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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RS2E8O
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I was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1972, moved to the United States in 1978, and mostly grew up in Texas and California. My education was in history (mostly military history) and law. As a day job, I'm the CEO of a small R&D company that develops advanced technology for power plants. Science fiction and fantasy, in many forms, are a long-term hobby for me. I currently live in California, with my wife and two children.

"Hegemony" is my second novel, but the first one I've seen fit to e-publish.
"Armored Tears" is the 3rd novel I've finished; also sci-fi but not related to my prior work in terms of continuity.

Sequels to both novels are (very slowly) in the works, but real life keeps intruding.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Charles Rutledge on April 8, 2012
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This was a change encounter, a plug on Instapundit, and one turned out to be quite a find. I've long been a fan of space opera, and this is a good one, reminiscence of David Webber's Honor Harrington novels. I quickly got hooked and have been hard pressed to put it down.

Mankind has left Earth to colonize the stars, and the majority of members of the Hegemony of Suns. But not all are, and at the periphery are other, smaller interstellar governments and independent systems. Of course, between the rare systems with habitable planets are lots of empty systems. Which leaves a lot space for pirates and their ilk to hide and harass the commercial shipping lanes.

When one cargo freighter of four ship convoy barely escapes the destruction that was the fate of her sister ships, the assault-ship Conquering Sun is sent to find and deal with the attackers in a barren system simply used a midpoint between FTL jumps between the inhabited worlds of the Hegemony and a resource-rich mining planet.

The author has done a good job with character development, and quickly found myself evolved with them. The science, as with most space operas, is a backdrop to the story, but plausible. Nothing that will make you stand up and say, "that's simply not possible", but also nothing that requires a physics background to fully grasp. (I still don't completely grasp the singularity string that traveled down the length of The Way in Greg Bear's Eon.) The author has done his research and credits his sources. (I haven't been there yet, but I will dropping by.)

Simply put, this is a great SF adventure, one that will keep you "turning the pages", to use pre-Kindle term. And it's only 99 cents!

For me, it just begs the questions, when is the next book coming out and when is the author coming to Libertycon?
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By oh no kimiko on April 7, 2012
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What a satisfying book. Too often, science fiction fans are forced to choose between hard sci fi -- where the technological innovations are clever and all the math works, but the "characters" are so thin they make cardboard look like the Complete Works of Shakespeare -- or character-driven sci fi, where the people are three-dimensional and the dialog snaps, but the "science" makes Star Trek seem like a Ph.D. seminar in physics.

HEGEMONY makes the choice unnecessary in a singularly delightful fashion. The characters act like people, not plot devices, and by the end of the book I felt like I'd made some new friends (and a couple of enemies). Meanwhile, the starship battles might have been written by a time-displaced Patrick O'Brian.

I've been consciously vague about plot details, because a great deal of the fun of HEGEMONY is the surprising way in which the various pieces of the intricate (but propulsive and never dull) plot come together. I will say that Alekzandra Neel, the interceptor pilot mentioned in the official synopsis, is only one of several entertaining protagonists whose stories are expertly weaved together. Stalwart ship captains, sexy pirates, and sinister secret agents also make their appearances. And yet, the book makes a fine, cohesive whole, without undue meanderings or digressions.

OK, enough, lavishing of praise; I'm starting to sound like a paid shill. I really did read the book, I really did love it, and you will too. And, shoot, it's only 99 cents. Buy it!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bartlett on April 11, 2012
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I wasn't expecting a whole lot when I downloaded this book for $.99 after seeing it plugged on Instapundit, but it drew me in from the first page. I don't know that I've ever read a book that did a better job of rendering a plausible and exciting space battle, yet the characters really came alive as well. I've read a lot of full-price science fiction from big name authors that didn't nail that combination anywhere near as well as the author has here.

I particularly liked the clever plot twists and the way the alliances of convenience were presented. Even the disembodied "daemons" were done in a way that makes you speculate on exactly what it is that makes us human.

A masterful novel and I'll look forward to reading more of Mark Kalina's work in the future.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rich C. on May 7, 2012
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I didn't 'hate' the book, but I did find it a frustrating read. I am a career military officer with a Masters degree in defense analysis. If I wanted reading material that is light on story/plot and far too heavy in technology and tactics, I'd read some military doctrine and operational after-action reports. This book is not a space opera. It is more of a combined physics/neuro-physiology/space tactics 101 course disguised as a space opera. Although the science is rooted in practical physics, it is tremendously dull and irritating to read.

About 50 percent of this book is spent describing, re-describing, and describing again the science and technology within which the author grounds his version of the universe. About 40 percent is spent pondering tactical decisions over, and over, and over again. There are literally pages and pages of "If I do this, then they'll to that, and if they do that, then I'll do something else. But if they anticipate I'll do something else, then I'll do the first thing, but if I do the first thing, then they might ... BLAH, BLAH, BLAH..." Only about 10 percent of the book is actually focused on the storyline and plot. The story HAD potential, but it honestly felt like the author spent so much time showcasing his grasp of science, technology and tactics, that he almost completely neglected his characters. .

If you like technology and tactical dialogue ad-nauseam then you might find some entertainment in this book. If, on the other hand, you want a book that is easy to read and provides believable science, an enveloping story and entertaining escape, I don't really recommend this one...
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