Europa Strike (Heritage Trilogy, #3)
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Europa Strike (Heritage Trilogy #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  684 ratings  ·  16 reviews
2040: Ruins of ancient civilization uncovered on Mars reveal startling truths about the creation of humankind.

2042: In the gray dust of the Earth's Moon, an extinct enslaving race left behind more answers, more questions...and a grim warning.

2067: As Earth's warring factions clash in space for scraps of alien technology, a strange artifact lies trapped beneath the ice-lock...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 1st 2000)
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Jack Wells
Not a bad way to end this first trilogy I suppose, although it definitely skews to the more broad spectrum of storytelling. We get a slightly large jump in time from the ending of book two, a larger cast of POV characters, and a much higher body count.

Ultimately, this series has given me just what I wanted, which was (intoned in a loud, authoritative voice) MARINES IN SPAAAAAAACE! While the characterizations aren't as deep as with other authors who keep large stables of POV characters (Martin, C...more
An excellent conclusion to this series takes us to Jupiter's moon Europa. It is about 20 years after the last book and the Moon offensive which resulted in the end of the UN wars and it's China's turn to be the bad guy. The Consolidated World States has found an intelligence deep beneath seas of Europa and the Chinese are convinced it holds the secret to their domination of the world and other enlightenment. So they go all stealth and try to take over the CWS base on Europa but the Marines have...more
I'm going to review the Heritage Trilogy as one whole as I read the three earlier this year in quick succession and really have the same opinions on all three books.

This trilogy spins a very cohesive story and really should be read straight through. It is an exceptional piece of sci-fi with fleshed out characters and a compelling story. The technology is well described and it is believable that the events in this trilogy could happen within the next 10-20 years. There is also political intrigue...more
Well, it wasn't as good as the first two in the series. I liked it but the advent of the aliens (or alien intelligences) just didn't do it for me.

I like that the battles aren't predictable. The plans never go right in their entirety for the good guys or the bad guys. Makes it very realistic to me and fun to read about the battlefield improvisation and adaptation that Marines are known for.

As the ending to a trilogy it was very unsatisfying as well. Felt more like the prequel to the next series...more
The first trilogy is compelling...lots of action and interesting speculation on how technology will affect human society.

Moving ahead 20 years, we find our Marines fighting a new set of earth-based enemies and getting a glimpse of some extra-terrestrial ones...

Of the first three books, I found this to be the the least compelling, but most important since it introduces us to an external threat: the so-called "Hunters of the Dawn" and sets the stage for the next trilogy where our Marines find th...more
The Heritage Trilogy is the first of three connected trilogies about Marines in space, and consists of:

Semper Mars
Luna Marine
Europa Strike

Three very good near future military SciFi stories, loosely connected at the micro level, with a deeper common background. My only small gripe is that Douglas does not concentrate more on the backstory of alien visitors in ancient times. Still and all, a very good read.

Note: Ian Douglas is a pen name for William H. Keith.
When compared to the first 2 books in the trilogy, this book is a MAJOR letdown. In the first 2 books, there is basically just 2 sides to the story, and both get told. In this book, there are 3 sides to the story, and a side story. The side story starts early in the book, is forgotten, then mentioned as a passing idea at the end, so as to justify the third side in the main story. But the third side in the story barely gets mentioned. Just that factor alone leaves the whole story feeling rather e...more
Chris Berko
Excellent ending to a really cool trilogy!
Randy Smith
Very good round up to this book run.
Great military sci-fi; the best of the trilogy. US marines find themselves stranded on Europa, Jupiter's icy moon, while hostile Chinese troops try and take over their base. The prize? First contact with the enigmatic Singer, a vast alien intelligence that lays keening below Europa's frozen surface. This book, as with the other books in this series, was a lot of fun. I enjoy not-too-distant sci-fi, and this one lands squarely in that wheel house. Good times.
David Craig
Great and enjoyable trilogy. Secrets of the ancient aliens revealed as it progresses, in a credible and suspense filled manner. Technology is more advanced but believable progression from current day. Character development reasonable, though secondary to main plot.
Oct 03, 2008 Randy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military SF fans
Evidence of a long ago war between two alien forces leads humanity to follow a signal to Jupiter's moon, Europa.
A thrilling end to the trilogy. And he did leave it wide open for expansion, so I can't wait for the next book :)
James Tallett
quick, fun little read. I do wish there had been more from the outside point of view.
OKay .. but obvious bridging book to the next series.
Clay Davis
A great trilogy with plenty of action.
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