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The Falcon Banner (The Falcon Banner Cycle #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A lone man picks up a battle standard cast down three hundred years before. beginning a journey that will lead him to find the lost fleet, and a forgotten ship at the edge of nowhere. Darien Taine must accept his role, guiding his crew on the long road to free their people from Amsus tyranny. Uncovering along the way the sins that led to humanity's downfall, and reforging ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 473 pages
Published November 16th 2007 by Lulu (first published November 4th 2007)
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Emma Sea
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
I read the free online version. Maybe there were changes made to the published ebook that made it much better.

For starters, this is not an m/m romance: it's a space-opera with a tiny m/m subplot. Darien was a cop working under the yoke of conquering alien overlords, when he's framed for a murder he didn't commit and flees, and ends up trying to free the universe from said alien overloads, with a kick-ass ship and a rag-tag crew of misfits who learn to become a family yadda yadda yadda. He kind o
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Earth no longer belongs to the human’s, the Amsus have control in a tight grip and any who breaks one of their laws is sentenced to death. Darien has to flee from Terran (Earth) when he is set up by the Amsus for a murder he didn’t commit, on his journey into space he picks up a motley crew and it begins a journey that leads to the freedom of races and star systems from Amsus control.

Okay this is a true sc
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this a marvelous story. The Falcon Banner is a fast-paced space opera, well-written and witha surprising depth.
Darien Taine, a Ter-Sec cop living in San Fansisco somewhere in the future, gets framed by an Amsus Inquisitor for a murder he didn't commit. While fleeing from the Inquisition, we picks up a motley crew and flees to the Commonwealth, a section of space ruled by pirates and privateers. During the trip things happen and at the end of the book Darien finds himself captain of the E
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Find this book started with a podcast. Darker Projects made the book into a radio play basically, but I got 10 hours into the podcast and it ended - without finishing the book! I had to know what happened, so I went ahead and purchased the book on

There is something about this book I love. The book is set in the future when humans have been subjugated to another race, the Amsus. Oh how the mighty have fallen. The Amsus are a conservative race and have made earth that way too. Captain Ta
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't understand why these books are not more popular. They are freaking FANTASTIC. They tell the story of Darien Taine, a cop from alien-occupied Earth who just sort of falls into a revolution and proves himself to be extraordinarily badass. It's this epic space-opera that reads a bit like a very cool SF video game; in fact, I was reminded a lot of Mass Effect. Sure, it's long (with 5 books all over 400 pages), but it's one of those stories that you get so caught up in that the in-book world ...more
Terese Mörtvik
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I listened to this as an audio drama produced by Darker Projects. I really liked it. The plot is interesting, the world feels genuine, and the characters feel human. It's got the proper space opera vibe going and the romance m/m subplot is well-executed and not over the top. If you like space operas, this is definitely for you. If you're more looking for heavy romance, give it a miss, that's not the point of this story.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rollicking good time!
In the end I got annoyed with the character 'development' of Elias who starts out as a quiet, competent young man but who seems to get smaller and smaller and more child-like as the book carries on, to the point where I am wondering if he's old enough to have sex when it finally happens.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
loved this whole series ,I was pulled into this world and it doesn't want to let me go .I can only hope that the newest book the Black Prince will be done soon.I may just have to re-read this a few more times.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very well written engaging story. One of the best science fiction books I have read great starter to a great series.
Randy Smith
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This is not bad but maybe not liking. It is worth reading the second book to see if it improves but overall I think it is worth the read.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is not to bad got a bit slow in the middle other wise a good read.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
That cover picture is so David Boreanaz slightly modified with Photoshop.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was really good surprisingly. I listened to it on a podcast and then I became addicted. It was a good waste of time.
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
It was good but not my cup of tea.
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