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Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 | [Kevin J. Anderson]

Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.
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Publisher's Summary

An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 09-02-06
    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 09-02-06 Member Since 2002

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    "A matter of taste."

    If I was reading this book in hardcopy I'm not sure if it is the type of book I'd have continued. But listening to it on audible I really like it.

    Yes the author takes a long time to develop the story and skips from one character to another and the story is interconnected through many viewpoints of each character. Some of the characters even get bumped off.

    If you are the type that you want 1 or two strong protaganists in a story than this book is not for you.
    On the other hand if you are a little more openminded and like to see a story from at least 10 different view points than 7 suns series is an enjoyable read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert West Point, MS, USA 01-28-05
    Robert West Point, MS, USA 01-28-05
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    "Imaginative and fun throughout"

    I first got hooked on this series back when Anderson was giving away free signed copies on his website. I'm currrently listening to the third book in this series, Horizon Storms, and continue to not be disappointed. This series in incredibly imaginative; the universe Anderson has created is vast and complex. If you are a fan of Anderson's writing in the newer Dune novels, or any epic Science Fiction for that matter, you should give this series a chance.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Port Orchard, WA, USA 01-13-05
    Michelle Port Orchard, WA, USA 01-13-05
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    "Good choice overall. Bit slow, needs more action."

    Anderson spends to much time on the charactors and thier lives rather than on the main story line, which makes the book a bit slow and lacking in action. But overall it's a good story, and a good listen. I anticipate that the second book in the series {which is currently available on Audible} will be more action packed, since the charactors have been so thoroughly covered in this book.
    George Guidall is one of the best Readers of audio books there is, so have no worries over how this book will sound.
    P.S. It seems to me that over the past 15 years or so, Editors have become extreamly lazy. I blame the Editor of this book rather than the author, for any of it's short comings. A good editor would have told Anderson, " Shut Up about the charactors already and get on with the story".

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Thomson, GA, USA 08-12-06
    Charles Thomson, GA, USA 08-12-06 Member Since 2004
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    "The beginning of a fantastic series"

    This book and the entire Saga of Seven Suns series so far are some of the most interesting, exciting books I've read/listened to in a long time. Some reviewers feel that the books are slow or that there are too many characters. For me, it was exactly the opposite impression. The story and the characters captivated me. Each character is well developed over the series and they are unique enough that I never confused them as some others have commented.

    As for the story, I classify the entire series as "page turners". I couldn't wait to find out what happened next as the plot and intrigue between the different groups in the story deepened. New mysteries present themselves just when you feel you have a hold of the current ones, holding your attention and pulling you further into the story. I was actually somewhat surprised at how much I enjoyed the story, as the genre of Space Opera has never really been one of my favorites.

    One warning to Audible listeners, The Saga of Seven Suns actually encompasses SEVEN books, with the first three available here, two others with audio versions available elsewhere (read by another reader), and the sixth and seventh books due in June 2007 and June 2008 respectively. Having finished book five I'll say that the worst part of the series is having to wait a year to find out what happens next.

    I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-23-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-23-09 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Ok if you needed something long"

    Not bad, not terrific either. I would listen to it (or buy the next in the series) only if I got it on sale and/or I needed something to listen to that didn't require 100% concentration on a long drive. You can wander off daydreaming and come back a couple minutes later and you wouldn't have missed anything important.

    The novel is more descriptive than action-packed. The concepts are interesting, but there's not much engagement - i.e. a space station blows up and everyone dies, but you won't really "feel" anything about this event because it was only described to you, it didn't engage you.

    The narrator is ok. He speaks clearly and you can usually tell who's talking from the tone; there's not much "dramatization" of events/voices. He's nothing to write home about though.

    If you want action Sci-fi and are ok with "adult" material, try Richard Morgan. If you want descriptive and yet engaging scifi, try Card's Worthing Saga. If you want a long scifi that is similar in tone to this and yet much more involving, try Acacia. If you want a soap opera type scifi with lots of character focus, try Spin. If you just want some cheap 'n easy soap opera scifi, try Earthsearch.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Monroe, GA, USA 03-15-07
    Ed Monroe, GA, USA 03-15-07
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    "Oh Yeah"

    This series is in the same class as The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire. Just Excellent.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Gaithersburg, MD USA 04-19-05
    Amazon Customer Gaithersburg, MD USA 04-19-05 Listener Since 2004

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    "Extremely Disappointing"

    I was very much looking forward to this story based on several of the reviews I read, but in the end result I can?t believe I spent 19+ hours listening to this, what a remarkable disappointment. Before I state my complaints I would like to point out that the narrator does an outstanding job representing the characters and changing inflection and tone based on the mood of the story. I?d gladly listen to him again. That being said, this book has several key flaws. The first and most critical is that the author clearly doesn?t believe in the basic tenant of storytelling that states, ?show don?t tell.? Anderson will tell you about something, then tell you about it again, and then a little while later will feel the need to explain it in minute detail yet again, and so on. For example, a character will ramble on about something and then the listener is told about how that character rambled, and then about why they rambled and then Anderson will go on further about some of the thought process behind the rambling. It literally had me exclaiming out loud, ?please stop!? Other complaints I have are that although the characters are interesting, they are almost never doing anything. It almost seems as if the first 15 hours of the book are simply an exercise in the science of creating a populated universe. The only other issue that I?ll detail, although there were several others, is that there are a few very unbelievable plot devices, unbelievable even within the context of Anderson?s meticulously crafted and detailed universe. In the end result, there is no chance I?ll be purchasing or spending time on any of the sequels to this tale.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    06-13-06
    06-13-06 Member Since 2005
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    "An amazing start to a series"

    If you are looking for a captivating series this is the book for you. I have to say that Sci-fi can quickly turn cheesy, but Anderson pulls off an amazingly elegant universe.

    As for the reader I have fallen in love with the reading of Guidall from many other books and it is what actually lead me to this book.

    The intro at the first of the books is quite corny, but once the story starts your cannot put the thing down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Jefferson City, MO, United States 04-08-05
    Chuck Jefferson City, MO, United States 04-08-05 Member Since 2002
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    "This one is great!"

    I normally avoid the great sci-fi multi-volume epics, because the characters usually have names like "Ix'bek'kc'akj" that can neither be pronounced or remembered, and the narrative style is either so ponderous as to send one into a coma, or so flip and cute it makes me feel that the author truly believes his target audience is a group of children or idiots.

    This one is different. The scope is huge, (this section of the galactic arm, but not the 'entire universe', which I always find preposterous). The character development is well written and well thought out. You will care about the characters, and you will even care about the robots. The author and narrator share a wonderful skill in being able to take the reader (and listener) from a 'space scene' of stellar proportions to an intense and emotional conversation between individuals, without missing a beat.

    The layers of complexity of politics, relationships, and events are handled very well and are easy to keep straight and understand. This can be especially difficult listening to a long audiobook but I only had to back up once or twice to make sure I had a good grasp on the storyline.

    I get two books a month with Audible. I'm making sure my two books for this month will be part 2 and 3 of the Saga of the Seven Suns. It's that great!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Fayetteville, NC, USA 05-22-05
    James Fayetteville, NC, USA 05-22-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Book One Of a Great SciFi Series"

    If you love SciFi (and I don't mean Fantasy with wizards and unicorns and helpful little trolls running around and I certainly don't mean that politically correct garbage that masquerades as SciFi these days with disasters caused by global warming and the status of race relations in the 23rd century, but good old fashioned slam-bang,laser blasting,vacuum packed, space suited up and ready SciFi) you will absolutely love "The Saga of the Seven Suns". To miss this series (and still call yourself a SciFi fan) would be like missing out on Asimov's Foundation series or the Dune series or to never have read a Heinlien or seen a Star Wars film. Impossible to comprehend! The range of characters, the interweaving of story-lines, the explosive confrontations of races, the wondrous worlds of imagination are all melded together by Kevin J. Anderson in a work of literary art that is truly a masterpiece. How he keeps track of everything that he has going on is beyond me but I'm just mortal. The only thing negative I can say about these recordings is that the reader (George Guidall) makes the characters sound a little cartoonish for my taste but that could just be a personal preferance of mine. In any case it doesn't detract from the superb story.
    There are three books to the series now with the forth due out sometime this summer. Start now and you'll be ready when the forth book is published. You can thank me later.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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