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Product Details

  • Series: Rediscovery
  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495250458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495250453
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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By Ken Bollinger on January 25, 2014
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If you made it this far, you have already read Book One and Two. This is the best of the three. The ideology has really been nailed down. If you don't like it, you probably have "Normalcy Bias". There is a lot going on in this book and wraps up nicely. I really like the Authors ability to make you think. I'm not talking about the obvious ideology part, but how his created "Universe" works.
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.

Well Done!
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I confess: I'm a libertarian. I've been one throughout my adult life and I've read many of the philosophical / economic works that underpin libertarian political issues.

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.

G.
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By xteeve on February 18, 2014
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I was looking forward to exploring the fascinating universe the author has created in the Empire. the previous books have showed the immense size, interesting system of government, fascinating technology, and great diversity among other things. After enjoying the earlier books, I was expecting if not proper space opera, at least an interesting adventure in a new universe.
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.
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