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The Dark Wing (Dark Wing #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  194 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The zor is just one of the alien races that humanity encounters when it travels to the stars, and from the very first meeting it has been all-out war. For many years the conflicts have been sporadic, usually ending with an Earth concession and a treaty. But the zor does not respect mankind and has no any intention of honoring the agreements. When the zor decide to mount a
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published December 14th 2001 by Tor Books
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Dec 30, 2007 steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book started off promising, about a man and his dreams for total xenocidal warfare, with all the ethical and political problems thereof. Things were going along swimmingly and then, suddenly, about halfway through, the book changes tracks. Xenocide is no longer an option, and a whole bunch of other elements begin cropping up that weren't even hinted at before. Now there's a secret shadow darkity-dark conspiracy afoot that's been manipulating everything behind the scenes that made sure everyt ...more
Mike Maurer
I grab books from the shelves of used book stores without too much input. i.e. the Internet didn't tell me. Just the cover and back. Sometimes I find great stuff and sometimes I find rubbish. This book falls about in the middle.

I knew going in its a Space Opera. I wanted capital ships in big fights, governments that don't understand, aliens that are alien, wheels within wheels. That sort of thing. I didn't get that here.

The opening Prologue does have a big starship battle, complete with details
Kurt Springs
Mar 19, 2015 Kurt Springs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier.


It is the 24th Century, and humanity is ruled by a galactic empire. They are currently at war with the birdlike Zor. Since their first meeting, the Zor have found humanity to be an affront to their religious beliefs. Conflict has been sporadic for sixty years, with many treaties being signed that the Zor have no intention of keeping. The latest incursion has brought a controversial scholar named Ivan Hector Charles Marais out retir
Per Gunnar
This book started off very good but in the end it became “just” good. It starts off with a known enemy breaking a peace treaty for the umpteen time and an admiral taking the opportunity to wage war against this enemy in the only way that enemy can understand it even if it means the extermination of the enemy species and despite the opinions of the pea-brained politicians. After having read the first half, maybe a bit more, I was ready to give this book at least four stars, maybe five.

Then the pe
"The Dark Wing" is a sci-fi military drama set mostly aboard starships of Imperial Earth. The Earth has been at war with the avian Zor race, on and off for several generations. The pattern has become familiar to the military: the Zor launch a surprise attack somewhere on the frontier, engage in brutal tactics on human colony worlds, and then when the tide of battle turns against them, sue for peace, which the civilian government is all too happy to negotiate. And then the cycle repeats, the enig ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overly verbose riff on the Royal Space Navy troupe.

This is a quick read and has some interesting culture clash points to make, but depends too much on tedious soliloquies to keep the plot moving. The tech and battle scenes seemed to have been borrowed from the "Lensman-series" of EE Doc Smith. Along the way, the author sets himself up a franchise.

It would have been good, if it was 100 pages shorter.
William Richards
The more you read it, the more you want to read it! As I was reaching the last chapters of The Dark Wing, I made sure I had the next book, The Dark Path on hand so I could just keep on reading without stopping when I reached the end of the first book.

One of the key elements I found most unique in Hunt's story was how much the protagonists had to delve into the psychology and mythology of the enemy to find a way to overcome them. Many science fiction stories deal with the development of some tech
May 29, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book that could have been a great book. I could have done without the alien POV sections, but my real issues have to do with how Hunt dealt with the moral issues. He centered the book around the topics of genocide and rules of war, but barely explored them. There were great parallels available in African tribal warfare and terrorism that could have been tapped for inspiration but weren't. There were also a number of places where the war could have been alot more interesting and exci ...more
Kenneth Flusche
May 01, 2016 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing
A space opera. An interesting book will make you think, not sure what Mr. Hunt thinks, not sure I think the same way as Walter but that does not matter.
I actually tried to read this once around 5 years ago and could not finish it. Of course, I did not remember that a year or so ago when I bought it again. I realized after a few chapters that I had read this before, but this time I finished it. A bit unusual, but enjoyable.
Chris Light
Sep 13, 2012 Chris Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept of a race that discovers intelligent life (human) outside their own species (Zor) and begins a program of extermination because their origin myths and faith claim that there is no other intelligent species but themselves.
Martin Milhomme
Jan 20, 2013 Martin Milhomme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like military sci-fi, then this is an amazing book. Great series with great writing. I loved everything about it.
Dec 09, 2010 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
terrible. really juvenile writing made it so i couldn't even make it 50 pages in.
Apr 20, 2015 Karenb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, books-i-own
I bought the series for my brother I liked it so much!
Mar 03, 2010 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
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