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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: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,536,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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...
---TBR topbookreviewers.com

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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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
Format: Kindle Edition
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MarketingGuru on September 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Next Great Science Fiction Saga is Here!

Empire's Passing is the next great Science Fiction saga.
JW Morris has outdone himself.
This is like Star Wars meets Star Trek!

While I was reading this book, I saw the movie going on in my head.
I couldn't put the book down.
The immense amount of expertise JW Morris has as
a "rocket scientist" comes out in this book.
The amount of detail he has developed in
the technology of the future is amazing.

This is a great Science Fiction read.
I can't wait for Volume II of the Imperium Succession Saga.

Buy this book! You will love it.
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