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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 12 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Yowling Cat Press
- Audible.com Release Date: February 16, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WD43SW8
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Ghosts of Empire: Empire of Bones, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I was engaged enough to read all seven of the books currently published. Similar to Doug Dandridge's Exodus series a war with an overwhelming enemy and unfortunately also a never ending story. I am a bit OCD and hate series that do not end, or at least each story is complete in itself.
This series follows history as descendents of a galactic empire come back into contact with the forces which overthrew the original Empire. The author takes several side plots as he develops the war. Hopefully he will actually bring the war to some conclusion soon as I hate unfinished stories.
A bastard emperors son who just wants to do his duty to the Empire, a spoiled princess, a conniving emperors' son who fears the bastard is after his future throne, evil computers with mind controlled people, a beautiful princess from another space kingdom, space battles and technology breakthroughs, ...this series includes almost every cliché possible. But they are clichés because they work. This is a fun fast paced series. You should read in order to get the most out each character. But don't expect great literature, just fun. Although I think you could pick up almost any of the books and read them independently. The series starts out slow as borderline three to four star but gets better. The series as a whole is a solid four stars.
The story this time revolves around the objective of getting their people back from Harrison’s World. Harrison’s World is occupied by former Terran Empire inhabitants where most of them believe they are still part of the empire and are not aware that they are actually slaves of the AIs. To complicate things the people of Harrison’s World has already made one attempt to overthrow the AIs and been severely punished for it.
The resistance movement remains however and naturally they see this moment as an opportunity. Unfortunately they believe that Jared and Kelsey are part of the AI’s version of the Terran Empire so it is up to our heroes to convince them otherwise.
As an additional incentive Harrison’s world is home for the Grant Research Facility, one of the most advanced military research facilities in the old Terran Empire. For Jared and Kelsey to get their hands on it would be a big bonus.
All these elements makes for the usual entertaining ride through a lot of action, suspense, adventure, good characters and nasty villains. The book is nicely written although, after having read four of these books, I have to say that the author could do with an editor. The dialogue is quite fun at times and the adventure plays out nicely. As usual our heroes gains some additional knowledge and technology on the way, as well as new friends.
Some of the adventure takes the form of political power play between those faithful to the AI “lords” and the supporters of the resistance movement. I quite liked the resistance movement representative. Her opponent is evil all the way and somewhat of a stereotype of a political bad guy but thankfully not as ludicrously stupid as Captain Breckenridge.
All in all this book contains the same kind of enjoyable, although not overly deep and complex, adventure plot that we have seen in the previous books. I found it a good reed.