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Dark Space

(Dark Space #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  4,006 ratings  ·  276 reviews
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Ten years ago the Sythians invaded the galaxy with one goal: to wipe out the human race.

Now the survivors are hiding in the last human sector of the galaxy: Dark Space--once a place of exile for criminals, now the last refuge of mankind.

The once galaxy-spanning Imperium
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published April 20th 2013 by Anthem Press
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Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At the time of my writing this review Dark Space has a 4.1 out of 5 stars review on Amazon based on over one thousand reviews. I managed to snag this book for free. I thought I had a win-win; a solidly rated book for free. For likely at least the millionth time in my life, I was wrong.

I can say at least one positive thing for Dark Space; the book does grab you at the beginning and keeps the action going steadily to its conclusion. Unfortunately, I’m struggling to come up with additional ones. Th
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really have to say anyone who likes science fiction stay away from this, its really not going to be for you. The book is full of so many plot holes, for one he sneaks onto a ship using a holographic skin which is apparently common place and yet no one checks for it, the main character is cliché at best and the author doesn't really seem to know anything about space travel or even space itself.

The technical aspect is also just plain wrong! i quote, "it was flying toward him at a pitful 68 KAPS
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Somewhere about the half way mark of listening to the Audible version of Dark Space, I began to realize that this was very much a Mary Sue (or, at least, a Gary Stu - pure middle age male wish fulfillment fantasy). The deus ex machina is so thick here as to really be mind boggling - in a very bad way. From the loser 'salt and pepper haired' main character with the hot exotic girlfriend half his age, perfect wife and s
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's okay. A simple-minded, fun space opera.

It's too bad the early space operas described space combat in terms of World War II aircraft dog fighting because most everyone since has copied. Rudders? Afterburner? Banking? I don't think so. Even "pulling Gs" as described is not the way objects in space behave.

But who cares? It's just good, clean fun.

Max Shields
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Space is a wonderful science-fiction adventure filled with solid characters thrust into increasingly difficult situations, more twists than you can shake a stick at, and a dire fate that the protagonists are fighting with all their might to avoid. The author rapidly brings us into this new world, using sufficiently descriptive text to whisk us away with lush visuals, while not overloading the story. Indeed, the book moves along at a brisk pace, and is sufficiently compact to make it a quick ...more
Greg Tymn
Aug 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It sometimes takes new, self-publishing authors a while to hit their editorial stride, so I tend to overlook minor grammatical errors, spelling problems not caught by a spell-checker, etc.

However, this sentence irritated the *#@$* out of me and I put the book down unfinished when the grammar seemed to continue to erode into a metastatic morass.

"The alien's forearms and legs were striped a darker blue and also lined with bony protrusions, BUT THOSE ONES LOOKED LIKE SPINES." [emphasis added].

Get a
Isaac Hooke
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully well written!

Dark Space is a thrilling action-adventure set in the far future. It reminded me a little of an exciting episode of BattleStar Galatica. The story revolves around Ethan Ortane, who lives in Dark Space. Formerly a cluster of black holes, Dark Space holds all that is left of humanity. In classical "Dude with a problem" style, Jasper Scott starts off with Ethan on the run from crime lord Alec Brondi, who catches Ethan and forces him to sabotage the ship that guards the entr
Doug Hoffman
I love good science fiction, SF was one of the reasons I became a real scientist. For me the first requisite for good SF is good, or at least believable, science. Unfortunately, Dark Space is hack science fiction. The author is obviously not a scientist or even scientifically literate. This is a mediocre adventure novel stuffed with obligatory SF tropes and stage dressing. Lasers? Check. Shields? Check. Faster than light travel? Check. Evil scary aliens? Check. Logical consistency and adherence ...more
So there's a story behind this; I finished the previous book I was reading on Friday and there is a book that I've been waiting to read being released on Tuesday (The Mime Order). So I've got three days to kill and I know that I "need" to read something as a weekend without reading is just not going to happen... So I checked through the books that I own to find which one had the least amount of pages and I came up with this book at just over 200 pages. I figured that would be doable and should j ...more
Michael Pang
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable quick-read. The whole book took me a few hours or so to complete. The experience is similar to watching an episode of Battlestar Galactica (cruiser-carrier ship, fighter pilots, humans hiding out against enemy seeking to wipe them out, etc.) Much like a TV episode, it isn't complex, original nor is it hard scifi. It is fun and enjoyable if you take it for what it is. I picked this book (#1 of series) up for .99 cents on my Kindle and bought book #2 (1.99) once I was done. I ...more
M Hamed
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-sci-fi, 2017
this,this piece of shit.with it Constant Presence in amazon top lists
is what gives the genre a bad name
Douglas Bittinger
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dark Space, by Jasper T. Scott is a rollicking space opera that kicks off a series of books in high adventure fashion. This review is based on the Kindle edition, this book is also available in paperback.

Ethan Ortane is captain of a badly beat up space freighter, he already owes crime boss Alec Brondi a lot of money for previous repairs and now Ethan and his female sidekick are on the run. But you can’t hide from Brondi. When Brondi catches them he forces Ethan into a deal he doesn’t want. A dea
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, when you pick up a book like this with the description it provides, you know you're not picking up a bit of classic literature. This is space opera from the start, complete with two-dimensional characters, laser guns, and not-sufficiently-explained science. As a way to kill time or just enjoy a book that is basically a written version of something you would see on network TV, it works. But outside of that it basically falls into the high school sci-fi genre.

The plot is simple
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent self-published space opera that will while away a few of hours of your daily commute without taxing too much of your concentration. At times it does feel a little like Battlestar Galactica fan fiction, but the excellent pacing of the book won't leave you with too much time to dwell on its problems. Three stars from me, as I head off to the Kindle store to pick up book 2.

NOTE: If there is another book in the language which uses the word "roiling" with as much frequency as Dark Space, I wan
Jul 01, 2020 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
but those girls in magazines with huge tits and puffed-up lips and sleepy eyes, like they’d been fucked hard all night and they were mostly pouting now because the guy finally pulled out.

Right on the first page! So nice to know right away so I don't have to waste my time. :)

Curiosity got the better of me. Wrong "Dark Space" book. The writing is not much better in this one, but at least not as gross, chapter one does start with a woman sitting on the bed with alabaster skin, so yeah. Now I
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was craving a sci/fi/space book and this hit the spot! It had everything I was looking for. Space, laser beams and starship battles to name a few. I love that the author was able to fit so much into such a short book. All around just an enjoyable read.
Sean Bai
Dec 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like
This book was clunky. It started with a confusing prologue of a space battle involving many smaller ships.

The words cluttered the page and there were too many unnecessary descriptions and filler words. The battle was just not interesting.

The author loaded a whole bunch of jargon specific to his world so I didn't know what was going on. The swear words are almost exactly the same as in Battlestar Galactica, just with one vowel spelled differently, so the main character reminds me of Lee Adama.

Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
DNF. I tried. The MC is a Gary Stu, the set up is stupid, the plot is stupid, the writing is terrible and I hated the Gary Stu.
Cynthia Dawson
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good series from Mr. Scott.

Let me adress some of the bad reviews for this book. I personally think that if they had read Mr. Scott's New Frontiers Trilogy (starting with Excelsior) they would have appreciated this series more. It's not necessary to first read New Frontiers (seriously you don't have to), however, it does help considering the last book slightly ties into this series. This series takes place 1,000 plus years after the last book in the New Frontiers Trilogy. Also New Fronti
Scott Whitmore
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun, fast-paced sci-fi space opera, Dark Space by Jasper T. Scott (@JasperTScott) opens with a slam-bang action sequence before skipping back in time a few days to show the events leading up to that point in time. Along the way there is plenty more action, some intrigue and a few plot twists to keep the reader on his or her toes.

After losing a devastating war against the alien Sythians, humanity retreats to a far-off and hidden corner of the galaxy: Dark Space. Protected by a sealed jump-gate
Don Viecelli
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From My Newsletter Number 48:

This review is on Dark Space by Jasper T. Scott. It is a new series I found online by chance while looking for new ebooks to read on Mr. Scott is a relatively new author and this series is very popular in the UK as well as the US according to the many thousands of ebooks sold to date.

Dark Space is about the last surviving humans living in a cluster of black holes with a few semi-habitable planets and space stations far from Earth’s solar system. The human
João  Jorge
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any nerd looking for some light summer reading!
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens, kindle, action
This is a quick and easy read. Its a fun little space opera. Lots of inspiration, from all the usual “big boys” in the genre but enough originality to stand on its own. The writing is crisp, the pacing stupendous and the action very entertaining. Its all fluff obviously. Pure entertainment. The plot is very light, the characters are walking cardboards with no development or complexity whatsoever. The “book” also suffers greatly from an unlikable and annoying main character. The “hero” is a compl ...more
Deanna Mayhood
This novel, the first of a series, is fast-paced and fun to read, always good signs for a reader. However, the lack of detail in it leaves one a little in the dark. I am not sure if the writer had a quota for pages in the first book (there were only 193), he was unsure how to describe certain events/people/actions, or he was simply lazy; still, there were several sequences in this very short book in which the action seemed to be running ahead of comprehension simply because there was a swift set ...more
Alex Shrugged
Dark Space is book 1 by Jasper T. Scott. It is currently a 4 book series but I've read through the first three and that makes a good solid story arc right there. I liked the book. I'm not sure why I bought it but do like it. I also bought the audio version and I'm glad I did. Good narration.

The Story: Ethan Ortane is a bad boy but a good space pilot. He was banished to Dark Space right before the rest of the empire was invaded by aliens and just about destroyed. Dark Space is a hideaway and he m
Read Ng
Dark Space is a fair military space battle story. I can't help but compare to Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. This first story is also in keeping with becoming part of a series.

I found the space battles good, but fixed upon twentieth century battle tactics. Similar to watching a movie space battle, ship and weapons speeds and distances are all confined to a relatively small screen. Real space battles should take place over much greater distances and velocities. After all, in space you can hid
Larry B Gray
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not often I read a book that can get my heart racing like Dark Space by Jasper T. Scott. This science fiction space opera is a true page turner and I could not put it down.

The author did an excellent job of developing a story that was true to the genre. The action and adventure was non-stop. It was easy to follow the story and keep up with the characters even though the book was full of twist and turns.

The characters of the book were well developed and very believable. I like the fact I c
It's ok for your story to have obvious influences, but there's a little too much Battlestar Galactica here and not enough originality. The author also tends to explain things too much. (You don't need a sentence or two to explain everything that could possibly be unique.)

Here's my favorite quote:

"He pulled the trigger and three fire-linked red lasers flashed out toward his target with a high-pitched squeal that actually made his fighter shake from the force of the abruptly-released energy. The s
Carolyn F.
Audiobook - I also have the Kindle book

I would have given this book a higher rating if were a complete book. I don't care if it was free, it should be clearly noted that this is just a part of the book especially with the ending and the length. I'm all for short stories but this wasn't that either.

What is a shame is that the book itself was really good. I liked most of the story (the father/son encounter was a bit much). But still, I wish the author would change the way he is packaging this ser
Regina Puckett
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel had me from page one and wouldn't let me go until I had read the words "the end". I loved everything about Dark Space. Even though the story takes place in a setting that's foreign to me, I could still picture the places and characters. The conflict was intense and so powerful I chewed my fingernails off.

This is my second Jasper Scott novel and it will not be my last. This young author will be huge one day.
Prakash Sharma
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quick and short read

Enjoyable with good mix of creativity and imagination. What Alara feels for Ethan is a true love, beyond the boundaries of age and lust. What he thinks about Alara is quite good, after all he treats it as his responsibility to protect her. If Ethan thinks that she is of her daughter's age, it's sure he can't treat her as a girlfriend. I loved Ethan, Alara and Gina, I enjoyed their chit-chat. The plot is good and for me it turned in a happy ending.
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“Jasper T. Scott is the author of more than ten novels, written across various genres. He has been writing for more than eight years, but his abiding passion has always been to write science fiction and fantasy. As an avid fan of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, Jasper Scott aspires to create his own worlds to someday capture the hearts and minds of his readers as thoroughly as these franchises have. Jasper writes his books from Central America and offers his sincerest apologies and regrets for his long absence from the rat race, but to all the noble warriors who venture out daily into the wintry cold on their way to work or school, he sends his regards—you are braver than he.” 1 likes
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