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Empire's End by Allan Cole
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Dec 01, 2015

really liked it
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Read in November, 2015 , read count: 5

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) comes to a climax, as Sten leads a rebellion against the Empire, we learn of the Eternal Emperor's origins, and final, fateful course of the Empire is made.

Good action and adventure, with minimal explicit preaching but lots of nicely crafted character bits, bringing to a satisfying conclusion the entire series. The main critique I have is the overwhelming use of portmanteau compound nouns (flashspot, bloodspatter, wordsplurge) to give things a "futuristic" action sensibility that is hardly needed.


PREVIOUSLY (April 2002)- 4 stars

This is the exciting -- and fitting -- end to the series. Yes, the authors are playing a bit of an ideological trick, but it really makes sense in the end, and I kicked myself for falling right into it.

I've reread this series several times, and it never fails to please. Each book has its own feel, but each is still part of the greater whole. Now if only they'd get them back into print, I could recommend them to more of my friends.

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