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Empire of Bones Audiobook

Empire of Bones: Book 1 of The Empire of Bones Saga

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Publisher's Summary

Five hundred years ago, a terrible war almost extinguished humanity. Now the Terran Empire rises from its own ashes.

Tasked to lead an exploratory mission, Commander Jared Mertz and his crew set off into the unknown.

Only the Old Empire isn't quite dead after all. With everything he holds dear at stake, Jared must fight like never before. Victory means life. Defeat means death or worse.

If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab Empire of Bones and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!

©2014 Terry Mixon (P)2014 Terry Mixon

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  • Trixie
    14/09/16
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    "Empire Of Bones"
    What made the experience of listening to Empire of Bones the most enjoyable?

    A fast paced romp across the stars from Terry Mixon,. It is to Mr Mixon's credit that I enjoyed the book as thoroughly as I did, as yes, while I'm a big ol' sci-fi geek, I'm less John Ringo, more Douglas Adams. I'm wildly ambivalent when it comes to military fiction as well, but these hang ups disappeared the deeper I dug into Empire of Bones. Interesting story


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Striker
    Atlanta, GA
    19/09/16
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    "Great Military/Space Sci-Fi"

    I thought this was a very good example of superior science fiction writing. The universe created by the author was interesting, well explained, and not too complex. The characters all seemed very real and the storyline and general concept were all great.

    The story takes place hundreds of years after the fall of the Terran Empire to the rebel forces. Using kinetic strike and EMP weapons, the rebels destroyed nearly every planet in the empire, knocking them back centuries technologically. The son of the then emperor escaped to a distant resort planet called Avalon. It was here that the large population and now emperor rebuilt their civilization and began to expand once again.
    The new Terran Empire now inhabits dozens of systems, having absorbed the populations of other planets, some of whom had regressed all the way back to hunter/gatherer societies. Finally ready to explore far beyond their borders, the Emperor orders a long-range reconnaissance mission into the old empire. Leading the mission is his half-son as captain of the lead ship, and his daughter (second in line to the throne) as a diplomatic representative should they encounter other spacefaring civilizations.
    The reconnaissance mission uses a newly discovered "flip point" to travel to a far away system, but soon discovers that their path home is unusable. When they discover a long-adrift old empire warship, they are confused by some of the things they find. After making contact with another post-empire civilization trapped in their own system, the New Terran Empire encounters what could be a dangerous new (or old) foe, one that the New Terran Empire is unprepared for.

    The narration was overall very good. Great pace, tone, voices, etc.

    I was very happy with this book. I thought it was a great example of space/military science fiction. I would definitely recommend for fans of the genre.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    21/11/15
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    "A good book, however not very deep"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend if they didnt want anything too deep, I found the story to be way too shallow, more like watching an episode of Star Trek than what I have become accustomed to with Novels


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Mixon? Why or why not?

    I would if it was free, but otherwise more than likely no. I understand many people will like this sort of fiction but its not for me


    What three words best describe Veronica Giguere’s voice?

    Clear, Formal, Lacking in variety. I think Veronica is probably more suited to Non-fiction.


    Was Empire of Bones worth the listening time?

    If you like a fun romp in a alternate reality to get away from the hum drum of real life, its great. If you want something that is deeper and more thought provoking then keep away from this title


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lone Mopper
    Brookfield, WI, United States
    08/09/16
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    "I just bought the next 2 books in the series!"
    What did you love best about Empire of Bones?

    I received the first book in this series in exchange for a review, I asked to do this because I have been a fan of and listening to Veronica Giguere for years. I am so glad I did.

    This is creative science fiction, a compelling space drama with well developed characters and the science isn't in overkill mode.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. J. Brudenell
    09/08/15
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    "Wonderful Space Opera!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook for many reasons. First, it is a great story with interesting characters. This first book hints at a bigger story, which has me eager to check out the next book. The audiobook is performed wonderfully, and I am very picky about this. If the narrator can't pull me into the story I will stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of Bones?

    The big rescue mission at the end.


    What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

    Veronica does a great job of making each voice sound distinct, especially where it came to narration. I don't like straight reads. I need the narrator to read it as a performance. Veronica Giguere does this admirably.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    When I was forced to stop listening, it was then the first thing I went to when I had time for audio. It even pushed back in my mental queue some of my favorite podcasts.


    Any additional comments?

    Empire of Bones is the first book in a new and exciting series that opens up the Universe for grand storytelling. A mixture of royalty, bastards, and proper manners is the sauce where the characters marinade for the opening of this exciting new series.

    The only criticism I would have is that the story could use some more conflict within the political and social groups that are pushed together. This was minor for me, as I liked the court of manners and courtesy that the societies portrayed. I would just like more intrigue and political manipulations layered underneath those manners.

    I can't wait for book two.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David Wheeler
    Sacto, CA
    03/08/15
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    "Flip-ping good book"

    Where to begin...

    Having just finished the audio book to Empire of Bones I felt compelled to share my opinion of it. It is 30 chapters long with each chapter taking about 15-20 minutes to get through on normal speed. I primarily listened during the hour-long commute going to and from work.

    The primary plot, which took some time to rev into as it felt reminiscent of a “no win” Star Trek training episode, focuses on the exploration of the galaxy long since fractured apart from the Terran Empire. This too felt strangely like they were about to undertake a five-year mission of some sort. A couple of chapters in, any similarity artificially created by myself or by the author ceases, as it takes a life of its own as I found myself fully vested in the story.

    This was the third audiobook I have ever listened too and the first I have reviewed. This was my first female reader, or at least I thought she was female given the range of depth and pitch she was able to produce. All kidding aside she was by far the most pleasant sounding but given the minority from which I am grading her against I wouldn't read too much into it. Bias as it sounds there is a reason most automated systems designers elect to utilize female voices.

    Overall I would say I enjoyed to the point of purchasing the next two books in the series though I'm still not decided on it will be the audio or kindle reading edition. If all costs were the same I definitely do audio again but that is not the way things tend to work out.

    Final summary: Good listen(read) and recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • DLWJ
    30/07/15
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    "Lost in Space with a Romero Twist"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The only only reaction I had was Narrator based. The characters and voicing for them and their emotions was superb. However the general narration in between character speach was a bit rushed and faster than I tend to prefer. It also made the pitch a little high for my preference. (Kelsey's voice was a tad high as well) To solve this I just adjusted the speed of playback(to 50%) with the tools Audible provides to make things more to my listening preferences. All around great job Author and Narrator. I would Listen to another book from either.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a hero journey tale of two siblings who don't quite have a place in their society, when events out of their control remove the crutch of the expected paths of life and force this brother and sister to take a journey together to discover who they really are. The story is Space Opera with some nice technology that is described very little but fits within the world well enough to believe. Things are told from a very character centered plot which has it's limitations. I would have like to get to know some of the other characters, but I suppose that's why it is a series and other will be developed in later books.The villain is interesting and presented well but has a very minor amount of the book. However they do have a major effect on the plotting of the book. Think monster movie where you finally get a good look at the monster in the closing act. This trope has served well in books and movies for years and does so here as well. "If it's not broke, don't fix it." I hesitate to call them "Techno Zombies", but this may be the best term without giving away too much. Just don't think horror!I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and will be continuing on with the series for as long as the writing and story stay solid.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taylor
    22/05/17
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    "Narrator took adjusting to--Story was excellent."

    I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator, but once I got adjusted to her, I came to appreciate her more. That didn't end up mattering too much because t

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyson S Sukeforth
    12/05/17
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    "Like swimming in an inflatable pool."

    Fun at first, but soon you will find yourself wishing it was deeper.

    This book is written like the author has somewhere else to be. Everything plays out exactly how it has to to keep the plot barreling forward. I managed to make it 85% of the way through the book before I came to the conclusion, but as the first in a series it doesn't bode well.

    The story relies too much on coincidence and convenient timing. Things show up exactly where and when they need to be, as if the author wanted to make sure he was done in time for happy hour. Instead of taking advantage of small breaks to develop characters or world building, it bowls over downtime in leaps and bounds, describing hours of activity in single sentences.

    All the characters suffer from hive mind mentality, all agreeing with each other despite having wildly disparate perspectives. It results in all the bad guys being uninteresting and all the good guys being insufferably friendly towards one another at all times, even when there's good cause not to be.

    The author likes to insist instead of describe. The characters take the place of a live studio audience, loudly reacting to things in an attempt to get us to do the same, without letting us see why. There will be a statue. The characters will all remark about what a wonderful statue it is, the finest they've ever seen. They will leave, feeling fulfilled in their lives for having seen the statue. But we never get to see the statue for ourselves. We're expected to take it on faith that it warrants such reverence and adopt the same emotional attachment they do.

    The voice narration is decent. There's not a lot of range in character voices, just a couple variations in pitch and cadence, with a little too much Shakespearian inflection in parts. But a little of that is the fault of how they were written.

    I kept going through most of the book because the initial premise had merit, and because when things were progressing too smoothly I thought it was because it was setting up for the real story to hit us. But 6 hours in and I began to realize that there was no deeper plot readying to pounce on us. What we saw is what we got. And what we got was a little more soap opera than space opera.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    18/02/17
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    "Not what I expected!"

    The narrator has a very high pitched voice and annunciated every word too much, which threw me and made it difficult to concentrate on the story. However, an hour later I realized that I had been listening for quite some time without realizing the narrator's voice was the same and I hadn't been bothered in the slightest.

    I appreciate books that surprise me. just when I think I know where the story is going, WHAM! the author makes a change of course, I bounce off a bulkhead and try to step myself in again.

    Excellent story! Most unique I think I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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