“There will be neither compassion nor mercy;
Nor peace, nor solace
For those who bear witness to these Signs
And still do not believe." Book of Reclaiming 25:10
New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives.
The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate. But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever. For deep in a prison reclamation camp, a secret program is underway... one that will unlock dangerous secrets of New Eden’s past.
It all begins with inmate 487980-A.... Templar One. Prepare for DUST 514.
©2011 CCP hf. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Templar One is a very good book for anyone with a tacit interest in the EVE Online universe. It does help to know a little bit about EVE's lore in order to have a little background knowledge about some people and organizations, but that isn't absolutely vital. It also helps, but is not vital, to have read the previous two EVE books--The Empyrean Age and The Burning Life since there are minor tie-ins with those books.
This book is a perfect read for anyone who knows a bit (or more) about the current EVE Online universe and is interested in learning more about the backstory for the upcoming Dust 514 game that is upcoming.
One nice thing about the physical book was that it had QR codes scattered about with some minor supplementary videos to give a visual representation of some of the ships and such involved. They're absolutely unnecessary, but kinda cool. It would be nice for those who don't own the physical book if the audiobook came with a list of those URLs and appropriate timecodes at which to look at them.
Sean Runnette does a very satisfactory job with this material.
I really liked this book, but then again I am an eve online player, so a lot of the locations where recognizable for me, as well as certain behavior from the factions in the book.
For a none eve online player it might be a bit overwhelming, while some back-story about the factions can be inferred the book might be a bit less digestible for those not already familiar with the setting.
I really liked the performance, the voices felt distinct and the pacing of the narration was good for my tastes.
None, not a one of them was able to get me to give a darn what happened to them.
If you've not been very carefully following the lore & political storyline of the EVE online game, you'll be completely lost as far as the plot of the story. By
This book suffers from complexity. Too many plot lines, locations, and characters. It is very difficult to follow as a audiobook, especially in segments over time (driving). The concept is unique and interesting. I just wish Mr. Gonzales had kept to a simpler structure. If you like very complicated story lines, many characters, and many locations jumping at you every five minutes, you will like this one. Otherwise, pass.
If you are an EVE Online player or fan this story will give you some background on Dust. I hope there will be a sequel.
For those invested in the eve universe, this may be a great addition to the lore. Sadly, this was my first book in the eve universe, so I am unable to give that perspective.
I picked up this book, because the title sounded like an early entry into the universe, I was wrong.
On the positive side, learning the origins and backstories of some worlds in eve (Tew in particular, being my main base of operations) was fun and interesting and getting a character's view of player characters in general when the player isn't around was a fascinating new angle I didn't expect to get from anything.
Unfortunately the story jumped around far too much in the beginning and it felt like the story was still being set up for the first 2/3 of the book. The amount of characters introduced right off the bat was downright excessive, and the reader did very little to distinguish each character by voice, but one person can only vary his voice so much.
Overall, the book was confusing and slow. More backstory, maybe from other books or other sources of lore might make this into a great listen, especially for a hardcore eve fan, but as an intro, it's terrible.
Having never heard of the EVE game before listening the story it was slightly confusing keeping all the players straight but a good listen and well read by Sean Runnette.
"Good book, good narration."
Sean did a good job narrating this title. although for whatever reason he said "battlecruiser" twice whenever it came up. That was slightly immersion breaking, but nonetheless a good narration.
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