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    Good enjoyable yarn

    I enjoyed this book. I liked the character who does have flaws but is the better for it. I got upset by the representation of minor corruption in actions of many, worse in some than others, which made the book's reality stronger. I am buying the next book to find out what's next.
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    Fun, fast paced read

    I would not say that I am a hard core sci fi fan, but this book grabbed my attention quickly and kept me engrossed from start to finish. I can’t wait for book two to come out so I can see where the story goes from here. This is sci fi with a strong human element that had me wondering what I would do if faced with the same situations as L.C. Black. A lifelong military man and an entire crew have given a large part of their lives to expand the reach of humanity deeper into space than ever before. However, that human expansion -- like every other one in the history of mankind -- comes with costs. Costs to those that are on the journey and costs to those that might be in their way. Black is obsessed with an idea that he can’t let go of. His hunch may or may not be right, but he has a long time to think about it and try to convince a skeptical military organization that they should reconsider their loyalty to the mission above all else. Black knows that right or wrong, his career has topped out so he is willing to take some risks and go outside of protocol to get answers. With the mission complete and their roles now obsolete, the crew is more concerned about what is next for them as opposed to any altruistic ideals. However, we soon discover that there are some on this mission that adhere to a completely different set of ideals that neither Black nor his superiors ever saw coming. This book examines what we are willing to give up for human progress and who will give a voice to those that have none along our journey. A good balance of thought provoking content to make the reader stop and think as well as action to keep that reader coming back for more. Highly recommended.
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    A good read even for non SIFI people.

    The first Collins book that I have read but it will not be the last. I will be looking forward to reading more. While it takes place in the future the story could be now with the way the different people reacted. I was sorry to come to the end of the story.
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    Starflight

    This is an excellent book and I must read the rest of the series to find out whether there's anything out there.
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    Fantastic

    I doubt there is anyone, dead or alive, who has not run into the mindnumbing aspects of beauracracy and their own personal career choice at one time or another. If you haven't, what planet are you from? Collins brings so many differing personalities to life and weaves their lives and experiences together into a must read!!
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