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The Expanse meets The Godfather in Empire Earth (The Complete Trilogy): A Space Opera Boxed Set. Three full Books. 1,000 pages of space opera filled with intrigue, betrayal, and high-octane action that will keep you turning pages long into the night.

Book 1: Valhalla Station
Harmony. Security. Obedience. Three decades ago, the Syndicate Corporation saved Earth from climate catastrophe. Now the Company runs the solar system like a well-oiled machine. Its citizens work Sol under rule of corporate law, every aspect of their lives regulated from cradle to grave. Some call that slavery. But does mankind really want to be freed?

Book 2: Masada's Gate
Cult leader Cassandra Kisaan and her Soldiers of the Solar Revolution claim humanity deserves better than indentured servitude under the Syndicate Corporation. Determined to end SynCorp, she attacks Company assets on multiple fronts across the Sol System. Taking Masada Station, where the Company secures its tech secrets, will ensure her final victory. But Enforcer Stacks Fischer and a band of SynCorp loyalists stand in her way...

Book 3: Serpent's Fury
The struggle for the Company's survival comes home to where it all began: Earth. SynCorp and SSR starships prepare for a final, bloody engagement above mankind's birthplace and the seat of the largest corporate empire in history. Meanwhile, planetside, another fight rages against Cassandra herself. The decisive battle for mankind's soul has yet to be decided on the ground or among the stars. 

Who will live? Who will die? What fate awaits humanity when the dust of battle clears? Buy this Special Edition Boxed Set to experience a sci-fi thrill ride that keeps accelerating, right up to the very end.

©2018 David Bruns and Chris Pourteau (P)2020 Aethon Audio

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Started this book a few days ago and now I'm done.

I stayed up late at night to listen to this series and when I woke up I made it it a point to listen while working around the house. Empire Earth. This is a great space opera series that will keep you interested until the very end of each book.

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An excellent and dark sci-fi trilogy

Empire Earth is placed in a future where Earth and its colonies across the solar system are governed by a mega corporation slash crime syndicate and its description as a sci-fi noir thriller is absolutely spot on. Conceptually, the series is well done and the universe which serves as the backdrop for all of the books is amazingly detailed and complex. I was originally introduced to the SynCorp Saga universe through Optional Retirement Plan, which takes place after the events of Empire Earth. I don’t want to spoil the plots of either, but I will say I was overjoyed when I discovered many of the memorable characters that had cameos in Optional Retirement Plan were also staples in Empire Earth as well. If you read the Empire Earth trilogy first, do not neglect to follow up with Optional Retirement Plan afterwards.

The characters were unique and fun, the plot was deep and complex, and each book resolved a story arc while revealing a bit more of the overall narrative that was woven throughout the trilogy. I also found the shifting POV generated a really interesting tone for the books. It took me a while to realize that the language and writing style shifted between characters depending on the POV character (for example, the Stacks Fischer POV chapters were always told from his first person perspective). Though mixing 1st and 3rd is done in other books, this one felt unique and extremely well done (Stacks was in 1st person, but he wasn't the "narrator" of the 3rd person chapters).

There isn’t really much I could say that would be a criticism of Empire Earth. I’ll admit that a good chunk of the first book was slow, but some front loading for the build up was needed for the trilogy to work. The series was built around an epic narrative that requires quite a lot of setup, has a nice sized cast of POV characters, and spans the solar system from Earth to the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. Just stick with it and you’ll realize the pacing is perfect and increases as each bit of the plot is revealed.

Bronson Pinchot does an awesome job with the narration. I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed when I realized that R.C. Bray didn’t narrate this (he does Optional Retirement Plan), but Pinchot hits it out of the park with his performance in the three Empire Earth books. I’ve got zero complaints with the narration, everything was spot on.

Thank you to Aethon Books who provided me this book free of charge at my request.

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Braka braka braka

Pretty good series of stories here and I liked how the narration moved from first to the third person for certain characters. The weapon sound effects had me laugh out loud, as much as I love them in this book I would probably hate them in other books.
The narration is spot on with only a couple of areas where I had to listen had to which person was talking. All in all I would and will listen to this box set again.

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Keep listening💛

The Empire Earth trilogy grew better with each book. There was complexity, surprise and suspense surrounding an mix of interesting characters and personalities. The story developed clearly and succinctly with enough detail to be imaginable and enjoyable.

I preferred to listen to the audio at 1.15X  the narrator provided a good range of distinct voices. 

I was given this book at my request and am voluntary leaving a review. 

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Disappointed

After 10 chapters I just can't get into this book. The reading is good but I have to work at picking up after stopping. It might be me but I just don't like this book.

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great narration of a good story

Bronson Pinchot does a great narration of this sweeping story. Engaging characters and lots of action with much to think about.

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Great Space Opera

The story is excellent. The characters are different and individual. The characters are not generic or pigeon holed. Several plots overlap and combine to culminate in a excellent ending

Again, I can't give enough credit to Bronson Pinchot's narration. IHe can seemlessly lead into multiple characters' conversations without awkward pauses while he shifts. And the the number of distinctly different voices he can make, both male and female, is simply amazing!!

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this a really good series

I expected a space battle book and got a great drama this book is really worth reading

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boring

I could not finish this book. the story was going nowhere. Did not care about any of the characters and Bronson could not have shown less interest. I was floored as to how boring he was.

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5 stars all three story great series

This series has it all and it is very well written and with excellent details.
The Narration as expected is extraordinary.
The three stories are a long listen but it's impossible to stop listening Enjoy

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  • mark pemberton
  • 04-18-21

Enjoyable

A well performed book by Branson Pinchot, who would have got 5 stars except for the times he puts the sounds of guns firing as words, this has to be a personal issue though. The book is well written, with a broad swathe of characters all having a reasonable depth. The story rattles along well and keeps you wanting to see how it all develops.

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  • MG
  • 07-23-20

Exactly What It Says on the Tin

*Received For Free*

Valhalla Station

Valhalla Station is the first book in the second SynCorp Trilogy (Empire Earth), and contrary to what Goodreads says, takes places before Optional Retirement Plan. Due to this faux par on Goodread's part, I listened to Optional Retirement Plan first. This didn't spoil the story here (at least I don't think it did), but it meant I went into this book possibly knowing more about the characters than I should. Another caveat, is that I have not read/listened to the first trilogy of books.

Surprisingly, this didn't affect my enjoyment in the slightest. Valhalla Station does an excellent job of filling you in on what you may have missed, and provides some excellent world and character building. It's slick and I think the Expanse meets the Godfather is a very good comparison. The overriding idea of Crime families essentially ruling humanity in space, albeit legitimately, works very well. Each of the different ruling families are different and identifiable, even though they at times fall into racial tropes (Italians - mob vibe, Chinese - triad vibe etc).

Both Pourteau and Bruns have done a great job here, the writing is well done, and I was genuinely entertained by the plot throughout. I would actually compare it slightly to the The Curcuit (Rhett C Bruno), but less hard sci-fi, with more Cyberpunk/Noir trappings.

My main enjoyment came from the character of Stacks Fisher. A film noir styled hitman, and the star of Optional Retirement Plan. Apparently I'm a sucker for 40's style Private Eye characters in my Sci-fi

Narration is handled by Bronson Pinchot, who narrated the 5 star Aliens:Phalanx Due to his slight Rutger Hauer quality, he gives the work a darker, grittier tone. His narration elevates this no end, and really give the raises the story up (even though I prefer Stacks being voiced by RC Bray)

Overall an excellent book, which does the impressive feat of not requiring you to have prior knowledge of the series. 4.5 out of 5, it loses half a star due this not being a complete story (it really does just stop, and you need to go straight into the next book) (less)

Masada's Gate

If you enjoyed Book 1 of this trilogy, then you will enjoy Book 2. If anything, I would say this one is a little more focused (due to the main plot being set up extremely well in the first novel).

I think you can definitely define these books as Shades of Grey. There's no clear good or bad, every character ranges from Chaotic Good to Chaotic "Kinda Evil". Even the main antagonists motives are justified (considering what/who the "big bad" is). There are still people to root for, but It feels like are all anti-heroes - there's no Shining Knight in White Armour here.

I do feel I am missing out a little, having not read the original SynCorp trilogy, but once again this book summaries it well enough. Overall - well written, well narrated, with even more Stacks Fisher

Serpent's Fury

Serpent's Fury is the definition of "saving the best for last". The pacing is spot on, and at least to me, hit a crescendo at a perfect point. It's not until the end of the book, that you really appreciate how well Pourteau and Bruns have done with not only the characters, but the plot overall over the three books.

No complaints about the ending, and it leaves it open enough for them to revisit it in the future if they saw fit. I would happily read/listen to more if released

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  • dunpony
  • 07-13-20

Great story

Loved this box set. Be warned it's a continuous story, no cliffhangers but everything builds to a satisfying ending in the 3rd book. I love Stacks' voice!

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  • Krzysztof Kolata
  • 07-02-20

Corporations rule the solar system

Valhalla Station book 1 in second trilogy in this universe
shame that Hostile Takeover book 3 in first trilogy is not available as audiobook but I never felt like I was missing something
good start to new trilogy similar to previous books but this time story take place in whole solar system and no Neos so that big pros
did not like any of the characters but that did not spoil my enjoyment of Valhalla Station

Bronson Pinchot did good job narrating this book

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  • Andrew Ross-Gowan
  • 11-17-20

Enjoyable Space Opera

Empire Earth was enjoyable read. It kept me engaged from the beginning to the end