- A Science Fiction Superhero Thriller
- Narrated by: Matt Butcher
- Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-16-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Kevin Michael
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By cosmitron on 04-10-18
Quick fun read
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes for a fast easy diversion that is creative with interesting characters.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Logan of course.
Which scene was your favorite?
Going forward in time is a great scene grabber for any story.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Empires of the future.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Claire on 04-16-18
Not as advertised
I didn't feel like this book matched the blurb.
There was not a superhero cape in sight. I don't want to downplay the role that peacekeepers play in this book, they do an important and difficult job, but superhero?
I'm also missing the growing evil, yes there was lots of crime and society seemed to be spiraling down, but I totally missed a specific evil.
So what was right about it, there's lots of action, there's emotional drama and the lead character is really likeable. I did enjoy it, I just wish the blurb had been more accurate.
The narration is well done, good character voices and the delivery was clear and dynamic.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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By Norma Miles on 05-17-18
The Universe had a strange sense of humour.
Not so much a novella as three stories loosely strung together, which tells of Logan, a cop, thrown 300+ years into the future from a now dead Earth to Nova Roma City where he again joins the police force, and of his police partner, Travner, a disillusioned war veteran who lives for violent action without ever seeming to come to any harm himself. Neither have any superpowers, or costumes, or superhero attributes, other than that of trying to be peacekeepers in an increasingly violent world.
Simply, even naively, written, the text needed to have been better edited to remove several irritating repeated observations which scatter through the story pointlessly, like Logan's father comparing the America of the 20th century to the Roman Empire (he was an historian), and others which cannot be stated here without spoilers. The book had obviously been written in little chunks and been stitched together without thought of how it would read as a whole to create the overall theme of no matter how much technology advances, human nature remains the same. Having said that, it is an enjoyable listen with narrator Matt Butcher's pleasant voice warmly reading with good expression although the individual characters are only slightly differentiated.
My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Fallen Empire, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It is a short, easy listen which presents some thought provoking ideas and has interesting story lines. It is not, however, correctly represented in the synopsis. Nor is there too much graphic violence, although it is suggested as being ever present. Instead, it focuses more on how violence on both a personal and multinational scale affects people's lives.
By C. Rowlands on 04-29-18
Somewhat inaccurate title suffix
This book claims to be a scifi superhero thriller on here and amazon, but the superhero part is not really true at all and can give a misleading impression of the book and it is notable that it is listed as a scifi time travel thriller on goodreads, which is a little more accurate even if the actual time travel has been completed by the point where the book starts.
This book is an enjoyable take on a common theme of humanity failing to learn from the mistakes of the past and proceeding to make them all over again later as empires gradually fall from grace, this time it being one in the future that is repeating many of the mistakes of our past and present in a manner that is all to clear to the hero, Logan, who through a strange mishap has found himself in this future.
The narrator did a good job with this book, giving a good solid performance with good pacing that served to nicely enhance the story.
This book felt like it was just one chapter in a larger world, so it will be interesting to see whether or not the author returns to it in the future.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]