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Fallen Empire

A Science Fiction Superhero Thriller
Narrated by: Matt Butcher
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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The world is falling apart, and it's Logan's task to put it back together. Logan is a peace-enforcement officer on Earth's flagship space colony of Nova Roma. Every day he fights to put intergalactic scumbags behind bars. But there's an evil growing on the street that threatens to take down Nova Roma. And it may be too big for Logan or anyone else to stop.

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Futuristic cop

I enjoyed this book but wish it had been longer so it could go into more details but the plot idea was good, so I will be giving this author another go especially if he does a longer story.
This book is made up of three short stories the first book is about how an ordinary cop gets sent into the future by mistake and how he goes about rebuilding his life and if he still wants to do the dangerous job of being a law inforcement officers especially when the bullets start flying.
Part two sees the the partners investigate when bodies start turning up at the high rollers parties and all the clues point to a connection with the start of the war but with everybody having a reason for wanting the victims dead they have look into the past for the answer.
Part three drug dealing has always been rampant but when a crooked cop turns the other way things really get out of hand and it is up to the partners to step up.
The narrator was good and I would listen to him again.

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  • Mac
  • York
  • 10-10-19

Brilliant

I enjoyed this audio book. I highly recommend this book. Good narrator.great storyline and great characters.❤️💕🎶

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The Universe had a strange sense of humour.

Not so much a novella as three stories loosely strung together, which tells of Logan, a cop, thrown 300+ years into the future from a now dead Earth to Nova Roma City where he again joins the police force, and of his police partner, Travner, a disillusioned war veteran who lives for violent action without ever seeming to come to any harm himself. Neither have any superpowers, or costumes, or superhero attributes, other than that of trying to be peacekeepers in an increasingly violent world.

Simply, even naively, written, the text needed to have been better edited to remove several irritating repeated observations which scatter through the story pointlessly, like Logan's father comparing the America of the 20th century to the Roman Empire (he was an historian), and others which cannot be stated here without spoilers. The book had obviously been written in little chunks and been stitched together without thought of how it would read as a whole to create the overall theme of no matter how much technology advances, human nature remains the same. Having said that, it is an enjoyable listen with narrator Matt Butcher's pleasant voice warmly reading with good expression although the individual characters are only slightly differentiated.

My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Fallen Empire, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It is a short, easy listen which presents some thought provoking ideas and has interesting story lines. It is not, however, correctly represented in the synopsis. Nor is there too much graphic violence, although it is suggested as being ever present. Instead, it focuses more on how violence on both a personal and multinational scale affects people's lives.

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Somewhat inaccurate title suffix

This book claims to be a scifi superhero thriller on here and amazon, but the superhero part is not really true at all and can give a misleading impression of the book and it is notable that it is listed as a scifi time travel thriller on goodreads, which is a little more accurate even if the actual time travel has been completed by the point where the book starts.

This book is an enjoyable take on a common theme of humanity failing to learn from the mistakes of the past and proceeding to make them all over again later as empires gradually fall from grace, this time it being one in the future that is repeating many of the mistakes of our past and present in a manner that is all to clear to the hero, Logan, who through a strange mishap has found himself in this future.

The narrator did a good job with this book, giving a good solid performance with good pacing that served to nicely enhance the story.

This book felt like it was just one chapter in a larger world, so it will be interesting to see whether or not the author returns to it in the future.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • cosmitron
  • 10-04-18

Quick fun read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes for a fast easy diversion that is creative with interesting characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Logan of course.

Which scene was your favorite?

Going forward in time is a great scene grabber for any story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Empires of the future.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Claire
  • 16-04-18

Not as advertised

I didn't feel like this book matched the blurb.

There was not a superhero cape in sight. I don't want to downplay the role that peacekeepers play in this book, they do an important and difficult job, but superhero?

I'm also missing the growing evil, yes there was lots of crime and society seemed to be spiraling down, but I totally missed a specific evil.

So what was right about it, there's lots of action, there's emotional drama and the lead character is really likeable. I did enjoy it, I just wish the blurb had been more accurate.

The narration is well done, good character voices and the delivery was clear and dynamic.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Layla
  • 02-05-18

Not what I expected

I have to agree with what a lot of the other reviewers have said about this book. The book itself does not match the blurb. I was expecting some sort of super hero and as the book progressed I kept expecting one to pop out but that never happened. I did find it confusing at certain points, however, there was something about it that had me gripped. There is a few mysteries that get solved quite quickly which I was not expecting. This is more to do with Logan and his inner conflict.
Others might like it too.

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  • Gav
  • 31-08-19

Fallen Empire

Story was to busy, everything happening all the time. Narrator spoke to fast, as if he was rushing to finish the story. Overall was a bit disappointing.

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  • John
  • 25-07-19

A futuristic police story in a society that is falling apart

Fallen Empire is a futuristic book about a police officer in a society that is falling apart and frighteningly mirrors our own. The short book includes multiple stories that are often tragic and combine into a portrait of a civilization and the people within it.

Contains some cussing and violent content.

The narrator does a good job with the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-07-19

Cute story.

This audio book is great for tweens. It is short, fun to listen, and well written. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Tepcat
  • 08-07-19

Superheros of the future

In the interests of full disclosure, I received this audiobook in exchange for a review. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I love science fiction and superhero are always appealing. I really liked that the superheros in question turned out to be beat cops. Just your normal, ordinary, everyday cops taking the next call - except for the fact that one is a time traveler and the other is a sole survivor of one too many missions in the latest intergalactic war.

This turned out to be three short stories and I wish that the audio set-up or the narrator had given a bit more emphasis to the chapter changes as otherwise it felt like a total shifting of gears. I also wish that they had been more differentiation between the two cops as I kept getting confused as to who was who and which one had which past.

I really want to say that I loved this story and will listen to it again and again, but I don't think that is true. I will listen to it again in a year or so just to see how it ages and how much of it stayed with me because it did make me think about our current world and the repetition of past mistakes. There were bright spots of hope because we all can fix the future "piece by piece."

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  • chieftwidgit
  • 30-06-19

Empire in collapse

This book is the story of two police officers who are struggling to justify why they continue to do their job when the entire society if failing around them. One has been transported 300 years into the future and across the galaxy while the other one is suffering from survivor's guilt because he survived while his team mates did not.

The book is short but packs a lot of grit and guilt into the story. The narration is very good.

This book was provided free of charge and this review was given without requirements.

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  • Stephen Schneider
  • 09-05-18

nice use of sci-fi for modern issues

I like what the author was doing - using science fiction to point out the problems with our society. This is a common use of sci-fi. The ideas that the author has were great.

My problem with the whole thing was that it didn't feel like a story so much as a synopsis of a story, like a cliffs notes version. There was so much of it that should have been fleshed out into a whole story, but instead was just a condensed telling of "here's what happened...."

It was a bit jumbled and I had a hard time pinning down what the actual story was about. I also couldn't tell what it had to do with superhero, as it didn't really have anything superhero like about it.

I requested this copy of the audiobook and have voluntarily left this review

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  • TU
  • 08-05-18

Just OK

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a rather confusing book and nothing like I was expecting. I was expecting something more... super hero-like. The audio quality wasn't great, but the narrator's voice was pleasant enough. All in all, I would classify this as just ok.