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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
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WD43SW8
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Ghosts of Empire: Empire of Bones, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
In the case of the Empire of Bones series Mr. Mixon did something that is a bit of an annoyance to me. Authors use foreshadowing as a vehicle to tip you to future events. In Book 1 Mr. Mixon puts in to motion a series of events that foreshadows an interesting potential for a romantic sub-plot with Empire wide implications then didn't follow through. Foreshadowing shouldn't be a vehicle to intentionally misdirect your readers; it's somewhat like cheating. It's easy to surprise us if you intentionally misled us to begin with.
I will still continue to read the series as I do like the main characters and I hope the series gets back on track; this book seemed to drag a bit and was unlike the first 3 in pacing and character development. I also didn't see much advancement in the overall story line arc.
If you’ve read my reviews of the first three novels, then you may have figured out that I’m a Terry Mixon fan. From the first novel in the series, I felt like Princess Kelsey was written for me. She’s the strong female lead that I’ve been wishing for and Mr. Mixon didn’t disappoint in this volume. There’s no lack of new characters or excitement. The action kept me reading until the very last page and left me yearning for book five. It’s out there just waiting for me and is definitely on my must read list.
As already said, It's not good to read as stand alone book. You need to read all books to understand who the main characters are where do they come from and what are their reasons."Ghosts of Empire" closes the plot that started in "Command Decisions" (Book 3).
Even if Mr. Mixon hints about the new destination of Jared Mertz's flotilla, we can expect a lot of adventures in the next book (Can't wait)