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Guardian of Night

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The Hunt for Red October in space, complete with a fascinating alien “Sean Connery” ship commander, heroic human space-naval officers, and a rousing blast-off of a final battle on the edge of the Solar System.

For alien commander Arid Ricimer there was no going home.  His species was winning the war with Earth, but the civilization he had fought for was gone, destroyed from
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Baen (first published February 1st 2012)
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Peter Darbyshire
I never know what to say about Tony Daniel's work because, unlike many other SF writers, he resists categorization. Sure, this is a typical SF novel about humanity besieged by an invading, technologically advanced alien race. Sure, it's a typical SF novel about an alien artifact. Sure, it's a typical SF novel concerned with the extrapolation of current research, especially all things quantum. Only it's not a typical SF novel at all. It takes all the genre conventions and tropes and does so much ...more
Gwyn
Feb 07, 2012 Gwyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I wanted to like this book, but just couldn't. The concept's not bad, but the book suffers from two things that plague so many science fiction books (and are why I read so little science fiction): poor characterization and excessive "telling."

You can tell the characters are basically sound, but the author moves them through the story with puppet-like stiffness, failing to bring them to life or make the reader care about them. Information on the setting, the technology, and on the alien culture
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Ebrien
Jan 14, 2012 Ebrien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard sci-fi readers
Enjoyed this one. Listened to the audio. It was very well narrated. I'd read some early reviews comparing it to Hunt for Red October. Agreed, but loved that one as well. Enjoyed the hard sci-fi elements tremendously. Being from Oklahoma and having lived in Dallas, I could appreciate the locales. Special place in my heart for the red earth of Western Ok. Good book. There were some elements I liked that Daniel had written of previously in his works, Metaplanetary and Superluminal, that he covers i ...more
Bill
Apr 23, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent scifi version of Clancy's Hunt for Red October.
Jacqueline
May 30, 2013 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, sci-fi
Pretty good military space opera. Lots of space ships which is good. Some dense science extrapolation which I didn't bother to really wrap my head around since I know my brain doesn't work that way or I would have become a theoretical physicist like Sheldon Cooper. Still the space ship designs were way cool. Kind of like Wonder Woman's airplane.

The aliens were very well done physically and I loved how they communicated with smells. That was a fun concept to read about. Like a lot of military sci
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Cassandra
Feb 15, 2013 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I really liked this book. Excellent, really imaginative sf with interesting science and fantastic aliens. They talk with smells, just for a start, and the smell-language is remarkably well thought out. The characters are solid, real people. Daniels doesn't dwell on their back stories, but by the tics and quirks he gives each individual he fleshes out beautifully the effect their past has on their personalities and on the present.

The basis for the book is that everybody's in a mess, both humans
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Peter Brickwood
A bit of a chore to read. A wide variety of characters and events not too smoothly interlocked with rather a lot of anthropological development descriptions.

In keeping with many current novels this has an somewhat exotic extra-terrestrial life form. The aliens have quite humanistic political strife and bureaucratic organizational structures. However, they eat by slurping goo through their feet (no description of what it feels like to walk on your lips). Their communication is through olfactory e
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Ada
Mar 03, 2012 Ada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was so imaginative. alien laughter that smells like strawberries?! & kicka** rebel poet with a salman rushdie hit on his head. totally exciting psycho assassin & the three male leads are smart, funny, daring, sexy -- this should freakin' be a movie. yes the basic premise is red october but that's it -- this is sooo much bigger and more eloquent with an undeniably surprising & triumphant ending. i liked the book R.O. for the smart strategies but Guardian made me love these c ...more
Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Some of the concepts were interesting and seemed well thought out, particularly the system for FTL travel and communication. But there seemed times when it felt like the subtext was all about what a horrible system the Soviet government (with Politburo and KGB and political officers) was. And that was a little strange for a book published in 2012. Some good space opera with grand battles, strange aliens, noble sacrifices, brave actions.
John
Mar 22, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Aliens (who communicate with smells, not sounds) have left Earth half devastated and are now coming back to complete the job. But one is a turncoat, and has a superweapon to boot. Top drawer plot, pretty interesting cast, and first rate tech/science here---but it's all wrapped up in waaaayy too much tedious "character development," flashbacks and scenes that do not advance the story.

Still, pretty stimulating military SF!
Mathew
Oct 17, 2014 Mathew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just enjoyed the hell out of this. Why? It wasn't trite, with characters playing stereotypes, it was just people dealing with terrible situations. People, not aliens and humans, just people. The scent language was fascinating, but never a barrier. The narration was excellent!
Danath01
Jul 15, 2014 Danath01 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible
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Tony Daniel is an author of science fiction novels, short stories, and radio dramas.

For the comic book author, see Tony S. Daniel.
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