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Europa Strike (Heritage Trilogy #3)

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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
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Harper Voyager (first published April 1st 2000)
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Mike (the Paladin) we've done it. We woke something up.

Humans are still searching for evidence of "pre-human" civilizations and "aliens" who have been here or who were here before. They seem to have found something...maybe a ship. It's under the water on Europa...and it's a size to make NY City look like Mayberry.

Oh yeah and it's talking or maybe...singing.

And the race is on...and the "government" is ready to write off American service people as expendable, again. That would be an extremely sad part of
Jan 24, 2014 Jack rated it liked it
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
Nov 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Nov 17, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2014 M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Third book in the first series...just keeps getting better and better. Finishing this first trilogy makes me what to go on to the next group of three novels in the "mega series" of 9 books involving the "Hunters of the Dawn".
Apr 21, 2010 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I.F. Adams
Mar 24, 2016 I.F. Adams rated it liked it
Space marines. ON EUROPA. A fun action-ey romp that won't stick with you for long.
Mar 29, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
May 28, 2016 Odhran rated it it was ok
Poorly written, all sorts of Marine Corp American exceptionalism rah-rah bullshit. I just read this because I'd committed to the series.
Apr 29, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 14, 2010 Norman rated it it was ok
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
Aug 12, 2014 Chris Berko rated it it was amazing
Excellent ending to a really cool trilogy!
Randy Smith
May 20, 2014 Randy Smith rated it really liked it
Very good round up to this book run.
May 23, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 29, 2016 Exanimis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, sci-fi, adventure
This was an enjoyable trilogy well worth reading.
Sep 22, 2016 elidemelnibone rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-etc
J'ai lu les 3 volumes de la trilogie d'une traite. Les conflits entre les nations sur la terre font désespérer de l'humanité (et de sa survie) mais les Marines sont à la hauteur. Des anciens mystères sont en voie de résolution, et .... une menace extra terrestre encore lointaine termine la trilogie et donne envie de lire une suite.
Andy Arnold
Sep 30, 2014 Andy Arnold rated it liked it
It's an ok conclusion to this trilogy, but once again the battle result never seemed in doubt!
Non Americans will cringe when even the enemy has to ask for help from the "mighty us marines"
That said it's an enjoyable, easy read that successfully extends the plot enough for me to look forward to the next set of books.
David Craig
Dec 04, 2013 David Craig rated it really liked it
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 07, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was Ok. I liked it but the story took a long time to develop and the characters were not that exciting. Even some of the ones from before this book. Still if was an OK read.
Oct 03, 2008 Randy rated it it was amazing
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.
May 23, 2008 Scott rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 11, 2008 Khairul rated it really liked it
OKay .. but obvious bridging book to the next series.
Clay Davis
Oct 29, 2012 Clay Davis rated it really liked it
A great trilogy with plenty of action.
Apr 16, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: scif-fi
Good ending to the trilogy.
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