Techno Writer


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  • The Last Immortal : Book One of Seeds of a Fallen Empire on July 25, 2012

    This book has an interesting plot and tells a complex story. However, a lot is told in a flashback. I liked the basic premises and ideas, though it takes a little while to really get into the book and understand what is going on. The book is original, and the characters are well-fleshed out. I don’t have a degree in rocket science, but the book is enjoyable to me. Anyone with a physics background may see errors in the science used within the novel. I don’t know. I tend to be more forgiving of minor errors when the overall plot is good. And as for me, I liked the style and the depth of the culture the author sets up here. It’s not typical, but different, if you are looking for something different. Something actually thought-provoking. I see shades of the history of the Soviet Union under Stalin in the culture of the planet Tiasenne. I really liked the main heroes in the novel. This book could perhaps use a bit of polish, and it is a shame that it has an ending that leaves you hanging since it is part of a series. But otherwise, a good effort.
  • The Osiris Invasion: Book Two of Seeds of a Fallen Empire on July 25, 2012

    If you haven’t read the first book in the series, this book may be difficult to figure out right away. The beginning of the book starts well, but has a timeline that makes it rather difficult to get into at first. The book is interesting, despite some implausible elements. I enjoyed the Superman-esque elements. Essentially you have an alien superbeing child on the future Earth who is adopted by Earth people, who grows up not knowing who she is and with superpowers. The style of this book may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it. There are some parts that could use a little trimming. And of course, the science has been fudged in order to make the plot work. Of course, you can not have an alien being disguised among a human population. It worked in Superman, though, so it has been done…. I don’t recommend this book for people who don’t like to be challenged at all by what they read. It is a hard read at times, but very well written despite a few minor weaknesses in the plot.
  • Across the Stars: Book Three of Seeds of a Fallen Empire on July 25, 2012

    This book is hard to follow at first unless you have read the first two books in this series. The plot is fantastical. An Earth crew boards a mysterious alien space vessel and is taken off the planet, on a voyage across space, pursued by grey but almost human enemy aliens called Orians. There is clearly a great ‘history’ that the author has created going on behind this novel. We begin to encounter alien cultures from civilizations across space. I think that this book was well-written, though at times is seems a bit like Star Trek, with a different cast of characters. As it turns out *spoiler here* there was an ancient intergalactic empire that once ruled the galaxies. This empire created a race of superbeing alien immortals who explored the universe. And it is their ship the Earth people are trapped on board. I can’t recommend this book to everyone. It is an enjoyable read the more you get into the ancient history of this empire that has vanished. I will be interested to see more. I think a lot of this is implausible, but after all, it is science fiction, without so much emphasis on the hard science and more upon creating a unique world.