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Knights of the Chosen (Spirit of Empire Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence P. White (June 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00580VV0K
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Born in 1950, I have been a pilot for all of my working life. I flew over 600 combat missions in Vietnam and since then have traveled over most of the Earth flying private jets for corporations and wealthy individuals. About half of my career has been in management positions.

If ever there was a case of life experience informing what a writer writes, I am that case in point. I have met people from all walks of life - rich, poor, of every imaginable religion and of every color - and I have liked almost all of them. It's only a small stretch for me to imagine liking aliens.

I began writing 20 years ago. Spirit of Empire is my second series. The first series was a learning experience, though it might one day see a publisher. That will depend on how much interest you generate in my work.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2011
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A massive Empire, consisting of many races on thousands of planets. A Senate, Governors, and a coup from within. Space faring military fleets, battling against newly discovered capabilities in a increasingly recognized two-front conflict. Mysticism in the forms of mental weapons, limited mind reading, at least one "Seer" with precognition, and a strange group mind with prophecies of galaxies going dark.

Enter the protagonists: a Wyoming ranch-raised engineer from an Earth unaware of any of this; a princess of the Empire, skilled through years of service in balancing the needs of worlds, sorting issues, rendering decisions and ably defending Empire; a Protector of the Princess - a sentient great cat armed with both natural and modern weapons; and a pair of twins from a forbidden relationship hidden for years in an orphanage, protected by a Knight, each coming of age with extraordinary talents. Oh - and hot Reba! (also from Earth). New and interesting characters are added: a Special Forces Colonel and a Naval Admiral both from Earth and an Empire "Guide" in mysticism.

In the opening book of the new space opera, the characters were each well developed by the author and the multiple plot lines were introduced amidst a rich background of cultures, planets and moral issues. In this one, the military conflicts emerge, technology is explored and slightly enhanced, and personal relationships are challenged.

The military of the Empire is as huge as the Empire, but has not seen the type of conflict that is emerging: a two-front war: one against an external race with mind weapons not previously seen, another against the forces of the coup - their own Empire ships and crews but taken over by those who overthrew the Empire ruling establishment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Derek Lokey on July 1, 2011
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In some respects I was disappointed with Knights of the Chosen. It really didn't follow the main characters from the first book all that closely, and when it did follow them, they were seldom together. That being said, the combat on the ground and in space was much more interesting than in Last of the Chosen, and the structure of the book seemed better.

Honestly, I love the story, but I don't always like the writing. I feel like the author tries too hard to make sure that every single female introduced into the series has a man to fall in love with in short order. Once the professions of love have been made, the couples become as gushy as teenage girls. Additionally, Riders and Knighthoods are supposedly these ultra-rare things, but they certainly feel like they are given out like candy. Dialogue also feels a little drawn out at times, which makes the book a bit longer than is really necessary.

Despite the problems I have with the writing/editing, I still recommend this series for anyone wanting some light sci-fi reading. The story is unique and seems well thought out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scoutdriver73 on February 14, 2012
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I read the reviews for the first book, and would not have read it except that I got it from the kindle library for free. The cliffhanger was not appreciated, even with the first chapter of the second book. I bought the second book to see if the story would get better. Overall, nothing has been added to the storyline of the second book, and I did not find it nearly as enticing as the first. I'll start with the good and end with what I did not like/enjoy.

Good:
Storyline is good. Earth is not the centre of the universe, etc.
Good mix of aliens, with unique abilities/traits.
Surprisingly few grammatical errors, especially for an ebook.

Bad:
Characters are shallow. Dialogue is mediocre at best. All the "good" guys get along and have no character flaws. All the bad guys are megalomaniacs, etc. The characters are the weakest point in these books.
Inconsistencies; "virtually no genetic difference" between terrains and homo species in the galactic empire, but only terrains are immune to the scree?
Large time gaps; minute detail given to passage of time and then several months pass in the next sentence.
Rebels have instantaneous communication, but cannot pass on the message that the scree does affect certain Galaxy ships, so they continue to try failed tactics?
Terrains are from an emerging world, but all their military leaders are geniuses in comparison to the Galaxies'?
Riders are scare, but everyone in the inner circle gets one.
Knights are scare, but everyone in the inner is one.
Lots of group hugs.
Every minor player that gets brought into the story is told "galactic secrets." Eventually, all minor players become part of the inner circle and there are no minor players.
No one ever fails the queen's probes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By racom on June 26, 2011
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Another great read. Knights of the Chosen, book two of the Spirit of Empire series continues the series. You'll love it if you liked the first book. Well written, good story line and character development. Hope we don't have to wait long for next book in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee on January 10, 2012
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This is another fine yarn.

And the author can still use an editor. Someone who knows the difference between imply and infer, affect and effect, roll and role.

The author also needs to listen to real people talking to each other -- at parties, in airports, in the mall, at parks. Too many of the characters use exactly the same stilted sentence constructions. It makes dialog difficult to follow. How many people say "she speaks true"? Then why does it seem as though every character speaks this way? It should be possible for different main characters to speak in different and distinctive ways.

There are a LOT of characters in these books. It can be difficult to follow. Could the author supply some concise "hints" when a character with an impossible-to-pronounce name shows up again a few hundred pages later? If the reader visualized the character the first time around, a reminder of what the character looks like will help to remind the reader who the character is and what he or she did earlier in the book.
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