Veiled Alliances : Saga of Seven Suns

  • by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • Series: Saga of Seven Suns
  • 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This prequel novella to Kevin J. Anderson’s international best-selling space opera Saga of Seven Suns is based on his 2004 graphic novel Veiled Alliances from Wildstorm/ DC Comics.
This audiobook shows the origin of the green priests on Theroc, the first Roamer skymining operations on a gas-giant planet, the discovery of the Klikiss robots entombed in an abandoned alien city, the initial Ildiran expedition to Earth, the rescue of the generation ship Burton and the tragedy that leads to sinister breeding experiments. Veiled Alliances is an excellent starting point for readers new to the Saga, as well as an unforgettable adventure for fans of the series.


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Countdown to the Seven Suns

I first read Kevin Anderson in the Dune books he wrote with Frank Herbert's son Brian. Even though none of the add-on Dune books had quite the mystique and intrigue of Frank Herbert's original writing, I really thought that Brian and Kevin wrote more realistic characters and better dialog than the original Dune books so I read a little more by Kevin Anderson and found this seemed to be standard for him. Anderson isn't the top in scientific creativity, fabulous prose, or the tightest plot lines, but he is one of the few sci-fi authors to give me characters I really love, love to hate, wish I could meet, or wish I could be. So, I was really excited when Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 was released. I bought the book immediately and then...Never Read It. I was in a super stressed period of my life and could not get past the first few pages - too tired to concentrate. Now that my life is semi-sane and I've become an audio-phile, I started to pick up Hidden Empire on audio, but saw this prequel and thought this might be a better start (and Nurlip's reviewe confirmed - thank you, Nurlip). I was right - this is a great place to start The Saga. This novella is a series of vignettes designed to give you some near history prior to the opening of Hidden Empire. Since I've now started Hidden Empire, I can attest to the fact that Veiled Alliances makes it much easier to latch onto the many new concepts and character intros that come thick and fast when the The Saga really begins.

David Colacci is OK as the narrator, but he has a kind of sing-song rhythm in some of the narrative sections that I don't care for. However, this book is short and he is not the narrator for The Hidden Empire so not a big deal.

Veiled Alliances is interesting and entertaining in its own right, but it really is designed to be an introduction to a much bigger world, The Saga of the Seven Suns world. I would recommend Veiled Alliances to anyone considering taking on The Saga.
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- Tango "Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres."

A good Beginning For The Series, But a Bit Rushed.

I LOVE Kevin J. Anderson's writing. LOVE it. And the Saga Of Seven Suns is hands down my favorite of his efforts. Anderson labels this work a "prequel," and it lays a tremendous amount of groundwork for the entire series. Roamers, the Klikiss, the green priests, you name it, you get the origin or discovery of these great elements that make the entire series such a wonderful listen. His rich universe detailed in the series comes alive in this audiobook. That being said, this very good audiobook is somewhat rushed, and brief. It should have been two or three books, to give it more depth, and perhaps cover the stories more thoroughly. This isn't a complaint. It's just that the author is so good at the craft, that you're left wanting for more. And ultimately, that's a GOOD thing.

Whether you've never read the series, or are a rabid fan, as I am, you'll enjoy this audiobook. It's storytelling on a level far above so many other authors.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios