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Empire's Ashes (Blood on the Stars Book 15) Kindle Edition
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- Book 15 of 17 in Blood on the Stars
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About the Author
He currently lives in New York City and has been reading science fiction and fantasy for just about as long as he has been reading. My tastes are fairly varied and eclectic, but his favorites are military and dystopian science fiction and epic fantasy, usually a little bit gritty.
He write a lot of science fiction with military themes, but also other SF and some fantasy as well. He likes complex characters and lots of backstory and action. He thinks world-building is the heart of science fiction and fantasy, and since that is what he has always been drawn to as a reader, that is what he writes.
- File size : 567 KB
- Print length : 415 pages
- ASIN : B082716V72
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : November 30, 2019
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1946451185
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,600 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have enjoyed the early exploits of Tyler Barron and Andi LeFarge, Holsten and numerous others while fighting the Union and the deadly Section Nine. Back when there were personalities and possible resolutions. Over the last several books, however, it has just been so DEPRESSING. I cannot conceive that there aren’t more successful rebellions against these evil power mongers. I can see that happening to a country ... not entire galaxies! I get that this collar could make this happen, but the Others just came upon the scene. I’m having trouble reconciling the entire scenario and premise.
I have grown to love the main characters especially Atara Fritz Winters Sonya Tulus all of Andi’s team, Akella Chronus Ilius, but most specially Jake and all the fighter pilots. I couldn’t even review the last book when he ended up with the Highborn. It seems like all the personalities of all the humans just got lost in the horror. This is not an exciting enjoyable space opera any longer. I didn’t even read the first 80% of the book thoroughly. I had to skim pages because there was no dialogue to keep my heart involved. Battle after battle, loss after loss. Endless. Hopeless. Desperation. I feared I could not continue until the last 20% of the book. Hmmmm. I am giving 3 stars because I am a loyal fan but my heart gives only 2. I really need to see some return to the positive human characters and resolution of the plot dilemmas. I know Andi will do her thing and I now have some hope for Jake but I really don’t want to vicariously live through such despair again. Trying to be the same avid fan I always was.
Spoilers from here:
There’s only so much one needs to hear about how torturous the collar is to Jake Stockton or how hard he fights it. Or how miserable Tyler Barron would be without Andi and Cassie and vice versa. Or how much they both struggle internally as one goes off on yet another forlorn mission with little chance of success or survivability. Yet that’s what we get, page after page of each character suffering and struggling with rage, grief and loss repeated over and over ad nauseam. They also never, ever sleep and work themselves to such an exhaustive state that it’s a wonder they function at all, much less when the battle rages. In the real world people who don’t sleep for days at a time end up psychotic, not heroic.
Come on Jay, we get it! They’re all on the edge and suffering horribly as they struggle to survive. Let’s get on with the story at hand.
I bought this book with great anticipation yet 3/4 of the way through I had to force myself to keep reading it which is something I never thought I’d say about a Jay Allen book!
This book wasn’t that good and the author can do so much better. I know he can because I’ve read his other series. I want more science fiction and less drama from the characters.
Jay continues to bring to life a future where war and blood is painted amidst a back drop of worlds where the competing factions of humanity fight for control of greater territory and resources. On every horizon there seems to be a greater threat - for the Confederation it was the Union, for the Hegemony it was the Others (the Highborn) and we are learning the latter are battling an unknown foe along their borders. As Jay expands his universe, there is always a bigger threat out there to Humanities continued existence and it isn't until they work together do they find the will and hope to fight against the bad. After all, Humanity is much stronger when it is united - at least that's my take on the entire series to date. So looking forward to the next book in the series with the greatest anticipation :)