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Empire Reborn (Blood on the Stars, 18) Audio CD – Unabridged, October 25, 2022
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The final book in the Blood on the Stars series...
The human powers have been pushed to the brink, battered, and almost destroyed. The virus they have invented and deployed, their sole possibility for victory, seems to be too little, too late. Its usage has only spurred the enemy to quicker action, to finish the war before they have to deal with its effects.
But the humans do not know that the Highborn are faced on another front, by a race they know little about but have battled for two centuries. The Highborn have decided to try to end that war, too, to lash out with all of their forces to eradicate the enemy, and to impose peace onto the galaxy...the peace of their own, undisputed rule.
As the Highborn begin to lash out on both fronts, to complete the victory they believe is theirs, both of their foes dig in, bringing forward everything they can, fighting with all both sides have to defeat the Highborn, to secure freedom in the galaxy. There is titanic warfare all around space, massive fleets fighting desperately...but only one side can prevail and rule space for the next 10,000 years.
This is the titanic conclusion to the 18-book Blood on the Stars series. If you haven't explored any of it, start with book one, Duel in the Dark.
For those who have listened to the entire series, I hope you enjoy this one, and I am working on my new series now, which will be released in a few months.
Blood on the Stars:
- Duel in the Dark
- Call to Arms
- Ruins of Empire
- Echoes of Glory
- Cauldron of Fire
- The White Fleet
- Black Dawn
- The Grand Alliance
- The Colossus
- The Others
- The Last Stand
- Empire's Ashes
- Attack Plan Alpha
- Descent into Darkness
- Empire Reborn
The Andromeda Chronicles (A Blood on the Stars Trilogy):
- Andromeda Rising
- Wings of Pegasus
- Into the Badlands
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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.
- ASIN : B0BCRTLX1R
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 25, 2022)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8400110979
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.4 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #853,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There was a lot of repetition in the wording of this book. It seemed the. Author was trying to lengthen the book without content and replace that with paragraphs that were said several times already. It makes the reader feel like, I know that already just move on with story. That became annoying.
- enemy not sure whether to report something: 8 times
- enemy sure of their superiority then not: 6 times
- mysterious race rethinking their previous decision: 14 times
- protagonists not sure secret weapon will work: dozens of times
The same expositions repeated over and over, sometimes nearly word for word in sequential chapters was irritating to no end. It's like he had a deadline to meet and only 2/3 of the words he needed so he just kept re-inserting the same themes again and again (hey, ChatGPT - rewrite this paragraph for me a dozen times).
Don't get me wrong, the series is well worth the read but this finale would have been a better ending of it had excised about 25% of the text.
Tyler, Andy, Atara, Jake, Reg and their friends are still fighting the Highborn and while they are making them pay in blood for every battle they lose they are taking on 35-1 odds it's not an attrition rate they can keep up.
In the previous book they found the virus they hoped would take the Highborn down but they don't know if its working. Even if it does will it be fast enough? We also meet Achilles. I don't remember him from the other books but I could have forgotten him, he brings more interest into the mix.
The only thing I didn't like in the book was a lot of things were repeated sometimes several times as to previous events or thoughts. So much so that I actually wondered if I had hit back in the book by mistake. All in all it is a satisfactory end to a great series.
We see manifest here logic like "Our ships are much faster than theirs and have a longer weapons range, so we shall advance quickly to point-blank range before engaging in an almost stationary brawl."
The author also fails to express a basic understanding of physics, with fighter pilots "shaking their hands back and forth on a joystick" in an attempt to evade much faster missiles approaching them from 500,000 kilometers (and several minutes of missile flight time) away. That kind of "dodging" would results in changes so small that the vector change probably wouldn't even be visible to a tracker, much less significant. But it might manage to waste a significant amount of fuel. And we're not talking about this playing out once or twice, but tens of sequential pages filled with throttle-twitching rambling thoughts pouring out of sweat-soaked pilots operating their vessels at 120%... Speaking of which, I can't think of a single instance where any order was given to operate any piece of equipment at least than 105%. That's just annoying.
The character development, much better in earlier books of the series, is here stilted, one-dimensional, and deeply unsatisfying.
Perhaps the author merely lacked a muse and just desperately ground out the word count required to satisfy a contract, and if so I feel sorry for him. However, the bulk of my sympathy is with the readers, as they're the ones still suffering from the result. Perhaps a rewrite is in order; are not loyal readers owed a satisfying and well-crafted finale?
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The previous BotS books have managed a decent pace to them, usually building up to a finale with a touch of motivation, belief, crazy idea, fighter pilots doing the unbelievably crazy stuff. This book in particular needed to spend time in the characters heads trying to understand all that, but that balance was off in this one. Without spoilers, there's one character who says they regret not being assertive enough sooner in one chapter, only for near-enough the same words to be repeated by the same character two chapters later, and so on until the final chapter where he says the same thing out loud to another main character. That sadly applies across a few other characters too and spoils the flow of an otherwise excellent idea.
It's an ending, possibly not the finest, but it's an ending at least.
This is the last book I will be reading by this author if his future releases follow this trend.
Well it's been a long road as they say with the 18th and final novel released and now read, I can't say the series didn't need wrapping up but Jay managed to pull a rabbit out the hat so to speak, in hindsight it makes perfect sense with a little perspective massaging but the conclusion to this series was mostly satisfying. There really is little point in recommending this novel in a standalone context but if you are looking for a long running series in the military scifi genre then here you go, a completed narrative with spin offs that is both entertaining and creative in showing us a humanity living far in the future but one we can still recognise and relate too.