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Injection Burn

(Dire Earth Duology #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Part one of a thrilling action-adventure sci-fi duology featuring indomitable characters, incredible worlds, and plenty of rip-roaring action and thrills!
Skyler Luiken and his ragtag crew of scavengers, scientists, and brawlers have a new mission: a long journey to a distant planet where a race of benevolent aliens are held captive behind a cloud of destructive ships kno
Paperback, 385 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Del Rey Books
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Kevin Kelsey
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
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A high concept Space Opera full of huge ideas; instantly readable, and a hell of a lot of fun. I have been reading a bunch of really heavy non-fiction lately and this was just the right fun SF to break out of that over the last few days. It’s been such a ride reading this.

I am extremely impressed with the pacing of this novel. It builds and builds and builds, and just never lets up. A real page turner like James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series, but exploring loftier them
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Complex, suspense-filled and just what I needed to shake up a previous book hangover. Hough is back with a another marvelous scifi adventure, a spin off of the DIRE EARTH CYCLE. I fell in love with Hough's writing in the THE DARWIN ELEVATOR and can't wait to see what happens next in ESCAPE VELOCITY.

I received this ARC copy of Injection Burn from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Del Rey. This is my honest and voluntary review. Injection Burn is set for publication May 30, 2017.

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They're Ba-a-ck! Both the incredibly creative author Jason Hough and Skyler Luiken, space traveler, adventurer, hero and now legend from the past.

Strap your boots, helmet and spacesuit on, adjust your seatbelt and hang on tight as we head at light speed into another suspense-filled adventure into deep space and the Swarm Blockade. INJECTION BURN will keep science fiction fans in hover mode over each page and through every turn of events.

Somewhere in the vastness of outerspace is a friendly w
Chris Berko
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, here's the deal with Jason Hough and why I have come to admire his writing. His books are very easy to read. The story flows, the action is clearly written and there is always realistic dialogue and well-rounded characters. Okay none of that is too original, I get it, what makes Mr. Hough stand out for me is the way he structures his stories. This is the fifth book of his I've read and just like Zero World and Darwin Elevator, the first 30% percent has all the characters thrown into a g ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
I liked this book more than I expected to, since I did not care for "The Darwin Elevator" and I am not a fan of military sci fi. While it might have been preferable to have read the other books set in this universe, I managed to enjoy this book without having done so. However, this is definitely not a standalone book because it ends in the middle of the story and you have to read the next book, "Escape Velocity" in order to find out what the outcome is, and there is a lot happening in this book. ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my kind of read, I am a sucker for military scifi. Mr. Hough knows how to push the right buttons. There is a metric ton of cool guns and tech and boom per page, it moves at a great pace, very well written and super enjoyable.

The world building a bit thin, but the fun factor makes up for it. If you read the Dire Earth books, you will be right at home with this, if NOT...go start there. I personally don't think its totally necessary, but I think why not go for the whole pictur
Mark Gardner
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I had no expectation when I saw Injection Burn on Netgalley, other than I knew I’d liked Zero World. I wasn’t aware that the Dire Earth duology was a companion series to the Dire Earth Cycle, but at no time reading Injection Burn did I feel like I was missing something.

The para-military vibe from the characters makes this a standard space opera. I kept waiting for the two distinct stories to merge, and I was not disappointed in the payout. There is a surreal plot in book one that I felt out of m
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read The Darwin Elevator years ago and don’t remember much of it other than being underwhelmed. I didn’t even realize this was part of the same universe until I was at least a third of the way through it.

I enjoyed this installment far more than the first. The conflict was all external and forced our main characters to band together against a common enemy. I wasn’t necessarily attached to any of the characters—it wouldn’t have fazed me either way if one had died—but the action in space made fo
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hough wrote another hard to put down book. My favorite characters from his first trilogy return for this next stage of the dire earth. Adding to the great cast is the crew of the Wildflower. Thrills, chills and utterly amazing adventures follow as “Eve” the artificial intelligence guides them all on a daring rescue mission to save the bBuilder civilization from enslavement and destruction. Fascinating writing mixed with a creative imagination will soon have you turning the pages and staying up w ...more
Harald Koch
I should have known better after reading the first series. Just ... bleah.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Injection Burn starts with the three man crew of a space ship from Earth trying to run a blockade and find a missing ship. Then it leaves that crew and goes over to a ship that left Earth thousands of years ago. That is when I realized that this was a spin off from the Dire Earth Cycle and this crew was one I knew from that trilogy. As the action heats up and the two crews come the tension increases. Don't look for a solution to the problems facing both crews. This is like one book divided into ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I received this ARC copy of Injection Burn from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Del Rey. This is my honest and voluntary review. Injection Burn is set for publication May 30, 2017.
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
DISCLAIMER: ARC review copy from NetGalley. Scheduled for publication May 30, 2017.

Picking up where the Dire Earth Cycle series left off, Injection Burn is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure in which the author never takes his foot off the gas. It's action from start to finish. It concludes abruptly and leaves the reader poised for the next phase of the adventure.

I'd previously read The Darwin Elevator (which I enjoyed), the first book of Hough's Dire Earth Cycle, but never got around to reading the
John Purvis
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Injection Burn” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Jason M. Hough ( Mr. Hough has published six novels with this being the fourth in his “The Dire Earth Cycle”.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The setting is in the far future. The primary character is Skyler Luiken,

Luiken and his team are se
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Book 1 of the Dire Earth duology, but book 4 of the Dire Earth series, to me this one just missed the mark. My rating should actually read 3.5 stars but Goodreads doesn't allow partial stars. I couldn't bring myself to give it 4 stars though.

The same classic characters are back, but somehow lacked.the chemistry tjey had in the first 3 books. The world building was a bit lacking as well, without the detail of the others. new characters are introduced as well, with Captain Gloria Tsandi, and her
Tabby Shiflett
A well-written and action-packed Sci-fi novel, although not quite as fast-paced as the Dire Earth Trilogy that began with The Darwin Elevator. The dialogue is witty and humorous and the characters (both human and alien) are intriguing. The military elements and the savvy tech is described in minute detail, but not in a boring way. I cannot get enough of this author's work. I look forward to anything he writes in the future. For Sci-fi and Sci-fi military fans.

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Keith Zimmerman
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very well done sci-fi novel. Very unpredictable, just when I thought I knew what might happen next at certain points in the book, Mr. Hough throws a curveball and I was surprised at the turn of events several times. Found it very hard to put the book down when I had to go to work. There is a point in every book where you don't want to stop reading, I reached that point after the first couple chapters. I highly recommend it. Looking forward to starting "Escape Velocity" later today. ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
They say no plan survives contact with the enemy. This a is story where no plan survives contact with your allies. Also - humans will screw it up no matter how you think you've covered all the odds.

Half a story as the whole book covers a rather short period of time. At the end all the pieces are in place for the next one.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only bad part of this book is the cover. Oh, and also the asses. Yes, there are a bunch of bad-asses in this book. Kicking alien butt in space. With exactly the right amount of laser beams. The Dire Earth cycle picks back up in an entirely different mode, but with all the same action and fun as the first trilogy.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
I used to read a lot of sci fi when I was young - Asimov/Dune etc.

Naturally Sci fi has moved on to a different technical level as now set in 3000+ but this was a really enjoyable read.

It had a good pace to it and was a page turner but not a classic. A very solid 4 tending towards 4.5 and plan to read more.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The action in this book is good, but the characters are not very compelling. This is the first book of Hough's that I have read, so I may have missed a large chunk of character development in previous stories, but as it stands the characters all feel fairly one dimensional to me, and I couldn't really bring myself to care about any of them in the end. Still, it's a readable space action story. ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Real good sequel to the first trilogy. Love how the character continue on their journey even with what's happening around them. If you liked the first trilogy you'll definitely want to continue the journey. ...more
Kay Smillie
A continuation of the Dire Earth series and it didn't quite work for me. Felt padded out at times plus, being honest, I much prefer Zero World to the Dire Earth series. Won't stop me reading Escape Velocity and have to admit the cliff hanger ending of this has me intrigued.

Ray Smillie
Daniel Learn
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I put off reading this book for some time so I'm not sure if I just wasn't as invested in the story as when I originally read and got to know the characters or if the story just wasn't as compelling. It was a good read and I made extra time to read it but I preferred the original trilogy. ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while for me to get my bearings in this book, trying to work out how it fit with the first trilogy. Once I had that sorted I could relax and enjoy it.
I didn’t think it was a strong as the first series, but there is plenty of action balanced with character and some cool concepts.
Joshua Castleman
Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Oh man, the premise of the story was intriguing, but it started WAAAAY too slowly. I gave it about the first quarter of the book, and hardly anything had happened and I couldn't care less about any of the characters yet. Sad day. ...more
David Deleon
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an exciting read. I enjoyed the follow up from the previous books allowing for a very good ending. I would recommend this series for sure. I enjoyed this so much I’ve started Zero World from Jason. Looking forward to another great read.
Lee Yun
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Injection Burn did a good job of picking up where the Dire Earth Cycle left on, but the world-building could have been done more clearly. Overall it developed the plot well and leaves the reader wondering as to how the protagonists are to achieve Eve and the Builder's goals. ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great author finding his voice and building on a well-created universe. I look forward to reading more.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
OMG. Having liked the previous 3 books, this was a massive disappointment! It was so boring! Character development was nil, the plot was ridiculous and the pace was tedious.
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Jason M. Hough (pronounced 'Huff') is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World. In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has also worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning.

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