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Empire's End (Sten #8)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  805 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The Empire is in chaos. The once-great Imperial Navy has been shattered in battle and lies burning in space, riven by a civil war that threatens to engulf humanity’s future. For the revered Eternal Emperor is not the man his subjects thought him to be—and may not even be human at all. And it is Sten—Imperial bodyguard, spy, assassin, renegade—who now leads humanity’s fight ...more
Paperback, 522 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 1993)
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Marcus Calvert
Jan 06, 2013 Marcus Calvert rated it really liked it
These two authors get together with the desire to write 1 million words. The result was a far-flung futuristic series that's worth following from Book I to VIII. But the last book was just awesome, especially when it explained how the Emperor came to be. These guys have a flair for devious, diabolical plots and characters too unique to not enjoy.
Jun 28, 2016 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science_fiction, own
And so ends the series I bought and read solely because my friend wouldn't. He was looking for something to read, and I found the first two of these on the Powell's Books web site, but he wouldn't go for it. So of course I had to in order to prove him wrong. Well I did. You -- you know who you are -- were so wrong! These books were awesome! Don't you totally regret not having read it now? Nevermind the star ratings, they're great! Really.

I didn't anticipate the turn this series took in the last
Per Gunnar
It was a bit easier for me to read this book than it was with the previous book in the series. This is probably because of the initial disappointment of The Eternal Emperor going bananas and the empire going down the drain had already sunk in with the last book and I was more prepared for that this time. Quite honestly, this is a book that I more or less read only to have completed the series so my expectations were not that high.

The book is just as well written as the previous books, the parts
***Dave Hill
Dec 01, 2015 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At last, all the elements that have been bonded into Sten over the previous volumes -- gang member, soldier, spy, investigator, bodyguard, ship captain, POW, and diplomat -- come into play as Sten has to face off as freedom fighter against the mad Emperor. Good, good stuff, and a great pay-off for the series.


PREVIOUSLY (Oct 2012) - 3 stars

Sten vs. the Eternal Emperor, with the stakes being intergalactic civilization itself. Cole and Bunch's disguised polemic (see the afterword) c
May 13, 2014 Efka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The last book of the series embodies it nicely: lots of drakh and clots everywhere. The series, imho, had been going downhill since book 6, and I was afraid, that this last book might be just a sterotypical and boring "wrap it all up" creation. My rating of this book proves that my fears were unfounded. More, I found this book to be the best of whole series. It perfectly tells a story of Emperor's rise to power, and the reasons of his immortality and absolute control, as well as origins of AM2 w ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Nikolay rated it liked it
Several friends warned me that as far as the Sten saga goes, this is the worst of the series. However, I find it well in line with the rest of the books(and I liked it better than Vortex), and the revelation of the Emperor's secret was handled pretty well - I found it both surprising and unexpectedly plain, in a way. An OK entry in the series, and a solid, albeit a little lackluster and anticlimactic end for the saga.
Oct 04, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, ebooks
This was probably the best book of the series and a fitting end to the overall story. There was a good chunk of flashback to explain some things about the Eternal Emperor, but it was done well and still remained entertaining. The rest of the story is exactly what you expect from a Sten novel, so if you've read the first 7, you might as well finish it off.
Ivan Bogdanov
Jan 22, 2016 Ivan Bogdanov rated it really liked it
Изчетох я най-сетне, въпреки че от поне две години се подмята из нас.
Като цяло - не е на нивото на предните книги. Но нивото ѝ е доста над останалите бози, които се предлагат за фантастика.
За всички, които са чели поредицата - Задължителна. Другите да почнат от първа книга. Една от най-добрите фантастични поредици, писана някога!
Nov 15, 2007 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Autographed by Cole, the master. My prize possession and the emperor is finally done in. Good stuff.
Sten rebels against the Eternal Emperor, and plunges the empire into civil war.

I don't really know how to rate this one; I loved most of the story, but I really really hated the ending.
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Christopher R. "Chris" Bunch was an American science fiction, fantasy and television writer, who wrote and co-wrote about thirty novels.

Born in Fresno, California, he collaborated with Allan Cole on a series of books involving a hero named Sten in a galactic empire. (Cole married Bunch's sister, Kathryn.) He served in Vietnam as a patrol commander. He also wrote for Rolling Stone and was a corresp
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Other Books in the Series

Sten (8 books)
  • Sten (Sten, #1)
  • The Wolf Worlds (Sten, #2)
  • The Court of a Thousand Suns (Sten, #3)
  • Fleet of the Damned (Sten, #4)
  • Revenge of the Damned (Sten, #5)
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