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DARK MATTERS . . . taking matters into her own hands A time bomb, waiting to go off . . . Lucy Harris is on the run, not sure where she can turn to for help, or if help is even available. But even as her abductors chase her down, she realizes they don't just want to recapture her, they want to erase her. When your very existence puts a planet at t/>A DARK MATTERS . . . taking matters into her own hands A time bomb, waiting to go off . . . Lucy Harris is on the run, not sure where she can turn to for help, or if help is even available. But even as her abductors chase her down, she realizes they don't just want to recapture her, they want to erase her. When your very existence puts a planet at the risk of war, there's no choice but to do everything in your power to stay out of your enemies hands. A predator . . . waiting for the chance to pounce The powerful AI battleship, Bane, is accompanying the United Council envoy to Tecra to mete out the punishment the Tecrans have earned for breaking UC law. He revels in the power he's about to have over his old masters. But his mission isn't only to rain down retribution on the people who kept him chained for years, he's also looking for a human woman his fellow Class 5 thinking system mentioned in the final seconds of his life. Paxe admitted to taking Lucy Harris from Earth, and Bane has been looking for her ever since. A warrior conflicted . . . Commander Dray Helvan thinks the Grih made a mistake in not pushing for war with the Tecran, but he's had to accept the compromise, that he and the other envoys from the United Council will go to Tecra and dismantle its military from the top down. His mission is not one of his choosing, but when he and his team arrive, he's handed a very different job. While he distrusts Bane on principle, when the thinking system tells him there's a woman running for her life on the planet below, he will do whatever he has to to see her safe. And if that means war for Tecra, well, then it means war. This is book 4 in the award-winning Class 5 series.


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DARK MATTERS . . . taking matters into her own hands A time bomb, waiting to go off . . . Lucy Harris is on the run, not sure where she can turn to for help, or if help is even available. But even as her abductors chase her down, she realizes they don't just want to recapture her, they want to erase her. When your very existence puts a planet at t/>A DARK MATTERS . . . taking matters into her own hands A time bomb, waiting to go off . . . Lucy Harris is on the run, not sure where she can turn to for help, or if help is even available. But even as her abductors chase her down, she realizes they don't just want to recapture her, they want to erase her. When your very existence puts a planet at the risk of war, there's no choice but to do everything in your power to stay out of your enemies hands. A predator . . . waiting for the chance to pounce The powerful AI battleship, Bane, is accompanying the United Council envoy to Tecra to mete out the punishment the Tecrans have earned for breaking UC law. He revels in the power he's about to have over his old masters. But his mission isn't only to rain down retribution on the people who kept him chained for years, he's also looking for a human woman his fellow Class 5 thinking system mentioned in the final seconds of his life. Paxe admitted to taking Lucy Harris from Earth, and Bane has been looking for her ever since. A warrior conflicted . . . Commander Dray Helvan thinks the Grih made a mistake in not pushing for war with the Tecran, but he's had to accept the compromise, that he and the other envoys from the United Council will go to Tecra and dismantle its military from the top down. His mission is not one of his choosing, but when he and his team arrive, he's handed a very different job. While he distrusts Bane on principle, when the thinking system tells him there's a woman running for her life on the planet below, he will do whatever he has to to see her safe. And if that means war for Tecra, well, then it means war. This is book 4 in the award-winning Class 5 series.

30 review for Dark Matters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    I loved the previous 4 books and I liked this one too just not as much! LOL Who's my favorit character here? But Bane, of course! Because I just LOVE the Class 5 ships! ;-) Lucy and Drey are OK, I just couldn't see their love here. To me it seems like more a scratch-an-itch type of relationship than love! Lucy is fascinated by Drey because he resembles an elf, while Drey is attracted to Lucy because she's human and can sing. And that's the foundation of their "love"... Meh. I loved the previous 4 books and I liked this one too just not as much! LOL Who's my favorit character here? But Bane, of course! Because I just LOVE the Class 5 ships! ;-) Lucy and Drey are OK, I just couldn't see their love here. To me it seems like more a scratch-an-itch type of relationship than love! Lucy is fascinated by Drey because he resembles an elf, while Drey is attracted to Lucy because she's human and can sing. And that's the foundation of their "love"... Meh... Apart Bane I liked here the action parts. And I liked that the UC wanted a peaceful resolution and not war with Tecrans, but I think they were too lenient with the military and politicians who did everything to sabotage them! And, I found that there was not a satisfactory ending. The Tecran's military and politicians get only a slap after having betrayed, lied and incited the revolt! Why just a slap?!!! What happens next? It's just left hanging... I hope MD will right some resolution in the next book...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    After 4 books of the same dish I got seriously bored. All the women, the ships and the men sound the same, the romance aren't real, and the stories go nowhere. I get that elfs sound sexy, insects don't. But a copy of the same couple for 4 books is a little too much. This series has always been shallow, but I think this book was even worse. As if the change of scenery was supposed to be enough. Bland, bland, bland.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Well it looks like the Tecram are really in a pickle now as the United Council have realised just how insidious their actions have been. Stealing alien technology and even humans is something that cannot go unpunished. Lucy has been a prisoner of the Tecrans for months, treated with contempt by many and suspicion by others yet as those in power seek to eliminate the threat her existence poses she takes the chance to escape. Dray hadn't really trusted the Tecram yet finds himself part of the dipl Well it looks like the Tecram are really in a pickle now as the United Council have realised just how insidious their actions have been. Stealing alien technology and even humans is something that cannot go unpunished. Lucy has been a prisoner of the Tecrans for months, treated with contempt by many and suspicion by others yet as those in power seek to eliminate the threat her existence poses she takes the chance to escape. Dray hadn't really trusted the Tecram yet finds himself part of the diplomatic mission to their home planet. What he hadn't expected was for Bane the powerful Class 5 battleship to contact him. Finding out that Lucy really does exist means Dray is desperate to find and free her but with warmongers determined to kill Lucy can Dray really get her out of there ? I love this series and in this book we really got to know the AI Bane. I freely admit he's my favourite character here as he's given a presence throughout this story that felt real. Yes I know AI means artificial intelligence but honestly it should be angry intelligence because Bane is no passive pushover but a true war machine. Although I will say there's humour written into him as well and at times he reminded me of a curious child. This author seems to excel at giving us heroines that are bright and brave and Lucy is no exception. Sadly for this reader Dray just didn't quite hit the mark but I could understand the attraction because from his description I was picturing Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending with his cute ears ! Yes there's romance that is probably too quick for many but I could understand that Lucy is unlike any female Dray has seen and for Lucy to finally have an ally would be pure heaven. Possibly more lust than love but I believe the couple could develop love between them given the mutual attraction and respect. It doesn't look as if there are any more books in this series planned but it certainly has been interesting, inventive and fun ! This voluntary take is of an advanced copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Meeks

    OK, let me make sure everyone knows I love this series and have given 5 Stars to the previous 3 books but while this one was a 5 Star action story, I have to admit the horrible "insta-love" was just a bit overdone here so overall I gave it 4 Stars. So with that out of the way we had a hint at the end of the last book that there was one more Earth woman to find and so this is her story and a great story it is, political intrigue, action, sorta romance (just to make the main 2 character OK, let me make sure everyone knows I love this series and have given 5 Stars to the previous 3 books but while this one was a 5 Star action story, I have to admit the horrible "insta-love" was just a bit overdone here so overall I gave it 4 Stars. So with that out of the way we had a hint at the end of the last book that there was one more Earth woman to find and so this is her story and a great story it is, political intrigue, action, sorta romance (just to make the main 2 characters react as lovers), a class 5 of course and a great story that you just was sure was about to end and off it goes again. This was a bit different story than the others and it also has an ending that does not really give us any hint of another book so not sure if there will be anymore or not but I loved this one but the instant romance took me out of the story a time or 2 so a 4+ but rounded down to 4.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    First of all I want to say how glad I am that the author wrote this book because it had actually already ended in 2016 with the third book. So I feel really blessed that we have gotten a fourth book in the series. Out of her science fiction series, this series is still my favorite so yay I was so happy to have been able to read it. Now on to the review! Right from the start this book completely hooked me. It was hard to put my Kindle away and to stop reading, it was that good. Startin First of all I want to say how glad I am that the author wrote this book because it had actually already ended in 2016 with the third book. So I feel really blessed that we have gotten a fourth book in the series. Out of her science fiction series, this series is still my favorite so yay I was so happy to have been able to read it. Now on to the review! Right from the start this book completely hooked me. It was hard to put my Kindle away and to stop reading, it was that good. Starting this book, being already very familiar with the whole world (or should I say galaxy?) of this series it was like coming home and I really liked that feeling. Michelle Diener simply outdid herself with this one. Dark Matters had a kickass but very relatable and human heroine named Lucy, a military but caring hero (who made me swooooon!) named Dray and a dangerous but loyal AI named Bane. There was no lack of action. In fact, this story was almost non-stop action and oh how I loved that! Never a boring moment! I'd even go as far as to say that this book might rank in my top ten favorite books of 2019 blog post at the end of the year. I have to say that Lucy, Dray and Bane made a very good team together. I just adored Lucy. She had been through a lot in the last few months since she was abducted from Earth. She was very brave but even so she wasn't afraid to show her emotions and vulnerable side and that's something I want to see more in the books I read. Dray was an amazing character as well. Knowing how important finding Lucy, he didn't hesitate to protect her and at the same time know that she wasn't just some damsel in distress. I might be in love with him. Sigh. The romance between them was secondary to the overall story but still Lucy and Dray had such chemistry, even though they just met. Definitely my favorite couple! But my absolute favorite character was Bane, the thinking system willing to do anything to keep Lucy safe from harm, even destroying planets if he has to. I just loooove AI characters. And I especially loved how the author wrote them, not just in this book but in the other books of the series as well. I thought it was great how they all were so loyal to the human women and how well they worked together. I just loved it all, really! Overall, Dark Matters by Michelle Diener was an explosive sci-fi adventure with romance and action all around! I absolutely loved this fourth book in the Class 5 series. For me it was the best book in the series (the others were fantastic as well though) and in case my gushing about it wasn't enough I will say that I absolutely recommend this book and the series to everyone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Such a great story, feel like bursting into song. Hoped for a story with Bane and a human and here it is. Opened the first page and I was back in the land of Grih, Tecran, Fitali, Bukaria, Gramman, abducted humans and class 5 ships. Action, suspense, drama then the last page came, which was way too soon and the story was over. Sad. But a fantastic conclusion to the whole series. The world building continued to be consistent throughout the book and series. Lucy the heroine and Dray the hero we Such a great story, feel like bursting into song. Hoped for a story with Bane and a human and here it is. Opened the first page and I was back in the land of Grih, Tecran, Fitali, Bukaria, Gramman, abducted humans and class 5 ships. Action, suspense, drama then the last page came, which was way too soon and the story was over. Sad. But a fantastic conclusion to the whole series. The world building continued to be consistent throughout the book and series. Lucy the heroine and Dray the hero were great together and separately. Lucy seriously ran mental circles around everyone else, although Dray did catch some of what she was doing. Someone clue me in on her earth profession, I suspect psychologist but wasn't quite sure from her description to Dray. And did anyone really think the Tecran military was going to surrender easily, their crazy just rose a few notches and the straight shooters in the UC weren't crazy enough to foresee their end game. I'm sad that the current series has ended but the ships figuring out their lives and the girls adapting to their chosen new homes, interacting with other societies, trying to have mixed species children are totally different types of stories. I'm happy to stop here where everyone is in a happy for now. I highly recommend this book and the 3 previous stories. This book can stand alone but if you like it please go back and read the other three. These books and others are why this author is on by auto-buy list. Off to reread the whole series back to back, Dark Horse, Dark Deeds, Dark Minds and now Dark Matters. Then the Verdant String, another fantastic space opera, loosely connected series by the author. Possible spoiler - ... ... ... Though an opening has been left for the ships to get to earth, probably years or decades after the girls have passed on. I imagine they or their heirs would want one of the ships to check out the state of earth society before first contact is made. cross posted goodreads, bookbub, amazon

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I was thrilled when I saw this was released --total surprise! I had felt that the series was not quite "done". But this one is not in the same class as the first 3. There were missing scenes that would have made the book better. (view spoiler)[ She and the scientist who saved her needed a meeting at the end. An epilogue of how all four couples were going into the future would have been really nice too. (hide spoiler)] Parts were really good, parts were I was thrilled when I saw this was released --total surprise! I had felt that the series was not quite "done". But this one is not in the same class as the first 3. There were missing scenes that would have made the book better. (view spoiler)[ She and the scientist who saved her needed a meeting at the end. An epilogue of how all four couples were going into the future would have been really nice too. (hide spoiler)] Parts were really good, parts were missing, parts just meh for me. I did like seeing some of the other aliens having better personalities. Read it if you like the first 3, worth it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Commander Dray Helvan is on the envoy to Tecra to enforce the demobilization of their military following the breach of United Council law. Bane, a AI battleship, is also coming and he has a reliable rumor that Lucy Harris, another Earth woman, and final proof that the Tecrans have repeatedly lied and broken the law is alive. Lucy was spirited out of the research facility where she was kept... but now she's on the run in a foreign planet without anyone to trust. Why I started this book Commander Dray Helvan is on the envoy to Tecra to enforce the demobilization of their military following the breach of United Council law. Bane, a AI battleship, is also coming and he has a reliable rumor that Lucy Harris, another Earth woman, and final proof that the Tecrans have repeatedly lied and broken the law is alive. Lucy was spirited out of the research facility where she was kept... but now she's on the run in a foreign planet without anyone to trust. Why I started this book: Another Class 5 book? Yes, please. This is a silly space opera series that brings me so much joy. I can't explain it, and I don't have to. Why I finished it: Not my favorite, maybe because there was so much more on planet? And it was a very abrupt end... but like they say "A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at the office."

  9. 5 out of 5

    BAK

    I discovered this series last week when book 4 was released, I asked some group reader buddies about it and someone said it was good….wrong. Why do I keep taking other random reader group members advice? Let me clarify. So there are 4 books in this series. And yes, I read all four which is why this review includes brief information about each. Why? Because I wish before I got into a series and became invested someone else would have taken the time to warn other readers. Spoilers head! Let’s set I discovered this series last week when book 4 was released, I asked some group reader buddies about it and someone said it was good….wrong. Why do I keep taking other random reader group members advice? Let me clarify. So there are 4 books in this series. And yes, I read all four which is why this review includes brief information about each. Why? Because I wish before I got into a series and became invested someone else would have taken the time to warn other readers. Spoilers head! Let’s set sail… Sex…if you like reading it in your SF books, this series isn’t for you. There were like 2 IMPLIED sex scenes, in book 1 and book 4. It’s assumed in 2 and 3 those couples eventually get physical. But there are no actual sex scenes and no desciptions. In book 3 the h even asks if cuddling up to the H is okay! What in the heck… were these books written for children? If anyone tells you these are hot, steamy or romance it’s a lie. The relationships in these books take the absolute back burner. So if you just want SF and it’s okay if there’s a budding relationship, you should be good cause it’s certainly not the focus point. So apparently the overall arching theme through out this series is that these all powerful battleships have been held captive on a leash, but after getting freedom the human women are the ones to teach them right from wrong and to do no harm. So if you want actual hardcore action and you want these ships to mete out some revenge, it doesn’t happen in these. They get to pew pew pew just a tiny bit here and there. No level of violence or blood that was graphic or descriptive. There’s some fight scenes, but nothing that made me go WHOA or be surprised, all very mild. I felt like these ships should have been able to really show off their skills. The series had some word / spelling errors here and there. Book one was the worst, but it wasn’t terrible. The series as a whole was interesting in the fact that the ships were thinking systems (think artificial intelligence) and developed personalities. I like that it wasn’t another same ol repeated story that’s super common. And overall, the books were pretty well written. Book 1 3 stars Rose, Dav and Sazo. Probably the best in the series since the ship was most talkative and involved in this one. The ships really ended up becoming the best part even though they didn’t get any real action and she ruined 2 of them in these books. The sex scene that appeared to be stating just stops with them falling asleep. Later in the story it’s sort of implied that I guess they’ve done the deed at that point, but the romance is totally on the back burner. I hated Hoke, so why does she get glory going forward in this series? She was definitely doing some long game planning. The constant treats on the Barrist Grih ship was annoying. And there were several scenarios where I just thought are you serious right now? Book 2 gets 2 stars Fiona, Hal and Eazi. Oh my gosh. Stop calling Fiona FEE in this book. Just use Fi. Readers could have figured out Fiona shortened to Fi would obviously sound like Fee, you didn’t have to act like everyone reading might be stupid. So this was SUPER annoying when it was used. Secondly, really? You’re just gonna destroy the battle ship of Eazi’s like that? And then he takes over a space station. Pretty lame. Book 3 Another 2 stars Imogen, Cam and Paxe / Oris Here we go with the singing obsession again… At this point the 5 Class 5 ships that are so reveared have been dwindled down to 3 now. And they’ve still got no real action unless you count them being harmed. I think the author wanted to theme teach that these systems could be taught and learn right from wrong by the human womens guidance…was that not one of the points? Paxe self-destructs in this one. Imogen should have held onto his crystal and still would have got to the maintenance pod. Useless waste of a ship. But the author tried at a weak attempt to make this okay by saying he didn’t like human women at first. Lame. Book 4 This one gets 2.5 stars cause the heroine wasn't terrible. Lucy, Dray and ship Bane. Biggest issue with this one, Lucy had two weapons on her when she was snatched AGAIN near the end of the book and had ample opportunity to use them to get away and sits on them. WTF… Also, here comes the Earth women hen house party at the end of the book. They all decide to not go back to Earth for Earth’s safety. Uh, if those ships can hide the data log and know when theyre being followed etc. I’m pretty sure they can get back to Earth without being followed and then delete the log map after coming back. I found it extremely stupid that this wasn’t obvious even though the h’s had good intentions. These civilizations obviously have advanced medical tech. WHY wouldn’t you see about bringing this tech. back to Earth even covertly to help human and animal kind have diseases cured which humans still hadn’t found cures to? And as much as they talked about the food being so bad, why wouldn’t you come get resources from Earth to eat and enjoy? Like since the first 3 books in the series were OBSESSED with music… you could have got some instruments for Imogen. Sidenote: I guess she attempted to want to make Paxe sound like a bad system/ship since he didn’t like Lucy at first to excuse her decision to end him in book 3. So would I recommend this series? It’s doubtful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    2.75 Well... the book isn't bad per say... its just that I feel like I've re-read the same story- now for the 4th time. I thought the 3rd book was the last one, and I felt like this new book didn't really add anything new for me. I like the original premise, and gave the first book 4 stars, but like I said it just the same premise with an inter-changable Earth woman, a different Grih military guy, a different thinking system, and an inept bad alien nemesis. 2.75 Well... the book isn't bad per say... its just that I feel like I've re-read the same story- now for the 4th time. I thought the 3rd book was the last one, and I felt like this new book didn't really add anything new for me. I like the original premise, and gave the first book 4 stars, but like I said it just the same premise with an inter-changable Earth woman, a different Grih military guy, a different thinking system, and an inept bad alien nemesis. I did like the Lucy really didn't take any shit though. "Lucy had made a decision not to apologize for anything that had been done to her, and so she met the ambassador's gaze without wavering." but really it was the same step-by-step story with similar elements: *Earth woman falls for hot elf looking Grih guy in a matter of days *obsessed with grinabo *gets unique weapon from Thinking System *Thinking system is obsessed with Earth woman *Earth woman gets captured and re-captured by inept bad guys at least twice *Everyone sings *Earth woman can magically speak an alien language fluently after only a few months *Repeated mentioning of the name Rose McKenzie Like I said I like it...but...I guess I wanted something more than just a rehashing of the same story with differently named leads

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mari (Smut Duchess)

    5 ⭐ I love everything about the Class 5 series. The heroes and heroines are strong and smart. Nobody does impulsive or dumb stuff. The plots are well thought out and believable. Dark Matters didn't disappoint. The lying, thieving Tecran abducted 4 earth women in their Class 5 ships. Although three women were found, Lucy Harris was imprisoned on Tecra and no one knew she was there. Before Paxe triggered his self destruct in Dark Minds he sent a message to his fellow AIs that the Tecran 5 ⭐ I love everything about the Class 5 series. The heroes and heroines are strong and smart. Nobody does impulsive or dumb stuff. The plots are well thought out and believable. Dark Matters didn't disappoint. The lying, thieving Tecran abducted 4 earth women in their Class 5 ships. Although three women were found, Lucy Harris was imprisoned on Tecra and no one knew she was there. Before Paxe triggered his self destruct in Dark Minds he sent a message to his fellow AIs that the Tecran had abducted an earth women with his ship. Bane takes on the task of finding Lucy Harris as well as accompanying a group of United Council representatives to begin dismantling the Tecran military. I'm not going to give away spoilers. I will say I enjoyed reading about the Tecran people. The fate of the Tecran military was resolved. I wish the series could continue but if this was the last book I'm OK with it. The plot was action packed. I thought Dray was a strong hero. Lucy was brave and didn't take crap from anyone. I've re-read the first 3 books in the series and listened to the audios more than once. I hope this book gets published in audio format as well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    T00zday

    To be honest I am disappointed. I llooooved the first and third of this series. This book felt a little like series-stretching. Author realized how popular this series was and decided to create another - but her heart wasn’t in it. Also - did anyone else think Lucy was an American? The first three books were all British ladies. * Rose was on ‘holiday’ * The other women were kidnapped from the same area * They all sang Frère Jacques Lucy d To be honest I am disappointed. I llooooved the first and third of this series. This book felt a little like series-stretching. Author realized how popular this series was and decided to create another - but her heart wasn’t in it. Also - did anyone else think Lucy was an American? The first three books were all British ladies. * Rose was on ‘holiday’ * The other women were kidnapped from the same area * They all sang Frère Jacques Lucy didn’t seem British at all. “We’re not in Kansas anymore” This story just seemed.... forced. Like MD was giving in to someone nagging/begging her. It was a lot of action. A near constant state of running and hiding. Frequent near death events. Lots of Tecran being entirely unlikable. (I was repeatedly thinking “Bane, just get the good guys away and raze the planet of all Tecran”) But there’s a TON of unanswered questions you never find out. What occurred to Lucy for that month she was in a coma? The scientists got nervous when she asked and avoided answering. What is going to happen with the Tecran? War? 5 additional years? What? The romance is nearly non-existent. And the ending was SO ABRUPT. Sooooooo freakin abrupt. Don’t go into this one with high hopes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    J.Lee

    Ever since I first read Dark Horse, this series drew me in, swept me up and carried me away to another time and place. It was hard coming back to myself, and I was so disappointed to be told there would be no more Class 5 books. Then I learned that Michelle Diener caved under pressure (I think Bane insisted) and this book is the result. I was so excited to learn this book was coming, and didn't know how I was going to wait before I could read it. Like the other 3 books, this one deals with the C Ever since I first read Dark Horse, this series drew me in, swept me up and carried me away to another time and place. It was hard coming back to myself, and I was so disappointed to be told there would be no more Class 5 books. Then I learned that Michelle Diener caved under pressure (I think Bane insisted) and this book is the result. I was so excited to learn this book was coming, and didn't know how I was going to wait before I could read it. Like the other 3 books, this one deals with the Class 5 battleships. The controlling factor of these ships are the artificial intelligence creations, commonly called 'thinking systems'. Long held captive by the Tecran race, the Class 5's are now free, courtesy of their fellow captives…women who were kidnapped from Earth, against the rules of the governing bodies of the affiliated systems, which forbids the capture and enslavement of sentient beings. Everyone thought that Rose McKenzie, Imogene Peters and Fiona Russell were the only women captured and kidnapped from Earth. Right before he self destructed, the Class 5 known as Paxe told the other ships that he had brought another human woman from Earth, and that she was a prisoner of the Tecran. Bane, the last unpartnered Class 5, joins the UC delegation to Tecran in order to search for and rescue Lucy Harris. Lucy, however, is not waiting around for someone else to rescue her, and she manages to escape from the facility where she has been imprisoned and used for experimental purposes. She knows that her captors intend to kill her, but where can she go and who can she trust when on an alien world among an alien race that she looks nothing like? No tools, no weapons, no food, and wearing clothes that really aren't sufficient to protect her against the weather. Her fate is in her own hands, until she meets up with Dray Halven, a Grih from the UC delegation to Tecra. An exciting book and a fantastic read. A perfect conclusion to a wonderful series. I thank Michelle Diener for giving in and writing this final book in the Class 5 sage, and you will thank her as well, once you read "Dark Matters".

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sylencius

    I'm so glad Michelle Diener decided to give her readers a last book to conclude this awesome series. This story was perfect . Action, angst, some drama, a bit of romance... the usual when it comes to the Class 5 series. I enjoyed the leads, but I must see I really loved Bane ! We didn't get to know him a lot in the past, and I was glad that now all the thinking systems each have a human woman whom they can trust. The ending however was abrupt... The author end the book befo I'm so glad Michelle Diener decided to give her readers a last book to conclude this awesome series. This story was perfect . Action, angst, some drama, a bit of romance... the usual when it comes to the Class 5 series. I enjoyed the leads, but I must see I really loved Bane ! We didn't get to know him a lot in the past, and I was glad that now all the thinking systems each have a human woman whom they can trust. The ending however was abrupt... The author end the book before we know how Lucy adapts herself to her new life and what she will do with her freedom, also it would have been interesting to know how the whole Tecran situation resolved itself throughout the months after the UC cleaned up the mess. But anyway, it was a great final book and I'm super glad the author wrote it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Misti

    I was so excited when I heard there would be another Class 5 book. This is a good addition to the series, however, my favorite parts have always been the music and there was a lot less in this book. In fact, I don’t remember a single song being named. Nina Simone was mentioned once and then I think it was all generic bits of singing or humming. Anyway, I wish there had been more. Fans of the series will still want to read it, but don’t start here if you haven’t read any of the others.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debrac2014

    Good story (view spoiler)[but I missed the singing scenes that were such a big part of the previous books in the series! (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    3.5 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Watkins USA

    Bit silly This was written after the series had clearly meant to end so it lacked the narrative of the others. Lucy bumbles from being captured to free and back again and that’s the story. It was ludicrous to believe she wasn’t killed by the soldiers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shasha

    Satisfying scifi The action doesn't stop in this sci-fi romance. The heroine, though not a soldier, is resourceful and strong in escaping her captors. She doesn't always succeed but then she gets help from a handsome alien led and an AI with a battleship. The politics and people are complex with differing opinions that makes for much suspense as the characters don't know who the antagonists are special and are on the run. I will read this again! Read in KU

  20. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    I was so excited to hear a fourth book was coming out and it didn't disappoint! It was so fun to revisit old friends and go on a new adventure with the class 5s.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann Brookens

    Book 4 of the Class 5 series is very welcome, very enjoyable, and very satisfying! It really tied up all the loose ends for me, leaving the series feeling completed. I absolutely loved Dark Matters. Thank you, Michelle, for giving in to your readers!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kara-karina

    4.5/5 " Never mind. He would experience karma. She would make sure of it. She would be karma's handmaiden." I loved this book, folks! I actually enjoyed this whole series immensely, and can't recommend it enough for the fans of all things space opera and technology. It's easy, it's a fast read and as usual with Michelle's books, it portrays a strong, admirable, resourceful and determined heroine kicking butt with gusto. The good thing is that this series isn't b 4.5/5 " Never mind. He would experience karma. She would make sure of it. She would be karma's handmaiden." I loved this book, folks! I actually enjoyed this whole series immensely, and can't recommend it enough for the fans of all things space opera and technology. It's easy, it's a fast read and as usual with Michelle's books, it portrays a strong, admirable, resourceful and determined heroine kicking butt with gusto. The good thing is that this series isn't bogged down with too much unknown terminology and it doesn't overexplain itself, so even a novice in this genre would feel comfortable reading it. The bad thing: I would have liked a little bit more of the background of the main characters than portrayed. Lucy Harris is the fourth woman abducted by Tecran exploration ship which reached Earth, and her story, I believe, ends the series. She starts the book on the actual Tecran home planet and escapes the lab amidst political chaos where Tecran government and the military is taken over by the United Council in retribution for experimenting on sentient beings and creating thinking systems to operate Class 5 battleships. Lucy who is being chased by the military which doesn't want it known that there was a forth abductee is also being searched for by Bane, the last Class 5 battleship thinking system made who arrives into Tecran's orbit as a show of force from United Council. Bane recruits Dray, one of the Grih on the committee sent to Tecran to clean the mess, to help him, and that's how these two main characters meet. Dark Matters is very dynamic, with an intense atmosphere and a captivating heroine, and while Dray played the role of a supportive character, Lucy's strength of character and anger at her situation as a victim made me admire her and root for her to the end. If you haven't started this series yet, grab Dark Horse, book one, now. In fact, that's what I'll be doing now too, re-reading the series again. Recommended. * * * Очень мне пришлась по душе эта книга, ребята! Мне вообще вся эта серия нравится, и я не могу не порекомендовать ее всем любителям космической оперы и технологических инноваций. Читается легко и быстро, и, как обычно у Мишель Дьенэ, главная героиня - сильная, смекалистая, упорная женщина, с пылом раздающая всем тумаки, если они стоят у нее на пути. Плюс книги в том, что она описывает все коротко и ясно, что подбодрит даже новичков в жанре научной фантастики. В этом же состоит и ее минус. Мне хотелось побольше предыстории главных героев, а херушки. О ней упоминули в паре предложений и все. Люси Харрис - четвертая женщина, похищенная с Земли военным кораблем и думающей системой класса 5 для ученных планет Текран, которые не только нарушили закон их галактики, создав думающую систему, но и экспериментируя на высоко разумных существах, и я так понимаю, что ее история заканчивает эту серию книг. В отличие от остальных героинь, она оказывается спрятана на главной планете Текран. В начале книги ей удается сбежать из лаборатории посреди политического кризиса, вызванного тем, что планы Текран выходят наружу, и остальные планеты Объединеного Совета за это их наказывают. В то время как делегация ОС садится на планету, военные пытаются захватить Люси и по тихому ее убить, чтобы сиуация еще больше не ухудшилась, но на ее стороне оказывается Бэйн - последняя думающая система, прибывший вместе с делегацией и пытающийся ее найти. Бэйн просит одного из прибывших членов делегации - Дрэя из расы Гри помочь ему спасти Люси, чем они оба и занимаются всю книгу. Темные Дела - книга динамичная, напряженная и читается на лету. Дрэй по большей части характер поддерживающий Люси, что не мешает читателю восхищаться силой ее гнева и упорным нежеланием играть роль жертвы ее обстоятельств. Если вы еще не начали эту серию, то хватайте Темную Лошадку - первую книгу Класса 5. Рекомендую и иду сейчас сама серию перечитывать...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Some new plot elements enliven the latest Class 5 SF adventure There's thankfully much less page-time spent on the Grih's awe of all human singing, and thinking battleship Bane is free (with his own rescue+vengeance agenda) from the beginning, so this time the plot has scarcely any feel of being a retread, other than the obvious combination of kidnapped-human-female/Grih-military-officer. The protagonists were both likable but, FYI, romance was only a minor element, if that's what you're mainly Some new plot elements enliven the latest Class 5 SF adventure There's thankfully much less page-time spent on the Grih's awe of all human singing, and thinking battleship Bane is free (with his own rescue+vengeance agenda) from the beginning, so this time the plot has scarcely any feel of being a retread, other than the obvious combination of kidnapped-human-female/Grih-military-officer. The protagonists were both likable but, FYI, romance was only a minor element, if that's what you're mainly looking for. Most of the plot is chase-and-escape, with Lucy fleeing to evade recapture, then Lucy and Dray together or apart trying to reach the other UC reps to make her existence, and what happened to her, too public to be covered up any longer. Lucy is angry and not willing to continue mainly acting meek as she had to while a captive lab rat, but she's neither a cartoonish warrior woman nor a wilting violet. There are a few moments of exhausted, lonely tears, but more of determination, using what defenses she has, such as elbows with dense human bone structure, and several useful objects Babe gets to her. The Tecran citizens' mixed feelings about outside interference in their whole government being the consequences of the lies and misdeeds of a small military faction in the know leads to numerous shades-of-gray confrontations, as well as fighting with the hiss-worthy ones actively trying to contain or kill Lucy. Additionally, practically everyone in this galaxy has lingering fears of the deadly capabilities of thinking systems (AIs), even Dray, whom Bane has chosen as his primary boots-on-the-ground interface. Bane himself is torn between wanting to destroy the race who used and manipulated him and his "brothers", and helping the Council team give the Tecrans a more lasting punishment, with the loss of their independence and reputation. There is involvement by individuals of the UC's other member races, such as a couple other Grih, the sharp-toothed Bukarian chief ambassador on this mission to deal with the Tecrans, and a couple other soldier types (one "startlingly" insectile) who have Dray's back as often as they can, but the largest proportion of the people on scene this time are Tecrans, and theirs is the only UC language Lucy has learned to speak. There's a strong sense of place, with the Tecran cultural affinity for windy cliff faces. The only notable plot-criticism I had along the way was that the leads had their earpieces, allowing direct communication with Bane, ripped off and crushed more than once, and since I don't see a way around that in the circumstances, I can't complain too much about the repetitiveness. The editing is good — I only recall one or two minor typos — which tips this to probably a full Goodreads 4.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    In Dark Matters, Michelle Diener takes the adventure planetside to Tecra, home of the species that has been out there making trouble. The Tecrans, subverting the law in their part of the galaxy, are the instigators in this series. The rest of the UC (mostly) are the law and some of the good guys. In previous books in the Class 5 series, the UC has attempted, with a fair amount of success, to quash the Tecran attempts. They have found and freed 3 humans, and 4 Class 5s, while a 5th Class 5 blew In Dark Matters, Michelle Diener takes the adventure planetside to Tecra, home of the species that has been out there making trouble. The Tecrans, subverting the law in their part of the galaxy, are the instigators in this series. The rest of the UC (mostly) are the law and some of the good guys. In previous books in the Class 5 series, the UC has attempted, with a fair amount of success, to quash the Tecran attempts. They have found and freed 3 humans, and 4 Class 5s, while a 5th Class 5 blew itself up. As far as anyone knows, there are no more Class 5s and no more imprisoned sentient beings. Meanwhile, in order to make sure the Tecran military is no longer causing problems, the UC sends a coalition to, effectively, occupy Tecra. This seemed a bit high handed to me at first. Then I thought about the Tecran military and their part in all the trouble. And I sort of agreed that taking control of Tecra from the top down, was needed. Turns out, this was wise thinking. The Tecran military was hiding the fact that there was another imprisoned Earth woman. Lucy Harris’ escape, early in the book, is the catalyst for all the conflict and action. Bane is the Class 5 ship that is angry with all Tecrans and would really like some revenge. But first, he will do whatever it takes to save Lucy. Helping Bane search for Lucy, is the Grih commander Dray Helvan. There were several, ‘almost saved’ moments for Lucy, but the Tecran military (and by now, it becomes apparent that this is a renegade portion of the military) always seemed to come between Lucy and her salvation. The romance between Lucy and Dray was fast and fueled by the heat of the moment. Lucy herself, is a ‘make the most of right now’ type of woman, so I thought the romance aspect of Dark Matters worked well. I really liked the planetary setting for a change in this series and a look at the Tecran people, most of who were unaware of the military actions. Yet they must put up with the discipline imposed on Tecra. This made for a bit of moral reflection on the part of the occupiers and also, for Bane. If the series continues, I will be interested to see where this goes on the planet Tecra. Each book in the Class 5 series can be read as a standalone story, so you can start the series at any point. I can recommend all 4 books: Dark Horse, Dark Deeds, Dark Minds and Dark Matters. Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbershopgirl

    I love anything by Michelle Diener and was excited to receive an ARC copy of Dark Matters. It did NOT disappoint. This is the 4th in the Dark Horse series that ends with Bane, a Class 5 Battleship with a soul. Background: The Tecran have been sanctioned because they stole sentient beings from earth, those beings being Rose, Fiona and Imogen, all stories previously told in this series and if you haven't read them you are missing out. Rose helped free Bane from his captors after she had freed EASI I love anything by Michelle Diener and was excited to receive an ARC copy of Dark Matters. It did NOT disappoint. This is the 4th in the Dark Horse series that ends with Bane, a Class 5 Battleship with a soul. Background: The Tecran have been sanctioned because they stole sentient beings from earth, those beings being Rose, Fiona and Imogen, all stories previously told in this series and if you haven't read them you are missing out. Rose helped free Bane from his captors after she had freed EASI the Class 5 that the Tecran used to kidnap her. Rose and EASI worked together to free the other Class 5s so they could become self aware. The Tecran claim they didn't know the earth women were sentient beings until of course the Class 5 battleships became aware and started communicating with the women and taking control of themselves. When PAXE the 5th Class 5 Battleship decided to kill himself to be free before he self destructed he passed on the message that there was one more human woman, Lucy Harris, that needed to be found and saved. Dark Matters begins with Bane is on his way to Tecra with the UC delegation to enforce the new sanctions and oversee the military for the Tecran as Tecra's punishment for kidnapping sentient beings and trying to murder them. While they were en-route Lucy manages to escape the military facility she had been confined in and was on the run, with nothing but the clothes on her back and a cape to help hide herself. One of the dr's at the facility gave her a hover car and her badge so she could get out of the facility help her get away. Bane is also watching for any instance where he could possibly find her, he wants a human for his ship to help him to learn and grow like the other ships have found. Bane finally finds her and helps her get in touch with Dray Helvan, a Grih delegate to help her get to safety. It's a wild ride for Lucy and Dray when they meet up but so exciting. With the help from Bane they are doing their best to get back to the city and find sanctuary there but with the military bringing all it's power out to stop them its a wild and exciting ride. These books are filled with passion and suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Whenever I need a reread I always start this series again because you feel for these women and the battleships, you're right there with them fighting to survive right along them knowing that in the end these women will never see their families again but they can make a life for themselves no matter where they go. BEST BOOK EVER!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tina Williams

    Action-packed and suspenseful! Dark Matters contains plenty of action, suspense and also a sweet romance between the heroine Lucy and Commander Dray Helvan, who is tasked with retrieving Lucy from the planet Tecra before her enemies can destroy her. The book is the latest in Michelle Diener’s excellent Class 5 series and this instalment once again delves into intergalactic politics, the use and abuse of advanced AI battleships and the fate of the human women who are unwillingly thrust Action-packed and suspenseful! Dark Matters contains plenty of action, suspense and also a sweet romance between the heroine Lucy and Commander Dray Helvan, who is tasked with retrieving Lucy from the planet Tecra before her enemies can destroy her. The book is the latest in Michelle Diener’s excellent Class 5 series and this instalment once again delves into intergalactic politics, the use and abuse of advanced AI battleships and the fate of the human women who are unwillingly thrust into the centre of this world. This is Lucy’s story. I enjoyed how the author wastes no time in thrusting the reader straight into the action, leaving us under no illusions as to the danger that Lucy finds herself in. The stakes are certainly high, with Lucy’s fate a pivotal one in the fragile interplanetary peace. I liked that Lucy is a strong character psychologically, given all she has been through. That said, the situations she finds herself in as she attempts to survive on a hostile planet and flee her abductors mean she has to constantly challenge herself which requires much courage on her part. Dray, the fearless and intelligent commander, is the perfect mate for her. I enjoyed their evolving romance which was interweaves seamlessly with the developing plot and I was rooting for their HEA. The influence of the AI battleship Bane is ever present and although he is committed to ensuring Lucy’s safety he is also seeking revenge against his old masters, their common enemy the Tecrans. This provides plenty of tension as he is literally a loose cannon whose actions could jeopardise peace at any moment. Bane is very much a main character in his own right. I read with interest his growing bond with Lucy in particular and how his character develops throughout, particularly as he gets to know the human Lucy and learns to reflect further on his own feelings and motivations. Thoroughly recommended for fans of space opera and sci-fi who enjoy a strong and thought provoking plot, excellent character development and some romance with their read. Please note that an ARC of this book was given to me by the author for a fair and honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    4.5 Stars One of at least four earth women who were abducted by the Tecran at varying times, Lucy Harris has made her escape from the facility on Tecra where she was being held. Now she is on the run from the military who are covertly trying to undermine peace for their planet. They know if Lucy is revealed to the ruling party known as the United Council, things will go much worse for the bristly inhabitants of Tecra. The feather faced Tecrans with chicken beak-like mouths have been the vil 4.5 Stars One of at least four earth women who were abducted by the Tecran at varying times, Lucy Harris has made her escape from the facility on Tecra where she was being held. Now she is on the run from the military who are covertly trying to undermine peace for their planet. They know if Lucy is revealed to the ruling party known as the United Council, things will go much worse for the bristly inhabitants of Tecra. The feather faced Tecrans with chicken beak-like mouths have been the villains of this space alliance; they seem intent on retaining that role. Bane, one of the AI battleships whom the Tecran enslaved, has come along with a UC delegation to enforce the plan Tecrans have ostensibly agreed to as punishment for their scheming, lying, and breaking the laws of their galaxy; the worst violation being abduction of sentient species. Bane has information suggesting that another human woman is being held captive so he has a secret mission to rescue her if she still exists. Bane and the other Class 5s have learned to be wary of trusting anyone except the human women who helped them break free. Also on the mission is Grih Commander Dray Helvan who would rather go into battle with the Tecrans than play nice with them. Once Dray learns of Lucy’s existence, his job becomes one of rescue before the Tecrans can take her out destroying all evidence of their once again duplicity. When they are finally together, Lucy and Dray spend most of their time trying to get to safety and away from their captors. This is of my favorite space opera series so it was good to be back in that world. This story has quite a bit more action and adventure than the prior ones with the heroine on the run, being recaptured, and fighting for her life throughout most of the story. I always enjoy the interactions between the earth women and the new to them species, most especially with the Grih like Dray Helvan who seem to have quite an affinity for the women and their ability to sing. This is book #4 in the Class 5 series but can be read as a standalone

  28. 4 out of 5

    Make

    Dark Matter is book 4 in the Class 5 series by Michelle Diener. This is a thoroughly enjoyable sci fi romance series, and I‘m so glad to “meet” another of the Class 5 artificial intelligence (AI) ships here, Bane. I adore that the intergalactic battleships have their own quirky personalities, making them characters in their own right. This series follows a group of Earth women who were abducted from their planet by the Tecram, a thoroughly scummy planet of aliens who appear to have no honor. The Dark Matter is book 4 in the Class 5 series by Michelle Diener. This is a thoroughly enjoyable sci fi romance series, and I‘m so glad to “meet” another of the Class 5 artificial intelligence (AI) ships here, Bane. I adore that the intergalactic battleships have their own quirky personalities, making them characters in their own right. This series follows a group of Earth women who were abducted from their planet by the Tecram, a thoroughly scummy planet of aliens who appear to have no honor. The Tecram confessed about trying to build and launch their own AI battleships in an attempt to rule the galaxy. They admitted to kidnapping a number of Earth women, but it turns out that there is a last woman that they never ‘fessed up to nabbing. Lucy manages to escape her captivity and torture with the help of some scientists who were experimenting on her. Bane uses his AI technology to help her stay one step ahead of the Tecram at times, although they still manage to recapture her several times. Lucy is a typical Diener heroine, plucky and bright. I really like how empowered yet relatable Diener makes her women. Enter Dray, a solder for the United Council, who is on-planet to assist in the takeover of the Tecram planet in response to their militarism and chicanery. Dray is very capable, and I like his stalwart demeanor and his caring. Dray and Lucy have an instant attraction. I must say, InstaLove is one of my pet peeves in romance books, and Dark Matters uses this plot device, to my dismay. I still enjoyed the rest of the story, however, as Lucy and Dray scramble to escape the Tecram and reveal their perfidy to the rest of the universe. I am super happy to get another installment in the Class 5 world, and I’m up for reading anything Michelle Diener writes. This is an author who combines action and science fiction ably, along with lovely romances. Hooray for Dark Matters!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I love this series. :) I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author in return I agreed to give my honest review of her book. Well, going into it I knew I'd love it because the Class 5 series is one of my all time favorites and this book did not let me down! Really wonderful characters and a lot of excitement and chasing and danger, more in this book than in the previous ones. We see much more interaction with the Tecran in this book than in any other in the Class 5 series and let me tell I love this series. :) I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author in return I agreed to give my honest review of her book. Well, going into it I knew I'd love it because the Class 5 series is one of my all time favorites and this book did not let me down! Really wonderful characters and a lot of excitement and chasing and danger, more in this book than in the previous ones. We see much more interaction with the Tecran in this book than in any other in the Class 5 series and let me tell you I like them even less now than I did before. I love how Michelle Diener gives us the POV of the heroine Lucy and the hero Dray as well as the thoughts and feelings of Bane. I feel like Bane was as much a main character in the book as Lucy and Dray were. We also get some singing in this book (of course :) ) and I love Drays reaction and Lucy's reaction to Dray. LOL I had thought book #3 Dark Minds was going to be the end of the series and was so pleasantly surprised when Michelle announced book #4 and I can definitely see more books in the future with the ending in this one. BUT....the book did not leave us hanging, just with all that's still going on I'm thinking there might be another one in the future. (Fingers crossed and hoping hoping hoping) I'll be rereading Dark Matters again very soon. With all my excitement over the book I flew through the reading of it and will reread it in case I missed anything. Also, I enjoyed it so much I want to read it again. :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diana in SC

    A worthy addition to my favorite space opera series! This book is so freaking good! It is a smart, action-packed thriller on a far-off planet with a touch of romance. This series really should be read in order because of wonderful story arcs and because this novel contains spoilers for previous books. In addition, we first met Bane in Book 1 (“Dark Horse”), and I am so glad that he is in this new novel. You definitely need to read about Bane first in “Dark Horse”. The thi A worthy addition to my favorite space opera series! This book is so freaking good! It is a smart, action-packed thriller on a far-off planet with a touch of romance. This series really should be read in order because of wonderful story arcs and because this novel contains spoilers for previous books. In addition, we first met Bane in Book 1 (“Dark Horse”), and I am so glad that he is in this new novel. You definitely need to read about Bane first in “Dark Horse”. The third person perspective alternates among Lucy, Dray, and Bane. I adored all three primary characters. Lucy is an intelligent, strong-willed woman who faces her fears. She doesn’t give up, even when she is on the run in an alien city with unknown people after her. Dray is an honorable, open-minded military man with a strong core of morality. He is smart, honest, and great under pressure. Bane is an artificial intelligence situated in a large spaceship. He impressed me with his thoughtfulness and sense of humor. I loved this novel so much that when I finished, I immediately wanted to start re-reading the entire 4-book series. It is a high quality, suspenseful space opera with complexity and a little humor. I highly recommend the entire series to everyone who loves space operas, smart adventure books, or books with strong female characters.

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