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Anderson has written bestselling Star Wars and Star Trek books and coauthored the expanded Dune series, so he's adept at handling big settings and complicated plots. Now, he's created a space opera saga, with the first three novels either published or about to be published. This book, billed as a prequel to that series, pictures a situation rich in tantalizing hints of intrigue. After an exhausted Earth launches a swarm of spaceships in the desperate hope of finding new resources, the explorers are rescued by humanoid and apparently benevolent aliens, who divulge the secret of FTL (faster than light) travel and give humans the chance to colonize uninhabited planets. Some of this book's episodes take place aboard the spaceships or on different planets; they involve human interaction with vegetable intelligence, ancient robots and beings who live deep in the atmosphere of a giant gas planet. Other episodes occur on Earth, where the leader is actually a pawn of the Hanseatic League's unscrupulous chairman. There are many possibilities waiting to be developedâ€"perhaps too many to do justice to in this relatively short comic. As it is, Anderson's script feels more like the rushed synopsis of a story than the story itself. The book stands out, however, for its superlative art. Teranishi's rendering of characters, machines and alien planets is stunning, but Fouts-Broome deserves special credit for her wonderful coloring. The drawings flex and glow on the page, like a mixture of Frank Frazetta and Maxfield Parrish, providing the freshness and wonder that the sketchy script doesn't.
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Eleven exploratory ships carrying people who don't want their descendants to have to live on what they see Earth becoming have now been discovered by another, more advanced, space-faring civilization, the Ildaran Empire. The empire helps the refugees--by now the several-generations-later offspring of the original voyagers--settle in suitable situations and sends diplomats with a few of them to Earth to establish commerce and other connections. This book nimbly skips between one or another of the refugees' various new homes and Earth. Some emigres get in dire straits, others go native in their new environments with wondrous results. Meanwhile, both Earth and Ildaran authorities bring hidden agendas to their first-contact discussions. Anderson opts for comics as the vehicle for the prequel to his prose-novel series, the Saga of Seven Suns (Hidden Empire [2002], A Forest of Stars [2003], and Horizon Storms, forthcoming), and primary artist Robert Teranishi makes it look like the several million bucks it would cost as a movie. This is Star Wars stuff, maybe a little smarter. Ray Olson
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  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WordFire Press (September 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S65WHC
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Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and Silver Falchion Award, and has won the SFX Readers' Choice Award, Golden Duck Award, Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of both comic books and of Kevin J. Anderson , (Star Wars, Dune and now Saga of Seven Suns), this was pure heaven for me. So why did i give it only three stars?
If you have already read the books: You will find that you already know most of the story. Most of it was given as backround informaition in the books it is quite predictible. But still will be understandable, and worth your time, Some of the art is truely incredible.
If You have yet to read the books: I know that this is a prequil, and your probably thinking it's just the thing to get you into the siries. Unfortoneatly it contains NUMEROUS SPOILERS that will seriously increase the perdictsbillity of the books which by the way contains some great plot twists. I would recomend the first book Hidden Empire, ehich starts off slow but really kicks it off the siries well, and will have you ichicng for Horriozon Storms (book three) in no time.
-Even though it has its fualts i think this is a valuable entry into the Saga of Seven Suns universe. As i said befor some of the art is great, and it really fleshes out the beginings of the story well-
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47 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jason on February 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a comic book. Unfortunately I did not discover this until after I had placed my order, for this product but thought "Hey it's still SoSS of it's bound to be good right?"

Wrong. Or rather, it was OK but nothing more than that. The drawings are good, but the story is nowhere to be found. If this work is designed to draw readers into the series, I fear it has failed. Not only does it offer HUGE spoilers but it fails to bring out the most basic intrigues and plots that make the series great. Words cannot express my extreme dissapointment when I read a $12.00 comic book that offered me nothing that I hadn't alreadr read in the novels.

If you like pretty pictures this product is for you.

To the rest of the SoSS fans, skip it. And to you who haven't read SoSS, go pick up a copy of Hidden Empire today!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J'aime TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
It has become something of a fad for authors to have graphic novel "prequels" released for their popular series. The Dresden Files, Mercy Thompson, The Hallows and Anita Blake all have a graphic novel that takes place before the series begins. This is billed the same, however, it actually includes minor spoilers for the first two books. This is a problem because if you have read the series, there is nothing new here, and if you haven't, some surprises will be lost. That said, this is worthwhile to pick up. The alternate format is a nice contrast to text heavy novels and the artwork is simply stunning - clean, well drawn, and richly detailed. The book is full color throughout, on glossy pages. The plot is limited, but clearly revealed, and leads directly into the series. This is a nice companion to Anderson's rich and sprawling science fiction epic. Highly recommended, but I suggest reading Hidden Empire before beginning Veiled Alliances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TJ on February 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Saga of the Seven Suns series is a favorite in my household. So, when I saw that the prequel was out, the book I was had been reading was abandoned to the nightstand and I dove into one of my favorite universes. As a follower of the series I was pleased with Veiled Alliances and consider it an excellent addition to the story as a whole. For a new reader to the series, I would suggest starting at book one, Hidden Empire, as Veiled Alliances did have some spoilers for what comes in the series. The original series was a fantastic journey of exploration and I would definitely read the original books before going back to the prequel. However, I consider it a must have for the collection if you enjoyed the series. All in all it was a great read and a pleasant trip back to one of my favorite places.
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I've been trying, on & off for several weeks & consistently for the last 2 days, to listen to this brief audiobook. I haven't read anything else by the author, & on the basis of this am not likely to do so.

The reader, David Colacci, isn't my favorite but he's not awful; to my mind there are 2 main categories of 'good' readers; those who do a straightforward job of simply reading, an audio version of a print book. Then there are those who perform it, who make it come to life to the extent that it actually may be better than just reading it (something VERY difficult to do); some examples of this are Martin Jarvis's rendition of Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens," Oliver Wyman delivering all 4 of the "Monster Hunter International" books (may there be another VERY SOON) by Larry Correia, and Susan Bennett's performance of "You Suck" by Christopher Moore.

David Colacci falls into the first category; he reads smoothly, with good pacing & emphasis, and you can tell which character is which --though without cues by the author you'd be lost most of the time. With the performances above, you know exactly who's who at all times because each character has his/her own voice, & the voice IS the character*.

So it's not the reader's fault that I started the book 5 or 6 times & kept re-starting because the book was so uninteresting that my attention would just wander off. Eventually I just powered on & kept going. It had occasional flashes of interesting, & one plot point that was just a mindbogglingly, appalling sexually double-standard, of which which I suppose I'll express my outrage in a comment, as it could be taken as a spoiler.
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