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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.

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  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GHQ9IY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,441 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, full of clichés November 10, 2012
By Josh
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I downloaded this for free as my first foray into the science fiction genre since reading the Dune series some years back. Had someone in another review not turned me on to Stephen Donaldson, I probably would not have read another science fiction novel after reading this book. I have since also read "The Phoenix Rising" hoping that Sanders had acquired an editor and that his writing had subsequently improved, because his ideas are worthwhile and could be entertaining. Based on the price of "Rising," as well as the positive reviews, I assumed this to be the case.*

Anyway, about this book. My complaints for this book are the same for "Rising." Sanders does not explain anything in this book, and rarely paints the image for the reader. Instead, most of the time he just tells you how things are. The other races (Rotham, Polarians) are barely described. He does not give these races their own "personality" or feel, instead they just act like humans. The Polarians basically act like religious humans. The Rotham are so poorly described that I can't produce anything for this review. Sanders managed to stick vampires and werewolves into this book, at which point I almost stopped reading. The clichés are numerous in this book. Nearly every page has major stylistic and grammatical errors. It is just a poorly executed novel, there is no other way to say it.

For a more thorough review, just see my review of "The Phoenix Rising." My complaints are pretty much identical, although I think "Rising" was slightly worse than "Conspiracy."

Sanders needs an editor and a lot more practice.

*I find the number of positive reviews to be suspicious, because the writing is truly bad. I suppose they could all be legit, but it makes no sense.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling.
This novel needs a ton of editing but if you're not some grammar freak that nit picks every little mistake and uses it as an excuse to not like a story, then this is going to be a... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kyithios
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really enjoyed the story can't wait to read book two
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, interesting characters
Why did a decorated starship commander seemingly throw everything away by destroying innocent cargo vessels along with their crew? Read more
Published 2 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the premise.. Cant wait for the next installment.
Published 2 months ago by Gerald W. Apple
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read.
This is the first book in a series, which chronicles the attempt of a group of conspirators who are intent on subverting and replacing the nobility of a Galactic Empire. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Terry L
4.0 out of 5 stars The secret was a disappointment though.
It pulls you in, stays interesting and makes you guess. The secret was a disappointment though.
Published 3 months ago by VK
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great start to a series
Published 3 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
Well worth reading. It keeps your attention. I will be interested to see how all this turns out in the following books
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Paul Loy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick read
This is a fun book and a fast read. Good times.
Published 3 months ago by mike.hoy
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent tale
A decent story. Some parts were repetitive, but other than that it was an enjoyable story.
Published 3 months ago by Sphere Publishing
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More About the Author

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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