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
If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
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.
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I must first admit that I'm not a great fan of space opera or military science fiction. Yet I've found myself immersed in this story. Great job mister Mixon. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll mention that I enjoyed the consequences that led to one of the main characters to be enhanced with implants, and I can't wait to see how she will deal with that change in the next book. And yes, that means I will definitely read book two, you've got me hooked. Terry Mixon has a talent for creating memorable characters and that played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. I easily get bored with military and technical info, and it was kept at a minimum in this story, the tension with the characters taking precedence.
I've been a longtime listener to the Dead Robots' Society podcast, where Terry Mixon is one of the hosts, and I've been itching to read one of his books (although his genre of books was what kept me away for so long) and I am glad to have finally read one. Mr. Mixon, you've got a new fan.
It does what it says on the box: As I inferred from the cover and choice of Amazon categories this book had all the space opera, space battles and space marines anyone could wish for!
I'll be reading the next book.
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I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.
Awesome space opera book. Loved this one, lots of drama. Enjoyed the story and characters but I felt they could have been flushed out more. A bit of character development goes a long way. Overall a great scifi adventure.
The narrator did a wonderful job.
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Yes, the characters and plot are interesting and well developed.
Princes Kelsey, who is a strong female lead.
Pleasant voice, not overly dramatic. Smooth change between her male and female voices.
Yes, and I did.
I have already ordered the next book in the series. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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