The Comet Riders: Book Five of Seeds of a Fallen Empire

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The Comet Riders is the story of an alien race of explorers who visit other worlds. Eventually, one of the aliens will invent computerized immortality, by channeling his soul's essence, his memories, into the body of a machine. More
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Words: 87,390
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311120809
About Anne Spackman

At the current time, I am a gymnastics coach and a writer of many types of fiction. I have a BA in English language and literature from the University of Chicago. I am half-American and half-Scottish. I spent many summers as a girl in Scotland, and moved to England at 16 where I finished high school at Bedford High School in Bedfordshire, England.

My first novel, The Last Immortal, I wrote more than twenty years ago. It is the first of six novels in the "Seeds of a Fallen Empire" series that was finished in 2000 and finally published as an e-book in 2010-2014 after many years of trying the traditional publishing route. I have also written one fantasy novel, Curse of the Dragon Kings, which was written in 1997 and published as an e-book in 2010.

As a writer, I started out writing mostly science fiction and also fantasy as I so much loved J.R.R. Tolkien as a girl. I also really enjoy historical fiction set in the days of ancient Rome, (and Egypt.) I am now writing more romantic and historical short stories.

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Review by: Austin12345 on Nov. 14, 2015 :
Worst attempt at a science fiction book I've ever suffered through. Way to many characters and half of them served no purpose. Flat and one dimensional means I never cared what happened with any of them. Instead of a real plot we receive a sophomoric "meaning of life" group of speechs that I found boringly predictable and delivered as if the author thought it was original, it wasn't.

With any luck the author learned her lesson an NEVER tries her hand at sci-fi again.
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Review by: ellareed on Jan. 09, 2015 :
Thought-provoking. This book has a lot of back story, and after reading parts of the series that occur later in time, it feels like an honor to witness some of the important events that occurred earlier in the time sequence of this series, like the childhoods of major historical characters, and the launch of Seynorynael's first spaceship.

There is also a lot of food for thought, as various characters engage in deep philosophical conversations about life and especially ethics. More than just idle speculation, characters in the book put their ideas into practice in ways most of us could only dream of, finding a way to gain immortality in a mechanized form and creating an Empire over which they have complete control. Are they evil for what they have done? Or are they only human? It is up to the reader to decide - for even good intentions run amok, and inadvertently help create the evil powers they are trying to avoid.
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