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Product Details

  • Series: Silent Empire (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

In the third novel of the Silent Empire, Father Kendi Weaver and his comrades on the Poltergeist have mounted a shoestring search-and-rescue mission for missing family members, including Kendi's own parents and siblings. Apart from slender resources, the searchers have to deal only with such minor problems as a disintegrating interstellar economy, a variety of rogues, and slaving rings, who may be responsible for how the sought went missing and who want to make the Poltergeist crew go missing in the same manner. The characters, including the two gay ones, were introduced in Dreamer (2001) and Nightmare [BKL O 1 02]--fine for old readers, but not quite so for new ones. The action remains fast, furious, and absorbing, though, and a cliffhanger ending implies at least one more book. Frieda Murray
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About the Author

Steven Harper lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his wife and son. When not at the keyboard, he sings, plays the folk harp, and collects folk music. In the past, he’s held jobs as a reporter, theater producer, secretary, and substitute teacher. He maintains that the most interesting thing about him is that he writes books. Currently he’s at work on a second Silent Empire novel.

More About the Author

Steven Harper Piziks was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but he moved around a lot and has lived in Wisconsin, Germany, and (briefly) Ukraine. Currently he lives with his sons in southeastern Michigan.

His novels include In the Company of Mind and Corporate Mentality, both science fiction published by Baen Books. Writing as Steven Harper, he has produced the Silent Empire series and has written books based on Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and The Ghost Whisperer. He recently finished the four-book series the Clockwork Empire steampunk for Roc Books and is now hard at work on other projects.

Booklist calls his novels "fast, furious, and absorbing," and "intelligent enterntainment." Strange Horizons says his work is filled with "fast-paced adventure filled with intrigue and populated with characters you care about," and The Romantic Times writes that "Harper . . . creates a compelling universe."

Mr. Piziks currently teaches high school English in southeast Michigan. His students think he's hysterical, which isn't the same as thinking he's hilarious. When not writing, he plays the folk harp, dabbles in oral storytelling, and spends more time on-line than is probably good for him. Visit his web page at or his blog at

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Slavery is common and legal on certain planets in the universe. The most valuable of all is the Silent because they can enter dreams and send communications as well as conduct commerce over several light years. When the Despair came and over ninety percent of the Silent could no longer enter the Dream, they become ever more valuable. The children of Irfar, a silent nomadic order, is trying to rescue as many of the lost silent as possible.
Father Kendi Weaver, temporary captain of the spaceship Poltergeist, intends to rescue two of his family located on the planet Drin. Before he makes that attempt, he snatches his crewmate's son out of slavery. When they arrive on Drin, they discover his brother and sister have been kidnapped by a mega conglomeration Silent Acquisitions. Kendi and his crew have to figure out a way to rescue them, an almost impossible task but one that can be accomplished by those ready to risk everything on one roll of the dice.
This is the third book in the Silent Empire series and it continues the stories of characters of the previous two books. Kendi and Ben are now a couple; Kareen has her son restored to her after her spouse sold him into slavery; and Kendi has a chance of reuniting with part of his family. All is not roses because Ben discovers his true biological heritage and unless someone can figure out a way of bringing the Silent back into the Dream, a futire civilization will cease to exist. Steven Harper is a genius when it comes to believable world building.
Harriet Klausner
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By Allen on May 9, 2013
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Colorful characters, high tech and imaginative plots... What's not to love?! There are some odd and/or dyslexic disconnects, but if you can get past that, this is a must read.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jimi Dracutt on February 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I read this book, I felt that there was a gap between Nightmare and this book. Kendi is a Father in the Childen of Ifran now, but in Nightmare he just started to get involved with them. Since the Despair being Silent is rare and Father Kendi is one of the well known heroes of the Despair. According to this novel 15 yrs had gone by. Character talked about the Despair and certain events that had happened. I was like huh....was there a novel called Despair. If there wasn't there should of been one. It just a little pet peeve of mine when authors leave huge gaps of time in between novels.
I must say even though there was a huge gap it was still an interesting story. Father Kendi is captain of a ship called Poltergeist on the search for the scattered Silent, right now, mostly on the look out for his family. In this book, Father Kendi is more confident than who he was in the past. He and his crew work together like a well oiled machine and get the job done. Steven Harper created unique ways for the characters to overcome certain obsticles especially when, ironicly, time well spent in the chocate factory and in trying to obtain the port keys. I might say myself was pretty ingenius. The author has way of keeping your interest afloat and I can say there were no dull moments at all!!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Bowers on November 21, 2012
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_____This poorly written bit of space fantasy focuses on the efforts of space-faring hippies using drugs and magical powers to liberate more of their kind from the clutches of evil corporations, evil religious cults and evil governments. Able to use their far-out telepathy to trip into a kangaroo-inhabited spirit realm and their obsessions with cornball disguises, they do manage to meet that goal in several cases. Beyond that, nothing happens. The evil corporations still stand. There are still more of their magical space-hippie friends held captive. And the beat goes on...
_____That's right. This is a fantasy novel. Just because the author throws in space travel does not make this a work of science fiction proper. Telepathy, spirit realms, mind-expanding drugs, they all belong squarely in the realm of Tolkien, not of Asimov. I'd just as soon read more of this than open up a can of peanuts and find almonds inside. Get it right.
_____The market is absolutely flooded with poorly written malarkey labeled as science fiction. Nearly plotless pages of endless dialogue, repetitive repetitiveness, absolutely derivative of Star Wars and in no way original, there is no reason to read TRICKSTER or just about any other postmodernist LSD-soaked garbage from the sci-fi crowd. Almost every space-based science fiction novel fits an extremely tight formula that has given nothing new or original for the past twenty years, just like the American music industry. No wonder, since the same crowd seems to run both industries.
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