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)
There are some very good parts some ugly and some bad.
The one thing I found absolutely distracting that this author and others seem to do is repeat repeat repeat. STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT...there my contribution. We are not idiots we can remember facts outlined earlier in a work. Kills a book for me.
Guess the writer gets paid by the word.
This would be a great hard sci-fi book had it been read by someone who didn't recite it like the daily news. Terrible audio representation! The narrator had the same inflections and accents for every line read, making it extremely monotonous and without any passion for the source material. Too bad, since Kevin J. Anderson is a great writer, and this book has a lot of potential.
Fantastic book series. Full of imagination and unique characters. As the first book in the saga it jumps around a lot to introduce the characters. It is a little daunting to keep up with at first but stick with it. It is all worth it and everything falls into place as the Saga of the Seven Suns progresses. I have completed right through book 5 and pre-purchased book 6 due to be released in December 07. My hat is off to the author Kevin J Anderson! Great story! The saga is suppose to encompass 7 volumes. I hope it goes beyond that! (Note: Audible currently only carries through book 3. You will have to search the net for "Saga of the Seven Suns" to find the other books once you get hooked!)
This story should not be classified as science-fiction. Instead it should be a daytime soap opera on TV. The author appears to lack any understanding of science to include basic arithmetic. This book is my leader in worst written books I have ever read.
This book seems like a great intro to what could be an excellent series. This book is a long setup but i'm looking forward to the next book. :)
I hesitated to get this book after reading the reviews about it being slow paced or it being difficult to keep up with all the characters but now I'm pleased I did. It's true that the plot reminds me of Sheffield's Heritage series but the way it's told makes a big enough difference. I also like the way that characters get killed off. Often in books a character that dies is only partially formed in the story - here there was no inkling about who was to go! The narrator's not bad either!
All in all, classic science fiction.
This is a great SF book - but it is an epic. If you are used to 10 second soundbites then don't start the book. If you want a carefully developed story told from the interleaved perspective of several different characters, that encompasses the mystery and investigation of an extinct alien empire, the politics of human-alien coexistance, and the threat of impending destruction from a superior force, then this is your read. The naration is quite effective and acceptable. Highly recommended.
Hidden Empire is a fantastic book to listen to, and it kept me entertained right through to the end. The reader was fantastic and you could actually difrentiate between different characters. I have listened to several books where the reader used the same tone and pitch for each character, so it was refreshing to be able to easily distinguish between characters.
In short, buy this book. if you are a fan of space opera, you will be glad you did.
If you are a fan of Science Fiction and need a good series to listen to than this is the one. I originally started out listening to Ender's Game from audible.com and struggled to find a new series. I tried a couple others but was pleasantly surprised by this one. It has the feeling of the "LOST" television series. . . focusing on one character, how they each intertwine as you watch the big picture unfold.
My only hope is that someone takes this series of books and puts them on TV. It's a great read and George Guidall is a good narrator.
I'm on the second book now after being away from the series for a few books. Glad to be back on it and looking forward to the third.
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