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Eve: The Empyrean Age [Kindle Edition]

Tony Gonzales
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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A man wakes, trapped inside a cloning vat. He has no idea how he got there, no idea where he is, and no idea who he is. But someone is trying to kill him, and they're about to succeed . . .And on a back-water world during an economic crisis a worker called Tibus Heth leads a revolt against the corporation which earns him an unexpected and mysterious ally with astounding influence, and an inclination to aid his revolutionary ideas . . .


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Space opera on an unprecedented, larger-than-life, scale

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These are times that will test the bounds of the human spirit. A clone with no name or past awakens to a cruel existence, hunted mercilessly for crimes he may never know; yet he stands close to the pinnacle of power in New Eden. A disgraced ambassador is confronted by a mysterious woman who knows everything about him, and of the sinister plot against his government; his actions will one day unleash the vengeful wrath of an entire civilization. And among the downtrodden masses of a corporation-owned world, a man named Tibus Heth is about to launch a revolution that will change the course of history The confluence of these dark events will lead humanity towards a tragic destiny. The transcendence of man to the dream of immortality has bred a quest for power like none before it; empires spanning across thousands of stars will clash in the depths of space and on the worlds within. Those who stand before the tides of war, willingly or not, must face the fundamental choices that have been with man for tens of thousands of years, unchanged since the memory of Earth was lost. This is EVE, The Empyrean Age. A test of our convictions and the will to survive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1603 KB
  • Print Length: 532 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575084855
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CBZW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paths of the Cursed 30 Jun. 2008
By Me
Format:Paperback
EVE-Online has been running for five years. Players have seen massive changes to the game play mechanics but the actual story line has been very slow to develop, being depicted through short stories and occasional in-game events. The Empyrean Age needed to pull together all these loose plot threads without resorting to the feared dei ex machinae that many thought would be necessary.
It has done an admirable job. The story fills in gaps and ties together plot elements without ever straining credulity. The characters are well written and the setting true to the game that inspired it. The author manages to describe and incorporate many elements of the EVE universe, presenting a coherent tale where before there were only snapshots.

The story takes place towards the end of a cold war between the four primary space-faring nations of EVE. The plot follows a small number of individuals whose actions shape events. Some of the characters are important figures with no small amount of power, while others are minor players reluctantly forced into the middle of the fray. Mysterious figures make desperate power-plays for personal ends, while democratic institutions are demolished in the face of strident nationalism. Tyrants and folk-heroes vie for power while new technology threatens to tilt the balance.

If there are things I would criticise I would say:

1. The portrayal of Amarrians is very one-dimensional. The only good ones are those that have lost their minds, or so it would seem. This goes to extremes with some chapters handling the Amarr Chamberlain. I think one of the descriptions, if portrayed visually, would land the author in jail. Caldari fare only a little better, while the Minmatar are all haplessly naïve.
2. The timing of this novel is a bit rushed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The book provided a well-paced, enjoyable read for sunny afternoons in the garden.

First off, I'm not an EVE player. In fact, before buying the book off Amazon I had never heard of EVE. Possibly the book means more to those who do and may have more insight into the stories behind the scenes & history of the civilizations presented in the book.

The book flowed well, especially for what is evidently the writer's first novel. My only constructive feedback would be that more time should be sent with the central characters to develop them. Example would be Téa and Gear. If the author had simply added a couple of chapters on their back stories, then the reader would have experienced these first hand and felt more about the characters.

Otherwise for a non EVE player, a two-page history of the civilizations at the beginning of the book would have helped... as it took awhile to decipher what civilization did what and who hated who, and so forth.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it -- to a regular Sci-Fi reader, not a novice (as there are far better Sci-Fi novels to introduce someone to).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ultimate reading 26 Oct. 2009
Format:Hardcover
If you ever played the game odds are you still are playing.

This book gives you all the background information you want from the world of Eve you play in.
As a story on it's own it holds it's ground. The storylines of all 4 races are intwined and you will find yourself choosing sides or feeling sympathy for any of the main characters ultimately resulting in creating such a character ingame. Wether it be a free fought Minmatar or a money hungry Caldari they all have something that will atrackt our attention and make us want to know more.

Once you start reading this book, you'll find it hard to put it aside, you just keep on reading, I know I did. A must have for all fans of sci-fi and Eve-online players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are an EVE gamer you should enjoy this. 12 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This is only going to appeal to EVE gamers, let me point that out straight away. This is an enjoyable book IMO, some of the criticism aimed at it was slightly OTT.

After reading this book I had a clear vision of each characters image and personality, this wasnt just down to my imagination either. The author does a good job of building the characters in this book and his descriptions of them help you form a strong image of what they look like and what type of person they are etc. which I find is a must for any good book.

Some writers do suspense well, others do characters well and each writer has his/her strong points. Its very rare that you get a writer than can do 'Everything' to perfection. Its easier to write a book based on your own invention, if any questions are raised you can dismiss them easily and no one can really question you. When you are writing a book based on someone elses ideas, its slightly harder.

Gonzalez has had a good crack with this book (His first novel) and I think the guy deserves some credit. I enjoyed it immensly and found myself smiling everytime something happened in the book that made me think 'Yeah, that ship is a pain in the arse' or 'Oh cool, I go to that system for my ammo'. He links the book very well with the eve universe and any real EVE gamer will enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Science Fiction Tale 11 July 2010
By Sam
Format:Paperback
I'm just going to say up front, I don't play Eve. I genuinely can't stand the game. Which is a shame, because if Empyrean Age is anything to go by, the fiction behind it is great.

With Empyrean Age, author Tony Gonzales manages to weave together multiple narrative strands giving each faction their due attention. The politics seem very convincing, and whilst I'm hardly a political scientist, the individual machinations and maneuvorings of everyone involved is believable and compelling. You'll come to love the mis-matched dysfunctional crew of the Retford, despise Chamberlain Karsoth, feel conflicted about Tibus Heth, and alternately love and hate everyone in between.

And freaking huge space ship battles.

My only concern about the book is that it seems to end so abruptly. There is a satisfying conclusion of sorts for each strand, but it feels like book 1 of a larger cycle. Of course, it isnt. The narrative played out in the mmo and consequently I have missed it. Which is a shame.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
One of the best Sci-fi books I have read in ages.
Published 1 month ago by Lucyw82
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for that additional immersion
A brilliant exploration surrounding the lore of Eve Online. Being a player I was unaware of the rich and intricate plot that CCP games have woven around the MMO, and was thankful... Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Crowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very poor ending
Published 3 months ago by Tomo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 6 months ago by S. A. Cryer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Really worth a read even if your not in to eve online. The writing is good the characters are better and the story is fantastic.
Published 8 months ago by Philip
3.0 out of 5 stars a good book - not for children
This is a good book but includes unnecessary adult content making it totally unsuitable for children. Otherwise a good story, if you already know the eve background.
Published 9 months ago by Terence Stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars ok SciFi read
As a player of the Online game EVE I thought I'd give this a go for some bedtime reading. Although the story refers to ships, galaxies and people races from the game it is only a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story.
It takes you into a wonderful and interesting science fiction Universe abounding with nice science fiction concepts and the characters are very enthralling and unique.
Published 11 months ago by Mr Patrick Orobor
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read
The book captured quite a lot of the essence of the eve online universe. However contrary to both real life and in many ways some of the most prominent eve idea's some of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate reading but loved this
Best most gripping book i have ever read a must have for all eve players has a great compelling story.
Published 22 months ago by Jake
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