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The Phoenix Conspiracy (The Phoenix Conspiracy Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Sanders
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Book Description

Calvin, an intelligence operative, is sent to eliminate a dangerous traitor. But, as he chases his prey across the stars, he realizes they are both pawns in a shadowy chess game. One that threatens humankind everywhere.

If he is to uncover the conspiracy he must confront--and embrace--the darkest elements of the galaxy. And throw himself, his career, and everyone he loves into the line of fire.

The Phoenix Conspiracy is the first in a series of five books. It is available for free on almost every device including iTunes, Nook, and (usually) Kindle. If it is currently not free on Kindle, you may click "tell us about a lower price" and Amazon may choose to match their competitors' promotion for you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1815 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GHQ9IY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,498 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part one October 4, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
Although a good book and I will read the next one in the series when it is released (The Phoenix Rising) I would have liked to know that it was part of a series before I started reading it as it does not stand completely on its own as a self contained novel and leaves many loose ends that will be continued.
There are many refreshing new ideas in this book which when it starts seems to be almost a traditional detective story but set in space, however this soon changes track and it is obvious that something major is amiss in the empires space fleet. I did however find some of the plot slightly thin such particularly where loyalties to the command structure seemed to change at a whim.
Overall a good book that is well worth reading.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stellar space chase September 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a cut above the rest of the free e-book brigade and the author shows definite promise. Captain Asari Raidan of the Imperial Starship Phoenix goes AWOL after attacking a seemingly innocent civilian convoy and Calvin Cross, the Commanding Officer of the IWS Nighthawk, is charged with finding him.This is a fluent, humorous read with only a few minor typos and I recommend snapping it up while it is still a free download. Definitely one for Star Trek fans. A sequel is on its way, too. (Copy of my Amazon UK review, where I normally post reviews).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pro: It's free, Con: did the author read it at all? November 13, 2011
By Dave
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I like SF space opera when it's well done (such as the Gap series by Stephen Donaldson and the Culture series by Iain Banks) and I can even enjoy the space cowboy genre of folks like David Drake. So I was prepared to like this, and to give the author a bit of room since it's free.

The thing I most like about this book is that from the very beginning you know that there is a key element and the author kept me curious enough to read through to the end to find out what the series will hinge on, and you don't learn this until the very end. That suggests that the author has promise.

Having said that, this first novel in what is to be a series is pretty weak. First, there are way too much grammatical sloppiness that even a quick run-through with Word's checker could have found, as I'm sure they're just typos.

I'm also bothered by the fact that too often the author doesn't seem to be paying attention to what he's writing: For instance, in one scene the protagonist takes a shower, gets dressed, and then "splashes his face with water". Huh? In the paragraph after the shower? Perhaps the author should have gotten someone to proof it for him.

The other thing that bothers me is that the characters are completely flat and all stereotypes. This isn't uncommon in in the space cowboy arena, but what enables the writing of people like Donaldson and Banks to rise about this is 1) character development and 2) creation of elaborate and interesting science and technologies.

Perhaps Sanders will improve.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really good, but could have been great February 26, 2012
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This was more of a mystery with some science fiction and military aspects. I was very engrossed, but then there were several jarring instances where the plot lines were a bit unbelievable or contrived -- such as the ship-board discipline, flip-flopping command, equarius (which I thought had a lot of potential as a plot line).

I want to stress how riveted I was, but those distractions mentioned really pushed my limits of believability.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sleeping for me... December 28, 2011
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I had no problem putting this book down to get some sleep, but then couldn't stop thinking about it. Picked it back up and finished it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good thing it was free. October 21, 2012
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Like others have said, this book was boring. I kept waiting for it to get good and it just didn't. I think it had a lot of potential, but the memes are everywhere and nothing remarkable really happened. It reminded me of the movie Red Planet, where there is a mystery that is predicable and cliche. Only thing that makes this book worse is that the ending is open and the book isn't a complete story. Guess that's why it's free, because it's not worth more than that.
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36 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable June 1, 2012
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I do not understand the positive reviews for this book. "The Phoenix Conspiracy" is very, very poorly written. Not every book needs to be a literary masterpiece, but the writing must be adequate to support the characters, dialogue, plot, etc.

The writing here is almost shockingly inadequate, with severe grammatical and stylistic errors on literally every page. The author lacks even a basic, high-school level understanding of punctuation and sentence formation. Here is an excerpt, by no means representing the worst of it:

"The club was a strange combination of bright and dark inside. Most lights were off but several soft lights of all colors and varieties were everywhere. Everything was a little obscured by a lingering cloud of smoke and people were everywhere, despite the efforts of the bouncers to keep most everyone out. Almost every person was standing, either in circles chatting with others, or dancing to the energetic rhythms of some live musicians who Calvin didn't recognize--probably a local sensation."

This passage is actually above-average grammatically by the book's standards (though there are still numerous errors), but it is a good demonstration of the author's brutal prose.

I admittedly was unable to finish the book, but the basic plot resembles the Star Trek (Picard era) episode in which O'Brien's old captain decides to blow up some Cardassian freighters. The quality of the story itself is moot though because Sanders is simply unable to tell it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Liked this book. Got is as a free download on my Kindle. Liked the premis of the book - sort of star trek meets star wars meets 1984.
Published 9 hours ago by julieee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading.
Published 17 days ago by atloveit
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read that moved along well
The plot and character development were enjoyable. The ending left me a bit disappointed, but since this is the first book in a series, it wouldn't work very well if everything... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good story
Published 1 month ago by daniel
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!
I am sorry to say that this was a very uninspired story packed with predictable outcomes to contrived situations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RichMan42
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and engaging
I really did find myself drawn in to the characters and the story line created by Mr Sanders. A great read.
Published 1 month ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong 1st book of a series.
It's a very good read and very well written.Clearly not a stand alone book to read, as the ending leaves you hanging and wanting for more. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING Story.....
I was HOOKED after reading two chapters. I immediately went online and ordered the next bookie In the series. Fantastic storyline and I truly enjoyed all of it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jal
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
This is the first time in a while that I've ventured away from my favorite authors. I typically read King, Brooks or Asimov novels. This book had me gripped. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Givens
3.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix
Ok, interesting enough to finish. Does try for depth in characters. Not really my type of story, as ideas are boiler plate. Read more
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I'm a 27 year old law student with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah. I've been writing stories since I was able to hold a pencil and have always loved escaping into books. In the real world I enjoy the beautiful outdoors (so long as my seasonal allergies cooperate) especially skiing and swimming. As for indoors, when I'm not lost in a book somewhere, I enjoy a good game of chess or pinochle.

This past June I got married, and my wife and I honeymooned in Europe. We were able to visit Italy, Switzerland, and France. Although it was difficult to afford the trip (and required great financial finesse, including the utilization of hostels at times!) it was a wonderful honeymoon and my first chance ever to go overseas. Add in the fact that I hate to fly (there's just something eerie and unnerving about being trapped in a giant metal box 35,000 feet in the air...) and it made for one grand adventure! For my next trip "across the pond" I'd like to tour the U.K. but I anticipate it will be a while.

I cite Orson Scott Card and J.K. Rowling as my primary influences, however others whose influence has been noteworthy include: Carl Sagan, Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Isaac Asimov and--last but not least--George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien (I suppose it's a rule somewhere that to be a legendary writer of fantasy one must have two R's in one's name). Currently, Allyson and I live in St. George, Utah, where it is extremely beautiful and the July sun tries daily to kill us. Right now I am working diligently on the next addition to The Phoenix Conspiracy Series: The Phoenix Darkness. I'm hopeful for an autumn release.

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