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Publisher's Summary

The war with the Arduans - profoundly alien invaders who originally arrived in STL ships - is over. Most of those attackers are now probationary (and very productive) citizens of the Rim Federation.

However, many among the Arduans' warrior caste have accepted neither defeat nor the personhood of any of the other intelligence races. Their leader, the ruthless admiral of the second Arduan exodus, Amunsit, is in firm control of the Zarzuela system. Along with a fifth column among the peaceable Arduans, she hopes to find allies in subsequent refugee fleets that abandoned their race's now-dead home system long ago.

But as the victors' diplomats attempt to soothe tensions with these warlike neighbors, two heroes of the last war - veteran admiral Ian Trevayne and young troubleshooter Ossian Wethermere - suspect they have stumbled upon a deeper Arduan plot: one that could shatter the Pan-Sentient Union and perhaps interstellar civilization itself.

©2016 Steve White & Charles E. Gannon (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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What happened to the writing!?!??

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There are I think, for science fiction fans, certain things about physics one can lie about, and some things one just can't. The writer in this one crossed the line. Sure, get fancy with quantum physics, but standard old Einsteinian and Newtonian physics, nope, sorry you just can't make things up. For instance , a fist sized object moving at 90% light speed hitting an ocean is not going to cause very much problem for a world. It certainly is not going wipe most of a population out. Just in case your wondering, that' about 10Mt worth of bang. So why am I making a point of this.... when I hear something completely wrong technically, I loose my suspension of disbelief, and can't stay in the story. And THAT is what a writer is supposed to be doing. painting a rich tapestry that I can get embroiled in and care about. Nearly every battle in this book got derailed because of some glaring technical inaccuracy.
I still can recommend the book because the over all pot is good, but the technical storytelling in this one is awful!

Would you be willing to try another book from Steve White and Charles E. Gannon ? Why or why not?

I will be listening to the next book if for not other reason that this one was a cliff hanger ending, and I want to know what happens.

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

Marc does an excellent job narrating the characters in the book. He gets a lot of exercise with this one as there are a LOT of characters in this one!

Could you see Imperative being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can't see making this book in the series in to a movie or even a TV show, unless it was going to be some schlock done by the SciFi channel. Too much technically wrong.

Any additional comments?

I hope some one can get back to the Author on this one about the tech details going too far astray. The rest of the series has been great! And I highly recommend books 1-6.

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hurry up and write the other book

great book really enjoyed reading it please let the author know to hurry up and write the next one because he literally left his on a major cliffhanger

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Great Instalment

Great continuation of one of the best series in scifi. Well worth the tour time. I hope this universe continues after this story arc is completed.

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Improved over the last book!

For the first several chapters it seemed like a repeat of the last two books. About 1/3 of the way through, but then the author brought in new material. My only remaining complaint is that every time you blink, someone has developed a new miraculous devastating weapon... its sometimes like a bad tv drama where you aren't given enough background or information to make the connection. The story goes from the good guys having the best tech to ... oh wait a minute... the bad guys have the best tech... almost like pulling a rabbit out of a hat

I did like the book despite this issue

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fantastic science fiction

loved it, could not put it down. mark, keep up this awesome story line. great cliff hangers. when can we expect the next installment?

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need no 8

where is the next book in the series? too good of a series to end like bk 7......

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Unpleasant experience

Utterly depressing storyline, bullcrap physics, and highly irritating cliffhanger ending. Frankly the only reason I finished this book was to see if the author was at some point going to put this abortion out of its misery. After David Weber stepped out of the picture this series went to crap in a hurry.

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Great Series

What did you love best about Imperative?

The story is interesting and the characters are so real.

What other book might you compare Imperative to and why?

Any of David Weber's books that he has written.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them especially the battles/

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

None

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