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Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  62 reviews
An ex-Spitfire pilot is dragged into a race against a shadowy government agency to unlock the secrets of the lost empire of Atlantis...

In post-war 1952, the good guys are supposed to have won. But not everything is as it seems when ex-Spitfire pilot Captain Samantha Moxley is dragged into a fight against the shadowy US government agency she used to work for. Now, with form
Paperback, 380 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Angry Robot
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Nils | nilsreviewsit
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘‘Those who seek power can only ever see what’s right in front of them. There is no patience in their makeup. They simply look for the gleam of the treasures they desire, without taking the time to follow the twists and turns of the trail that brought it there. My knowledge was earned through years of late nights in the place that keeps the answers to every problem - the library!”

When I first saw this book I instantly fell in love with the cover by Dan Strange. Covers genuinely do entice a reade
K.J. Charles
Oct 18, 2020 added it
Shelves: 1950s, fantasy, dnf
I really wanted to like this--fabulous cover, great idea, and how could we not love Anti-colonialist Lady Indiana Jones-- but it just isn't very readably written for me. The pacing is off, which meant I didn't feel the characters. I think a stiff line edit would have made a big difference. ...more
Amanda Bridgeman
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Move over Indiana Jones. Captain Moxley has arrived and she won’t ask you twice! This is a globetrotting adventure that fans of The Mummy and Captain America will love. From its page-turning action to its quieter character moments, there's something for everyone. ...more
Chris Panatier
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hanks' ambitious debut comes through brilliantly in a fast-paced archaeological adventure story. Dynamic characters and imaginative premise make it a fresh take on a beloved trope. ...more
Ginger Smith
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You’re going to love Dan Hanks’ debut novel. It’s a cinematic thrill ride that pits a spirited heroine with a mysterious past against shadowy forces in a race to find the keys to unlock an archive of ancient secrets. The story’s energetic pacing keeps readers on the edge of their seats the entire time. You won’t be able to put Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire down until you reach the very last page!
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
Review to come
Nostalgia Reader
An absolutely delightful, action-packed, snark filled, tropey-but-with-some-twists adventure novel! The style of it was very cinematic and kept me engaged the entire time. I was stupidly busy while I was reading this, causing it to be on my currently reading shelf for a month; but I was able to dip in and out of the story with no effort. I remembered everything that had happened previously, and honestly couldn’t wait to get back to it and was disappointed when I didn’t end up having reading time ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This was an amazingly fun book, to start! This is the story of Captain Samantha Moxley. Sam was a pilot during the war, then went on to work for a shady US government agency. The war is over and she’s left the shady agency business, but things have a way of catching up with her. Her sister Jess has found an amazing relic, and the shady agency is after it. Sam will do anything it takes to protect her sister as she finds the relic’s twin in the hopes of
Wart Hill
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-2020
I received a free ARC via NetGalley

This book was so. Much. Fun. It follows Samantha Moxley as she tries to beat her former employers - a mysterious agency called The Nine - to a set of ancient artifacts that are said to open the gates to Atlantis. Along the way, she picks up her sister Jess, Jess's boyfriend, Will, and an old friend of Sam's, Teddy. They head off on a high stakes adventure to beat the Nine and stop them from getting to whatever those artifacts lead to.

I really enjoyed this book,
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Take the pulp adventures of Indiana Jones, add in some Stargate sci-fi flourishes, put a kickass woman at the forefront, and you’ve got Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire. It’s everything you’d expect of the concept, a thoroughly engaging roller coaster of a ride, but one distinguished by surprising cynicism and moral quandaries.

For a debut novelist, Dan Hanks has the imagination, narrative style, and storytelling prowess of somehow far more well-established. There was nary an awkward m
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review!

I’m not sure what to make of the novel and I think I’ve settled on fond indifference. There were things I really enjoyed about it while the rest was rather humdrum for an action-adventure.

What I liked best was how Sam was a woman, to be honest. Instead of being a plucky girlfriend to the hero, she’s the Indiana Jones-type character flying planes and fighting and destroying stuff. She never needs rescuing and is as tough as nails
G.R. Matthews
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this as an audiobook.

You can tell this book was a labour of love for the author. Not only does it revel in the archaeology, artifacts, and discovery, but plays a beautiful homage to Raiders of the Lost Arc and a slew of WWII films... while chucking in a good deal of creatures, magic, technology, fights and betrayal.

You will enjoy it... and I'm looking forward to the sequel!
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine you’re an woman standing proudly with your husband as you wait for the bus and an Western woman driving a half-damaged bus asks you in Arabic the next bus stop.

That, dear reader, is why you need to get this.

This book has made me reminisnce of the times I used to read modern day thrillers about ancient conspiracies about 21st century experts dealing with ancient problems of the past. Point in hand. The Dirk Pitt Series by Clive Cussler. Andy Mc Dermott with his Andy and Nina Chase series.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Science Fiction / Action
*Rating* 4.0


Dan Hanks' Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire is the first installment in the authors yet to be named series featuring former Spitfire fighter pilot Captain Samantha Moxley. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark, meets the Mummy, meets Matthew O'Reilly's Jack Jr series with a female lead with all sorts of issues. The story begins on the beaches of Normandy, 1945, where Agents arrive looking for a woman who has been reported
Min (abookworld___)
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you AngryRobotBooks for sending me a copy of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire!

It’s an action and adventure packed fantasy novel set in 1952 with a strong female lead (I mean a female ex-pilot from World War II ?? Down for that!)
Captain Moxley is literally the female version of Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible.

Captain Samantha Moxley left the shady government agency——known as The Nine, but found herself involved with them again as they took interest in her sister’s work. Saman
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of adventure movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mummy, and Allan Quartermaine and miss watching strong female characters like Agent Carter kick serious keister, then Captain Moxley is the book (and main character) for you. Sam (Captain Moxley) is an absolute joy to follow, and the adventures author Dan Hanks takes her on are just as cinematic, nail-biting, and explosive as anything you've seen or read. I cannot wait for the next book. ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything. Everything. I grew up on Indiana Jones and later Tomb Raider. This book encompasses all that is good and right about those franchises. Captain Moxley is the most amazing character - full and deeply human. I loved everything about her and her adventure. Never did I set the book down because a part didn't hold my attention. Even the fight scenes (which I normally have trouble reading in any book) were enjoyable. Go pick this one up, folks. You don't want to miss out! ...more
Angela Marie
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
About the book:
Ex-Spitfire pilot Captain Samantha Moxley finds herself dragged into a clash with a mysterious US government agency known as The Nine, when they take an interest in the work of Jess, her archaeologist sister. Pursued by The Nine, former Nazis, and a host of otherwordly monsters, Sam must fight to protect her sister and uncover two hidden keys which promise to unlock the greatest archaeological find in history: the fabled Hall of Records.

"Adventure. Knowledge. Death... or al
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is basically what you would get if an author said to himself, "I would love a highly cinematic, almost video-game-like pulp novel set in the 1950s, but with a female protagonist who's a former Spitfire pilot and woke about colonialism. I should write one."

If you're up for that - and don't mind some deaths of innocents, quite a bit of swearing, a protagonist who's cynical and world-weary but also carries on when injured to a ridiculous degree, highly unrealistic temples full of traps that a
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If Indiana Jones had been a woman who cut her teeth as a spitfire pilot, and occasionally asked whose museum that artifact belongs in... We would have Samantha Moxley.

After her little sister finds the first key to unlocking an ancient repository of knowledge, a race to prevent the treasures falling into the wrong hands is set in motion. She might not want to be there, but that won't stop Sam Moxley from busting through bad guys in ways that make Lara Croft look little league.

On title along, I th
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun romp, kick-in the pants story. Indy - you have some serious competition; Captain Samantha Moxely; explorer and supernatural fighter extraordinaire. What do you want - Winged Dragon-men shooting Tommy Guns over the skies of Manhattan, a former SS agent with just a hint of a German accent, a supernaturally powerful Golem being or scary shadow men all working for the USA to uncover powerful treasures for "the good of the country"? How about pick-up trucks with mounted anti-aircraft guns shoot ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, exciting page-turner that will titillate all who need a good escape. From its first page, Hank’s novel has a life of it’s own that creates those places fantasy/sci-for readers love to go. A new take on a well-known theme. Characters that are essential to the narrative & who become favorites fighting against everyone’s favorite bad guy:: the Shadowy kind. This is one novel you will want to read!
Alys Murray
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting! A fun retread of some of our favorite action/adventure tropes. Very fun and very escapist. Read for a great time!
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I was lucky to get a paperback ARC of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire in exchange for an honest review from Angry Robot, and especially Gemma. Thank you for the opportunity!

“It felt like those in the west had a talent for skipping straight out of one war and into another, as though they had a lust for it, while the locals would be left to clean it up when they had gone. More and more, the glorious
Zoe L.
Sep 20, 2020 added it
Ok, I told myself a while back to stop talking about how much I love the covers of books in my reviews but I just cant hold back with this one! I mean, LOOK AT IT! It gives me all of the Indiana Jones and Mummy classic movie poster feels and I’m just so in love with it. It’s just one of those covers where I took one look at it and decided that I HAD to read the book. And then as soon as I started reading the book I instantly connected with the author because of his snarky dedication. I mean it’s ...more
Andrew Gillman
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Buried somewhere deep within a great many of us is a compulsive need to seek grand, soul-soaring adventure, the kind that plucks you giddily out of the banal and the everyday and sends you on a journey replete with thrills, spills, excitement and danger.

Perhaps it is our primal evolutionary selves calling to us to put aside the bills and pick up the jungle chopping machete, or simply a need to enliven lives that often owe more to Excel spreadsheets and appointment times than they do to derring-d
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted an Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider type book and this was recommended to me which I'm very grateful for, since this was incredibly fun to read.


I have to admit that with the start of the novel being a war zone in a sense, I was a bit worried about the direction of the book. I mean, I did sign up for an adventure in the end and thankfully, whatever those worries were, they disappeared fairly quickly the farther I got in the book as the plot to be followed was quickly establi
Meg (fairy.bookmother)
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
'It felt like those in the west had a talent for skipping straight out of one war and into another, as though they had a lust for it, while the locals would be left to clean it up when they had gone. More and more, the glorious ideas of “Empire” were revealed to be nothing more than fancy dressing when you saw the realities of those who came to suffer beneath its polished boots, blinkered ambition, and secret agendas.'

Dan Hanks's Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire is a action-packed adv
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 0f 5

It is 1952 and World War II is over, but it's still fresh in people's minds. And when you're an ace fighter pilot who worked privately for a secret branch of the U.S. government, you're now out of work and looking for excitement. Samantha "Sam" Moxley is that fighter pilot - a dominant woman in a male-dominated service. Sam steps up and takes charge when things get tough and she thrives on adventure. Now she realizes that
Reese Hogan
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I liked best about the protag, Samantha Moxley, is that she’s still pressing forward after the weight of the world has borne her down in so many areas. There’s a shady organization she thought she was through with trying to pull her back in. There’s a complicated relationship with her sister that she’s not sure how to resolve. There’s undiscovered treasure that she’s fully aware of, but DOESN’T want to find because she doesn’t want it falling into the hands of people and museums it doesn’t ...more
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