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Return of the Emperor (Sten #6)

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The Eternal Emperor was dead, and the five members of the Privy Council ruled in his place. But they quickly discovered that their power would collapse around them if they didn’t locate the Emperor’s secret source of Anti-Matter Two, the economic keystone of the Empire. And so they sent a team of crack commandos to capture Sten, one of their late ruler’s few surviving conf ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 13th 1990 by Del Rey (first published 1990)
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Jul 31, 2013 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've gotten all the way to the 6th book in the Sten series, you definitely know what you're getting at this point. You read them for the same reason that you watch a movie like Commando. You know there aren't going to be any amazing story lines that change your world or deep, complex characters that you become instantly involved with. You just want to see gunfights, explosions, and impossible escapes. It's the perfect remedy if you just want to shut your brain off for a few hours and enjoy ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Jacob rated it liked it
Shelves: science_fiction, own
Entry #6 in the Sten series. This one adds some cool significant developments to the existing setting, without doing much in the way of power creep (which Brandon Sanderson can't resist). Given the title, it shouldn't be a spoiler to say that the Emperor returns! The narrative that follows his restoration is interesting; it's not a given that he'll make it, and his own preparations for his exaggerated death help make sure he can't come back unless he's, uh, "himself" again.

Sten is still the main
Per Gunnar
After quite a pause I returned to the Sten series. This series is one of those that I read because they are good books and I really do not want to leave a book series unfinished but it is not really my favorite type of books.

The book started off quite good. After the first third I was thinking that it was one of the best ones so far. Sten was doing what he does best, his old buddies where getting back into the action and we where set for some serious ass kicking…or so I thought.

However, as it tu
***Dave Hill
Oct 29, 2012 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it
Shelves: text, favorites
Sten makes his next major evolution, to revolutionary, fighting against the Privy Council who orchestrated the Emperor's demise. Aside from getting a new skill set each novel, Sten continues to show growth and maturing, which is kind of nice.

Meanwhile, the secrets of why the Emperor is Eternal begin to be hinted at (cue ominous music).


PREVIOUS (Oct 2012)

The Sten series hits its narrative stride, with parallel plots. On the one hand, Sten is a key part of a plot to bring to
The Eternal Emperor has been assassinated, and the usurpers, unable to locate the Emperor’s secret source of AM2, find their power collapsing around them. So they send a team of commandos to capture Sten, hoping he knows the secret. Sten sets out to kill the empire's new leaders.

This book is another one of my favorites from this series. I love the fugitive thing going on with Sten. The other really cool thing about it is the massive amount of backstory on the Eternal Emperor; all his secrets are
Rogue-van (the Bookman)
May 28, 2013 Rogue-van (the Bookman) rated it really liked it
Shelves: rvo-reviewed, sf
An future empire sliding slowly into chaos makes for a gripping story! The Privy Council has seriously erred in judgment and will do anything to survive. A growing number of dissidents is causing a crisis.
Felt a bit unfocused, like it was trying to be two books at once. And I don't like what they do at the end of the series, so this is the last one I'll read. Shame.
Nov 12, 2007 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
"The delicate art of Murder in multiple varieties". Yeah that's Sten and buddies. More good mindless entertainment, perfect for relaxing after a tough day.
Jun 12, 2012 Devi rated it liked it
Should probably be 3.5 stars.

The continuing adventures of Sten and the other characters who make up this series. Just a fine read.
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Allan Cole (born 1943) is an American author and television writer, who has written or co-written nearly thirty books.The son of a CIA operative, Cole was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. He collaborated with Chris Bunch on the Sten science fiction series, as well the Far Kingdoms Series, and the historical novels, A Reckoning For Kings an ...more
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