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Evergence 01 Prodigal Sun [Mass Market Paperback]

Sean Williams
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March 7 2002 Evergence (Book 1)
In the first novel in a new series, Commander Morgan Roche of the Commonwealth of Empires is charged with escorting an artificial intelligence unit to her superiors, with the aid of a genetically engineered warrior who suffers from amnesia. Original.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the frying pan May 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Two aussie up and coming authors write a sci-fi story with Indianna Jones like rolling action. Ideas and depth of culture and science I found most enjoyable. The book was full to the brim of twists, betrayals and action.
Two males writing from a female perspective, I found this intriguing, being a male I can't say whether they pulled it off or not with any authority.
Although this is the first of a trilogy it easily stands alone as a work with a begining and a definate outcome, which I find refreshing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent space opera Jan. 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Commander Morgan Roche is an intelligence agent for the Commonwealth of Empires (COE), on a mission to escort a powerful artificial intelligence back to Intelligence headquarters. She meets up with a mysterious man named Adoni Cane who has no memory of his past, who is found later to be a genetically-enhanced super-soldier. The ship she is travelling on is ambushed and destroyed by the Dato Bloc, a government that has broken away from the COE. With the help of the AI known as "The Box", and the warrior Adoni Cane, she escapes the destruction of the ship and crash-lands on the prison planet Sciacca's World. From there, the rest of the book chronicles her mission to escape the planet and return the AI to COE Intelligence HQ, while constantly on the run from Dato Bloc forces, who are in league with the corrupt COE officials on the planet.
If I could give this book a 3.5 star rating, I would. It's good but not great, and as another reviewer said, it doesn't have a lot of original ideas. If you like a space opera type of story with a good deal of action, you'll like this book. My problems with it were the cliches of the "all-powerful AI" and the "mysterious warrior". In every dangerous situation that Commander Roche faces, it's either Adoni Cane or The Box that pulls her out of it, through some kind of trick or previously unknown ability. After a while, it starts to read like an episode of one of the newer Star Trek shows, where the characters are put in seemingly impossible situations, but are really not in very much danger at all, because it becomes obvious that either Cane or The Box will always come through and save her.
The ending of the book, especially for the first in a trilogy, was a little too much of a "happy ending" for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite series March 14 2002
By J-Blue
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I too, was instantly hooked on this series. The story moves at a great pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There were many nights I lost hours of sleep because I could not possibly put the story down. The characters are very complex and believable personalities set in a fantastic universe. The depth of the various factions that play with and against each other is vast. The setting that Dix and Williams have created is so rich that even upon completing the trilogy, I am left wanting to know more about their universe and those within it. The characters are vivid and easy to love. The science of their world is distributed evenly throughout the story so that you understand the mechanics without it getting in the way of the story. The action is non-stop and addictive and the plot takes turns that you simply don't see coming and yet leaves you feeling as if you should have, right up to the ending. I personally loved this series including the ending and placed it among my all time favorites. I hope to see many more from these very talented writers. I think everyone should email the Sci-Fi channel and ask to see this in a sci-fi channel series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars and so it begins... July 30 2001
By Kelly
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was where it all began. I was hooked right from the start and I never looked back. After reading this one I went straight on to the second and third books, and loved the entire series. But this was the one that set the mood for the following saga. I had forgotten how good sci fi could be. And it wasn't just a boy's own adventure either. The central character is a female and a damn strong female too. I couldn't help thinking as I read this how good the story would be made into a movie and having read the following 2 books in the series I have to say the whole thing should be turned into a trilogy of films! This could be the next Star Wars! Maybe this type of reaing isn't for everyone but if you do like sci fi space opera as much as I do then I recommend these books. Utterly satisfying from beginning to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted space adventure July 19 2001
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Williams and Dix do a superb job with the opening book to their Evergence trilogy. This story involves Morgan Roche, an intelligence operative for the Commonwealth of Empires, a sort of conglomeration of solar systems that agree to have the same government. Roche's mission is to escort a super-AI known as the Box to Commonwealth Intelligence HQ. Everything begins to go wrong, however, when the ship she is on (the Midnight) is ambushed by Dato Bloc (another government) forces.
Roche, with the help of the Box, bucks the odds by surviving the attack and escaping the Midnight in a small pod. Along the way, she enlists the help of Adoni Cane, a seemingly normal human with some very superhuman capabilities. While her "partners" all seem very willing to help, several strange facts come to the forefront, and Morgan begins to wonder what her "friends" might secretly think. Who, really, is Adoni Cane? And what does the Box really want? Read the book and find out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but not great
What this is: Space Opera from the late 1990s similar to: Simon Green's "Deathstalker" series (but not nearly as violent or as "cheesy"), Iain Banks... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2001 by Colin R. Glassey
4.0 out of 5 stars Builds on you - thoroughly enjoyable.
Straight off - the first book of this series reminded me an awful lot of a revamped version of Blakes 7, a classic british science fiction show. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2001 by "hecatonchireslm"
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Start!
I have been reading Science Fiction for more than 20 years and not many books have the fast start and enduring stamina that this book does! I could not put this book down. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2000 by "rickfxr"
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
Was very pleasantly surprised by this book which I borrowed, not expecting much. Wow! Great setting, interesting characters and not predictable at all. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2000 by Hal R. Mcwilliams
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Space Opera with modern trimmings
This book was a fun romp. Despite the "modern" trammings of an independant AI and a genetically enhanced character, it is basically an old fasioned Space Opera. Read more
Published on June 5 2000 by Mfitz...
5.0 out of 5 stars Evergence 1: The Prodigal Sun
A well written book. Fast paced, straight into the action and hard to put down. I can't wait for the sequel, due soon!
Published on June 5 2000 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Prodigal Sun -- The Start Of A Awesome Space Opera
After reading this book, my first thought was, "When is the next book coming out?" Prodigal Sun is a unique space opera, with many charactes, a complex society, and a... Read more
Published on April 11 2000 by Mistrmind
5.0 out of 5 stars Evergence-The Prodigal Sun
This was the first science fiction book i read. I'm hooked. I can't wait for the next in the series to come out. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2000 by Jamie Blake
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