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Mistworld (Twilight of the Empire Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Simon R. Green
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Book Description

An outlaw planet becomes the target of a shadowy, deadly force

Long before the start of a galactic rebellion, Mistworld is just another rebel planet, cut off from the fruits of empire by a punishing blockade. In a spaceport where ships hardly land anymore, and any piece of high tech is worth far more than its weight in gold, a medieval order has imposed itself on this once-rich world: The strong rule, the weak perish, and no one is too rich to steal.

Investigator Topaz is one of the few honest people left on this cutthroat planet. With her husband, Sergeant Michael Gunn, Topaz does what she can to keep the crooks who run Mistworld in check. But when the corrupt Empire devises an unprecedented scheme to attack the ESP shield that guards Mistworld, Topaz is the only one who can save the planet from being overrun. An enemy fleet lurks just off world—but it is the enemies at home whom Topaz and Gunn should fear the most.

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    “Green moves his plot at top speed, and his characters are alive and his background solid.” —Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

    “Lots of action . . . and plenty of exotic dangers and scenes, the kind of story you read to clear your mind of everyday hassles.” —Science Fiction Chronicle

    About the Author

    Simon R. Green is the New York Times–bestselling author of Blue Moon Rising, Beyond the Blue Moon, the Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, the Novels of the Nightside, the Secret Histories Novels, and the Ghost Finders Novels. He is a resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 928 KB
    • Print Length: 256 pages
    • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (December 17, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00GXSG7IM
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Twisty, Turny Space Opera Noir January 23, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is the first book in the "Twilight of the Empire" series, the trilogy prequel to Green's eight volume "Deathstalker" series. If you've read and enjoyed the Deathstalker books I expect you would enjoy this trilogy. If you are new to Green's work, this would be a fine place to begin.

    "Mistworld" displays Green's finely balanced ability to tell a stirring space opera style tale while still injecting bits of humor and other business that lighten the mood at appropriate times. Some of Green's other series are played more for humor and snappy patter, (the supernatural Nightside books, especially, and the pun filled James Bond homage "Secret History" series to a lesser extent), and I'm a big fan of both. "Mistworld", though, follows a more serious and traditional line.

    Green does great villains. His bad guys are remorselss and creepy. Maybe it is the underlying air of arch and bemused detachment he brings to the affair, but in any event they just jump off the page in waves of malice. As a complement, he does menace with real aplomb. Not scary, but malevolent. In Nightside this is played a bit for laughs; they are just so over the top. Here, he tones it down a bit, and that just makes the villains even creepier. In opposition to this his heroes, (or anti-heroes or reluctant heroes), are conflicted, and never fully confident in their odds of prevailing, despite their outward appearance of confidence and capability. This makes his heroes particularly appealing and engaging.
    Once you have that going for you, pretty much any space opera plot will work. But even here, Green supplies twists and turns and layers that keep the reader interested and invested. This book is interesting because everything happens on Mistworld, and Mistworld is a pretty claustrophobic place.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Complex Plot --- Lots of Death November 19, 2003
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is the first of Green's Twilight Of The Empire novels. This is the same Empire as that in the Owen Deathstalker books.
    This story takes place on Mistworld in the city of Mistport. Mistworld is a rebel world and has been fending off the Empire for several hundred years. But now things are starting to get out of control.
    Mistworld is a harsh world and the Empire's blockade has reduced most of the society to almost medieval levels. But there is high-tech and psionics. We meet thieves, con men, agents, investigators, council members and businessmen; a huge cast of characters for a 218-page book.
    A lot of people die in this book but the death is not graphic. It is not a happy tale but it is well written and you will remember it. It is also quite different from the others in the series in tone and style.
    This is a must-read for anyone familiar with Green's Empire novels but it also stands alone very well.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Mundane fantasy dressed as science fiction February 28, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Mistworld is a rebel planet protected from the Empire by a psionic shield. There isn't much to protect since Mistworld is essentially a medieval village in which security guards carry pikes. Of course they do, they used to be gladiators. They fight with swords and shields because energy guns and force fields take time to recharge. Riiiight.

    Meanwhile, the Empire has just wiped out the planet Tannin and a refugee ship has made its way to Mistworld but the espers who scanned the ship detected a mysterious presence. Fortunately, Investigator Topaz, the strongest esper in the universe and a legendary Siren who once wiped out 500 minds at once, is there to protect Mistworld. To show what a badass she is, Topaz says things like "blood and terror to our enemies" (forgetting to preface this with "forsooth"). Sergeant Michael Gunn was married to Topaz, but Gunn is dead now, giving Topaz a chance to feel sad while lusting for revenge, having sworn "an oath of vengeance." Riiiight.

    Meanwhile, a burglar in Mistport named Cat steals a memory crystal for a fence named Cyder who wants to sell it to Jamie Royal who is retrieving it for Dr. Leon Vertue who owns Mistworld's body bank. Does everyone in this novel have a ridiculous name? Pretty much. There's a mercenary named Blackjack, Port Director Gideon Steel, Captain Starlight, Councillor Eileen Darkstrom, Count Stefan Bloodhawk, Suzanne du Wolfe, a dude named Gaunt, a giant named Stargrave, and the list goes on. Most of the creative effort in this novel went into creating silly names for the characters.
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    12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nightside & Owen Deathstalker June 13, 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The first books I read by Simon R. Green are the Nightside books, I raced through them one after another, and I find his writing superb! As the latest Nightside had not yet come out, I tried the DeathStalker, I read as often as time allowed, I found myself thoroughly engrossed! I have just started the sequel and am well into that as well, however I keep encountering references regarding previous adventures and only learned recently of the preludes "Mistworld, Ghostworld and Hellworld", I'm considering stopping the Death Stalker series until I have read those first.

    At any rate I highly recommend his books!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars great read
    interesting idea about a planet's geography and climate, coruption and back stabbing and an evil empire on the horizon all make for an interesting read, enjooyed this book very... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Michael Heath
    3.0 out of 5 stars Another world
    Mistworld is like a medieval village with security that carries pike, the guards at one time had been gladiators. Mistworld is a harsh and rebel world. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by druidgirl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good Read
    Published 9 months ago by pm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
    Big departure for Green from the Nightside or Drood series, but worth it. It's a great story and an easy, quick read. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Mimi
    4.0 out of 5 stars Mistworld by Simon R. Green
    I really enjoyed this book. This was an author that I had not come across before. I know. Shame on me. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Julian Froment
    4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I made this purchase.
    I purchased this series on a whim and haven't been disappointed (sure, I've only read the first book, but still...). Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Justin Wiebe
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not my fave writing style, but a fun novel nonetheless
    So it is a fun novel with an interesting world view and almost-relatable characters. The author's writing style didn't really resonate with me, but it minimally detracted from the... Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Dr Anton Chuvakin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Escapist Fiction
    Captured my interest but not enough to buy the rest of the series The plot and setting seemed pretty generic
    Published 14 months ago by AHB
    4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!
    Enjoyed the book a great deal. Once I got into reading Mistworld it was hard to put it down. I recommend it.
    Published 14 months ago by revsteve
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
    Mistworld is a mix of good and mediocre. The plot, backstory, and setting are handled well by Green, and the dialogue is ok. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by G. G. Walker
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    Simon Green is the author of the bestselling DEATHSTALKER cycle, the New York Times bestseller ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and many other novels. He lives in Bradford-upon-Avon in Wiltshire.

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