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Ten thousand stars, once chained, taste freedom. An eternal empire, once undefeated, falls to pieces. An alliance, once united, now lacks a common foe. War was hard enough. Peace may be impossible.

For 17 years, Colonel Henry Wong and the United Planets Space Force have fought the Kenmiri Empire. They drove the alien overlords back from humanity's borders into their own stars and found allies among the Kenmiri's slaves and subjects.

Now the war is over. A great Gathering has been called of the allies who fought the war, but they only ever shared a common enemy. With the Kenmiri in retreat, a thousand new agendas are revealed.

The United Planets Alliance wants peace above all else. Their allies want everything from new homes to new empires - and all too many of them are prepared to do anything to achieve their goals!

©2019 Glynn Stewart (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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  • Clay
  • 13-02-20

An anomaly for this author.

Normally, when I read a book by Glynn Stewart I expect original characters and locations with a lot of action and excellent writing. This had some interesting locations and the characters were ok, but I never really “liked” anyone. If you have read any of the dozens of “collapsing empire” space operas out there, you probably already have an idea of 80% of the book. Is it entertaining? probably. Is Glynn Stewart still awesome? Definitely. Is he trying to highlight LGBQ culture in this book in the most politically correct possible way? Yes. Does it really affect the plot? No. My only complaint is that being gay is not really interesting enough by itself to give a character depth. I admire the open mindedness, but it isn’t enough to make an “ok” book as exceptional as we have come to expect from this author

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 18-02-20

Wow that is an intense story.

Oliver Wyman is an outstanding narrator. Glynn Stewart is the next Issac Asimov. I listened to the book at work and home.

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  • Takeyabue
  • 21-11-20

Yet another new paradigm from Glynn Stewart

Stewart and Wyman combine to make a very rewarding tale for those who are in search for something just a little bit different from many of the current military science fiction series. What happens when old friends suddenly become enemies as the only thing that held them together expires. Another group of more local oppressors or freedom, what ever that might be?

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  • Kate
  • 03-03-21

This narrator is terrible

He actually ruined what could have been an enjoyable story but I could not get passed his over acting, staccato pronunciation, and just overall BAD reading. He was definitely trying to hard to sound manly and intense. If you want a good narrator, look up Ray Porter. He is the best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-21

Great political space scifi.

Engaging and believable charachters and scenarios. tech gag isn't so massive as to make it space fantasy, and no machine duex ex being deployed to cover plot loop holes.

Well done, and great fun.

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  • Sharon
  • 03-02-21

Space opera with both action and ethics ...

I'm not a fan of non-stop blow them up action ... I'm more of an Asimov and Bujold science fiction type ... so that should give you a frame of reference. However, this novel certainly does have action -- interstellar warfare, nuclear weapons, treachery, balanced with diplomacy and a very likeable main character, the captain of a warship, who is dealing successfully throughout the book with the flashbacks caused by his PTSD from previous combat experiences on a horrific level.

I want to emphasize how easy it is to like the main characters in this book ... they are all fleshed out personalities, and the psychological typecasting is impeccable. The motivations and actions spring from the personalities in perfectly believable sequences, this book has depth; it's easy to sink into the story and believe you're seeing it happen in real time before you.

This was my first experience with the narrator, and I admit to being starstruck. I lost count of the number of accents, genders, and extraterrestrial voices he accomplished fluidly, repeatedly, and with apparent ease.

I'm beyond picky in the action-oriented books I'll tolerate, but this one goes immediately in my top five in its genre, in my life list of reading sci-fi, and that list spans over 65 years ... so, hopefully that tells you that this is one very impressive book. I was hooked from the beginning, as it was quickly apparent that the main character had ethics and morals that caused him to consider all options before simply killing whatever was in his way. That quality is sorely missing from most of the sci-fi I've been running across lately, and it was like finding fresh air to read this book. I'm delighted it's the start of a series.

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  • Lenny 55
  • 22-11-20

It was okay

It was okay. I felt like I came into the story in the second act. The whole destroyer thing and all. Also,the “he’s not my type” and “he’s my ex” didn’t seem to add anything but wokeness. I will probably purchase book 2.