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Publisher's Summary

Herbert's Dune meets Banks' The Player of Games in The Phantom of the Earth, a spellbinding science fiction epic set deep underground after the fall of civilization on Earth's surface.
Here are the five thought-provoking postapocalyptic stories that lovers of science fiction can't stop talking about, gathered together in one volume for the first time. The futuristic theories, conspiracies, political maneuvering, and characters within these visionary tales will stay with you long after you finish.
In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history's most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in Beimeni, a place where the physical blends with the metaphysical and power consolidates in the hands of those with a genetic edge. The fissures first spread slowly, then swiftly, until now the Great Commonwealth finds itself on the brink of economic devastation, challenged by forces from within that know its secrets and its crimes.
At the center of the conflict lie the Selendias of Piscator, founders of the resistance with an uncanny connection to the zeropoint field; and the Barão Strike Team, three researchers tasked with finding a cure to the Reassortment Strain, the plague that nearly wiped humanity from the Earth. Traveling from the uninhabitable but pristine surface to the habitable but inhospitable underground, this is a story about dedication to dreams, battle for survival, discovery and connection, song and celebration, undoing past misdeeds, and sacrifice for the greater good.
©2015 Raeden Zen (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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2 out of 5 stars
By C.Dale on 01-03-17

Tedious, could not finish even with John Lee.

Would you try another book from Raeden Zen and/or John Lee?

Raeden Zen (Can you say pretentious and completely made up name?) No. John Lee - absolutely.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

John Lee is my favorite Narrator, but even he could not rescue this series.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

John Lee was narrating.

Any additional comments?

It's rare a find a book I don't finish, but this is one of them. It's not horrible, but it could not hold my interest when something else more interesting came along. A lot of glossing over of the 'science' - I.E. the brief space travel sequences are laughable, this mysterious 'ZP field' is never really explained and seems rather outlandish, even for Sci-fi, etc.. You don't really get invested in the characters either, they all tend to be unlikable. A waste of John Lee's talent IMO, but at the same time is it's saving grace - I can't see actually reading this, John Lee's usual stellar performance is the only reason I stuck it out as long as I did.

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3 out of 5 stars
By T. J. Long on 10-21-16

Journey to the center of the Earth. ..Sort of

I had a hard time finishing this book. I'm used to out of this world sci-fi epics, but this one was hard to follow. Explanations came late in the book, and it felt like some motivations for key characters and societal structures were nonexistent. As for the narater I like his voice acting in other productions, but some names became hard to understand and differentiate because of either pronunciation or accent. As I write this I'm still unsure if one of the main characters is "Baron" or "Barrow." I enjoyed the different aspects of genetics, material science, and quantum mechanics that the author brought forth. Not sure if I'll be listening to this anytime soon, but a second time might allow me to pick up on more of the story.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 10-30-17

Not as good as dune

I did like this story and the style is very much an epic sci-fi. Still, I can’t help thinking that it lacked the pace of a good page turner.

A lot of people have borrowed heavily from this book over the years so it’s very good reading if you are a writer. If not, then try the Night’s Dawn Trilogy instead of this.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Marvin Herman Froeder on 10-31-17

First book I gave up after a few hour.

I drop this entire series on book 2, was a pain to get to the end of book 1, but I was hopping it would improve. It didn't!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Staas on 05-09-17


a very intriguing story line with significant character development. i appreciated the strong female characters.

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