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At Empire's Edge | [William C. Dietz]

At Empire's Edge

In a far-distant future, the Uman Empire has spread to the stars and beyond, conquering and colonizing worlds, ruling with a benevolent - but iron - fist. The Pax Umana reigns, and all is well. But on one planet, the remnants of a violent, shape-shifting race called the Sagathis are confined, kept captive by xeno-cops, who have been bio-engineered to be able to see through their guises.
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Publisher's Summary

In a far-distant future, the Uman Empire has spread to the stars and beyond, conquering and colonizing worlds, ruling with a benevolent - but iron - fist. The Pax Umana reigns, and all is well. But on one planet, the remnants of a violent, shape-shifting race called the Sagathis are confined, kept captive by xeno-cops, who have been bio-engineered to be able to see through their guises. Still, sometimes one manages to escape. Zak Cato is a xeno-cop. He's returning a fugitive Sagathi when things go horribly wrong. Cato - the only survivor after the rest of his men are slaughtered - must now figure out who betrayed them and bring the alien in, whatever the cost.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author William C. Dietz.

©2009 William C. Dietz; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Mohi fort lauderdale, FL, United States 03-05-10
    Mohi fort lauderdale, FL, United States 03-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "At Empires Edge"

    Having read the majority of this author's books I was surprised to read one person's review as "dull and predictable". I found the book neither. It was as enjoyable as his 'legion of the damned' series and his 'earth rise' series. If you are already a dietz fan you will not be dissappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    GS 10-17-09
    GS 10-17-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Standard Sci Fi with a predictable story"

    The story is standard sci fi. Futuristic cop chasing shapeshifter criminal with murder conspiracy, politics, etc. Not that most people mind that.

    I couldn't give it below 4 stars for despite the predictable plot, as it is reasonably written and is well paced. Of course, I like sci fi and it had all the sci fi elements, with winged villains and what not.

    It will suit people who love science fiction action stories and don't mind a slightly predictable plot.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 05-27-13
    ozgribbo Australia 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Military Sci Fi"

    If you like action/adventure with your Sci Fi, then this is for you. A few cliches in the main character, but very listenable. Narration is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 10-20-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 10-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story -Tight Plot- Excellent Narration"

    Not really what I expected. But it was a pleasure to listen to this story. Reminiscent of the western genre in it's simplicity (hero chasing the outlaw).

    Complex characters...such a the blood thirsty monster - with a heart.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    david Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 11-15-14
    david Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Failure to Launch"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Insomniacs


    Would you ever listen to anything by William C. Dietz again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Hard to tell how to share the blame between the author and narrator but the narrator is at the very least guilty of performing the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the absolute worst but it ranks way down there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 12-25-09
    Kelly Howard Oregon 12-25-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than Sominex"

    I have three words for this one: Dull, Duller, & Dullest. I'm not sure how it'd be reading it, but listening to this dreary read read this dreary book was a torture. I kept having to back & & replay because my attention wandered, & then I'd rapidly lose attention again. I just now had to read the description of the book to remind myself what it was about; I finished it yesterday but already couldn't remember anything about it. The characters wooden, the plot unimpressive, I found myself wishing they'd all get slaughtered just to end it. The shapeshifter was the only interesting thing, & the love story between Cato & Alomie (sp?) ridiculous. btw, the 2 female main characters were named "Alomie" & "Nalomie." I don't know how they're spelled in the book, but they sound so much the same that 1/2 the time I didn't know whether to root for the owman or hope she got killed right away. I kept waiting for a plot device wherein the similarity would be important: i.e. a reason for it. Nope. Just lack of inventiveness, apparently! Waste. Of. A. Credit.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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