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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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Just finished this 2nd full length addition to the Pax Imperium / Unity universe. This really extends the start made in Aetna Adrift, and many new characters, who he fully... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Avid_Reader_Ed
I really enjoyed these stories. His Pax universe is not only creative, it is populated by rich characters. You actually care about what is going to happen to them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rick K
I have to be in a mood for a “space opera” because I am usually investing a lot of time into them with getting to know characters, learning history of a new galaxy, and obtaining... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sooz
I picked this up after finishing Aetna Adrift, a novel I could not put down. I was hoping this was not going to be the case of a one hit wonder. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rock
The first entry in a character-driven space opera, The Far Bank of the Rubicon (Pax Imperium Wars: Volume 1) by Erik Wecks (@erikwecks) takes readers through the prolonged run-up... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Scott Whitmore
While this is the first book in this series I have read, it will not be the last. Rating wise this is about a 3. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lisa M
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Patience Virtue
Joe Dacy II (The Kindle Book Review)
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
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Pelayo
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