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At Empire's Edge (Zak Cato #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Zak Cato is a xenocop. He's returning a fugitive shape-shifting Sagathi when things go horribly awry. Saved from being slaughtered with the rest of his men because he is drunk, Cato must now become the hero he was created to be, recapture the Sagathi, and exact revenge.

Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Ace (first published 2009)
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This was terrible and nowhere near the standard of the author's other books.

The setting was a thinly disguised Roman empire in space but for some reason, even though they had the technology to build robots and androids which could presumably be programmed to work tirelessly and be utterly loyal, the culture is still reliant on slaves. While I could probably accept that some in the aristocracy would flaunt their wealth by keeping slaves, the complete absence of computers, robots and androids was
Jun 04, 2010 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, people who want a Dietz standalone novel
"At Empire's Edge" might start off as a standard sci-fi novel, but the emergence of themes political, territorial, and the characterization that develops throughout make this a very well-rounded novel in overall scopes. It surprised me, because it took quite some time for the stage to be set with respect to the setting and the unfolding conflicts, but once it did, the story and characters drew me in, and didn't let go until the final scenes of the work.

Jak Cato, a Xeno Corps officer, is the cent
Scott Holstad
I thoroughly enjoyed this sci fi novel by William Dietz. It was fast moving and action packed, particularly as the novel progressed. It's military sci fi, so if you go for that, it's a good book.

The book is about Jak Cato, a Xeno Corps officer, who is bringing in and guarding an extremely dangerous shapeshifting alien named Verafti, a Sagathi. Things really go wrong early on as another group of aliens, the Vord, attack Cato's ship, forcing it to land to make repairs. They find themselves on the
DNF - Couldn't get past how mysoginistic the perspective characters were, or how often a lesser character got a brief perspective just to wax poetic about the supposed "hero". I might come back to it when I feel like torturing myself... just to see if the worse characters get killed in iteresting ways.
And why are there so many exclamation marks in this book?
I'm a big fan of Dietz' novels and series, so I'm a bit biased. Even so, I was pleasantly surprised by 'At Empire's Edge'-At first, I thought that this work would be a standard hard sci-fi action romp. The main character, Jak Cato, has a number of failings and weaknesses which give him (and the book as a whole) some very real depth. He's an alcoholic, he's short-tempered and short sighted in his decision-making, he a bit acerbic. Thank God he's an empath! His ability helps him do his job as a me ...more
Kevin Svendsen
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Alex Boothe
I would say that if you're a fan of William C Dietz and are interested in reading this one then get it from the library. If you're 12 then it's all good, if you're use to other book from years ago you'll probably be disappointed. IMHO
good enough but not great. I didn't feel for the main character (Jak Cato) though. Dietz's creation of the "evil" alien shape-shifter, Sagathi, was pretty good.
Slow to start, but as usual, very good characters and once the story got rolling... it got rolling! Enjoyed... perhaps not as much as others, but still a good read!
All I'll say is that my first thought after finishing this was "I hope he writes more." Of course, since it's a duology, he probably won't.
Fun technical military sci fi so far.
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William Corey Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a corpsman, graduated from the University of Washington and worked as a surgical technician, college instructor, and news writer. Later he worked for US West in a number of different marketing communications and public relations related positions, before leaving to accept a job as Director of Public Relat ...more
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