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"4 out of 5 stars... Science fiction fans who enjoy military strategy, politics, and futuristic technology should enjoy this book... an impressive debut..."  -- San Francisco / Sacramento Book Reviews

A new space saga emerges. This sci-fi novel is an epic triumph.... Empire's Passing has been the best science fiction saga that I have read in years. I am totally hooked for Saga #2 coming out soon. As for the "required" reading sagas list I mentioned earlier, I vote that this one be added to the list of Foundation, Dune and many others...
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The action is hot and fast from the first page... A fine effort from a new e-book author, Empire's Passing chronicles a time of chaos for humanity with a focus on courage and hope rather than dystopia.  --   Carol Shetler, Member, LinkedIn SF Group

About the Author

Joseph W. Morris, writing as J. W. Morris, began his love affair with science fiction at age eight when his 3rd grade teacher introduced him to Tom Swift. Since then he has worked to make SF a reality as an aerospace engineer and innovator. Along his career path he earned six patents and pioneered two technologies flying in the missile defense program. Recently his team delivered rocket thrusters for NOAA’s (U.S. Weather Service) next weather satellite. His interests are diverse, ranging from history to quantum physics to management of small businesses (he cofounded a successful web-based business). Joe was born in New York City to parents who ran a small hotel in mid-town Manhattan. Living and working in a hotel spoiled him rotten but also gave him an introduction to a variety of people and their idiosyncratic personalities that served him well in his writing. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and then obtained bachelor degrees in Physics and Engineering from NYU. He started his technical career working for the government but soon moved off to private industry. Besides missile defense, rockets and thrusters, he has worked on aircraft ejection seats and many other devices. He has six patents. Empire’s Passing is the first book in the Imperium Succession Saga, a series about the collapse of an interstellar empire, and the battle against an evil that literally feeds off Human souls.
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Product Details

  • Series: Imperium Succession Saga
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph W Morris (July 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988775905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988775909
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,176,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Morris writing as a J.W. Morris. As an aerospace engineer with a passion for space travel and military history, science fiction is an extension of who Joe is. He was introduced to science fiction through the Tom Swift series by his third grade teacher in New York City more than fifty years ago. From that point he knew what he wanted to be: an engineer and an astronaut.

Following this path Joe received a BE in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Physics. He had a successful forty year career as an aerospace engineer in which he earned six patents and technical achievement awards for innovation and new technology. His successes included taking part in the early development of propulsion systems currently flying in the U.S. missile defense. One of his project teams became the first to demonstrate a safe ejection of an ejection seat from a cockpit moving at greater than 700 MPH (at sea level). Recently, he led a team delivering rocket thrusters for NOAA's (U.S. Weather Service) next weather satellite. His interests are diverse, ranging from history to quantum physics to management of small businesses (he cofounded a successful web-based business).

Unfortunately, Joe never quite lived up to his childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut and working on a fusion drive that would take humanity to the stars. But dreams don't die, so now he uses his imagination and writing to take us to the stars.

He wrote and published his first book Empire's Passing, which has received excellent reviews. It's the first book in a series, the Imperium Succession Saga, about the collapse of an interstellar empire, and the struggle for survival of one world against an evil that doesn't follow the niceties of civilized warfare.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abakes98 on November 13, 2013
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Empire's Passing opens pretty quickly. In fact, you might say it opens with a bang--the destruction of Earth, to be exact. Of all the human planets in the future, the one that you and I are familiar with is the one that ends in a fiery blaze at the hands of a so-called goddess, the deity of a religion followed by many citizens of the Goth Planet Nations, an alliance of three nonhuman populations.

The goddess psychically inserts splinters of herself into her subordinates to control them. She uses this control to gain access to even more populations she can control, all simply for the purpose of feeding on them--especially the human race, as she finds them the most savory. Is she really a goddess? She certainly has wild powers.

In this future, Earth was part of an empire, which draws interesting parallels to the Roman Empire. Duke Michael, a human of the late emperor's direct bloodline, doesn't take kindly to tens of billions of us human folk being massacred. The ensuing battle to own and nibble upon our people won't be as quick as the goddess would like, but the cards are still stacked against us.

My favorite part of this book is the constant mention of real historical Earth military events and the similarity they show with the story's events. For the space travelers of Empire's Passing, planets are like the continents of the old Earth. Communication is difficult for them, just as it was for Columbus and Magellan. Or is it? That's a question Michael finds himself asking quite often, especially because the enemy always seems to be ahead of his plans somehow. The humans aren't entirely without secret weapons, but that's something you'll have to read on your own. Obviously, I can't divulge it all.
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This is a sadly underrated and under-read book that deserves much wider dissemination than it has received thus far. The story is about a human dominated universe of the 31st century, the Imperium, ruled by an Emperor and a peerage system that reaches across many thousands of worlds. A student of history will recognize the imprint of the Roman Empire. The story commences with an incursion of a fleet of warships controlled by the Goths who virtually destroy Earth by bombarding it with hundreds of asteroids. The reader becomes aware that the Imperium is crumbling (shades of the Roman Empire) for many reasons, but mostly because of the burden of a crippling bureaucracy and a bloodline of Emperors that has run its course. During the sacking of Earth the current Emperor is killed, which sets the scene for a scramble to succeed him. The action moves to the New Meyer system and its HMFIC, Duke Michael Landsman, in line to succeed to the throne, but not near the top of the list. New Meyer has developed some very effective weapons technologies that allow it to withstand a severe Goth attack in its System, while utterly destroying the invaders. When all is said and done, Duke Michael becomes the new Emperor, faced with the almost certain ultimate demise of the Imperium. His job: to keep the Imperium alive long enough to ensure the survival of New Meyer.

In parallel with this is the race of the Neary, who feed upon the sexual energies of other races, who seem to have an instantaneous telepathic communication method, and who wrap their surreptitious conquest into a nefarious religion. The Neary believe they will subjugate the entire Human race in order to feed on the life force of an endless stream of Humans.
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By K. Springs on October 22, 2014
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This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier under Invincible Love of reading.

The Imperium, a human empire that has lasted for more than six centuries, is in a state of crisis. An alien alliance, referred to as the Goths, has destroyed Earth. The collapse of the Imperium with an impending dark age stares Duke Michael Landsman of New Meyer in the face. However, Duke Landsman is an able statesman and a commander. With a technical edge, New Meyer may be able to turn things back in humanities favor. However, there is a dark force controlling the Goths. The High Priestess of Nearyahn is a woman controlled by an entity called a Neary. This entity allows the High Priestess to control the thoughts and emotions of others. She is in control of the Goths and extending her control to humanity. As political alliances are made, and weapons deployed, Michael Landsman and his family are forced to make painful choices.

Joseph W. Morris writes an intriguing tale of an interstellar empire that is facing fragmentation and collapse, similar to ancient Rome. In the process, he pits telepathic powers against high technology. The characters of the story are likable and easy to identify with. The battle scenes are mostly well thought out and exciting. The main draw back to the novel is that the author sometimes allows himself to get deeper into the technological and political weeds, slowing the pace of the story down. There is at least one battle scene that is arrested by technical explanation that might have been better handled elsewhere. There are adult situations in this novel, so I would not recommend it to a younger audience. All-in-all, Empire’s Passing is an enjoyable tale, and I look forward to the next installment.
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