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Empire and Earth (Rediscovery) (Volume 3) Paperback – January 17, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
The economic scenario is VERY real and amazing to see in print. I hope more writers have the courage to write the truisms contained in this series.
I'd naturally prefer to live in a libertarian society and have enjoyed the fiction that attempts to portray what that might be like. A long-standing 'Gordian knot' has been, "How do we get there from here?" In this series, Dan Melson has chosen to slice that knot by posing instead the question, "If such a (mature) libertarian society existed 'there', and we became aware of it, why would any sane adult want to live 'here?'"
In other words, an existence proof would likely go a long way toward prying (some) people out of their ruts!
If these three books were combined into one volume, I think it would likely become this century's, "Atlas Shrugged." It's topical, entertaining, educational, far more readable, shorter, and also, 'cries doom.' (Too, I think it may be problematic to nominate a series for the Prometheus.)
I look forward to seeing more from, Dan Melson.
Instead we stay mostly on plain mundane earth, and it reads like a virulent critique of everything that the main character finds wrong with this "fictional" earth, the United States, the president, etc...It seems the story had been co-opted and now became a sort of caricature full of angst where most countries and politicians are amoral simpletons. I eventually lost all interest at around 60%. If you don't mind that part and the verbosity of some dialogues you might enjoy it more. For me, it was a disappointing read.
Update: I went back and finished the book after all. The Empire is just too fascinating a universe, and I had to have closure. I'd rate it at 3.5 stars, despite no enjoying the vast majority of the book, as the ideas continue to be a draw for me. My interest in the universe remains strong, and I can't wait for the sequel.