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The Empire (The Empire #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
"It will be interesting to discover which will make you beg. Will it be the pain or the pleasure?"

How do you tame a man without breaking his spirit?

The galaxy is under siege from alien invaders. The Empire is the only force that stands in the gap, trading the freedom of its citizens for a tenuous security.

Amidst this chaos, Lt. Adrian Stannis is a brilliant scientist tryin
Paperback, 326 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by IFWG Publishing Incorporated (first published November 1st 2010)
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Lee Holz
Jun 18, 2011 Lee Holz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Empire has all the essential elements of a classic space opera: romance, sex, action, alien invaders, the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, an Empire organized as an ostensible democracy, real political power in the hands of a military oligarchy and enough intrigue to satisfy anyone. The military is divided into three factions: the professional dedicated soldiers (more or less good guys), the competing Security Service that enjoys disciplining the others (more or less bad guys) and th ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of sci-fi, esp. military and space opera
Recommended to Katy by: Elizabeth Lang
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Science-fiction thriller (per author); military sci-fi/space opera (per me) Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Humanity is in danger of annihilation as a centuries old war with the Andromedans heats up again. The Empire, an increasingly totalitarian society, is the only force that stands in the gap.

Thrust into this chaos of alien invasion, rebellion, and political intrigue, Lieute
Dec 20, 2010 A.F. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, sci-fi
The Empire by Elizabeth Lang is accomplished, multi-layered entertainment, unfolding strategic plots, subplots and characters to the delight of the reader. It is a strong, skilful entry in the world of science fiction.

The novel is set in a future where the human race is in the middle of a galactic war and the military complex all but runs an Empire. Caught in this tangled web is Adrian Stannis, a pawn in the games of the military who want to use his genius to build weapons.

The Empire is intricat
Dec 31, 2010 Biola rated it it was amazing
The Empire by Elizabeth Lang
I would like first of all to congratulate Elizabeth for a very brilliant piece. I would like to thank her for giving heart stopping moments. She wove a story of love, naked abuse of power, real evil and outright hypocrites. I would like to thank her for using the novel “The Empire to lay bare our pretensions to civilization and ‘empire building.’ I have never felt so involved in a supposed fantasy as Elizabeth made me feel with the brilliant characterization of Adrian
Gerry Huntman
Dec 03, 2010 Gerry Huntman rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading this prior to publication. I enjoyed it immensely. What attracted me to the novel is that it isn't cliche-ridden - it genre blends somewhat (there is an element of romance) and it's core storyline is not plot driven (a well constructed epic science fiction backdrop), but rather focuses on the weaknesses, and the strengths, of the human spirit. In this case the main characters. All these characters are three-dimensional.

Well done Elizabeth, you have crafted a very go
Merle Burbaugh
Jan 08, 2011 Merle Burbaugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Excellent story,

Poor Adrian is so smart he is almost void of emotion, well, any he wants someone to see.

As grand a Space Opera tale as there is, as The Empire is portrayed as the evil villain with its many ruthless parts and the exploitation of the human and his condition.

Defiantly a must read for SciFi fans with a good plot and several interesting and twisted subplots...
Ronald Cain
May 15, 2012 Ronald Cain rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves character dramas, science fiction, well written books
I haven't found too many new authors who are so full of promise, but Elizabeth Lang is definitely one of those.

Characterization is her strong suit. No cardboard or derivative characters here. Fascinating, quirky, tortured and most of all, gritty and complex. Her characters breath and sing. You love them, hate them, love and hate them at the same time, while others confuse you to no end. Sester is a prime example. He doesn't appear until the half-way through, but once he does, you cannot take you
May 03, 2012 Dizzy&grumpy rated it it was amazing
i enjoyed reading this first book of this budding author. this book captured my interest and kept me on the edge. adrian stannis is the kind of hero that is relateable to many people, though i did want to give him a whack now and then, which is a strange compliment to the author. it's because e. lang has written a book that makes you get involved with the characters. you want to feel for them. it also covers issues or morality. i cringed when i read the things that 'the powers that be' did when ...more
Louis Lowy
Jul 20, 2011 Louis Lowy rated it it was amazing
One of the things I enjoyed most about The Empire, which is volume one of Elizabeth Lang’s trilogy, is that it’s big—as in epic—and yet small. There is the story of the seemingly omnipotent Empire threatened by the Andromedans, an alien race of rebels. At the same time it’s a tale of intimate relationships.

Brilliant scientist, Lt. Adrian Stannis is a man who has more than his share of trouble dealing with expressing emotions. Tortured by The Empire, who want to use his knowledge for their own ma
Sep 17, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it

There are qualities in this book that will tempt just about every reader to pick it up. The science fiction in the novel is tame, most readers won't have a hard time understand the plot and the dialogue between the characters. There are increasingly heated hints of romance between the main characters. This book is chock full of action as well, the events are fast-paced and the very fate of humanity is dependent on crucial decisions and actions. Mystery lin
Tammy Wynner
Sep 17, 2011 Tammy Wynner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are looking for great new authors, good science fiction dramas
Shelves: sci-fi
Really enjoyed this one. I usually don't read first books of trilogies that haven't been finished yet, and never from new authors. I've been burned too many times when the author doesn't finish them, but I read this one on a recommendation from a friend who raved about a great new author, and I'm glad that I took the chance.

Elizabeth Lang is a wonderful find and I'm keeping my eye on her. I hope you finish this one Elizabeth, not just because you had a doozie of a cliffhanger, but you made me fe
Lillie Roberts
Mar 28, 2013 Lillie Roberts rated it it was amazing
Adrian Stannis is driven, he knows that one day, they'll come for him. Maybe one day soon. And when they do, he needs to be ready, he needs to be hardened, he needs to be unfeeling.

Kali Mirren longs to break through Adrian's hard exterior, she can almost see the tenderness that he works so hard deny.

The Empire wants Adrian and the secrets he's keeping, and they'll break him to get them.

The Empire by Elizabeth Lang tells the story of Adrian and Kali. Adrian has already failed the Empire once, he

Review by Tammy

The story of Adrian and Kali… And Bryce quickly became a favorite! This futuristic novel follows the budding romance of Adrian and Kali throughout space, time, science and torture.

Adrian must create a machine he once sabotaged to save his life and Kali’s. Their complex relationship transcends what we think of as a normal relationship. For even the most brilliant person sometimes cannot fathom the simplistic basic relationship. Add a little mental and physical torture by people a
Jul 13, 2011 Krysten rated it really liked it
After a couple years of waiting and a few weeks of reading, I finally finished The Empire...

...and I wasn't disappointed.

I know Adrian can be a tough pill to swallow for some (possibly a lot) of readers. He's abrasive and cold and very fact base. Something that didn't bother me, since I could relate on some tiny level. Although, I loved Bryce's personality. He was charming and cute and a good offset to the colder Adrian. I am sure plenty of readers would like him.

Probably my biggest complains wo
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Mar 25, 2013 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2013
The Empire is a great Science Fiction read. I have to say that I normally do not read sci-fi books but this one grabbed me and I really enjoyed it. The world structure and the world was a great one that I could easily envision. In The Empire we meet Adrian and Kali. The world is ending as they know it because of an alien invasion and Adrian and Kali go hide out on a research ship. Adrian being a scientist the government wants him to finish a project that they feel will help them against the alie ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Mariachiara rated it liked it
Trama: Un terribile attacco perpretato da una razza aliena priva di ogni scrupolo e violenta ha cambiato per sempre le dinamiche politiche dello spazio. Per difendersi dai loro attacchi e dalle stragi conseguenti gli umani crearono L’impero, e alte razze e pianeti alieni vi aderirono sempre perché solo uniti poteva sperare di riuscire a fermare quella terribile razza aliena.

Nato in fondo per disperazione e sopravvivenza, L’impero non è certo una repubblica felice o un’alleanza pacifica, è un reg
Mysti Parker
Sep 19, 2011 Mysti Parker rated it it was amazing
"It will be interesting to discover which will make you beg. Will it be the pain or the pleasure?"

This line from The Empire fits the book perfectly. From the very beginning, I empathized with Adrian Stannis, the brilliant scientist at the center of the story. The tyrannical government of the year 4045 (the Empire) believes him to be aligned with a band of rebels. They are determined to break Adrian's spirit and force him to construct a weapon that will destroy their arch-enemies, The Andromedans
Hugh Ashton
Jun 15, 2012 Hugh Ashton rated it really liked it
This falls into the science fiction category, but it is more about people, personalities and more abstract concepts than it is about hard-core science, though the science and technology that act as a background are consistent and credible (if we fast-forward a few centuries in our imagination). Thankfully, it avoids New Age paranormality, and although one of the characters has psi ability (telepathy), this is a perfectly natural phenomenon in this universe - nothing mysterious.

Parts of this nove
Mar 10, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed reading this sci-fi book of political intrigue, possible love, and military warfare. Adrian reminds me closely of a friend of mine, so socially inept that its painful, and yet, when he's brought out of his shell, he certainly tries.Kali's abilities are slowly growing as she is forced to use them more. I would love to see them advance even more, of course, I am partial to psi powers and empaths. Bryce was by far the best ch
Adrian Stannis is brilliant, socially inept to the point of being robotic, and a traitor to the Empire. Instead of being punished for his crime (the punishment would normally consist of re-training in the Security Section - however, such punishment would ruin his mind), he is assigned to a science vessel in the middle of nowhere. Here the Empire keeps him until he is needed again. When the Empire's needs clash with Stannis' values, will he choose to do what he thinks is right, or will he do what ...more
Theresa Stillwagon
May 30, 2011 Theresa Stillwagon rated it it was ok
Maybe it's because I don't normally read books of this genre, but I really didn't enjoy The Empire. The story was interesting, however, and I did enjoy reading about some of the minor characters.
The main problem was the two main characters. I didn't like either of them. The female seemed 'just there', agreeing with everything the hero said. And the hero never changed. Too me, characters need to change, to grow. He acted the same way at the beginning as he did at the end. Because of that I reall
Mar 20, 2015 Niki rated it it was amazing
This book is very intriguing and kept me on the edge of my chair, I loved the characters even the mean ones, my heart went out to Stannis! The author is good with the way she holds your attention, you just want to look around the corner to see how the rest of the story goes.
The other planets with humans on it refuse to follow the empire and fight for them, the hero's sacrifice everything for what they feel is right.
I liked that the love scenes where not described second by second but just the be
Aug 06, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Empire has all the elements I enjoy in an SF book. Elizabeth Lang shines in developing characters that I care about, and villains that I loathe. Even her minor characters are well-drawn. The premise of a large autocratic empire willing to do anything to develop new weaponry is all-too plausible. The plot progresses nicely, with just enough action to spice things up. And there are plenty of questions left unanswered to lure me into reading the sequel. All in all, an excellent adventure.
I rece
Tony Graff
Mar 06, 2013 Tony Graff rated it really liked it
This book really takes a step outside the stereotypical sci-fi book. The environment feels Battlestar Galactica meets Firefly, and the characters are well created and described.

There are a few things that made the book predictable, but overall the book was a good read.

For my full review, check out:
Apr 24, 2011 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting enough to keep me reading to find out what happens, but not interesting enough that I really wanted to read it.
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Lee Holz
Lee Holz rated it it was amazing
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Elizabeth Lang
Dec 01, 2010 Elizabeth Lang rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Lang was an avid reader from an early age. Science Fiction and Fantasy were and still are her passions, with occasional dips in the pools of Mystery. She has spent many years in the IT industry and started writing late in life, but once begun, she couldn't stop.

Elizabeth lives in Canada though she's worked in many places around the world. She loves traveling, learning about different cul
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