The Terran Empire is dead. Long live the Empire!
Commander Jared Mertz, the bastard son of the Emperor, and his half-sister, Princess Kelsey, barely speak to one another. To their dismay, their father seizes an opportunity to change that and sends them on a dangerous quest to explore the fallen Empire.
Separated from home by an impassable gulf and struggling to redefine their relationship, they find themselves thrust into a vicious war. Unless they work together to stop the Empire's deadly legacy, billions face a horrific fate.
©2014 Terry Mixon (P)2014 Terry Mixon
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I thought this was a very good example of superior science fiction writing. The universe created by the author was interesting, well explained, and not too complex. The characters all seemed very real and the storyline and general concept were all great.
The story takes place hundreds of years after the fall of the Terran Empire to the rebel forces. Using kinetic strike and EMP weapons, the rebels destroyed nearly every planet in the empire, knocking them back centuries technologically. The son of the then emperor escaped to a distant resort planet called Avalon. It was here that the large population and now emperor rebuilt their civilization and began to expand once again.
The new Terran Empire now inhabits dozens of systems, having absorbed the populations of other planets, some of whom had regressed all the way back to hunter/gatherer societies. Finally ready to explore far beyond their borders, the Emperor orders a long-range reconnaissance mission into the old empire. Leading the mission is his half-son as captain of the lead ship, and his daughter (second in line to the throne) as a diplomatic representative should they encounter other spacefaring civilizations.
The reconnaissance mission uses a newly discovered "flip point" to travel to a far away system, but soon discovers that their path home is unusable. When they discover a long-adrift old empire warship, they are confused by some of the things they find. After making contact with another post-empire civilization trapped in their own system, the New Terran Empire encounters what could be a dangerous new (or old) foe, one that the New Terran Empire is unprepared for.
The narration was overall very good. Great pace, tone, voices, etc.
I was very happy with this book. I thought it was a great example of space/military science fiction. I would definitely recommend for fans of the genre.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
A fast paced romp across the stars from Terry Mixon,. It is to Mr Mixon's credit that I enjoyed the book as thoroughly as I did, as yes, while I'm a big ol' sci-fi geek, I'm less John Ringo, more Douglas Adams. I'm wildly ambivalent when it comes to military fiction as well, but these hang ups disappeared the deeper I dug into Empire of Bones. Interesting story
I received the first book in this series in exchange for a review, I asked to do this because I have been a fan of and listening to Veronica Giguere for years. I am so glad I did.
This is creative science fiction, a compelling space drama with well developed characters and the science isn't in overkill mode.
I would recommend this audiobook for many reasons. First, it is a great story with interesting characters. This first book hints at a bigger story, which has me eager to check out the next book. The audiobook is performed wonderfully, and I am very picky about this. If the narrator can't pull me into the story I will stop listening.
The big rescue mission at the end.
Veronica does a great job of making each voice sound distinct, especially where it came to narration. I don't like straight reads. I need the narrator to read it as a performance. Veronica Giguere does this admirably.
When I was forced to stop listening, it was then the first thing I went to when I had time for audio. It even pushed back in my mental queue some of my favorite podcasts.
Empire of Bones is the first book in a new and exciting series that opens up the Universe for grand storytelling. A mixture of royalty, bastards, and proper manners is the sauce where the characters marinade for the opening of this exciting new series.
The only criticism I would have is that the story could use some more conflict within the political and social groups that are pushed together. This was minor for me, as I liked the court of manners and courtesy that the societies portrayed. I would just like more intrigue and political manipulations layered underneath those manners.
I can't wait for book two.
Where to begin...
Having just finished the audio book to Empire of Bones I felt compelled to share my opinion of it. It is 30 chapters long with each chapter taking about 15-20 minutes to get through on normal speed. I primarily listened during the hour-long commute going to and from work.
The primary plot, which took some time to rev into as it felt reminiscent of a “no win” Star Trek training episode, focuses on the exploration of the galaxy long since fractured apart from the Terran Empire. This too felt strangely like they were about to undertake a five-year mission of some sort. A couple of chapters in, any similarity artificially created by myself or by the author ceases, as it takes a life of its own as I found myself fully vested in the story.
This was the third audiobook I have ever listened too and the first I have reviewed. This was my first female reader, or at least I thought she was female given the range of depth and pitch she was able to produce. All kidding aside she was by far the most pleasant sounding but given the minority from which I am grading her against I wouldn't read too much into it. Bias as it sounds there is a reason most automated systems designers elect to utilize female voices.
Overall I would say I enjoyed to the point of purchasing the next two books in the series though I'm still not decided on it will be the audio or kindle reading edition. If all costs were the same I definitely do audio again but that is not the way things tend to work out.
Final summary: Good listen(read) and recommended.
The only only reaction I had was Narrator based. The characters and voicing for them and their emotions was superb. However the general narration in between character speach was a bit rushed and faster than I tend to prefer. It also made the pitch a little high for my preference. (Kelsey's voice was a tad high as well) To solve this I just adjusted the speed of playback(to 50%) with the tools Audible provides to make things more to my listening preferences. All around great job Author and Narrator. I would Listen to another book from either.
The story is a hero journey tale of two siblings who don't quite have a place in their society, when events out of their control remove the crutch of the expected paths of life and force this brother and sister to take a journey together to discover who they really are. The story is Space Opera with some nice technology that is described very little but fits within the world well enough to believe. Things are told from a very character centered plot which has it's limitations. I would have like to get to know some of the other characters, but I suppose that's why it is a series and other will be developed in later books.The villain is interesting and presented well but has a very minor amount of the book. However they do have a major effect on the plotting of the book. Think monster movie where you finally get a good look at the monster in the closing act. This trope has served well in books and movies for years and does so here as well. "If it's not broke, don't fix it." I hesitate to call them "Techno Zombies", but this may be the best term without giving away too much. Just don't think horror!I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and will be continuing on with the series for as long as the writing and story stay solid.
The narrator has a very high pitched voice and annunciated every word too much, which threw me and made it difficult to concentrate on the story. However, an hour later I realized that I had been listening for quite some time without realizing the narrator's voice was the same and I hadn't been bothered in the slightest.
I appreciate books that surprise me. just when I think I know where the story is going, WHAM! the author makes a change of course, I bounce off a bulkhead and try to step myself in again.
Excellent story! Most unique I think I've ever heard.
I found Terry Mixon through his work on the dead robots society, and got curious about his work.
it was a trap.
now I'm sucked into this story and the only way out is to read the rest. I cant wait to listen to the next book!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
The novel started off fast paced and caught my interest. I like space operas and sci fi in general, and this is no exception. On the downside, the story reminds me of a lot of TV shows where characters do stupid things to advance the plot. I think the author could have done better with the characters and the transitions through the plot.
The narrator was fantastic and I'm looking forward to read more from her.
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I listened closely to catch as much as I could about the history of the Old Terran. There feels to be so much there and a troubled history with the Rebels. Nice set up and drawing us into it. I had questions and was curious to learn about Old Terran and what happened in the Empire as much as the explorers in the book, hoping to find some clue to the past.
There was mention of Flip Points in space that are used to travel between systems. At first I wasn't sure what these were or how they worked. When I really understood what they were was when we got to use one. I shouldn't have been worried in hoping I understood because Terry made it easy to understand when the time came to know. Thank you Terry.
This is the sort of science fiction I really enjoy. It has the feel of a high fantasy setting with adventure and danger, yet set in space. No magic or dwarves in that manner, but in the story telling it resembled high fantasy to me. I really enjoyed the adventure into the dark unknown of space with this crew. There are times I smiled and others I felt the worry. Their are well placed thoughts that make us worry of what could possibly come next on the road ahead of them. Dare I say a sort of space opera in a sense with the characters?
I really enjoy Veronica and her many voices. She makes it so easy to differentiate the characters by voice and personality. She doesn't have as many accents as she's known for, but the personalities are clear. She speaks clear with a distinct feel to the words, there is no way to think they blend together when she speaks. This is one of her earlier works, it's from 2014, which shows she's always tried to differentiate different characters through tone, timber, and personality in voices.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
We get the story from Jared and Kelsey's point of views. Two very different views of each other and the world, which gives us strong feelings for what is happening around them.
Jared is a great captain, in my book. He doesn't live better than his marines and he's not afraid to do the work as well. He earns respect from his crew and well deserves it. He's a genuine guy that you could like but he's stern when it comes to the way things are done on his ship. He cares about his people.
I really like Kelsey. She fits in so well with the rough and tough guys of the Marines. She's strong in her mind and intelligent. Kelsey is of the age that Jared was when he joined the Fleet, learning of his parentage. Kelsey now learns news that could shatter her and her twin brother's world. She's living with something that is very similar to what Jared had to face at the same age, bringing her to have a new view on her half brother. Kelsey also knows, somethings are best left untold, and I think all would agree with this information being one of them. But can it be kept that way? Could this jeopardize who Kelsey is and what Kelsey does?
As the story went we got to see new things and how some people have evolve with what they have. People at different levels of technology evolution. There are implants that are a curiosity, attacks from what appears to be a salvage race of people, and what of the old empire. So many different avenues that seem to cross and connect, but how? It was great how it was presented through actions and events that kept me interested, invested, and learning more and more. The empire is divided, yet there are pieces of it evolving at different rates in unknown systems.
I'm hooked! I enjoyed the adventure into the unknown. All the new we see and the battles we fight. The events our characters live through, and what they will have to live with is challenging. I WANT to continue with these characters as they learn to adjust to new tech they come across. Along with meeting all out in space, friend and foe.
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