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The Far Bank of the Rubicon (The Pax Imperium Wars: Volume 1) by [Wecks, Erik]
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"If you're a fan of Weber's Honor Harrington series, The Uplift Saga or similar tales of galactic swashbuckling, you'll greatly enjoyThe Far Side of the Rubicon."

Praise for Erik's first Pax Imperium novel, Aetna Adrift.
In Aetna Adrift, Erik Wecks provides a satisfying blend of sci-fi action, romance, believable world building, and timely social commentary. --SciFi Guy,

And this world and this universe is colourful and richly illustrated. I love its decadence....You know it will collapse spectacularly in on itself eventually because it is in such a fragile state.--Matt Mason,

Erik could easily make the jump to a publishing house with the Aetna novel. --James Floyd Kelly,

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  • File Size: 4097 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
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  • Publication Date: July 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M1EH5TC
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By James T. Wood on August 8, 2014
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I fell in love with the Pax Imperium universe through reading Aetna Adrift. Wecks continues that universe in The Far Bank of the Rubicon. While Aetna told the story of a fringe world, TFBotR explores the galactic conflict between massive corporations.

Wecks also introduces us to the main rival to the Unity Corporation -- the House of Athena. As the tension escalates between the Unity and House Athena the leaders of the house are thrown into the crucible that threatens to consume them completely and along with them the only hope to preserve the peace of the Pax Imperium.

I said it about Aetna Adrift, and it continues to be true here -- Wecks doesn't sacrifice rich character development to bring you a lush, believable future world. He takes on the difficult challenge of imagining future combat and political scheming while still preserving the human element. I don't tend to like pure character studies -- give me action, explosions, and a fun world to play in. But for my tastes, Wecks earns every character-driven moment by giving me as much action and world-building.

My favorite scenes are the ones where he masterfully blends both -- there are space battles where he imagines the dynamics of zero-G combat, acceleration, weapons, and the use of AI beautifully, but then ties it all together with deep pathos drawn from characters that I genuinely care about.
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Disclaimer! I was a beta reader and did some design work for the author.

Erik Wecks knocks it out of the park again with his follow up to Aetna Adrift and the beginning of a new series. The story starts off with familiar characters, but rapidly expands to include an all new cast. Hundreds of years of peace have left House Athena completely unprepared for the Unity invasion. As the war rages on, two young princes struggle with the mantle of leadership and a shadowy agent infiltrates the empire, bent on taking it apart from the inside out.

As we've come to expect from Wecks, this story is very character driven. But don't think he skips on the action - it's there in spades! You'll find epic space battles and imaginative network hacking that are very well thought out. Readers should also be aware there is a sex scene in the book, which is masterfully written. It's intimate, touching and realistically portrayed.

Finally, while this is the first book in a series, it is a complete work. If you're into character-driven sci-fi and bang-bang-shoot-em-up action, pick this up immediately! You won't be disappointed!
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This is a very enjoyable read. If you like science fiction/adventure/romance all mixed together then I encourage you to buy The Far Banks of the Rubicon. You won't be disappointed. That said, for those familiar with Aetna Adrift, there are a few unexpected turns. That's not a bad thing - unexpected is what makes life interesting after all. But there is a marked difference in tone between Aetna and Far Banks.

Aetna is definitely an adult book - meaning that the main characters are all adults with adult concerns who do adult things in an adult way. I'm not saying that it is a book loaded with sex because it isn't. But it deals with adults making their way through difficult circumstances. In contrast, Far Banks reads like a Young Adult novel. And that's OK. Hunger Games is a YA novel and a darn good read for people of all ages. I just think that Aetna fans should be prepared for this difference.

And while Far Banks reads like a YA, there are one or two explicit sex scenes. While explicit, the scenes are tasteful and shouldn't offend any 21st century reader. My only real problem with this is that in the introduction to the book, Mr. Wecks felt the need to justify its inclusion. And that justification read - at least to me - like an apology. There is no need to apologize, Erik, for including whatever you want in your book. Was there a recognition late in the game that you had written a YA novel and that that this is not normal material for that genre?

I really would have liked to have a lot more Jack and Anna in the book. They are here and play some part in the story. But they are really minor characters.

The world building in Far Banks falls somewhat short of the excellent job done in Aetna Adrift.
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At last...a protagonist that is believable, likable, understandable and someone who's existence you can question....but still have hope for!

Mr. Wecks has been a favorite author for as long as he's offered his fine work. I do love this universe he has created and the character's that fill the void of space and time. Not only for the realistic view I get from Mr. Wecks but for the wonderful way the story flows from scene to scene with no back tracking to find what I missed to have me at this point of confusion. Not here in this read!

The Far Bank of the Rubicon has what I call a great mix of human interest, historic feel, futuristic settings with a subtle blend of religion and politics that is not offensive or preachy. Mr. Wecks handles the old age Monarchy in the futuristic setting very well as a royal family that rules with the blood line sitting on the throne while struggling with the corporate bully of the galaxy, Unity....Mr. Wecks pulls it off to perfection.

While "Unity" CEO Randall has plans to rule the galaxy in total with out the help of the royal family of the House of Athena, at all cost...the Kings youngest son Jonas is not going to let that happen if he has his way. Though Jonas has no real desire to be cast as the savior of the kingdom, he is forced to holding the weight of unwanted task on his young and not so robust shoulders while at the same time trying to juggle the budding love interest of Sophia...the beautiful, tempting and only one who truly understands young Jonas. She is also the daughter of the Duke who has desires for the Kings throne and rule of the Athenian kingdom. The young prince along with his older brother Stephen have much to think about and much to fight for...
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