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Empire of the Gods

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Linus is taken prisoner from earth by a barbaric civilization rampaging through our galaxy. He is to be sold into slavery, spending his life toiling in the factories or front lines. Or he may be killed at any time for the amusement of his captors. This evil Empire is ruled by invincible tyrants with limitless abilities. They have powers to make any wish come true just by t ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 17th 2011 by Createspace
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Randy
Dec 30, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The aliens came and left Earth's civilization in ruins. Their technology completely overwhelmed us and then they simply loaded billions of people aboard their ships and left. No one knew why they wanted those billions.

Now they had returned.

It was seventy-five years later and civilization had been slow to recover. Mostly farming communities, one small such village were taken and loaded aboard ship.

One of the prisoners was a young man named Linus. During the loading process, some of the people rio
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Book Him Danno
I’m not a huge Sci-fi fan, but this was on my Kindle To Read for the Blog list and so I started reading. I contract with myself to give every new book at least 10% before putting it down the first time. I realized I was well over 20% when my kids yelled, “Whats for dinner?” Well that got me moving and I put the book down only to pick it back up a few hours later and finish it the next day.

Linus is a character you can really enjoy, one that is innocent and yet not stupid in any way. Life and dea
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David Stag
Apr 17, 2012 David Stag rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-master-works
This is a story where the reader never knows what will happen next. The main character, Linus, sees all levels of a magnificent empire and meets many interesting people along the way. The story is character driven - what citizens of the empire think is just as important as what Linus sees. The book not only presents a series of events, some of them quite fantastic - it also discusses why these things have happened. The central issue is "power" - as in the power to make some people do what others ...more
Ryan Mercer
Aug 21, 2012 Ryan Mercer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely great book. As a previous reviewer said, this book is wonderful for a first time author. One can tell that a great deal of passion went into crafting this story, you truly can tell Stag appreciates good sci-fi and wanted to make his mark on the genre.

Upon first reading about the book I was hoping to be in for something along the lines of Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Peter F. Hamilton... something good that I could really get into and find myself falling for the characters. Well, this
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Daniel Lemire
Mar 12, 2012 Daniel Lemire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. This book is is clearly in the top 10% of the scifi books I read in the last few years. They could make a decent movie out of this novel. It is quite a ride and it never gets boring. I found the ending satisfying.

It is not hard scifi. There is little science, and no deep philosophy. But I stayed with the story because the writing is engaging. It is good fun.


There are some minor issues with this book. Firstly, there are a few typos. Nothing that prevented me from conti
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J. Keith
Apr 21, 2012 J. Keith rated it it was amazing
Empire of the Gods is a thoroughly enjoyable book. David Stag crafts a gripping tale that keeps you guessing. It begins with teenage Linus being kidnapped along with most of his hometown by alien pirates to be sold into intergalactic slavery. In a story reminiscent of Joseph and his coat of many colors from the Bible, Linus doesn't let his circumstances define him. Instead he rises above his problems and establishes himself in distant worlds.

Empire of the Gods breaks out from the usual formulas
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Douglas Bittinger
Started out with an interesting premise, but that premise strangled itself with depression. Some may like this plot/story line, it's just not for me. Dialogue is flat, difficult to stay interested. Laying aside, moving on to next book.
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Extremely dark in the beginning, but gets better over time. It has some cool concepts.
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Now retired, I've been a scientific/technical person my entire life. I have degrees in engineering, 11 patents and have designed industrial machinery used around the world. I play guitar, have raced and restored cars and am a video game fanatic. I am not married, and the inside of my house shows it. Empire of the Gods is my first novel, written mainly because I now have plenty of time on my hands, ...more
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