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Looking for military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale? If dead empires, galactic exploration, civilization-threatening war, and the battle for the future of humanity sounds interesting, this is the series for you! This box set omnibus edition includes the first three books in The Empire of Bones Saga plus a bonus story.

©2014, 2015, 2017 Terry Mixon (P)2017 Terry Mixon

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WOW!!!

I've read the books numerous times. Actually, I reread them every time a new book is published. While reading them myself is best, these audible books are great.
Once again, great job Terry!!!

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Classic Sci-Fi in the best sense of the genre

This is an omnibus volume with the first three books of the saga. It is followed by an included short story that comes with a spoiler warning - do not read the short before book 4 which is not included in this set?
I really enjoyed this saga and will certainly look into getting more volumes.
Well written and narrated. Thanks Terry and Veronica!

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Classic sci-fi

I received a free copy of this book from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Earlier, I had read book 3 and 4 of the series without reading the first two books. Thus, I was feeling a disconnect, even though those books were good on their own too. But now that I received this omnibus edition for review, I read from the start of this series and then book 3 and 4 made so much more sense and were that much more entertaining.

If you like classic sci-fi stories and space opera, you should give this series a try. The series starts strong and keeps going strong. There is hardly any boring chapter in the books. it held my attention through out and was a very entertaining read.

The narrator does a great job too.

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Action, betrayal, and badassery

Loved the story had a hard time taking my ear buds out. Veronica did amazing.

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SO BORING!

This book was terribly boring. I had to keep rewinding because I kept losing focus. The narrator was not good either. His voice for some characters was just awful and his voice, on the whole, was monotone.

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Interesting book. Good plot. Painful narration.

If you could sum up The Empire of Bones Saga, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

Interesting likable characters

What did you like best about this story?

The development of the characters an the emphasis on tech.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

My only issue is with the narration. it is stiff, choppy, occasional background noise from the sound booth and at times a bit frustrating with the voice changes. I am not faulting the voice actor but I think it needed better direction.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I like the series and will continue with it. Was a bit hard to get into the flow in the beginning but once I invested in the characters it became hard to hit stop.

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  • 11-28-17

Amazing Series

I have found this series to embody some of the things I most love about space opera. Granted, space marines aren't one of my top choices in sci-fi reading, but Mixon has nailed the genre for me. Book 1 of the series introduces one of the very best character plot twists I have ever come across. Book 2 continues the discovery and weaving of plot cables, and book 3 has the most infuriating antagonist I've come across in Mixon's work.

I can't help but think it's brilliant that he added in a short story after these first three books. And that the short story actually takes place after book 4. He DOES give a spoiler alert to that fact, so if you spoil book 4 for yourself, that's on you. But it's a great incentive to go ahead and get book 4. As if I needed one.

I will be seeing this series to its end. I have to know what happens to Jared and Kelsey!

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Slow to start but a fun ride after the hook is set

Ill be completely honest, I had a really hard time getting into this book at first. The thing that baffles me the most is that all the right elements were there. Decent characters, an interesting scene to open with and no lengthy exposition dump in sight. Still though I had to keep coming back to it time after time and couldn't seem to get into it for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time. I am however glad that I did work through it as when the book finally caught my interest it definitely kept it and from there on out it wasn't a problem at all. I don't know if everyone will have this initial hump to get over or it just hit me wrong but give the book a chance and I'm sure that you'll be glad you did.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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A fun space opera!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a great space opera. It's a bit formulaic, but it was well executed. This was a lot of fun to listen to. The narrator was engaging and the 26 hours flew by. I was a little confused by the short story at the end that follows book 4, chronologically, that isn't included in this volume set. I actually stopped when I heard the spoiler warning until I can listen to book 4.

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epic space opera

Whew! Quite an epic story - over 26 hours and it was only Volume 1!

Since this was only the first volume of the saga (covering the first three books in the series), many plot questions are unanswered. Some authors write books in series so that each book is a distinct installment. However, this Volume ends abruptly, like it's the end of a chapter rather than a book. So be forewarned - you can't read Volume 1 by itself; you have to get your hands on the next books to find out what happened.

You might get grumpy about it, because the author essentially leaves you hanging here. However, to soften the pain, you can be comforted knowing that Mixon gives you a lot of story (over 26 hours of story) to justify your investment of time and money. Could it have been shorter? Yes, material could have definitely been chopped out without losing the plot or characters. Indeed, there were spots in the final third of the Volume where I got confused because scenes were drawn out so much - sometimes I had a hard time figuring out who was who (for example, when the author writes scenes that include Marines, he might be referring to Jared's Marines, Kelsey's Marines, Breckinridge's Marines, Elise's Marines, Rebel Marines, and so on. Not a big deal, since the author is taking us on a long, arcing journey and everything will work itself out in the end.

One other minor quibble about the story so far is that, as another reviewer wrote, the author throws a lot of candy at the protagonists. Characters stumble across alien ships, weapons, AI, etc. and figure out how to make them work relatively easily. Kelsey and Jared have access to special technologies (no details, won't spoil it) that get them out of situations that would have doomed anyone else. With a notable exception or two, they're both able to charm nearly everyone they cross paths with. They get tossed a lot of lemons as the story progresses, but they always seem to be able to make lemonade.

A final comment about Volume 1 is that it includes a bonus story in the final chapter of the audiobook. BUT... we're clearly told that this story is set *after* Book 4 in the series and it should be read *after* Book 4. However, Volume 1 only contains Books 1 through 3. If we're clearly instructed to read Book 4 first, then why include it in Volume 1??

The narration was okay (3.5*). Narrating a 26 hour saga is a marathon for any narrator, I'm sure. For the first third of this Volume, the narrator's voice was somewhat irritating (my opinion only, and clearly not shared by other reviewers!). She over-enunciated (like a choir teacher, teaching the choir members to bite down on their t's and d's at the end of words) and her voice for Kelsey sounded very much like a Japanese anime character (I'm thinking of Misty or May in the Pokemon cartoons). As the Volume progressed, though, Kelsey's voice changed considerably and became much easier to listen to. Like many female narrators, some of her male voices were exaggerated and hard to listen to (she did Jared's voice well, though). Having said that, I'd be reasonably comfortable listening to other audiobooks from her in the future. [I've found that a lot of narrators have a great normal tone and can do two or three distinctive character voices well, but once the number of characters starts to grow, the voices for those additional characters seem to get more and more unrealistic and they start to sound alike.... Maybe it's unavoidable when there is a sizable cast of characters in a story, but it sometimes throws me out of the groove of the story when the character voices sound exaggerated...]

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.