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Empyre [Paperback]

Josh Conviser


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30 Oct 2007
“Raw kinetic energy and blistering pace . . . a thriller for the new millennium.”
–James Rollins, author of Map of Bones and The Judas Strain

“Empyre is edgy, entertaining, and frightening. We can only hope the scary technology Conviser proposes is the purest fiction!”
–Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of Hunters of Dune

For decades, Echelon forced peace on the world. Freedom was a sham: Echelon wielded total, if secret, control. In the end, two bioengineered Echelon agents, Ryan Laing and Sarah Peters, brought the conspiracy down.

But there is no happily ever after for the liberators, or for humanity. With Echelon’s fall, a power vacuum is opened–and all hell breaks loose.

Now an outsider in the world he created, Ryan retreats into the wastelands of Antarctica and a life of isolation. But when Sarah is blamed for a series of terrorist attacks, Ryan must return to a world he wanted to forget. Could Sarah be responsible for these atrocities, or is she a pawn in a much larger game?

The answer lies with EMPYRE, a shadow organization at the center of the chaos gripping the globe. Ryan’s only hope is to uncover EMPYRE’s devastating secrets. The battle will drive Ryan and Sarah to the dark corners of the earth, to a floating, guarded city where the ultimate evil–and the ultimate plot against humanity–await.

“Josh Conviser’s near future is fascinating to imagine–and terrifying, because we might just be heading for it.”
–John Scalzi, author of The Ghost Brigades


Praise for Josh Conviser’s Echelon

“Imaginative and intuitive . . . Conviser mines and mints a nonstop stream of visual images.”
–Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files

“Bond level action.”
–SFRevu

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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down!! 19 Nov 2007
By The Film Writer - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fan of Conviser's premiere novel, Echelon, I couldn't wait to read the sequel. And let me say, he didn't disappoint. His cinematic style was even more fully realized in Empyre, a story that shows us what happens in the aftermath of Big Brother's downfall. This time around I not only noticed a maturity in the writing, but the characters seemed even more lifelike, drawing me in to a unique world of spy-fi. The quick pace reads more like an action-packed film script and the visuals are truly mind-blowing. I hope they make this one into a film!

I'm also fascinated by the technology Conviser utilizes in Empyre. I recently read an interview he was giving in which he said all the tech in the book is either available now or in development. That, coupled with his grasp for the spy thriller genre (Bourne fans will feel at home) adds an air of authenticity that only heightens the story. It was hard to put the book down!

I highly recommend Empyre and hope to see more from Conviser in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Echelon 7 Nov 2007
By Paul M. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed Conviser's first book Echelon--a great mixture of action, adventure, spy thriller, and gritty science fiction. Empyre, in my opinion, surpasses it with an intense pace and an even better connection with the core characters (Ryan and Sarah) where you feel completely along for the ride with them.

Conviser's versions of New York, DC, and even Trenton, NJ demonstrate a truly novel vision of the future and a winking social commentary. I particularly loved the floating city sequence.

Frankly, I could not put this book down and finished it in a couple of quick sittings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars speed of light science fiction conspiracy thriller 30 Oct 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Five years has past since CIA agents Ryan Laing and Sarah Peters destroyed the global manipulating ECHELON. Ryan and Sarah moved on separately with both leaving the agency after the ECHELON affair; he climbs mountains on all seven continents and she seeks to be more his equal with nanotechnological enhancements.

However, neither is aware that ECHELON survived their destruction of it by metamorphosing into EMPYRE. Newville Phoenix turns Sarah into a plague carrier, who devastates the much of the staff of EMPYRE and the CIA. As she continues her path of destruction, EMPYRE Chief Dillon sends CIA agent Frank Savakis after her. Frank captures Ryan and tortures him in order to force him to reveal the whereabouts of Sarah, who he shares a link with. Ryan escapes, but hunts Sarah who he fears turned into a murderous traitor that he must kill before she spreads her plague elsewhere.

If there are flaws in the story line (like some of the technology seems a too convenient stretch), no one will care while reading it except for nitpicking critics like moi. The story line makes DC's Flash look like the Turtle as the action never decelerates for a nanosecond. However, as with the previous tale ECHELON it is the Big Brother tone of the plot that lingers with readers long after finishing this faster than the speed of light science fiction conspiracy thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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