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The Imperialists: Balance of Power (Book 1)

The Imperialists: Balance of Power (Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

H.T. Kofruk
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Deadly assassins, genetically modified alien armies, highly trained augmented humans and the most advanced technology of any intelligent species have given the Six Great Empires of Earth control of vast areas of the galaxy. Billions of aliens live, fight and die under human banners. But the main threat to human dominance is humans themselves.

In a universe strikingly similar to Earth in the early twentieth century, bitter rivalry between the Six Empires has driven one of them to develop an alien weapon like no other. Fifty thousand well-armed human soldiers are massacred at the blink of an eye, bringing the uneasy peace to an abrupt end.

Terry Southend, a highly trained marine, finds himself in the middle of these turbulent times. Partnering with Heera Kim, a military doctor, he survives overwhelming odds and finds himself slowly being detached from the farcical theocracy for which he had fought and bled.

Meanwhile, Bin'ja is on a mission. Humans have destroyed his home and enslaved his people. With a powerful weapon at his disposal, he is travelling to Earth to destroy the heart of the imperialist swarm. But the guidance from a divine figure is telling him that this is not the way for him. Does he heed the advice or continue on and succeed in destroying the home of the accursed humans?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 252 pages
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  • Language: English
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Herbert Kofruk spent most of his childhood in London, UK, where his father, a biologist, was doing research while his mother worked at a bank. He was an avid reader since his early years, often spending entire evenings with a book. This naturally led him to write some unusual stories at school that often caught the eyes of his teachers. His parents were told that 'he has many stories in his head'. It was only fitting that he would declare at the age of ten that he wanted to become a novelist when he grew up. As with many parents concerned with the future of their children, this endeavor seemed too risky and he was convinced to drop it and instead aspire to become a lawyer or a doctor.

Herbert went back to his native country, South Korea, as a young adolescent, a place as culturally distant from London as it was geographically, and focused on more 'real-life issues' such as school grades, going to a good university, etc. He went on to receive a BA in business from one of the country's leading schools. It was at this time, he started to delve into books again. One of his friends commented that he 'tried to read everything!', including newspapers, economic/business periodicals, non-fiction books and, of course, science fiction and fantasy novels. He spent a year in the south of France to learn French and this period was basically spent reading several books a week. He finally read the revered 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, the Dune saga, the Necroscope series, etc.

He returned to Seoul and spent a couple years in the military and then went on to graduate from university. In a rather sudden move, Herbert went back to France to get a master's degree in one of the country's leading business schools. He received a high distinction for his thesis on the BRIC economies and supply chain strategy.

Herbert is currently living and working as an expat in Paris, France while writing as much as he can in his spare time. It is in the 'City of Lights' that he started his first science-fiction novel, 'The Imperialists: Balance of Power'. The second part of the saga, 'Ungracious Fall' was published the following year. Herbert is currently busy writing the third and final book of the series, 'Scattered Tempest', aiming for publication in April, 2014, though this may be optimistic as usual.

His unique background with roots in three very different countries has perhaps contributed to his sense of self, his cosmopolitan worldview and his appreciation of cultural differences. He is fluent in three languages and is a chronic traveller. He has one brother who lives in Michigan, USA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 10 Sep 2013
By Manish
Format:Kindle Edition
Amazing futuristic writing. I started literally imagining a world as described by the author and wondered what it would be like to live in such an environment. The wars, plots and sub-plots are brilliantly portrayed and I found a great underlying connect of 'human desire and greed' through these.

The author has obviously immense imagination and the right talent to put it down in words. I am looking forward to buy the next in series already.

Overall, Top read !!
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A Review of "The Imperialists Book 1: Balance of Power" by H. T. Kofruk
Review by: John H Glen
Date; 30-Aug-13
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
My rating: 4 stars

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The Imperialists: Balance of Power (Book 1)

What Do I Think?

I really enjoy getting the free or very inexpensive books from Amazon and I do go on to buy other books from the authors. But like many of these free books there are problems with the proof reading and there is a much needed service from Amazon to make sure that this is done as sometimes the lack of punctuation, good spelling and grammar make many of these books virtually unreadable.

Though there were a few errors in this story there were far less than I expected (sorry H. T.)
This well woven tale establishes a prediction of the universe in a couple of hundred years' time. It's a dramatic representation of interstellar rivalry, the unending hostilities between the many empires, and the killing of millions in the name of religion I thought to myself not so different from the actual history of the earth this is very good move from a talented story-weaver.

So on with the theme of basic mankind 101; the colonists from Earth (or the Rendens as they are called by the story-weaver) act as colonists have always acted in the name of their God, and with the imperialistic aim of conquering and enslaving every planet they come across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUTURE: WAR AND SLAUGHTER 1 May 2013
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This well-constructed novel creates a vision of the universe in a few hundred years' time. It's a vivid image of inter-stellar strife, endless wars between competing empires and the slaughter of countless millions in the name of religion. Basically, not so different from the world of the last few hundred years. The colonisers from Planet Earth (or the Rendens as they are called by their 'alien' victims) behave as they have always behaved: in the name of their one true God, and with the imperialistic aim of conquering and enslaving every planet they come across, they are willing to sacrifice any number of peoples. There are many inter-weaving plots and sub-plots: the rivalries between the Pacific, Atlantic, Orthodox and Chinese Empires; the love story between First Lieutenant Terry Southend and Heera; and the enslavement and cruel exploitation of the Nikruk people, with their callous transformation into mindless killing-machines, and their ultimate revenge on their oppressors. But what stands out, apart from the author's skill in spinning the various threads of the story together and creating a viable vision of a whole universe in tumult, is the searing critique throughout of mankind's endemic nature, as exhibited by the twin evils of colonialism and religion, in effect the desire to spread the perceived Truth, which has blighted our own times, and, it would seem, the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully imaginative 27 Nov 2012
By sunghohoho - Published on
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I was sort of blown away by the audacity of this book. The future described was both realistic and highly imaginative. Many cultures both human and alien are explored in this book without the same american viewpoint of the world. I find that really refreshing. The story isn't just a testosterone-induced shoot em up flick, but a carefully thought out plot with believable, complex characters that aren't your average macho, messed-up-sense-of-humor heros. At some points I was literally shouting out loud no! no! no! For an indie book, the imperialists doesnt have many spelling or syntax mistakes despite what other evaluations say. (I didn't actually find any but I just tend to flow over these things. maybe new version). This was a proper sci-fi book for modern times. Thoroughly enjoyed and waiting for more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot wait for the next instalment !!! 13 Nov 2012
By Carlos Alberto Toledo C�rdenas - Published on
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I am a huge fan of book series and The Imperialists is definitely as good as some of other really famous series.

While reading it I could almost feel that I was watching a movie; some chapters feel really like action movie scenes.

I admit that there are some dialogues that I do not like from H. T. Kofruk; but in general is a great book and I cannot wait to read the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original story 15 Sep 2012
By Tim - Published on
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Like most of the cheap/free Kindle stories I have read so far there is a definite need for a proofreader, e.g. parameter is not perimeter. Though there were a few errors there were not enough to seriously disrupt my reading. Maybe Amazon could organise and provide such a service? Anyway I found the story original and interesting and I am looking forward to the next volume.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 27 Aug 2012
By David - Published on
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I just bought a new kindle and wanted to test it out by buying a cheap sci-fi book that might be enjoyable. I honestly wasn't thinking that hard when I bought The Imperialists. I read it mainly on the subway to work or on the plane when I went on vacation but I must say, for a first time author (he mentions it on the introduction), HT Kofruk has done a pretty damn good job. His world was believable and character development was OK too. Though the intial half of the book was quite slow with a fair amount of information to absorb, the latter parts are very action-packed and the story accelerated nicely. There is defintely an 'Avatar' influence in the plot but overall, it was very creative. The only thing that put me off was the rather abrupt ending that leaves you kinda hanging. But it definitely made me look forward to the second volume which I hope the author doesn't take too much time in writing. Overall pleasantly satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Large scale storytelling, a compelling read 25 Jun 2013
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Although not an avid science-fiction novel reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Initially I found it quite difficult to keep up as there are a lot of characters and each chapter is told in a different perspective but you quickly become familiar with them. It moves away from a character just as something important is about to happen which keeps up the intensity and suspense of the novel. Despite the scene being set in a inter-galactic space, it is not too far-fetched as you can imagine certain parallels drawn from history and the conflict and turmoil reflect ever-present issues around good and evil, struggle for power, greed and so on. The description about the background, new weapons, alien powers etc. are wonderfully fresh and creative. It would be great to see a bit more complex character development in the next book that matchs the superb quality of descriptive writing on settings and background.

Overall, I found the book fun to read and I look forward to reading the next volume.
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