Herbert's Dune meets Banks' The Player of Games in The Phantom of the Earth, a spellbinding science fiction epic set deep underground after the fall of civilization on Earth's surface.
Here are the five thought-provoking postapocalyptic stories that lovers of science fiction can't stop talking about, gathered together in one volume for the first time. The futuristic theories, conspiracies, political maneuvering, and characters within these visionary tales will stay with you long after you finish.
In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history's most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in Beimeni, a place where the physical blends with the metaphysical and power consolidates in the hands of those with a genetic edge. The fissures first spread slowly, then swiftly, until now the Great Commonwealth finds itself on the brink of economic devastation, challenged by forces from within that know its secrets and its crimes.
At the center of the conflict lie the Selendias of Piscator, founders of the resistance with an uncanny connection to the zeropoint field; and the Barão Strike Team, three researchers tasked with finding a cure to the Reassortment Strain, the plague that nearly wiped humanity from the Earth. Traveling from the uninhabitable but pristine surface to the habitable but inhospitable underground, this is a story about dedication to dreams, battle for survival, discovery and connection, song and celebration, undoing past misdeeds, and sacrifice for the greater good.
©2015 Raeden Zen (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"Journey to the center of the Earth. ..Sort of"
I had a hard time finishing this book. I'm used to out of this world sci-fi epics, but this one was hard to follow. Explanations came late in the book, and it felt like some motivations for key characters and societal structures were nonexistent. As for the narater I like his voice acting in other productions, but some names became hard to understand and differentiate because of either pronunciation or accent. As I write this I'm still unsure if one of the main characters is "Baron" or "Barrow." I enjoyed the different aspects of genetics, material science, and quantum mechanics that the author brought forth. Not sure if I'll be listening to this anytime soon, but a second time might allow me to pick up on more of the story.
Great narration, interesting characters complete with flaws, a great premise, and enough mystery to keep my interest. One of the best sci-fi stories I have listened to in awhile.
"Tedious and Disjointed"
A little more care in bringing the reader into the background of the story. This author has taken the let-the-reader-figure-things-out-along-the-way trick too far. It is not fun to feel like you've jumped into the middle of a conversation. This is a complex series of intertwined stories, with a lot going on, and much unexplained. Also, it would be nice to have an actual story line that goes from one point to another; where something of consequence happens once in a while.
Add context and give a little more background before launching into jargon-filled abstract references to events, people, and basic story elements.
I would prefer far fewer characters sound like they are constantly sneering and showing derision.
Dunno. They all run together because they are all so one-dimensional. With so many characters who act the same and who have similar-sounding names, I honestly could not follow who was doing what. After a while, I just didn't care any more.
This would be a good audiobook if you just want some sound in the background. You can miss long bits of this and not worry about missing anything of value.
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