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The Empire Paperback – September 25, 2017
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
About the Author
John Reinhard Dizon was born and raised in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, NY. He participated in local and high school sports at Bishop Loughlin MHS, excelling in wrestling, hockey and football. The lead vocalist of the Spoiler and the Ducky Boys, he was a key figure on the Brooklyn rock scene during the Punk Revolution of the 70's. Relocating to San Antonio TX in the 80's, he moonlighted as a pro wrestler while working as a legal assistant. He successfully pursued a BA at UTSA and degrees in Korean martial arts during the 90's. He currently lives in KC MO where he is studying for his MA in English at UMKC. Mr. Dizon has been studying and writing about Irish history for over twenty-five years.
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It appears nothing has changed as the beautiful Styrena, daughter of Marcella Stone, president of the Federation, is kidnapped and held captive in am attempt to force her to transmit a message to her mother, urging her to adopt a non-aggression pact with the Scorpion Empire. Knowing this will lead to the enslavement of many of the free people of the federation, Styrena steadfastly refuses to bend to her captors' will, despite torture and deprivation.
Von Kilmore, an agent of the G. I. A is dispatched on a rescue mission fraught with danger, while at the same time, renegade Captain Grav Drachna, steals a starship in his own attempt to rescue the girl he secretly loves.
There is action on every page in this terrific sci-fi adventure that lovers of Star Wars, StarTrek and almost every major sci-fi adventure series will identify with and enjoy. The battle scenes are quite bloody, as no quarter is asked or given by either side. At the same time, follows of a new religion are targeted by the evil Empire that seeks to force them to follow their own, dark and satanic dogma.
It all builds up towards a satisfying and explosive ending. Is it a happy one? I won't spoil things by giving the game away. If you want a book that will keep you turning pages as you eagerly seek to know what happens next, then The Empire comes with my highest recommendation.
Central to the story are two strong female characters: Marcella Stone, President of Alpha and her daughter Styrena. The latter endures torture methods that would make a seasoned rugby player cringe. Marcella is a rock of stability who is able to carry out her duties while under the unimaginable pressure of knowing her daughter will be killed if she does not give into the kidnappers demands.
I loved the outlandish names that Dizon chose for some of the characters -- you instantly get the feeling if the person is good or bad.
When I read science fiction, I like to know 'how things work'. Dizon does a fantastic job 'explaining' how the spaceships work, and how humans came to be in the Alpha/Beta/Ceta/Delta quadrants, but at the same time, the reader is not inundated by technical-speak.
Yes, the battle scenes are bloody, but when has there ever been war without violence and suffering?
This book has everything a sci-fi lover wants.