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York August Sixteen was abandoned as a baby, abused and molested as a child, and beaten and harassed as a teen and had his rightful place in the Republic's Space Navy stolen from him. Fighting back against huge government systems was useless. Dispensing justice on an individual, case-by-case basis was more to his liking, yet even that was taken away when he was stationed on a lonely communication space station. York's life would change when he decided to seek justice for people even less fortunate than him.

©2015 Alan Black (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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In space, no one can hear you kill

Alan Black's Empty Space is a futuristic, semi-dystopic vision of a society divided into the "haves" who can do anything they want and the "have-nots" who must suffer with it. York 16 is an orphan and a poster child for how magnanimous the wealthy can pretend to be until he begins to outshine his betters.At that point, the machine takes over and he is relegated to 3rd shift on a deserted space station orbiting a backwater planet with a three man crew. What no one realizes is that society has forced York 16 into becoming a sociopath with cunningly deceptive homicidal tendencies that he uses for justice and vengeance.

The sci-fi elements are minimal with advanced space flight and little else. Life and society is pretty much traditional. The twist to the tale is an endearing character whose life has been miserable from childhood molestation, to beatings, frame-ups, and anything else society can throw his way. All along, he handles himself with class and dignity until he goes stone cold diabolical, ruthless killer with no mercy or empathy. He manages to sublimate his tendencies mostly for good with a sense of cosmic justice, but he's still not the guy you want to walk into a bar with unless trouble is headed your way.

The narration is well done with a good range of voices and nice pacing. The opening foray has the potential for a longer story arc with similar type adventures, but whether he will ever succeed in dislodging the dominating power structure is unclear, but it would be fun to see him try.

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different space Opera

This story is compelling, sensitive, and well narrated.
A sociopathic but well intentioned lone ranger type hero keeps you listening to the story.
Sort of like the Dexter sociopathic character a few years ago on television.
It is a must read yet dark story.

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Surprisingly good

Character-driven storyline in a sci fi setting. I appreciated the protagonist's viewpoint, and there were many likeable characters. My only complaint is that it was wrapped up a little too neatly. I was a little disappointed that the author went to the effort to write a complex character, but failed to explore those complications in an effort to wrap up the story.

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  • Teresa
  • Lakebay, WA, United States
  • 07-22-15

Dexter in Space

OK, I loved it and want to hear more of this character. The pace was quite brisk and there was a lot of stuff going on. It definitely ended leaving me hanging and wanting to hear more.

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I really like this very believable book!

Would you listen to Empty Space again? Why?

Yes! Average people, believable settings. I root for them all the way.

What did you like best about this story?

Just a good solid story about a person I can relate to.

Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Though not my favorite narrator, he fits this story well and does a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

To many to point out just one.

Any additional comments?

I love stories set in space that lets me look at what mankind my one day achieve.

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Interesting concept - variable execution

In many ways, this is more a libertarian wish-fulfillment yarn than science fiction. The characterization is inconsistent, the story requires acceptance that everyone in a position of authority is corrupt and varying degrees of highly incompetent, and that only the antihero protagonist is capable of long-term strategic planning. There are times when the protagonist is sympathetic, and others where he is sadistic and sociopathic. Not a bad read if you can handle the inconsistencies.

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  • John
  • Stratford, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-04-15

"Heinlein writes Dexter"

What did you love best about Empty Space?

I found it entertaining in much the same way Heinlein can be entertaining. No deep, complex characters, but I was still able to enjoy the story, and want to know what would happen next.

If you’ve listened to books by Alan Black before, how does this one compare?

First book I've seen of his.

What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did you like?

Good pacing, nice job of using different voices for each character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope. I found it a relatively obvious, shallow treatment of the crimes & criminals involved in the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful