The Powers of the Earth

Aristillus, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Series: Aristillus, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs
4.3 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Promethus Award for Best Novel  

Earth in 2064 is politically corrupt and in economic decline. The Long Depression has dragged on for 56 years, and the Bureau of Sustainable Research is hard at work making sure no new technologies disrupt the planned economy. Ten years ago, a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals bolted privately developed antigravity drives onto rusty seagoing cargo ships, loaded them to the gills with 20th-century tunnel-boring machines and earthmoving equipment, and set sail - for the moon.

There, they built their retreat. A lunar underground border town fit to rival Ayn Rand's "Galt's Gulch", with American capitalists, Mexican hydroponic farmers, and Vietnamese space-suit mechanics - this is the city of Aristillus.

There's a problem, though: The economic decline of Earth under a command-and-control economy is causing trouble for the political powers-that-be in Washington, DC, and elsewhere. To shore up their positions, they need to slap down the lunar expats and seize the gold they've been mining. The conflicts start small but rapidly escalate.

The Powers of the Earth includes zero-gravity gun fights in rusted oceangoing ships flying through space, containers full of bulldozers hurtling through the vacuum, nuclear explosions, armies of tele-operated combat UAVs, guerrilla fighting in urban environments, an astoundingly visual climax...and really, really big guns.

©2017 Travis J. I. Corcoran (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Might be worth continuing

This is difficult book to review, the story is about a clash of libertarians which have colonized the moon versus the big brother government's of Earth. The MC seems to have a hate boner for any type of government which at times is interesting but at other times seems to be the only defining characteristic of the character ( I hate government's, other people should be able to read my mind, I have an uncontrollable need to control what my love interest does going against the whole libertarian thing) are the basic three thought the main character has. The side characters (other Povs) don't seem that interesting, and only seem to exist to drive the plot forward. Let's have a perspective from these people so that we can have observers for this plot point. Also the moon libertarians are very disorganized and supposedly kept a piece of technology out of the hands of government s for a fairly long time ... stretches believability. Besides that the tech was pretty cool, and the talking dogs was an interesting perspective as well. So this book was difficult to get through and am not sure If I will continue the story as the main character is not very appealing to me mostly because the reasons for his main three plots arent really expounded on. For example MC hates government's great but the reason for that hate is lackluster.

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Good read

Really enjoyed this book, narrator is good story is unique and entertaining. Hoping the second book comes to audible soon! Can’t wait!

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A Kick-Ass Hard Sci-Fi Debut

Powers of the Earth is a stunning debut from new author Travis J.I. Corcoran. Originally funded through Kickstarter, this hardest of hard sci-fi essentially only asks you to posit that anti-gravity drive could exist, and then explores how those who chafe under the yoke of government would use that to exercise Exit instead of voice or loyalty. Obviously, they go to the moon. Just as obviously, the Earth doesn't really like that. The rest flows beautifully from there in a great multi-threaded tale full of three-dimensional believable yet flawed characters... And uplifted, talking dogs. Just as most stories about druids or rangers involve environmentalist themes, so too do moon colony stories involve libertarian ones. Here, they are well integrated into the plot, and not heavy handed superfluous spoon-feeding of the author's views to a captive audience. By the end, you'll be freaking out that you will have to wait for the second book to see how it wraps up. It's well worth the read, and so is the sequel. But that's a separate review! Narration here is excellent, with distinct voices for all the characters.

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Engaging Read But Only Half a Story

The story was engaging enough and had some interesting characters and a decent world. All the characters were very clearly either "good" or "evil" based on their adherence to libertarian principles. I would have given it four stars, but it felt like only half a story. It's fine to set the readers up for a sequel, but the book cut off in the middle of an action sequence with no sort of closure at all.

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Exit or Bust

Bumbling bureaucrats, moon-inhabiting anarcho-capitalists, hyperintelligent talking dogs, big guns, mysterious AI. Well, have you purchased yet? There's a war coming!

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Libertarian Fiction at it's finest!

No better contemporary example of libertarian fiction on the market today. Great pacing, engaging and complementary story line that leads from one scene to the next with no jarring fall, easy to read or listen to. You will not be disappointed with this book, nor any of the series!

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Made it halfway or so and couldnt wait any longer for it to finish so I deleted it.

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John Galt on the Moon

Libertarians somehow learn to cooperate enough to build spaceships and flee to the moon, where they establish a colony independent of Earth governments. Of course, some of the contradictions and shortcomings of libertarianism manifest themselves, although the author seems to prefer those problems to the problems of our current governments. It's an engaging story, well written, and fun. The first book (and maybe all of them) end with a cliff-hanger, so be prepared to be unsatisfied until you get the next book. Spaceships, romance, stupid college kids, talking dogs - what more could a fan want? If you like the SF genre, you will almost certainly like this series.

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I recommend!

I chose to try this book because it was compared to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Big words for a lifelong Heinlein fan! But it really does compare and I'm eager to continue on the journey. The technical pioneer feel with the gritty "make it work" against the establishment wildwest with airlocks. it's political, yes, but in the best freedom fighter, make you think about the big picture way that made me a Heinlein fan to begin with. Love it and want you to have the chance to love it too.

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Fantastic Work!

Well written and well edited, this book was a fantastic listen! Interesting characters, exceptional pacing, and an easy to follow style makes for a truely enjoyable experience. The narrator keeps it simple and doesn't use overdramatic voices, which makes it an even better listening experience! The science seems plausible, the plot twists are unpredictable, and the numerous sub-plots and variables are intricately and perfectly balanced. Well done, very well done!

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  • 09-29-18

Near future

Great concept with a touch of expectation of reality in our future a sense of capitalism v socialism can be a little long winded in places but I would like to listen to the other book to truly make my mind up