keeping track of the characters, but mostly not. My one editorial criticism is that the authors could have simplified things just a bit. This is a very complex story -- the exact opposite of Heinlein's seminal "Starship Troopers" in which there is only one significant protagonist, one enemy, and a few battles. Nonetheless, the authors achieve their goal of telling their story and this second novel in the serieis holds the reader's interest throughout.

Fans of this series will be awaiting the third (and final?) novel in this series. RJB.

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