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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... in David Weber's Out of the Dark.

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    Great.. Until the ending

    I was enjoying this book, literally until the last few pages when I realised how it was ending. I won't leave any spoilers but seriously? Otherwise, not my favourite David Webber book, and unless you're on a quest to read his entire body of work I'd give it a skip.

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    Out of the Dark

    Fun read until the end... I'm not a fan of "deus ex machina" and this ending was worse!!

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    An interesting new storyline from a week known author. Weber approaches this work fairly conventionally at first, but it quickly become something unexpected.

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    A Worthwhile Read

    This is the first book by this author that I have read. It's not a bad piece of escapist literature. I was surprised by the ending, and I suppose the author had no choice but to pull some weird idea out of his ..... to finish the story.

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    Ending Ruins It

    I won't spoil it, but the ending ruins the entire value of the book.

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