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Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

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Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

Post Number:#1 by geoffrey ngoima
» 06 Sep 2017, 16:49

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Empire Man" by Michael Dirubio.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Empire Man by Michael Dirubio is a space opera novel. Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction. This book can also be said to be a science fiction fantasy. It was self-published on November 24, 2015. It has 793 standard pages, which is double the size of a normal size novel, and deals with issues of space warfare, interplanetary battles, interplanetary politics, romance, risk-taking adventures, and espionage.

The strapline on the book cover reads,
Humanity’s destiny is in the stars.


Humanity’s destiny is truly in the stars as the story starts in the distant future, at the start of a new galactic year by the standard calendar, where man has built giant cities in space, colonized planets, even met the aliens and successfully moved through the traversable wormholes. President Cooper Carlyle, the leader of the three Alpha planets, has traveled great distances through space to move the Alpha Confederation capital from Proxima to Terra Prime, and also to be in a strategic position for war.

As a countermeasure, the Royal family begins to rally their interstellar weaponry and resources. Could this be the beginning of interplanetary doom? The young ensigns, Rita and Riggs, do not care much about the Tau Empire, the home 16 billion souls, or Emperor Paul Yang, the head of the largest corporation in human history, or anything for that matter. They only care about the revealed aliens and exploring new worlds, but will they be transformed with what is coming?

You don’t have to be versed in quantum theory or know anything about special relativity to understand and enjoy this book. That being said, you would, however, have to pass through the space jargon that the author has made uncomplicated for the reader.

Once you get past the technical jargon, a fantasy world of the universe and the four alien species open up to you. These four alien species are the Thream who are the most human like, the Seepled who are a total mystery to the humans, the Trelians, and the Griz! Thl? It seems the employ of good humor, or at least undercurrents of it, is almost a prerequisite of a good book, and this book has a fair share of it.

What I did not like about this book was the length of the book. It would have been more appealing if it would have been shorter and therefore attracted a wider audience while still remaining relevant and powerful. The technical talk was another issue that, although made simpler by the author and necessary for the building of the dense plot, would further derail the reading process.

The story had a few editing issues that were unforgivable, for example, the misspellings, “…only three centimeters shorted [shorter] than Stanton,” omissions, “…the leadership would go [to] the clan,” the usual misplacing of “then” in the place of “than,” and a multitude of punctuation errors. I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars because of too much usage of technical terms that could have been reduced to a minimum, and the editing issues. I recommend it to the readers that love science fiction fantasy and a thick plot.

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Re: Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 07 Sep 2017, 07:23

I've never really tried a space opera before. I don't know if I'd really like it or not. I guess I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

Post Number:#3 by geoffrey ngoima
» 07 Sep 2017, 07:37

kandscreeley wrote:I've never really tried a space opera before. I don't know if I'd really like it or not. I guess I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

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Re: Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

Post Number:#4 by servamem
» 07 Sep 2017, 08:00

geoffrey ngoima..man thats a nice review there...Thinking of reading this book myself.
Lenthy novel are not usually my favor..but i feel challenged that you are able to ration out time to derve into this space opera....nice one
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Re: Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

Post Number:#5 by geoffrey ngoima
» 07 Sep 2017, 08:24

servamem wrote:geoffrey ngoima..man thats a nice review there...Thinking of reading this book myself.
Lenthy novel are not usually my favor..but i feel challenged that you are able to ration out time to derve into this space opera....nice one

Hey, Servamem, thank you!
yeah, the lengthy ones are always discouraging but once you get your teeth into them, esp if you find a good, you just start flowing with it and within no time you're done and yearning for more.
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Post Number:#6 by Darakhshan Nazir
» 07 Sep 2017, 10:33

Quite interesting plot . But yes too much technical words that you are not familiar with makes it tough to continue. Admirable review
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Post Number:#7 by Mallory Whitaker
» 07 Sep 2017, 10:36

Another great review, Geoffrey! While some parts of this book sound intriguing, like interplanetary politics, risky adventures and espionage, I don't think it's a book for me. For one, as you pointed out, it's rather lengthy, and I'm not sure I'd be able to get through all of that with so much technical and space jargon. While I understand the necessity of it in a sci-fi book and appreciate the author simplifying it, I know I would have a hard time remembering everything. I'd probably need more than just undercurrents of humor to get through it myself, but I can see how this would appeal to sci-fi fans! I'm just picky about my sci-fi. Lovely review!
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Re: Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

Post Number:#8 by geoffrey ngoima
» 07 Sep 2017, 10:53

Mallory Whitaker wrote:Another great review, Geoffrey! While some parts of this book sound intriguing, like interplanetary politics, risky adventures and espionage, I don't think it's a book for me. For one, as you pointed out, it's rather lengthy, and I'm not sure I'd be able to get through all of that with so much technical and space jargon. While I understand the necessity of it in a sci-fi book and appreciate the author simplifying it, I know I would have a hard time remembering everything. I'd probably need more than just undercurrents of humor to get through it myself, but I can see how this would appeal to sci-fi fans! I'm just picky about my sci-fi. Lovely review!

I'm also picky! There's so much to read and so little time! I get you on that remembering bit, I think I wrote a dozen pages of short notes while reviewing, but try it out one of these days when you'll not be swamped...

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Darakhshan Nazir wrote:Quite interesting plot . But yes too much technical words that you are not familiar with makes it tough to continue. Admirable review

Tough but worth it ;)
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Post Number:#9 by Marylynn
» 07 Sep 2017, 11:51

I don't think i would read it considering the fact that it is long yet it has got technical terms. Thanks for the great review.
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Post Number:#10 by geoffrey ngoima
» 07 Sep 2017, 13:12

Marylynn wrote:I don't think i would read it considering the fact that it is long yet it has got technical terms. Thanks for the great review.

I get it, Marylynn, and thank you!
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Post Number:#11 by Mercy Bolo
» 07 Sep 2017, 13:26

Great review but because it's so long, I'll pass on this one.
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Post Number:#12 by Mallory Whitaker
» 07 Sep 2017, 13:46

geoffrey ngoima wrote:I'm also picky! There's so much to read and so little time! I get you on that remembering bit, I think I wrote a dozen pages of short notes while reviewing, but try it out one of these days when you'll not be swamped...


Right? There's never enough time. Haha, wow, that's intense! Did you need all of those notes while reading it? I'll have to give it a shot one day. I'll wait for the mood to strike me.
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Re: Official Review: Empire Man by Michael Dirubio

Post Number:#13 by geoffrey ngoima
» 07 Sep 2017, 14:29

Mallory Whitaker wrote:
geoffrey ngoima wrote:I'm also picky! There's so much to read and so little time! I get you on that remembering bit, I think I wrote a dozen pages of short notes while reviewing, but try it out one of these days when you'll not be swamped...


Right? There's never enough time. Haha, wow, that's intense! Did you need all of those notes while reading it? I'll have to give it a shot one day. I'll wait for the mood to strike me.

Haha, kidding :liar: , but it took a little out of me; and brought in a lot! :wink2:
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Post Number:#14 by RegularGuy3
» 07 Sep 2017, 16:28

Might give this one a shot...and skim the technical jargon. Thanks!
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Post Number:#15 by Emie Cuevas
» 07 Sep 2017, 21:56

This is just my type of book. It's a bit on the long side, but if the story is as good as you've made it sound it'll be well worth it. Shame they didn't get it properly proofread.
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