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Cleon Moon

(Fallen Empire #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,506 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Now that she’s retrieved the Staff of Lore, Captain Alisa Marchenko can finally dedicate herself and her ship to finding her kidnapped daughter. Her scant clues lead her to Cleon Moon.

Unfortunately, since the fall of the empire, mafia clans have taken over the domed cities on the harsh moon, and exploring there isn’t easy. Even with the cyborg Leonidas at her side, Alisa
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published July 25th 2016
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Alisa must survive vengeful mafia clans, rogue Starseers, and genetically engineered predators, while she worries about the ancient relic hidden on her ship, a beacon to anyone in the system who craves its power. If Alisa can’t navigate the moon’s chaos, she may lose her only chance to catch up with her daughter.

I'm still really enjoying this series, but I feel like something major needs to happen in the next book. Alisa needs to find who she has been looking for, or Leonidis needs to get the
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really love the author and the series!

This book seemed a little bit bleaker than the previous ones, but I love the characters, the banter, the story and everything else about it. Money are tight, future becomes more and more uncertain for Leonidas and Alisa, the staff is lost, the kids are missing and leads are scarce... Things have gotten even more complicated and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, which I hope will be soon!

I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an
christel l. doucette
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another stellar instalment in the Fallen Empire series!

Just when you think you know what's going to happen... Actually, you never know what's going to happen in Lindsay Buroker's books. That's why they're so enjoyable. In Cleon Moon, freighter Captain Alisa Marchenko, former pilot for the Alliance, finally arrives at Cleon Moon in hopes of finding her kidnapped daughter. Former Imperial officer (and cyborg) Leonidas is now Alisa's Chief of Security. Even as Alisa allows herself to finally hope f
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable installment in this light sci-fi series.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent series

One of the best space opera series that I have read. I am so rooting for Leonides and Alisa. The ragtag crew she has gathered is both endearing and aggravating. I highly recommend this series. This particular book had both the action and personal interactions that make an epic story.
Cheryl La Pa
I am hooked on this series. I know that I will laugh, cry & be oblivious to my surroundings when I pick up one of Fallen Empire books.
Love, love, love the characters, the humour and the amazing sci fi world Ms Buroker has created.
Another outstanding, riveting adventure!
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, own
Having retrieved Alcyone's staff, Alisa and her crew can finally head to Cleon Moon where she hopes to find her kidnapped daughter. Unfortunately, a bunch of new problems await them there: Cleon Moon's cities have been taken over by feuding mafia clans (including the White Dragon, who still have a bone to pick with Beck over a murder he didn't commit), tax collectors are chasing the Star Nomad before she's even landed, exorbitant fees for everything are pretty much the norm, rogue Starseers are ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lindsay Buroker is a master at her craft and a genius in her art. Cleon Moon is the fifth book of the Fallen Empire series and moves us along Alisa, the heroine's, path as she searches, I think ultimately, for happiness. As she gets closer to finding her daughter, she discovers her own link to the Starseer world and moves from lust to love with the magnificent cyborg Leonidas. Throw in the eclectic band of characters who are making the journey with her (along with some chickens) and you will fin ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
4.5 stars. This is the 5th book in the Fallen Empire series and like each one in the series it delivers a great story filled with action, adventure, amusing dialogue and quirky characters. I am enjoying this series immensely. I was really glad to see Alisa actually put her focus on finding Jelena this time around. In the previous books she talks alot about it but kept getting side tracked. In this one it is her driving force ( as it should be). I also really enjoyed the forward progression in Al ...more
TJ Brake
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this author, love this series!!

Lindsay Buroker is brilliant. Her characters are always interesting and you automatically want to know more about them, even when you may want to hate them! She is a star at giving you just enough information about her universes to make you feel you understand how they function without bombarding you with facts and history. Despite being a complete romance junkie I truly believe someone without much interest in this genre would still thoroughly enjoy this seri
Literati Literature Lovers
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fic
Out of the Frying Pan and into the FIRE

Book Five of this space opera picks up right as the intrepid Nomad and it's crew reach Cleon Moon. Thick of Cleon Moon was Dodge City, but not as pleasant. Alisa is still leading her rag tag crew in search of her daughter, in a world devastated by war and it's power vacuum aftermath. In this book new baddies arise and they are more dangerous than any others. Plus add in the dangerous environ of the moon and this is another fun adventure.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-series
I'm like a broken record when it comes to anything Lindsay Buroker writes & this book is no exception. I loved it, totally enjoyed it and can't wait for the next in the series.
Her writing really appeals to me. It draws you in quickly, is fast-paced, action packed with and has a great storyline & characters. Add to that a good dose of humor and a little romance, mystery, intrigue....what's not to love!!
So I continue my mission to read everything she's written, because I've yet to be let d
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Makes you say hummm

Great , Awesome, and Unbelievable funny at times. With intrigue and suspense, this makes for a entertaining series. Will she get a whole man. Will she ever evolve. Most of all will she ever find her daughter again. Looking forward to the next three books. Thanks for keeping us addicted to this unique story line.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ohhh I just love Buroker’s imagination. I can’t rave about her enough and think everyone should try one of her books.
This book was awesome though it didn’t have dragons. It had dinosaurs instead. ~
As usual there is a bunch going on and I pretty much enjoyed every minute of it. I thought the idea of domes on a planet/moon a cool idea especially since it was populated by fungi and genetically altered dinosaurs. That just gave some more opportunities to have some nifty action scenes that used Leoni
David P. Duffy
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Praiseworthy Wordsmith Undercuts Her Story

The author is a talented wordsmith, who knows how to turn a phrase, a sentence, a narrative. There is both a grace and fluidity in her writing, in this book, "Cleon Moon," and the prior ones of the "Fallen Empire" series. It is pleasure to read, as GOOD writing is in short supply.

The storyline does possess flaws that prevent a higher rating. Romance plot lines are tricky at best, and dangerous at worse, for any writer. It is especially true in this genre
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Don't get me wrong. I love this series, I enjoy it and I plan to continue reading it

However, there are somethings that can't be alright. At least for me.

Mild spoilers ahead!


so Alisa is about to find out her daughter may or may not be dead, her daughter in grave danger, but no she worries about Leonidas breaking up with her. I mean I always knew Alisa was not the typical mom, but this is over the top! She puts everyone before her daughter, so unmotherly like!
Also she is kinda being not logi
Jennifer Roth
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Panting for more

As usual, the author delivers plenty of high caliber action! I totally did not see the new chicken coming (very minor spoiler). Lots of other surprises and a huge twist to the story arc. Can't wait for the next books in the series!
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
A lot more adventure but Alisa is still not any closer to Jelena. I think I'm starting to like Abreladus a lot more after finishing this one. Can't wait for them to continue their journey. It's only going to get more difficult and troublesome now.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great instalment in the Alisa and Leonidas journey. This series is great, I can't help but enjoy the interaction between all the characters on the Nomad as it travels from one mess to another. Thank goodness Lindsay Buroker writes a great story, really quickly.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first four. I'm starting to really want Alisa to leave Leonidas alone and respect his feelings/decisions. Seriously, stop being selfish. Also don't you have a daughter to rescue??
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku
Getting frustrated

I want things more resolved by this point. By book 5 there should have some wins for the team and romance. Things are kind of a downer.
Kay Dee
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
another terrific series by Lindsay Buroker!
this one will rank as number 2 in my love of her series and characters.
buy the books! read the books! love the books!

the main characters, Alisa and Leonidas, remind me sooooooooooooo very much of Armanthe and Sicarious from The Emperor's Edge Collection

first the women
both women's name start with an A (wish they didn't. since they are so similar, it's a lil confusing.)
both women are tall and can fight and are the leaders of their ragtag bunch
both are wi
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Goodreads; 4.0 Amazon. Explosions, rescues, surprising allies

Every direction Captain Alisa Marchenko follows, seeking her daughter and the Starseer who took her, seems to lead to another complication and delay. Between the dangerously powerful staff they can't hide from the supernatural senses of other covetous Starseers; the various bounties on her, Leonidas, and culinarily ambitious armored security man Beck; the general lawless atmosphere on the worlds where the tenuous hold of the Allian
Another fun, action-packed instalment. I'm really enjoying this series far more than I thought I would.

The team have picked up some more members by the end of this book and as expected had a lot more banter, fighting and escaping to do! This is kind of a recurring theme, but doesn't seem to get old :)

I enjoy the humour in these too, as it's sarcastic and as everyone says to Alisa, 'inappropriate' at times, but very fun to read.

We again get a completely different planet and setting in Cleon Moon
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alisa Marchenko's latest intel states information on her daughter's whereabouts may be located on a secret Starseer base on Cleon Moon. But getting to the base and locating her daughter may be harder than initially bargained for as she has to go against rival gangs, rogue Starseers, a toxic environment and hostile natives.

The first four novels in the series were a solid five star ratings so it's a little sad this novel only got 4 stars. But I didn't love it nearly as much and it didn't grip me
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What used to be pretty funny/silly retorts from the Captain have gradually grown to be slightly annoying, embarrassed for her, perhaps even on the verge of sexual harassment comments. I also don't understand the continued animosity between the Captain and the Doctor. At this point she has proven time and time again that she is also fighting for the staff, whether she knows it or not, and has saved their lives numerous times. Can he fault a mother for atm being more concerned for her daughter tha ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
In this episode the team visits Cleon Moon, where Alisa hopes to find Durant, who was involved in taking her daughter. Finally getting away from both the Alliance and the Empire, Alisa now falls into the middle of dinosaur-hunting mafia territory.

I can't stop commenting on how episodic these books are. They almost feel like they're written for a Netflix series. Which I would totally be fine with watching ;)

Not too surprising, things don't go to plan, and Alisa ends up tangled in a war between tw
David Zampa
Sad to say I'm DNFing here. The series has been fun light reading up to this point, with a couple recurrent annoyances. The MC constantly calls attention to her exceptional wit and sarcasm, which makes her actual merely passing wit and sarcasm far less enjoyable. There's also been a lot of real estate devoted to her fantasizing sexually about her hulking crew mate. This didn't bother me at all in the first few books. By book three I started to feel ready for them to just go ahead and fuck alread ...more
Chuck Shenk
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Still Going Strong

I suppose one of the best things I can say after reading Cleon Moon is that I am still very interested in the series. Five books in, and I am still wondering how it will all turn out. Be aware, each book only clarifies a few things, and are actually really big chapters in a much larger book. But the characters are interesting, the action is omnipresent, and the settings are quite good. After reading one of the books, I then read a few other types. I find I keep wanting to retur
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