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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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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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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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Full of Cinematic Stupidity

The individual scenes are written great the dialogue is interesting and I liked most of the book. Even liking most of it I had to skip chapters due to the cinematic stupidity. At many points everyone even realizes their mistakes, contemplated it and understood thats why bad things happened; but no one ever takes the precaution against it. It would be like writing a world war with only one side using nukes because no one else realizes they have them. Its short sited and makes me uncertain if I would read works from this author in the future.

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Wonderful book!

Wonderful read! It’s easy to see how today’s politicians are laying the groundwork for such a scenario. Something like the CEO trials in this book could be right around the corner!

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  • Todd
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Freedom isn’t for the faint of heart.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a pioneer on the edge of civilization or an explorer of a new world then you should make this book a listen.

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Stellar!

Atlas Shrugged meets Flash Gordon!
Well done science-fact story. Great narration.
Eager to start book two in the series

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Incredible!

This is the best sci-fi I have experienced in years! Desperately looking forward to the second book - to the point that I don’t know if I can wait for the Audible version. I may have to buy the kindle version and read it old fashioned style.
The author’s style is perfect. Very libertarian but not pedantic or preachy. He puts a lot into explaining the science, math, and engineering - I love that. The explanations aren’t just interesting asides, they are key to the character development as we see these smart men of action wrestle with a number of technical/engineering challenges.
The characters themselves are believable, interesting, and complex. The narration by Sean Runnette is excellent. He does a great job differentiating between characters without over doing it.
The first 5 chapters of book two are included, so I’d hope that means the audible version of book two is right around the corner. I hope so, as I am needing more.

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101 GUIDE to how to be an idiot

They didn't do a single thing correctly, when you are breaking off from a country or a world and still have needs from that world you do NOT assume that they won't do anything.... it's like history fucking 101... so hard to listen to

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  • Johnny
  • 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