The EMPIRE Paperback – November 1, 2010
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(The Empire is) quite an adventure, leaving me wanting more. (It is) a story that will appeal to people on many levels and I hope that she continues writing wonderful stories like this. The Empire is highly recommended. --Allbooks Review
The Empire (is) a very well thought out and intriguing story, with richly detailed and complex characters that really do draw the attention...a proficient novel of depth and imagination...a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre. --SF Book Reviews
About the Author
Elizabeth lives in Canada though she's worked in many places around the world. She loves traveling, learning about different cultures, and sampling their delectable foods.
She writes mainly scifi thrillers/psychological dramas, though she did accidentally end up with a scifi romance novel. She swears she has no idea how that happened.
Elizabeth has also written some humour, mainly wacky stuff that comes to her mind in the wee hours of the morning when her brain refuses to acknowledge being attached to the rest of her.
She has also dabble in a bit of poetry, but barely enough to get her toes wet.
- Paperback : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984329870
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984329878
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.74 x 9 inches
- Item Weight : 15.3 ounces
- Publisher : IFWG Publishing Incorporated (November 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
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Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Humanity is in danger of annihilation as a centuries old war with the Andromedans heats up again. The Empire, an increasingly totalitarian society, is the only force that stands in the gap.
Thrust into this chaos of alien invasion, rebellion, and political intrigue, Lieutenant Adrian Stannis is caught between the ends and the means. No one knows why this brilliant scientist chooses to hide himself in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, doing research on an insignificant science vessel. His days of anonymity may soon be coming to an end, whether he wants it to or not.
Adrian's freedom, and his very survival may depend on friends he's afraid of having. Kali, a psi-enabled humanoid who is the only person he gets along with, just barely, and Bryce, his personal assistant and one-time conman and thief, may be his only hopes, if he doesn't push them away, not to mention a mystery surrounding him that may explode in their faces.
Everyone wants to know the truth, but will it set them free?
My Thoughts: My deepest apologies to the author for taking so long to get to this book!
Wow, the Empire is a real piece of work. While many of the actions of the people involved are understandable once you know their motivations, and while there are many good people involved in the Empire, it also seems rather... dictatorial. I mean, the clenched fist and all, it's rather obvious that the Empire is not meant to be a warm, fuzzy entity. And then you run across people like High Admiral Gretchen van Ruinationofallmankind (or that should be her name). Man, that's one cold woman. Speaking of the characters, Ms. Lang did a wonderful job of developing the characters - even fairly minor ones like Ture, the computer lab tech, were developed enough so you felt like you knew them. Adrian was an enigma - intellectually brilliant, socially so backward one would think he had Asperger's, but we learn the truth eventually, and it is much more chilling. Then there is Sester, the psychostrategist...
The psychostrategist reminded me of a character in a Timothy Zahn book I read a few years back, who also had an uncanny ability to read people and reach conclusions that seemed as if he were reading their mind. However, in Zahn's book, "Deadman Switch", the talent was used for a different purpose than the psychostrategists' purposes, so the story itself really isn't similar, despite the similar genre and all - it just reminded me of the book because of the similar abilities and the similar themes about protecting people from unscrupulousness. Excellent book if you can find it, by the way.
There are a few editing issues in this book; it could have done with another go-over by a line-editor. It wasn't as bad as some I've seen, but it definitely did need some work in that way. However, the story itself was gripping, the character development was terrific, and the flow was very well-done.
Fans of military science-fiction and space opera should enjoy this book, although it is left somewhat unfinished. That's not terribly surprising, since she plans for this to be the first book of a trilogy, to be followed by "The Rebels" and "The Andromedans". I can't find information about exactly when it will be released, but you can find more at her website. She describes her book as a mixture of romance, intrigue and humor in a science-fiction thriller, but there are enough battles and action in this book to appeal to readers who prefer the military/space opera form of sci-fi, like I do myself, while the romance is there but not overwhelming, and there is enough humor to break up the tension. Definitely check this one out, and keep an eye open for the upcoming releases.
I was completely involved in the story and the intricate interplay of Adrian, Kali and Sester. The impact of other characters and their personalities on the trio completed an intriguing and believable read. The main character, Adrian goes through so much trial and torment in order to keep a vital secret that I found myself wondering how anyone could survive. Certainly his attributes and flaws gave the reader a believable reason why he would do what he did.
It is a page turner although you have to have no distractions when you are immersed in the story.
The conclusion is clever and although the book is stand-alone such a powerful set of characters and story line should have a further outlet in another book, that is if Elizabeth Lang can keep up the standard.
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As the story slowly unfolds, Stannis meets his intellectual opposite number in Sester, a member of the Guild, who delights in playing with Stannis' troubled and tortured mind. But there is one far worse than he in Stannis' existence - High Admiral van Reutensberg, a woman who is evil personified.
It took a few chapters before the story finally got my attention, but when it did I was totally consumed, wanting to know what would happen next. The Empire
Highly recommended book.