Humanity's worst nightmare has again come out of the Dark. Can a human race in turmoil survive?
When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel 1,000 years to reestablish the race 10,000 years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe 50 times their size.
Science fiction in the tradition of Anderson and Weber, where the physics of normal and hyperspace dictate the strategy and tactics. Enormous fleets battle across the immensity of space with advanced technologies. Can the proud human Fleet hold off the tide of an advancing enemy, rallying allies and deploying new tech? Or will the conquerors achieve what they could not 2,000 years before, and end the existence of the upstarts.
©2012 Douglas K. Dandridge (P)2014 Douglas K. Dandridge
Doug Dandridge combines a healthy dose of in-depth technical description with excellent story telling to paint a realistic backdrop for his "Exodus" series. Not having read much of this genre in recent years I was pleasantly surprised with the way this story developed setting the stage for for future novels while still delivering a great deal of action both in space and on the surface. This is not just ship to ship combat. There are plots and sub plots a plenty that make this story and the characters come alive.
If you don't want anything to happen but you like character identification this is your book.
I would need to research on the plot.
Yes the narration was fine.
The 12 hours of character introduction could have been done while something was happening. Or summarized into 1 hour.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
I loved the story, but what it is is a book-long "setup". Unlike some books written in volumes, this story does not stand well by itself. By the time Book 2 arrives I may have to listen to this book again to regain the storyline in my head. Unlike J.K. Rowling or Jack Campbell, in which each book was a story in itself, "Empires at War" does not stand alone well.
It is a great book and will probably be a great series. If you read it now, you will have to wait for Book 2. That to me is frustrating.
I usually don't write reviews of books I don't like. Call this a lukewarm, mediocre review. First, the good: The premise is engaging and is set forth in the prologue. Earth is destroyed by aliens and a small ship of survivors makes its way a 1000 light years away to start over. The story opens 2000 years later. Obviously, the plot line will be the aliens re-discovering the hated humans (who assassinated the Emperor's son) and utterly destroying them. The archetype myth becomes David (the human empire) v. Goliath (the alien empire). Except the humans have advanced to within 20 years of technological parity with the aliens. Almost a fair fight. Pretty interesting idea.
The bad: The narration is just awful. Mr. Sterling has narrated some gay romance stories (at least that's what they look like to me on Audible) so I am surprised at how poor this narration was. His accents are terrible. His inflections are all wrong. Just bad reading. No excuses for this. If he had a director, the director was asleep. If no director, he needed one. I will say that he improved his diction and reading as the book progressed.
More bad: This is obviously going to be a serial series. However, I cannot understand why Mr. Dandridge takes the time to develop characters and then kill them off. It does not add to the plot development. In addition, the bad guys, of which there are a number, are stereotypes with no depth, motivation, or understanding. They are cliches at best. And, I have no clue how all of this will play out in the coming books. It's a cheap way to build suspense, in my opinion, and adds nothing to the overall trajectory of the plot.
Still more bad: The plot wanders all over the place with no real logic or direction. As a reader, I am trying to make sense of how all of this ties together. I can't. We move from micro-moments with characters that are likeable to grandiose movements with no connection. There are too many loose ends and dead ends.
This book could have benefited from a re-write and editing and from using a different reader. Oh well. Caveat emptor.
A completely different reader. He paused in all the wrong places, and was just so bland in his reading.
the outline of the story is nice, but the execution wasn't that great.
If he didn't pause when there weren't commas or periods.
boring, couldn't finish mainly due to reader.
Great original story that has a chance to develop into a good series but the story had way too much potato and appears to be saving the meat for book 2.
Introductions of many characters in the story that take up substantial reading time but the characters are never seen again. Likely for future books in the series but when one of the few and short action sequences do occur the characters involved are totally new.
The best scene was actually the free preview on the Audible website of the actual exodus from Earth. The book itself is all character development for (I'm assuming) future books is the series.
Yes...wish for a better conclusion. This book DOES NOT stand on it's own and requires you to get book 2 which I may purchase if it is released soon. If they wait too long I'll likely totally forget about the series.
If you want to write a series then (in my humble opinion) the first book should leave you fulfilled enough to WANT more in the series and not left hanging and furious at the author for putting out a work that far from complete. The narration by Finn Stirling was first rate and I look forward to listening to more of his work.
"Seems Like Half The Story Is Missing"
Not without the sequel being better. Verdict is still out on this story.
The problem with this story is that, after the beginning, not much happens. Having read the description, you'd think that you're in for some war between empires, but by the end of the book, you're very much still waiting for that to happen.
There is an interesting build up, but this is spoilt a little by the unbelievable baddies, all of whom seem to have no redeeming or believable qualities what-so-ever. The Prime Minister reminds me of the baddy who appeared in the Honor Harrington series (the one who tried to jump her in the shower) and that's not a good thing, given how poor that series was (until I got so fed up that I gave up on it).
Hopefully future instalments will pick up the pace a bit and won't try to drag things out needlessly in a poor attempt to sell more books (*cough* David Weber *cough*). It would also be nice to see some reasoning and believability with the villains in the story. Also, something which makes the main characters a little more memorable too.
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