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EVE: Templar One Paperback – January 3, 2012
A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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“Strong storytelling makes this an informative and entertaining choice for fans of the game and for military sf readers in general.” ―Library Journal
“EVE Online fanatics will want to have it―scratch that, need to have it.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Tony Gonzales is the IP Development Manager for CCP Games in Reykjavik, Iceland, and is the author of two EVE Online novellas, Ruthless and Theodicy, as well as EVE: The Empyrean Age. He lives in New Jersey.
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This book tells the story how the immortal soldiers - soon to be playable in DUST 514 for PS3 - came to be; this includes some revelatory information about the origins of the Sleepers which is one of the high points of the book.
If you're interested in the background lore of EVE Online/DUST 514, I recommend you give this a read. If you aren't, then you can safely give this a miss.
If you like despicable characters that grow on you;
If you want multiple fleets trying to kill each other in space and on planets;
If you like technologically enhanced beings almost unrecognizable as a human;
If you like a secret group doing oversight on all the characters and controlling what they do behind the scenes you WILL LOVE THIS BOOK.
Part of the EVE series this book stands on it's own for plot and character development. No need to read previous books in the series - although I recommend highly that you do.
The story line is that consensus exists that an immortal warrior would decrease the human toll in the many wars, both civil, planetary and star system wide. At least it's consensus within the framework of the book. The combatants include Empress Jamyl of the Amarr, Mordu's Legion of mercenaries for hire, the Federation Fleet, the Ashkone and the Caldari.
Everyone is out for themselves and to stop the others from creating an immortal warrior. When one of the groups suceed the race is on to capture the immortal warrior, called Templar One, and reverse engineer the process for personal gain.
Of course the group that created Templar One knows there is a significant problem associated with the process and is determined to stop the other groups from stealing their technology, regardless of it's flaws.
It all comes to a shocking conclusion in an epic battle in space and on Make System - Planet II: Pikes Landing .
Finally, as a technological bonus to you, the book has QR Code Content built in. Just use your smart phone and additional information becomes available to you. This is not necessary to read the book but just an added bonus
VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
To explain why, first consider that most science fiction tends towards the "shock and awe" category, leaning heavily on advanced technological concepts (or gimmicks) to tickle the reader's imagination... sadly, this usually falls into unrealistic story world environments, which makes the story far less believable, and therefore destroys that crucial ability to immerse oneself in the story.
Now, despite the high-science atmosphere of the EVE universe, Tony Gonzales maintains that crucial element of believability, using the technological concepts to the fullest WITHOUT relying on them to make the story for him. He pays a lot of attention to key elements in economy, sociocultural behavior, politics, historical context, and the interplay between these things... an attention which is key to breathing life into a universe so vast and open as the one he writes his stories within.
Even better, he does all this without abandoning the development of individual characters. Note that this is plural: he fully explores the behavior, development, and occasional introspection of each both separately and interactively.
Finally, all of the science in the universe is developed believably. All of it is based on actual (not hypothetical) science and scientific phenomenon, with real applicability towards how it may be used. I say this as a physicist, who appreciates a hearty dose of REAL science in his science "fiction." -- However, Tony Gonzales does not get much credit for this part, since most of it was developed within the game's universe (EVE Online) before he wrote the story. What he does get credit for, though, is for applying it correctly, without fantasizing, exaggerating, or over-emphasizing any of it.
Well done overall. He's now one of my favorite authors. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sequel was better than the first book (eve: empyrean age). It helps to read the first book to be able to understand this one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by archer523
Loved it. Even if you don't play eve online it's not a bad read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book arrived promptly. Wasn't as good as it's predecessor, though.Published 13 months ago by Shaun Wood
A great read by a great author! I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of the storyline Gonzales started in The Empyrean Age!Published 14 months ago by Justin Allen
Very interesting.. To understand where Dust 514 came from.Published 16 months ago by Sergio Victorino