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Out of the Dark

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  2,720 Ratings  ·  432 Reviews
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 S ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Tor Books
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Eric If you like most of Weber's work (I am a huge HH fan) then you'll probably enjoy everything up to the last 20 pages or so as it follows his usual…moreIf you like most of Weber's work (I am a huge HH fan) then you'll probably enjoy everything up to the last 20 pages or so as it follows his usual incredibly well described military fiction style. The last 20 pages though, that's where you will either laugh out loud and love it, or throw the book down in utter disgust. I thought it was absolutely amazing, but by the low reviews here and on Amazon I seem to be in the minority on that.

Either way it's a great read for anyone up until the final pages where it goes Dues Ex Machina in a crazy interesting never seen before way. if you're nervous the utter insanity will ruin it then just stop reading once the aliens start talking about crazy Hegemony plots. You'll know what I mean.(less)
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Brian
Aug 24, 2012 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you have this book, and especially if you haven't read it yet, just burn it now and save yourself the anger and annoyance you will experience if you insist on reading it.

The first half is actually ok, or even better than that. It's a pretty typical military action novel, with aliens thrown in so you don't have to identify with all those people you're trying to kill too closely. And hey, half the human population has already been killed off, so it makes fighting back all that more heroic right
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Benjamin Newland
Nov 27, 2010 Benjamin Newland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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Sara
May 03, 2012 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A warning: if you are a David Weber fan, then I will give you the same warning I give to Robert Jordan fans when they enthusiastically ask me if I've ever read the Wheel of Time: If you do not like to hear scathing reviews of an author you love, then do not read this review.



Okay, you've now had time to get away. Onwards!


I tried to like this book. I really did. The premise--as told to me by my best friend and brain-twin--was pretty awesome. I mean, who *doesn't* like a good ol' "Never, ever piss
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Frank Parsons
I admit it. I love military sci-fi. I especially love alien invasion stories. Out of the Dark is just that, a sci-fi earth invasion story seen primarily through military eyes. Not only that, but the dust jacket promises that earth receives some surprise help. I fell for it. I had a coupon and bought the book sort of thinking that I would likely be disappointed. But I had hope!

There's a reason people become cynical and it's based on disappointments like this book. Don't get me wrong, the writing
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Joe
Apr 26, 2011 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Michael
It's been over a hundred years since H.G. Wells first wrote The War of the Worlds and yet, for some reason, writers are still employing the device of using a virus to defeat alien overlords. It crops in novels, movies and should the series survive to finish it's story I wouldn't be shocked to see it used as the conclusion of V.

For some reason, we just can't come up with a new or different want to fend off an alien invasion.

David Weber's latest novel Out of the Dark is just another example of i
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Jennifer
May 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for Alien invasion. I just love them. Ok, I might not like one if it really happened, but I love reading them. I sat on the edge of my seat for this one. Well...I waited for what seemed like forever to get to the good stuff, you know when the Aliens say "Hello we are here". And then I sat on the edge of my seat. while I appreciate the thoroughness of the author giving us this large back story, humans AND Aliens, it just took longer that I needed. But I gather a great many people mi ...more
James
Mar 14, 2011 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Iago77
Jan 05, 2011 Iago77 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Connie
Oct 26, 2013 Connie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-reviews
There's a big part of me that wants to give it one star, but that wouldn't be quite fair: the first 200 pages of the book were actually quite enjoyable. The ending was probably the worst cop-out I've ever seen. It was terrible. Honestly, I can't put into words how horrible the ending was.

First of all, I'm inclined to like David Weber--I like his Honor Harrington series--it's not the type of series that is going to expand your horizons or revolutionize your world-view, and the writing is merely
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Jacqueline
Sep 29, 2010 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi adventure fans
I generally really like David Weber and this one did not disappoint. There were a lot of characters to follow as usual in his stories but it was relatively easy to do. The aliens seemed fairly alien. Not necessarily as alien as others I've read but a pretty solid effort in making them "not like us psychologically". The sci fi element was well done but not a huge element in the story. Most of the action took place on Earth just a few years in the future and so most of the action revolved around f ...more
Stephanie
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Nick Cato
Oct 31, 2010 Nick Cato rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I read this military scifi novel's synopsis, it sounded like a sure fire hit. It turned out to be anything but. To be fair, this is the first of a proposed new series, but as a stand alone novel it's just . . . terrible.

It's alien invasion time once again. They've destroyed every city on earth and half the population is dead. Then we're introduced to two groups of survivors who decide it's time to fight back (one in the mountains of North Carolina and the other in the Balkans).

The majority
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Laura
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Amelia
Jan 29, 2011 Amelia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No offense meant to my brother, who got this for me, this was probably the worst book I've read in a long time. I really wanted to like this book, the premise was great and I enjoyed it in the beginning, but the redundancy was starting to be too much. I'm not too much into military fiction, so the frequent and overly-detailed descriptions of the weaponry were difficult for me to slog through. The writing quickly became redundant with the use of the same plot device when describing the attacks on ...more
Randy Reed
Aug 05, 2011 Randy Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I really liked this book for the first 3/4. I like David Weber in general, his Safehold series as a retelling of the Protestant Reformation is very interesting. This book likewise has much to commend it. It is the story of an alien invasion. The producers of Battle: Los Angeles, said the trick of any alien invasion story is that it not be over in 10 minutes. Weber solves this problem with interesting reflections on the different kinds of military hardware a space faring race might have as opp ...more
Andy
Sep 23, 2012 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was OK, but there were parts that I really struggled with and then the ending completely ruined the story. The first disappointment was the profanity throughout the book. I know the story is a war story as humanity faces off against the alien invaders, but it really didn't add anything to the story - no matter how "real" the author was trying to keep it. I once heard that the use of profanity is the sign of a weak mind and I think that counts double for authors. The second disappointme ...more
Perry Reed
Nov 25, 2010 Perry Reed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Doug Dandridge
May 21, 2012 Doug Dandridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As stated by some other reviewers, I have read everything Weber has ever done, and come into each book with some expectations. At first my expectations were met. The aliens and the battles kind of reminded me of Turtledove's Balance Series. I thought the aliens were just a little to0 inept in the land battles, and a little too omnipotent when it came to their control of the planet from space. I really thought it was off the mark when he talked about the aliens having the power to turn Earth into ...more
Brett
Aug 07, 2011 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
David Weber has surpassed himself (if possible) with his novel 'Out of the Dark'.

A gripping science fiction, end of the world, alien invasion story that grabs readers and leaves them stunned and wrung out.

As usual for Weber, he takes us deep into the lives of the characters, making us familiar, even intimate, with them, their lives and their tools. Technical descriptions abound and the fans of of hard science fiction should love it.

The premise of cooperation and the psychology of humanity when
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Kevin O'Keeffe
I'm having a difficult time deciding if this was a brilliant sci-fi novel, or a ridiculous one. Its certainly a flawed novel, and it would be fair to characterize most of the action sequences as "redundant and overburdened with long lists of munitions model numbers," and I definitely had a difficult time distinguishing each of the various characters (which while annoying, made me sympathize with the author - whom I've never read previously - because that's what happens when I try my hand at fict ...more
John Rossman
Dec 28, 2013 John Rossman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the recommendation of a friend, I decided to check out this book. David Weber is one of my favorite authors.
I went and checked out the reviews on Amazon.com. It apparently has a bad rep for having a surprise ending. Some complained of Deux ex machina.
I wouldn't say it was deux ex machina as he planted clues throughout the book. The hard part of putting in enough clues is to not telegraph your ending. I think the clues were barely sufficient for this task though. If you didn't know that there
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Sharon Michael
I'm a long time Weber fan, though I haven't liked all of his books equally. My favorites, the ones I keep to re-read, are his earlier Honor Harrington books and this one is on my keep to re-read shelf as well.

It has all of the elements I like in a Weber military sci-fi book, good characterization, good alien development, brilliant military action scenes and fast action.

With an apology to all of those who hated the wrap up and ending, sorry, but I loved it and if he ever writes a sequel I'll have
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Jim
Jan 22, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a long-time fan of David Webber's writing. He is a very good, no, an excellent writer of science fiction. I am in the middle of reading his Safehold series with I believe the sixth book bought but not read yet because I don't want it to be over?? Yeah, his writing in that series of books is just outstanding. I seriously don't understand why anyone wouldn't like this book. The ending has a twist but so what, it's science fiction. If a writer can imagine an entire planet being conquere ...more
Libby
Jan 01, 2011 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is starting really well. I began it today(New Year's Day, 2011), and I hope to finish most of it this weekend, if I can pry some time away from family and friends on a holiday weekend.

We-elllllllll---I have to tell you, I really enjoyed this book! So-oooo, why didn't I give it five stars? Several small reasons added together took that fifth star off the table. I think the first is a tendency to drool over hardware. The hard stuff is not, in and of itself, a turnoff for the average reader,
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Dale
Jun 30, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A near-great but flawed epic story

Read by Charles Keating
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Macmillan Audio


Ultra-prolific author David Weber visits familiar territory in this audiobook. Weber is a master of the military-based science fiction story and Out of the Dark delivers Weber’s expertise and interest in weapons, weapons systems and military organization in spades in this near-great but flawed epic story that, according to Publishers Weekly, is actually the first book in a trilogy.

The novel Out of the Dark is based
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Hendel
Jan 06, 2011 Hendel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Holy crap. I'm going to try really, really hard to avoid crossing over into spoiler territory here, even if it means not being able to fully explain my reaction to this book.

Even though the premise of aliens battling unexpectedly-advanced humans isn't particularly original, it's a theme I enjoy once in a while, so I picked this book up. I got pretty much what I'd expected out of it, for the first 3/4 or so, as the alien conquerors initially devastated the Earth by dropping kinetic weapons from o
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Jday
Mar 10, 2011 Jday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-books-read
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Jay
May 19, 2011 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

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