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The Far Bank of the Rubicon (The Pax Imperium Wars: Volume 1) [Kindle Edition]

Erik Wecks
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When interstellar war is forced upon the House of Athena, it expects Jonas to represent the family as a soldier. However, unexpectedly brutal combat compels the young prince to grow up fast, and a war thought well in hand slips from their grasp. 

With the Empire buckling under the Unity crusade, Jonas is called upon to bring hope when all seems dark, but Jonas isn't much for playing the hero. He longs to make his own way, free of the weight placed upon him. When his secret romance becomes a liability, Jonas must decide how much he is willing to give up for the sake of saving the Empire. 

Full of epic battles, authentic characters, and great technology, The Far Bank of the Rubicon is high intensity, adult space opera. Volume one of the Pax Imperium Wars by Erik Wecks, it begins immediately following Wecks' critically praised novel, Aetna Adrift.


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"If you're a fan of Weber's Honor Harrington series, The Uplift Saga or similar tales of galactic swashbuckling, you'll greatly enjoyThe Far Side of the Rubicon." --rule-set.com


Praise for Erik's first Pax Imperium novel, Aetna Adrift.
In Aetna Adrift, Erik Wecks provides a satisfying blend of sci-fi action, romance, believable world building, and timely social commentary. --SciFi Guy, indieebookreviews.com

And this world and this universe is colourful and richly illustrated. I love its decadence....You know it will collapse spectacularly in on itself eventually because it is in such a fragile state.--Matt Mason, sweattearsanddigitalink.com

Erik could easily make the jump to a publishing house with the Aetna novel. --James Floyd Kelly, GeekDad.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great Sci-Fi in a fantastic universe August 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I fell in love with the Pax Imperium universe through reading Aetna Adrift. Wecks continues that universe in The Far Bank of the Rubicon. While Aetna told the story of a fringe world, TFBotR explores the galactic conflict between massive corporations.

Wecks also introduces us to the main rival to the Unity Corporation -- the House of Athena. As the tension escalates between the Unity and House Athena the leaders of the house are thrown into the crucible that threatens to consume them completely and along with them the only hope to preserve the peace of the Pax Imperium.

I said it about Aetna Adrift, and it continues to be true here -- Wecks doesn't sacrifice rich character development to bring you a lush, believable future world. He takes on the difficult challenge of imagining future combat and political scheming while still preserving the human element. I don't tend to like pure character studies -- give me action, explosions, and a fun world to play in. But for my tastes, Wecks earns every character-driven moment by giving me as much action and world-building.

My favorite scenes are the ones where he masterfully blends both -- there are space battles where he imagines the dynamics of zero-G combat, acceleration, weapons, and the use of AI beautifully, but then ties it all together with deep pathos drawn from characters that I genuinely care about.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Character-driven sci-fi at it's best! August 8, 2014
By Andy
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclaimer! I was a beta reader and did some design work for the author.

Erik Wecks knocks it out of the park again with his follow up to Aetna Adrift and the beginning of a new series. The story starts off with familiar characters, but rapidly expands to include an all new cast. Hundreds of years of peace have left House Athena completely unprepared for the Unity invasion. As the war rages on, two young princes struggle with the mantle of leadership and a shadowy agent infiltrates the empire, bent on taking it apart from the inside out.

As we've come to expect from Wecks, this story is very character driven. But don't think he skips on the action - it's there in spades! You'll find epic space battles and imaginative network hacking that are very well thought out. Readers should also be aware there is a sex scene in the book, which is masterfully written. It's intimate, touching and realistically portrayed.

Finally, while this is the first book in a series, it is a complete work. If you're into character-driven sci-fi and bang-bang-shoot-em-up action, pick this up immediately! You won't be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Start to a Big Adventure August 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very enjoyable read. If you like science fiction/adventure/romance all mixed together then I encourage you to buy The Far Banks of the Rubicon. You won't be disappointed. That said, for those familiar with Aetna Adrift, there are a few unexpected turns. That's not a bad thing - unexpected is what makes life interesting after all. But there is a marked difference in tone between Aetna and Far Banks.

Aetna is definitely an adult book - meaning that the main characters are all adults with adult concerns who do adult things in an adult way. I'm not saying that it is a book loaded with sex because it isn't. But it deals with adults making their way through difficult circumstances. In contrast, Far Banks reads like a Young Adult novel. And that's OK. Hunger Games is a YA novel and a darn good read for people of all ages. I just think that Aetna fans should be prepared for this difference.

And while Far Banks reads like a YA, there are one or two explicit sex scenes. While explicit, the scenes are tasteful and shouldn't offend any 21st century reader. My only real problem with this is that in the introduction to the book, Mr. Wecks felt the need to justify its inclusion. And that justification read - at least to me - like an apology. There is no need to apologize, Erik, for including whatever you want in your book. Was there a recognition late in the game that you had written a YA novel and that that this is not normal material for that genre?

I really would have liked to have a lot more Jack and Anna in the book. They are here and play some part in the story. But they are really minor characters.

The world building in Far Banks falls somewhat short of the excellent job done in Aetna Adrift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WECKS DOES IT AGAIN!! FANTASTIC!! August 11, 2014
By Tim
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Erik Wecks has done it again. I thoroughly enjoyed Aetna Adrift because of how Wecks developed the characters with fantastic story telling. Better yet is the world that Wecks masterfully weaves into the story of the characters. I felt drawn into the lives of the characters and fascinated by the world they lived in. This is all done by the brilliant way Wecks tells the story. If you are looking for well crafted story telling in an amazing science fiction world you will love this first installment of The Pax Imperium.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly balanced space opera tale! September 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I discovered Erik Wecks' fiction first with his Aetna Rising novel and absolutely loved it. I was anxious to read more (especially with one of his primary characters, Jack), and I've just finished reading The Far Banks of the Rubicon. It's a home run. I've stated it before, and I'll say it again -- Erik Wecks' writing and plotting is as good as (or better than) 95% of the science fiction I've purchased off the shelf at a bookstore.

I'm wanting to avoid spoilers, but I will say that I'm quite happy to have Jack back in this new trilogy (Aetna is a prequel that helps a reader understand the Pax Emperium universe), but Wecks has also introduced a handful of new characters that are each amazingly fleshed out. Here's the thing I most enjoy about Wecks' storytelling -- with a lot of space opera (and I've read a LOT of it), the authors often get into trouble when they go into too much detail when it comes to technology and/or politics. Space opera can always be presented on a grand scale with dozens or hundreds of worlds, ships and characters, but when an author dwells too long on how a ship's engines provide power to shields and weapons (but not both unless blah blah blah) or the intricacies of a three-party political system... YAWN. Science fiction readers know and understand that the science works. Science fiction readers can quickly grasp that there are power struggles or two or more opposing forces. We get that stuff. What we want is story and characters to love (or hate).

Wecks manages to keep the minutiae regarding tech and politics to a low hum in the background, allowing multiple plots and a dozen characters to carry the tale, and Rubicon delivers. You've got a young prince dropped into a leadership role that he may or may not be ready to handle...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wecks' Best Yet
I loved "Aetna Adrift" so much, so I was really excited to get my copy of Rubicon. Wecks great at dystopian corporate science fiction shoot-em-ups (I don't know what else... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Patience Virtue
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A young prince of the House of Athena finds himself caught up in an interstellar war after a 300-year span of peace is shattered by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Kindle Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Rates the highest mark
I finished The Far Bank of the Rubicon about two weeks ago and it has my highest mark for science fiction, that mark being how long afterwards I continue to think about the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pelayo
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Space Opera and and a compulsive read
The mark of a good space opera is that if you step into it in the middle, as I did with Rubicon, you want to circle back and pick up the first book in series to ensure you're... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Merrill R. (Rick) Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Eric Wecks is not going to be.......he is now...one of the best in...
At last...a protagonist that is believable, likable, understandable and someone who's existence you can question....but still have hope for!

Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Danny Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new Pax Imperium novel
A great new story in the Pax universe. It picks up the story of Jack, Anna, and the two orphans several years after their harrowing escape from the destruction of the Aetna colony... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. E. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Aetna Adrift was a great intro into the Pax Imperium world
If you are a fan of Wecks' sci-fi, this is where it really starts to pay off. Aetna Adrift was a great intro into the Pax Imperium world, but this is where we really start to see... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nathan Bubna
4.0 out of 5 stars and decided to give it a whirl and really enjoyed the world building
I originally picked up Wecks' first novel 'Aetna Adrift' after it was reviewed on the Geek Dad blog, and decided to give it a whirl and really enjoyed the world building, the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RobH
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best sci-fi novels I have ever read
This is one of the best sci-fi novels I have ever read. Action, intrigue, and mystery await you in this fantastic tale. Pick it up now!
Published 2 months ago by Ben Mason
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I am a full time writer and blogger living in Vancouver, Washington. I write both non-fiction and fiction, as well as a contribute to the GeekDad.com, LitReactor.com and my own blog at ErikWecks.com. I enjoy writing on a wide range of topics. When not waxing poetic on various aspects of fiscal responsibility, I tend toward the geeky.

In the moments I am not poised over the keyboard, I love to spend time with my family. I am married to an angel, Jaylene, who has taught me more than anyone else about true mercy and compassion. We are the parents of three wonderful girls. As a group we like swimming at the local pool, gardening, reading aloud, playing piano, and beating each other soundly at whatever table top game is handy.

I love to hear from my readers. You can contact me at erikwecks@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @erikwecks or read more about my work at www.erikwecks.com. If you are interested in finding out when my next book will be published you can sign up for my monthly newsletter there. The link is in the upper right corner.

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