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Hidden Empire Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In this stellar launch of a new series, bestseller Anderson (Dune spinoffs with Brian Herbert; X-Files and Star Wars books) delivers action, engaging characters and credible fantastic worlds in spades or ekti, the fuel vital for spaceships in the year 2427. The Terran Hanseatic League, in a heady rush of manifest destiny, turns Oncier, a huge gas planet, into a sun so its four moons can be used for colonization. In the process, the Terrans disturb the ancient but dwindling Ildirans, their uneasy allies, whose leader, the Mage-Imperator, suspects that Terrans are far too eager to take over the spiral arm. Still worse, by inadvertently destroying Oncier's hitherto unknown colonists, the powerful hydrogues, the conversion of Oncier sets off a catastrophic conflict that threatens the existence of all Terrans and Ildirans. The Earth Defense Forces of the Terran Hanseatic League, the Worldtrees and Green Priests of Theroc, the gypsy Roamers who mine ekti all must unite with the Ildirans to fight the alien menace. Book one sizzles with a fast-moving plot woven tightly with vivid characterizations: the space cowboys Jess, Ross and Tasia Tamblyn; the exotic Ildirans; the grotesque Mage-Imperator and his handsome Prime Designate son, Jora'h; Beneto Theron, his clan and the bewitching Nira Khali; the appealing and not-so-appealing humans, Raymond/Peter and Chairman Basil Wenceslas; and many others, all conspiring to make this fascinating future epic one not to be missed.
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From Library Journal
An experiment in converting a gas giant into a star with the potential for transforming the former planet's moons into environments suitable for human colonies awakens a heretofore hidden civilization and plunges the galaxy into a war for the survival of humanity. The latest novel by the author of Star Wars: Darksaber and the coauthor (with Brian Herbert) of Dune: House Atreides launches a dynamic space opera featuring political intrigue and intense personal drama. Anderson's skill in delivering taut action scenes and creating well-rounded human and alien characters adds depth and variety to a series opener that belongs in most sf collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
If there is a plot it is not well presented or developed. Rather, it comes across as a series of short vignettes, few of which hold the reader in suspense.
The writing style is wooden and turgid. There are frequent "floating" sentences, in the middle of paragraphs, that should have begun with "I should have mentioned that ..." as they seem to have no actual link with the paragraphs in which they are embedded, but appear to be saying something that should have been said earlier. Was this thing edited by anybody?
To be honest, I made it about two-thirds of the way through this book, always waiting for something to happen. But nothing much did, and what did happen - for example, attacks on skymines by beings that live in gas giants - was described only in a cursory manner. At that point I simply gave up.
My biggest criticism is that it takes a half the book to get the characters introduced and the plot underway and then another quarter of the book goes by before the plot is really moving. Additionally, KA seems to find it necessary to constantly remind the reader of certain facts about his characters. C'mon, I was paying attention. Honest! This just draws out the book and highlights the clumsy composition.
All in all, I enjoyed the book and will probably invest the time in reading the sequel(s) but I certainly hoped for a little more. I'm looking forward to the writer that can produce a futureverse with the same depth and interest that George R. R. Martin has done for fantasy worlds. Unfortunatley, KA is not that author but has done a respectable job with this novel.
Read Peter F. Hamilton's epic (the reality dysfunction) if you want see the same thing done much better with a more creative enemy and much better characters. Those books make you hunger to finish them so you can get to the next book, this book make you hunger to finish it so you don't ever have to think about it again.
Most recent customer reviews
One of Sci-Fi's most prolific writers over the last ten years or so seems to have finally created his own universe with as much depth as those he's been "playing" in. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Marco Clupper
Hidden Empires seems to be, at it's best, a novel not about technological advances, war or economy, but about universal concepts. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Ferny Reyes
Kevin J. Anderson's Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns Book 1 requires a certain level of commitment from the reader, but one's patience and focus is well rewarded by a... Read morePublished on March 30 2004 by Daniel Jolley
I will probably read the sequal out of curiosity but I will not read it a secound time. The setup was great I liked the charecters, the action was moving along at a fast clip than... Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by General Pete
I began reading Hidden Empire (Book 1) wondering how Kevin Anderson was going to top the Dune prequels. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by A. MAC
all i can say is amazing, where i live i have only just got the first volume and i am looking for the new ones, cannot waitPublished on March 3 2004 by nigel rohrich
THE GOOD: Okay i have been a Krvin J. Anderson fan for a long time. With his Star Wars books and Dune preuquils, (which for the record are definatly worth your time, not Frank... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
I usually don't like to type bad reviews, but this book just plain didn't do it for me. The plot itself, how a futuristic galactic society must deal with an overwhelming and... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by David