“There will be neither compassion nor mercy;
Nor peace, nor solace
For those who bear witness to these Signs
And still do not believe." Book of Reclaiming 25:10
New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives.
The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate. But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever. For deep in a prison reclamation camp, a secret program is underway... one that will unlock dangerous secrets of New Eden’s past.
It all begins with inmate 487980-A.... Templar One. Prepare for DUST 514.
loved it! read the book before wanted to test listening to it, great story and good narrative, hope to see more.from the duo
Sean did a good job narrating this title. although for whatever reason he said "battlecruiser" twice whenever it came up. That was slightly immersion breaking, but nonetheless a good narration.
Templar One is a very good book for anyone with a tacit interest in the EVE Online universe. It does help to know a little bit about EVE's lore in order to have a little background knowledge about some people and organizations, but that isn't absolutely vital. It also helps, but is not vital, to have read the previous two EVE books--The Empyrean Age and The Burning Life since there are minor tie-ins with those books.
This book is a perfect read for anyone who knows a bit (or more) about the current EVE Online universe and is interested in learning more about the backstory for the upcoming Dust 514 game that is upcoming.
One nice thing about the physical book was that it had QR codes scattered about with some minor supplementary videos to give a visual representation of some of the ships and such involved. They're absolutely unnecessary, but kinda cool. It would be nice for those who don't own the physical book if the audiobook came with a list of those URLs and appropriate timecodes at which to look at them.
Sean Runnette does a very satisfactory job with this material.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really liked this book, but then again I am an eve online player, so a lot of the locations where recognizable for me, as well as certain behavior from the factions in the book.
For a none eve online player it might be a bit overwhelming, while some back-story about the factions can be inferred the book might be a bit less digestible for those not already familiar with the setting.
I really liked the performance, the voices felt distinct and the pacing of the narration was good for my tastes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I loved this book
If you have any other from Eve I will be the first one to get it..
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If you are an EVE Online player or fan this story will give you some background on Dust. I hope there will be a sequel.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book suffers from complexity. Too many plot lines, locations, and characters. It is very difficult to follow as a audiobook, especially in segments over time (driving). The concept is unique and interesting. I just wish Mr. Gonzales had kept to a simpler structure. If you like very complicated story lines, many characters, and many locations jumping at you every five minutes, you will like this one. Otherwise, pass.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Tony Gonzales and/or Sean Runnette?
What character would you cut from EVE: Templar One?
None, not a one of them was able to get me to give a darn what happened to them.
Any additional comments?
If you've not been very carefully following the lore & political storyline of the EVE online game, you'll be completely lost as far as the plot of the story. By
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is a long story that requires the reader to concentrate on the story and the story lines being a real fan of science fiction is a must to complete the book. Well done for the reader it also requires his full skills
initially hard to follow as the story jumps forward and backward in time as well as across space. each section starts with it's loaction in space and date so once you become familiar with the location as it relates to the specific characters it gets much better.
author seems to think that stories get better if you jump around like a million grasshoppers on narcotics.
My first introduction to the EVE Universe, the author and the narrator and I'm quite impressed with all three.
The amount of applied theoretical science being employed in the telling of this story is almost overwhelming and much of it novel. Not being familiar with earlier EVE novels put me at a slight disadvantage in terms of understanding of the factions and players involved but I was able to sort it all out after awhile. The author kept the story lively with boardroom intrigue, fluid alliances, factional competition, space opera and ground campaigns.
One commenter recommended two earlier EVE books, The Empyrean Age and The Burning Life but neither seem to have made it to Audible yet. I'll be keeping touch for when/if they do get added to Audible, this book was that good.