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Rumors of War (Cadicle Book 1): An Epic Space Opera Series Kindle Edition
"Enjoyable, galaxy-spanning epic series" - Publisher's WeeklyA secret war. An empire in crisis. One final hope for victory.
Wil Sietinen is torn between two worlds. As a High Dynasty heir and the Tararian Selective Service's most promising telekinetic Agent trainee, Wil is expected to be nothing short of exceptional in every way—even though the weight of responsibility is slowly crushing him.
When Wil is captured by the Bakzen, a mysterious race skilled in advanced telekinesis, he learns he is the prophesied Cadicle. Foretold to have powerful abilities unlike any other, he can help end a secret war waging within a hidden dimensional rift, and time is running out.
However, as the dire nature of the war and the truth about his own abilities begins to unfold, Wil realizes that he and his parents are at the center of a generations-old galactic conspiracy. Enemies are not as they seem, and the future of the entire Taran Empire hangs in the balance.
Wil holds the key to victory, but saving his people may come at the ultimate price.
The Cadicle series is a sweeping epic that will grab you from the first page, perfect for fans of Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon, Frank Herbert's Dune, and the Lensman series by E.E. "Doc" Smith. With a rich blend of adventure, intrigue, and the intersection of technology with mental powers, join multiple generations of one noble family in their battle against unimagined foes to change the course of an empire. This series is an entry point into the award-winning Cadicle Universe.
"Appealing characters and detailed worldbuilding draw the reader into a tale of politics, sabotage, kidnapping, telekinesis, and clones. [...] DuBoff weaves together sympathetic characters, an intriguing plot, devious villains, exciting space adventure, and hopes pinned on a chosen savior." - Publisher's Weekly
Rumors of War is Book 1 in the Cadicle series, containing three volumes:
- Volume 1: Architects of Destiny
- Volume 2: Veil of Reality
- Volume 3: Bonds of Resolve
Additional books to complete the Cadicle series:
- Book 2: Web of Truth (Cadicle Vol. 4) - Buy it now: smarturl.it/cadicle4
- Book 3: Crossroads of Fate (Cadicle Vol. 5) - Buy it now: smarturl.it/cadicle5
- Book 4: Path of Justice (Cadicle Vol. 6) - Buy it now: smarturl.it/cadicle6
- Book 5: Scions of Change (Cadicle Vol. 7) - Buy it now: smarturl.it/cadicle7
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About the Cadicle Universe
Drama, Adventure, Intrigue
The Cadicle Universe will appeal to fans of timeless sci-fi, featuring psionic abilities, futuristic tech, spaceship battles, political intrigue, and complex characters.
TSS: Agents of the Tararian Selective Service are known for their advanced telekinetic and telepathic “Gifts”. The TSS offers the only sanctioned training program for these forbidden abilities.
Tararian Guard: Soldiers and peacekeepers for the galaxy, with separate divisions dedicated to both military and policing.
High Dynasties: The ruling elite of the Taran Empire control corporations that are the cornerstones of the galactic civilization, granting political sway and leadership.
Books and Series in the Cadicle Universe:
- Cadicle (Original Series) by A.K. DuBoff
- Taran Empire Saga by A.K. DuBoff
- Mindspace Series by A.K. DuBoff
- Verity Chronicles by T.S. Valmond & A.K. DuBoff
- Shadowed Space Series by Lucinda Pebre & A.K. DuBoff
- In Darkness Dwells by James Fox & A.K. DuBoff
About the Cadicle Series
A secret war. An empire in crisis. One final hope for victory.
High Dynasty heir Wil Sietinen is torn between his military duties to the Tararian Selective Service and the politics of the Taran Empire when he discovers that he's at the center of a galactic conspiracy involving genetic engineering and a secret war in a dimensional rift.
Torn by politics, love, and war, three generations of the influential Sietinen Dynasty must choose between duty and morality as the truth about a secret war unfolds. Through their roles as Agents in the Tararian Selective Service, they will be on the front lines of space battles, but the political skirmishes they must face on Tararia could prove just as dangerous. The Cadicle holds the key to winning both, but at what cost?
★★★★★ "As an avid reader of authors like Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon, I especially enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the careful way they would build characters and make me really care about them, and their goals--even when no life or death action was occurring. I'm reading the entire series and loving it." - M. D. Cooper, NY Times bestselling author
★★★★★ "Highly Recommended For SF Fans." - Tom Johnson, author of "These Alien Skies"
"DuBoff is a bright new name in science fiction with wide scope and characters you truly care about." ‑ A. C. Hadfield, bestselling author
From the Author
Books in the complete Cadicle Series:
Book 5: Scions of Change (Volume 7)
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- ASIN : B01DQ74GWQ
- Publisher : Dawnrunner Press (March 31, 2016)
- Publication date : March 31, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2175 KB
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- Print length : 684 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1954344007
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,774 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Just...uggh...the emotional roller coaster maturity of 12 year olds. I stopped reading there.
I think there's some excellent stuff in these books, it's just not in the emotional depth of the characters.
Cris Sietinen is a young man who is heir to the Tararia High Dynasty, one of the ruling Dynasties that control the galaxy, along with a rather secretive organisation called the Priesthood. To speak out against the Priesthood is basically a death sentence.
Cris does not want to be heir though, he wants to live his own life, and part of that life includes exploring the telekinetic abilities that he has, but is not allowed to understand due to the Priesthood, which strictly forbids them. He has been able to develop some simple Telepathy, but this is it. He knows that he can do more.
There is an organisation, the Tararian Selective Services or TSS that could help him, but Cris isn’t sure this is the correct path either. His older brother was killed before he was born, and his parents have never gotten over it, Cris was basically conceived as a substitute Heir to the Dynasty, not because his parents wanted him, and his Father just sees him as a tool for the future, and his Mother has no love or interest, still lost in her grief.
As such, Cris runs away from the Dynasty grounds, and fortunately for him, stumbles across a Freighter Captain who happens to need a Navigator. Cris’s family business is Navigation, so he has been trained from a young age in Navigating the stars, as well as the Navigation Systems, as this is what they make and sell to amass their fortune.
DuBoff gives us a fascinating look into both the galaxy she has created, as well as the character of Cris during this period, and we get to see a bit of the Character of Tom, who is a fun minor character.
Eventually though, Cris’ past catches up with him, and the TSS come for him, and he decides to join their ranks.
Again, this part of the story is descriptive, a ‘coming of age’ part of the story, in which we not only get to learn more about Cris, the power that he contains and the possible future that he has, but we also start to see the background of this story unfolding before us. Architects is almost a backstory to the main story of Cadicle, and it is clear in these early stages of the story, why this is the case, as again, DuBoff takes the time to not only give us background into the characters of Cris, and eventually a woman he meets, Kate Vaenetri, but it allows DuBoff to also fill in various back story for the future, and do some impressive world building in the Cadicle Universe.
She has created an amazing universe full of brilliant characters, an in-depth hierarchical political system, with multiple facets, and set the scene with numerous plot lines that are teased out in this first book.
One of the really clever bits of writing, something that is a good hook for Sci-Fi fans, is not only the shadowy organisation of the TSS, but the entire concept of the psychic powers in this Universe. The actual powers they can use, the levels, how they are measured etc. There are hints at what all of this is, and it is obvious that Cris is one of the most powerful to have ever been born, but we also learn that there will be another.
Overall, this is a clever, creative, fascinating story, with exceptional character work, that makes for not only a fun and enjoyable read, but it is utterly enthralling, once you start, you find you can’t put it down.
There are a lot of different elements to this story, and any Sci-fi fans will love this story, I suggest if you love a good Sci-Fi read, just jump in, it is well worth it!!
Veil of Reality - Part 2
In the 2nd Chapter of this Epic Space Opera, we have moved several years into the future, Cris and Kate are now full Agents of the TSS, and are 2nd in command only to Commander Jason Banks, who leads the TSS.
They also have a son, Wil Sietinen (or Wil Sights, following in his father’s footsteps), who is approx. 14.
Wil has been born and raised on the TSS Base, and as such, is not only the youngest Junior Agent ever, he is also one of the smartest kids ever to, with knowledge and understanding of Jump Drive technology and Navigation, that surpasses anybody else in the TSS, possibly the Galaxy. There is an ongoing problem to solve about the independent Jump Drive that has been an unsolvable problem for decades, and as a subproject for each of the Junior Agents to have a go at to see if they are able to beat it. Wil of course, is the lead at this even without being a Junior Agent.
This story follows the life of Wil as he grows up in the confines of the TSS, and we learn about not just the incredible abilities he has, psychic, academic and physical, but also strategic and tactical. This is rather a sad story in some aspects however, as we see a young boy growing up in a life in which his destiny has been totally mapped out for him, and what is worse, Wil is so intelligent, that he is able to understand this as well.
It is not long before his enemies come to realise the threat he poses as well, and whilst the Priesthood are happy with the possibilities that Wil presents, there is another faction, something far more deadly that no one really knows of, an alien race known as the Bakzen, who also understand the potential of Wil.
This is our first real look at both the Bakzen race, and (without trying to give away spoilers), a potential threat that has been lurking in the shadows for centuries that the TSS has not really known about.
It is this fear of Wil that drives the Bakzen, under the command of General Carzen and Tek another Bakzen Military Commander, to capture and take Wil hostage. The Bakzen see Wil as the Primus Elite, one of the most important figures in the Galaxy, and thus by capturing him they will have taken the advantage from the TSS.
This leads to a rescue mission of course, led by none other than Cris.
Meanwhile, a traitor has also been discovered at TSS headquarters, and Kate must use all her abilities and powers to try and locate who this is, are they working alone, why they did it, and what they plan to do next?
The first book was an introduction to the Sietinen Dynasty, covering 2 generations, Cris Sietinen and his Father, before introducing us to the Tararian Selective Service, (the TSS) and DuBoff also spent a lot of time creating an in-depth, politically intriguing, and extraordinary Universe.
In this second story, we have been provided the tale of Wil, the son of Cris and Kate, thus the Sietinen Heir, but he is also highly intelligent, and incredibly gifted, and, according to everything, he is the Cadicle or Primus Elite, the one that will end the long standing war between this mysterious race known as the Bakzen and Humanity.
This is a brilliant story, with political scheming and plotting, battles in multiple forums (including the psychic, which is one of the really great parts of this story), psychic abilities being used, it has it all.
There is still great character development in this book, as we learn so much about Wil as well as more about Cris and Kate and Banks.
Veil of Reality is a brilliant sequel in this series which is going to be an epic series. I am already half way through book 3 as I write this review (it’s awesome!), and I have bought the rest of the series as it is just sensational.
Get on board now, as there are new books coming!!
Bonds of Resolve - Part 3
Part 3 sees the introduction of Saera Alexander, a young woman from Earth, who is a new recruit at the TSS, and on her first day makes an incredible impact on Wil as they cross paths. As they see each other for the first time, there is a shockwave in the resonance surrounding them that leaves them both reeling from the strength, and totally enthralled with each other.
Bonds of Resolve has multiple story lines, each that are rather fascinating, and it is easy to see that DuBoff is a master storyteller, building not just a strong story, but taking time to develop her characters and to create a strong universe for the story to play out in.
The story follows Saera’s time at the TSS, and Saera quickly becomes a Main Character, as we get introduced to her, and learn about her background from Earth, her abilities, as well as some strong character development of not just her, but the other candidates that she trains with. DuBoff also takes the time to create more of the Universe, using Saera to provide a fascinating history of Earth and how it fits into this Universe.
DuBoff has taken a lot of time to craft this this exceptional story, with its individual locations, outstanding characters, and this strangely familiar, and yet utterly hostile alien race that is hell bent on the destruction of all of Humanity.
Even within this race, there are different facets of political intrigue, giving the story a different aspect again.
One of the really fascinating features of this story is the psychic abilities of the characters, from the simple ‘Telepathy’, to ‘Telekinetic’ skills, and the full range of skills that Wil is trying to develop in the Bakzen war.
A lot of the development of Wil’s character, and the other trainee’s, reminds me so much of the Galaxy Primes series written by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith, and the Golden Age of Sci-Fi, with the compelling, in-depth storylines, and the stunning world building, including the powerful Psychic abilities.
Part 3 also sees Wil training towards Simultaneous Observation, the one ability that will allow him to see the Bakzen ships in real space, in the rift, and in subspace, thus allowing him to respond before they arrive, or possibly, if they can develop the right tech, attack them during transit. It will single-handedly turn the tide of the war. But at what cost?
Because at the end of the day, they are talking about killing an entire sentient species?
And as Wil undergoes his training, he must pass a further test, one in which he must meet and pass a test of the Aesir, the race of humans, that ascended thousands of years ago.
Bonds of Resolve is a fascinating story, with some brilliant new characters, but it also raises (without giving away spoilers), some very interesting, and possibly terrifying new questions for Wil to answer.
DuBoff is just a genius at writing a purely spectacular series, one that is totally captivating that you can’t put down, as you are drawn to the extraordinary characters that she has created, as well as this engaging and enthralling universe she has developed to tell a story that the masters of old would be captivated by.
If you haven’t yet jumped into the Fractured Empire series, now is the time to do it, as DuBoff is introducing new stories to the series, and this is one series you just have to read!!
All in all I highly recommend this series, you won't regret it.
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Since then I have always been looking for good space opera, the sort of thing where the good guys defeat the bad guys at the end of each book only for the next higher level of bad guys to appear but that’s OK because the good guys get more power or the next generation come along who have more abilities. Plenty of massive space battles with bigger and bigger ships till eventually they are using whole planets as weapons.
The Cadicle series is a space opera with most of these elements but without the massive space battles, it is a more subtle and refined story mainly about 1 family and their progression, yes the kids have more abilities than their parents, but the interplay of family and love with the plot is extremely well executed.
I cannot recommend this series enough, I took it on as a cheap deal for the first 3 books knowing that if I did not like it I was hardly out of pocket. I would have spent much more to buy the remaining 4 books.
Final moan... The storylines are intriguing in their own way but lack the simultaneous flow such as found in Peter F Hamilton books and thus lose the cliffhanger feeling between chapters.
It is mostly well written and the characters are likeable and it is is a series software books I want to continue use with to see it's progression.
And.. I didn't realise it was written by a woman but it was good to see the romance sections handled well without being overtly "mills and boon" nor sexually oriented and a good middle ground.