This was one of her first books. You can tell she did a lot of research to write such a compelling story. If you are a Sci Fi fan this is a very believable story of what Earth's future could be. You can also see her progression to the Kate Shugak series. It is good to see that the other two books in this series are coming out in April and May.
What a great series. What other book might you compare Second Star to and why? To Dana's Kate Shugak series, you can see her progression as a writer. Which character — as performed by Marguerite Gavin — was your favorite? Elizabeth, what a kid! Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I listened for a little over an hour and just couldn't get into the book. Narrator Gavin sounds an awful lot like Kate Shugak and Stabenow's reference to Alaska is really evident: Chechako spacemen? So, I'll put the book away for awhile and maybe start the series again later.
Would you recommend Second Star to your friends? Why or why not? I purchased this book because of the quality of the author's Alaska books. It's a tedious book, and nowhere near the detailed quality of the two Alaska series. Most of the quality of the book comes from the narrator.
I think I find second-story very good read think people find it very interesting and enjoyable. Dana never ceases to keep me entertained. The velvety voice of Marguerite is amazing.
Second Star book. Read 94 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Earth's first space colony is overrun by spacepirates, politicians and. Second Star (Star Svensdotter, Book 1) [Dana Stabenow] on cyathetitahead.ga * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This story of the completion of an L-5 space .
I secretly hope for a fourth Star. It was not boring! Given that I grew up in the days when the Russians or Soviets were a driving force, this novel felt familiar. This is basically an alternate future book, where a message from space shows that Aliens are out there and motivates the world to head outwards to greet those aliens on a more equal footing.
That's the definition of grand scale! Of course, there are a lot of issues. The potential of a hostile takeover, construction delays, solar flares and, yes, aliens all make this book an entertaining read. Amazingly for a book written 2 decades ago, the book holds up fairly well other than the geo-political aspects. I had to go back see when it was written and was quite surprised at the date.
By: Dana Stabenow. Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin. Series: Star Svensdotter , Book 1.
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins. Publisher's Summary "When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. What members say. Amazon Reviews. No Reviews are Available. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. Lindsay Jeffers Interesting Space Opera Any additional comments?
Darryl In Killing Grounds, the author was given credit for seamlessly interweaving information about Native Alaskan lifestyles with a compelling murder mystery set in an impressively detailed Alaska fishing village. Here, an abusive salmon fisher is brutally murdered and Kate's own aunts are among the numerous suspects. Among the many enjoyable aspects of the book, according to Booklist reviewer John Rowen, are "the passages on women hunters and on fishing," which "compare favorably" to nonfiction efforts by the likes of Mary Stange and Holly Morris.
As in her earlier mysteries, using "powerful prose, Stabenow evokes Alaska's rugged physical splendors and the toll taken on the humans who live there," a reviewer remarked in Publishers Weekly. Indeed, a Kirkus Reviews critic reported that, in Killing Grounds, "crime and punishment take a backseat" to "a leisurely guided tour of still another unexpected corner of the Yukon State.
Killing Grounds was followed by Hunter's Moon, in which Kate and her lover, Jack Morgan, agree to act as guides for a friend who has a group of German computer company executives coming out for a big-game hunt. Kate's experience in sleuthing comes in handy, however, when the Germans begin showing up dead. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly dubbed this installment "gripping and adrenaline-charged, punctuated with extreme violence … all delivered with Stabenow's razor-sharp suspense and gritty prose.
There she is sought out by friend and state trooper, Jim Chopin, to help out on a case that already includes several FBI agents in what appears to be an international banking scandal. A Publishers Weekly critic called Midnight Come Again an unevenly paced book that begins slowly, with the grieving Kate, and ends "in a heart-stopping climax aboard a hijacked airplane.
soutasipo.tk The background for The Singing of the Dead is both political and historical. A hard-boiled election campaign results in murder that may be connected to a family scandal which originated during the Alaskan gold rush a century earlier. The story in the foreground is about Kate's murder investigation, surrounded by the relentless thrust and parry of regional politics, and Kate's evolving life as she recovers from the death of her lover in Hunter's Moon and collaborates once more with state police officer Jim Chopin.
As the murder investigation deepens, Kate is drawn toward the backgrounds of the political candidates, where she encounters the colorful history of a gold rush entertainer known as the "Dawson Darling. With Fire and Ice, Stabenow introduced a new protagonist: Liam Campbell, a reformed drunkard and Alaskan state trooper reeling from aftershocks of a car accident that killed his son and left his wife in a coma.
At the start of Fire and Ice, Campbell has been bumped from duty in Anchorage to the small town of Newenham, where things quickly heat up when a bush pilot is killed by his own propeller, someone shoots up a jukebox playing "Margaritaville," and Campbell's first true love, Wy Chouinard, turns up. Reviewers noted that, as in the Kate Shugak books, this series also promises a richly detailed backdrop of Alaskan landscapes and lifestyles. Booklist reviewer John Rowen enumerated the assets of this first installment: "The mystery is hard to solve, the plot fast moving and well organized, the Arctic landscape stunning, and the characters vivid and sympathetic.
Rowen praised the second Campbell novel, So Sure of Death, even more highly than the first, calling it "among the best of the year. Rowen too found that the pleasures of So Sure of Death are not the ones usually found in a mystery. In the third installment of the series, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Stabenow's protagonist investigates two seemingly unrelated killings, one of the local postmistress and the other of a gold prospector.
The solution of the mystery becomes crucial in ensuring the safety of Wy's adopted son.
Although a critic in Publishers Weekly complained that in this mystery, "the sense of place overwhelms everything else," Rowen compared Stabenow's writings favorably to those of other women writing about the experience of women in the modern wilderness, women such as Margaret Coel and Sue Henry: "Stabenow has a gift for describing native cultures and the nature of contemporary life in the wilderness. Better to Rest is Stabenow's fourth Liam Campbell mystery and concerns, in part, Campbell's discovery of a World War II army plane that had crashed into a glacier decades earlier.
Campbell's father, an air force colonel, comes to town to investigate the wreck, while Campbell becomes involved in investigating the murder of septuagenarian Lydia Thompkins, a local woman with a sharp tongue, just one of the many colorful characters in the small fishing village of Newenham. When he is promoted to sergeant and offered the chance to return to Anchorage, Campbell hesitates, because of his romantic ties to Wy Chouinard. As much a part of the plot as murder and crashed airplanes is the history of the Alaskan Railroad and the Alcan Highway, two major engineering projects that had a profound impact on the region during World War II.
Many critics have noted their fondness of Campbell as much as they liked Kate Shugak; a writer for Publishers Weekly called him a "passionate" and "engaging" hero, and a writer for Kirkus Reviews called the novel "a taut, pleasingly complicated idyll. In Stabenow also published her twelfth Kate Shugak novel, A Fine and Bitter Snow, which finds Kate once again in the Alaskan wilderness, surrounded by wildlife and eccentric locals.