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Sands of the Solar Empire (The Belmont Saga Book 1) by [Garcia, Ren]
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That’s all Paymaster Stenstrom, the Lord of Belmont-South Tyrol, has to do and the old warbird Seeker is his. He has dreamed of captaining a Fleet ship his entire life.

Little does Paymaster Stenstrom realize that he is in the grip of an old Vendetta and the short trip to Bazz might very well be his last.
Faced with a dead ship and a lost crew, Paymaster Stenstrom finds help in the strangest places: the thief Marine and the milquetoast young man from the Admiral’s office, and, though he just became acquainted with these two strangers, he discovers they have been influencing each other’s lives for a very long time.

Something sinister hovers over Paymaster Stenstrom and his two new friends, something they are only now becoming aware of. The SANDS OF THE SOLAR EMPIRE stretch out before them in an endless gulf brimming with the unknown. Can a masked Paymaster, a thief, a coward and a once great warbird face what awaits them?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9926 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, LLC (25 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009B9WZ1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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I enjoy this book a whole lot more because I had read "The Temple of the Exploding Head" series first. It has great, subtle connections of events and characters.

Portrait illustrations scattered throughout the book are beautiful and gives a great attention grabbing feature to the story.

It is interesting how the story is told out of the chronological sequence of time. While it is fascinating to learn of a character's history, my mind was still thrilled with the present day story that had been introduced at the beginning then put on the back-burner. It was too distracting for me and I kept wanting to speed read through the back story (which was too bad because it is a great back story, just not as thrilling at the present day story).

The only thing that really bothered me the most is the constant change of sexual partners. I know it is popular in today's society, but I am old fashioned and think it is reckless, cruel, and dumb to sleep with anyone and everyone. Of course emotional attachments will form one sided and when the liaison ends, someone will get hurt. Also, why are they so flippant about possible posterity they will never know about? It bothers me.

Although I only liked this book, I simply loved book two. So don't stop here. Try the next book and you won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic of Illusions 17 September 2012
By Christina Westover - Published on
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The latest masterpiece by gifted storyteller Ren Garcia, Sands of The Solar Empire is a spectacular beginning to his new saga. Different from previous books, fans of The League of Elder series will be delighted with the hero of this story, Lord Stenstrom of Belmont. While The League of Elder presented larger-than-life characters, Sands of The Solar Empire portrays a team of misfits whose weaknesses and capabilities are wonderfully complimentary, making this earthy combination fun and inspirational.

The story follows Lord Stenstrom of Belmont's life, recapturing for readers those initial feelings of uncertainty, vulnerability, and wonder at the first time leaving the parental nest to begin one's own life on one's own terms. Several stories pieced intricately together, there are many mysteries for Stenstrom to solve--including a Jack The Ripper-like tale which is no less enigmatic than visiting the hot spots of a famed serial killer on a virtual tour. Art on many levels makes this book a priceless read! It is a tale about illusion, magic, and all of those things which cannot be seen with the eyes. I loved it, and didn't want it to end!
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 8 September 2013
By Ledru Corlett - Published on
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Not my cup of tea, this novel is more of a tongue-in-cheek fantasy than a space opera, and is sprinkled heavily with folkloric elements. Grossly overpowered magical items solve many of Stenstrom's problems early in the story, killing any suspense that he might fail. I quickly grew tired of Holystones, the MOLLY (a necklace that allows the owner to know anything), and the NTH gun, which "can kill anything with one shot -- people, ghosts, robots, monsters, unsubstantial entities, and demons as well."

Lady Jubilee's thirtieth, two year long pregnancy made me wince every time it came up. Are the years shorter, or are they not really humans?

The writing style is easy to read. If your tastes run more to the old weekly serials that set up impossible cliffhangers only to resolve them with a wave of the hands at the start of the next episode, you'll enjoy this novel more than I did.
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Mix of Sorcery and Science 10 January 2013
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Sands of the Solar Empire by Ren Garcia
This book does a nice job intertwining the occult and scifi. It appears to be the fourth book in the League of Elder series. Bel Stenstrom is the protagonist whose life is wound back from his current ship difficulties to look at what events in his childhood have created the man as he stands.

Flash backs from current to past are not that unusual. Bel's childhood with his seemingly less than stable mother, Lady Jubilee, is rather interesting. Combining talents, sorcery and science in one volume that holds your interest would seem to be a daunting task. Mr. Garcia does it well.

Bel's development into manhood and developing as a man are the focus of the story. Mystery abounds as to his "haunted" ship and his mysterious lady love. The story is entertaining.

I recommend the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for sci-fi fans 5 February 2013
By Gary Wedlund - Published on
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Here's the problem. Ren has created a sci-fi book and sci-fi guys are probably going to buy it. it isn't sci-fi. It's fantasy mixed with farce. Alright, so there's sci-fi crap in it too, but you know what I mean. The fact is, you have to park your MIT degree on the bench and just sit back and enjoy the stupid thing. I did. I loved it. Very fun characterization. You end up liking the main character and his crazy crew. Nothing they do makes the least bit of sense, which is the point. In fact, let me retract all of the above. You can be a sci-fi guy, but you have to be a little insane. A little insanity is good for everybody, I suppose. The older I get the more I come to appreciate it, in fact. This kind of book reinforces my lunacy and thus it was a gem. Fun read. And yes, his mother is the fault.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a terrific entry in the series and a nice jumping on point for new readers 16 March 2013
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Ren Garcia's books are complex works that describe worlds and cultures that are dense with detail and color. I've been reading since book one (Sygillis of Metatron) and Garcia has gotten even better over time. The nice thing about Sands of the Solar Empire is that it begins an entirely new series set within the same universe. So if you've not read anything about the League of Elder, etc, Sands of the Solar Empire is a good place to start. There's still a lot of unusual concepts and lingo, but it's all pretty easy to understand in the context delivered. As far as tone, the book is a mashup of science fiction, fantasy, naval swashbucklers, steampunk, erotica, and possibly even a Warner Brothers cartoon or two.

I also found this particular entry to be more humorous than some of the others, so new readers might enjoy that aspect of the tale as well. And the publisher has raised the bar on the use of color maps and illustrations, many of which are really gorgeous.

One caveat: As other reviewers have noted, this book ends without resolving some of the main plotlines, so be prepared. It's still well worth the read and I'm looking forward to the ending to the tale (Against the Druries), which, according to Amazon, is already available.

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