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“There will be neither compassion nor mercy;
Nor peace, nor solace
For those who bear witness to these Signs
And still do not believe." Book of Reclaiming 25:10

New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives.

The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate. But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever. For deep in a prison reclamation camp, a secret program is underway... one that will unlock dangerous secrets of New Eden’s past.

It all begins with inmate 487980-A.... Templar One. Prepare for DUST 514.

©2011 CCP hf. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • Stan
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID, United States
  • 04-30-12

Very good reading

Templar One is a very good book for anyone with a tacit interest in the EVE Online universe. It does help to know a little bit about EVE's lore in order to have a little background knowledge about some people and organizations, but that isn't absolutely vital. It also helps, but is not vital, to have read the previous two EVE books--The Empyrean Age and The Burning Life since there are minor tie-ins with those books.

This book is a perfect read for anyone who knows a bit (or more) about the current EVE Online universe and is interested in learning more about the backstory for the upcoming Dust 514 game that is upcoming.

One nice thing about the physical book was that it had QR codes scattered about with some minor supplementary videos to give a visual representation of some of the ships and such involved. They're absolutely unnecessary, but kinda cool. It would be nice for those who don't own the physical book if the audiobook came with a list of those URLs and appropriate timecodes at which to look at them.

Sean Runnette does a very satisfactory job with this material.

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I love Sci-fi

I loved this book
If you have any other from Eve I will be the first one to get it..

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  • Erik
  • Vlissingen, Netherlands
  • 04-18-12

nice book for eve players

I really liked this book, but then again I am an eve online player, so a lot of the locations where recognizable for me, as well as certain behavior from the factions in the book.

For a none eve online player it might be a bit overwhelming, while some back-story about the factions can be inferred the book might be a bit less digestible for those not already familiar with the setting.

I really liked the performance, the voices felt distinct and the pacing of the narration was good for my tastes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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If only EVE Online were like this...

If you are an EVE Online player or fan this story will give you some background on Dust. I hope there will be a sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hard to follow if not a lore fan

Would you try another book from Tony Gonzales and/or Sean Runnette?

Probably not.

What character would you cut from EVE: Templar One?

None, not a one of them was able to get me to give a darn what happened to them.

Any additional comments?

If you've not been very carefully following the lore & political storyline of the EVE online game, you'll be completely lost as far as the plot of the story. By

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Super dull.

The book is dull and lacks emotion. The narrator does their best to keep some emotion in an otherwise dry book.

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love it. wish there were more

I've always been a big fan of Eve online it captures its Essence perfectly. I've always hoped that the writer would make more books in the series.

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Great overall

Great book. Narrator says battlecruiser twice for the first bit of the book. Breaks flow.

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Once again...

Outstanding book, thanks tony for another great story and for showing your love for this game and community. -Ace McCrae, Forever Winter

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NOT a good introduction to the eve universe.

For those invested in the eve universe, this may be a great addition to the lore. Sadly, this was my first book in the eve universe, so I am unable to give that perspective.

I picked up this book, because the title sounded like an early entry into the universe, I was wrong.

On the positive side, learning the origins and backstories of some worlds in eve (Tew in particular, being my main base of operations) was fun and interesting and getting a character's view of player characters in general when the player isn't around was a fascinating new angle I didn't expect to get from anything.

Unfortunately the story jumped around far too much in the beginning and it felt like the story was still being set up for the first 2/3 of the book. The amount of characters introduced right off the bat was downright excessive, and the reader did very little to distinguish each character by voice, but one person can only vary his voice so much.

Overall, the book was confusing and slow. More backstory, maybe from other books or other sources of lore might make this into a great listen, especially for a hardcore eve fan, but as an intro, it's terrible.

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  • Tómas Aron Jónsson
  • 01-09-17

loved it?

loved it! read the book before wanted to test listening to it, great story and good narrative, hope to see more.from the duo

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  • Dana S.
  • 07-12-15

Good book, good narration.

Sean did a good job narrating this title. although for whatever reason he said "battlecruiser" twice whenever it came up. That was slightly immersion breaking, but nonetheless a good narration.