The Klikiss, a now-extinct alien civilization, left behind vast technological information that has been discovered by two xenoarchaeologists. One discovery, a device that converts gas planets into life-giving suns is quickly put to the test with unimaginable results. Arising out of the test is a new alien species that threatens every human. Mankind is left with the dim reality, either fight the new alien life form or face humiliation, death, and extinction.
This riveting adventure swings you from one wonderous realm to another as the Hidden Empire is sought after and exposed. Anderson has created a gripping beginning to what will surely be his best series yet. George Guidall has returned a stellar performance and brought these characters to life in vivid detail.
Don't miss a minute of the action in Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns.
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"In this stellar launch of a new series, bestseller Anderson...delivers action, engaging characters, and credible fantastic worlds." (Publishers Weekly)
"Full of battles, chases, and hairbreadth escapes...this is also an intelligently conceived and executed nailbiter." (Booklist)
"Anderson's skill in delivering taut action scenes and creating well-rounded human and alien characters adds depth and variety to a series opener that belongs in most sf collections." (Library Journal)
I found this book to be an excellent listen, the narrator is top notch. The plot of the book is very rich, some would say it drags but I find that to be a mis-representation. There is good character deveopment and that takes time. A good listen for any Sci Fi fan.
I finally pulled the plug on this one after getting 3 hours and 20 minutes into it. I kept thinking that it would get better and I should keep listening , however, when at that 3:20 point new characters were still being introduced I realized that I would need a spreadsheet to keep track of everyone. I'm all for well developed and interesting characters but this is insane. How about some story line? Or do I have to listen for another 5 hours to actually learn what's going on? Maybe I'll pick this one up again at a later date and give it another try...wait a minute...what am I saying? That would be like having acid poured into my ears. No thank you.
I have always appreciated Kevin J. Anderson's writing and chose this book based on my past experience with him. I was NOT in error! This is an excellent example of Mr. Anderson's ability in the SciFi genre. His characters are well developed and the story line flows without sudden stops or holes. The story itself is a good SciFi thriller and I can't wait to download the next two books!
I have to say that I had great expectations when I purchased this book. They were not fulfilled. The first two of the three parts were exceptionally painful, drawn out character vignettes that could have been condensed into more meaningful chapters. It was not until the last two hours of this 19hr book that things began to take shape and make sense, only to leave you in a totally unfulfilled state. There is no follow on book yet, at least not on audible, and that means it will be a long time before one can take up where this Book 1 leaves you, thereby negating all this tedious character stuff. It's a shame - had potential, did not deliver, and has no follow-on identified yet. I would not recommend starting this series until, at the very least, the Saga (it is truly a marathon), is completed.
I just finished this book and enjoyed it a great deal. Some elements of the plot were awfully forseeable but that did not bother me too much. If you have already read the full Dune series (including the great prequels) and the Foundation series, and are looking for a series with similar scope and ambition, the Saga of the Seven Suns is one you will likely enjoy.
If you like books that are incredibly slow and boring than you should try this one out. It's even read by a boring old man. I wish I would have believed the other reviews that similarly bashed on this book. There are just too many trivial details that do not pertain to the plot, and too many boring characters constantly saying boring things. Nothing is ever witty, funny, or remotely exciting in the tone of this book, and nothing ever happens!! (EVER!!!). Is Keven Anderson eighty years old or what? I wish it would let me give zero stars. I would not recommend listening to this book while operating heavy machinery. Maybe if you are suffering from insomnia... then I might recommend to you this book.
As an accountant I spend many hours at my computer and so I download and listen to my books. The Saga of Seven Suns is a wonderful series, but for some reason I was under the impression it was a trilogy..NOT. Anderson has a least 6 books planned total. The nice thing is I will be able to go back and listen to them again and pick up on things I missed the first time. I am a re-reader and now I guess Im a re-listener. Hidden Empire is a great listen, you have to pay close attention to the intial layout but once you have the main story lines laid out, you can set it down and pick it up right away as I do each Monday. I give all three stories so far four stars because they make me care about the people and literally take me away. The science if not always plausable is believable. You really hate why some things happen but as always you can believe the motivations behind the actions. I recommend the whole series. From Anderson's web site I understand the 4th book will be out in July 2005 so hopefully Audible will have the listners version soon after.
It's interesting to note the disparity of reviews for this awful work. It apparently is a "love it or hate it" kind of thing. Somehow it seems odd that a work that is resoundingly hated by many reviewers, received an overall rating of 4.2. We are also teased with comments like "remember it is a sequel" by the positive reviewers, and it is compared to Dune and Lord of the Rings (astonishing considering how absolutely bad it is). It makes one wonder if the author's friends are doing a bit of log-rolling to help him out. Take it from someone who does a lot of reading and listening to recorded books, This one is a dog.
An okay, but fun story, masterfully read. A little light on the science and action. Still, the intrigues are very well woven and draw you in. The characters are well drawn with a significant depth. You will feel the weight of their tragedies and triumphs as the story unfolds.
I would not put it on par with Dune, but it was a great listen on a long drive from DC to Boston. I kept finding excuses to listen to it longer, rather than switch to the radio.
The best thing I can say about it is that I queued up the 2nd book, "Forest of Stars", into "My Next Listen" as soon as it was available. I may be tempted to read it in hard copy first though.
Previous reviews praising George Guidall's reading of this book are certainly deserved. He invests each character in the story with unique qualities and substance, from neigh omnipotent Mage Imperator to the Green Priest Neera.
After 5 hours of backstory and character creation, the story hadn't started to move. Nothing had happened. I had to stop. Half the audio books available have finished by that point, this one is not even moving. And semi intelligent trees with priests reading to them and "feeling" their emotions. Come on. Let's try something original here. This is an audiobook in need of abridgement and an editor who knows how to use a red pen before it gets published. I've read a lot of Sci Fi in my time, this is well worth skipping, unless you have a spare 18 hours to kill (for the first book alone). That and you don't mind sheer boredom for the first 5 hours...
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