Diary of a Book Addict
"The Empire" Review
Review Date: March 25, 2013
"The Empire is a great Science Fiction read. I have to say that I normally do not read sci-fi books but this one grabbed me and I really enjoyed it. The world structure and the world was a great one that I could easily envision. In The Empire we meet Adrian and Kali. The world is ending as they know it because of an alien invasion and Adrian and Kali go hide out on a research ship. Adrian being a scientist the government wants him to finish a project that they feel will help them against the aliens but Adrian refuses and hides out with Kali. But someone discovers what Adrian has done and they report him and the government wants him.
Can the government make Adrian finish the project? What will make Adrian beg for his life? Can they break Adrian without breaking his spirit? Is he more man than machine? Can he and Kali be together? What will t take for the government to leave him alone? There is so much action in this book and what happens will blow your mind. This is a great read that really took me by surprise. Like I said I have not really read many sci-fi books but this one is going to be a series I follow."
"The Rebels" Review
Review Date: March17, 2013
"I have to say that this review was a little hard to do. I hate putting in spoilers so I kept having to erase what i wrote. So I will first start by saying that I normally don't read Science Fiction. With that said the minute I picked up The Empire I was hooked. I have never ever read a story where I could see myself in another time and place. I really enjoyed the world that Elizabeth has created. Can you imagine people wanting to hunt you down for something you possess that they want? You really don't understand it at first but as time goes on and you see what they are willing to do to you to get what they want you become determined to keep everyone around you safe and sound. But how do you do that without anyone getting hurt or even getting hurt yourself?
Adrian is running for his life as well as the ones he loves. He knows that he is being sought after for his mind. They want his mind and they will stop at nothing to get it. But Adrian wants to keep everyone he loves safe and he wants to keep his mind in tact so what can he do? He decides to run because running seems to be the quickest and safest way to deal with these people. Only he does not realize he has a hunter on his tail and that hunter will stop at nothing to get him back to where he belongs.
Adrian finally realizes that laying low was a mistake because the hunter was able to track him and has captured him and now what is he supposed to do? Where will they take him? Will they hurt him or kill him? Will he ever see his family again? This is a story about surviving against all odds and it is incredible how much Adrian goes through and decides that he will have hope and trust that at the end of the day he will survive this bump in the road."
Elizabeth Lang was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada in the late 60s.
She spent many years in IT, mainly in the insurance industry, and started writing late in life, but once begun, she couldn't stop.
She was an avid reader from an early age. Science Fiction and Fantasy were and still are her passions, with occasional dips in the pools of Mystery.
Her home base is in Toronto, but she has worked in many places around the world. She loves traveling, learning about different cultures, and sampling their delectable foods.
She writes mainly scifi thrillers/psychological dramas, though she did accidentally end up with a scifi romance novel. She swears she has no idea how that happened.
Elizabeth writes some humour, mainly wacky stuff that comes to her mind in the wee hours of the morning when her brain refuses to acknowledge being attached to the rest of her.
She has also dabbled in a bit of poetry, but barely enough to get her toes wet.
Elizabeth is a member of:
Canadian Authors Association
Saskatchewan Writers Guild
Saskatchewan Romance Writers
Contact address: erl.patterns [at] gmail.com
Or through IFWG Publishing
Feathered Quill Book Reviews
Review Date: January 13, 2011
Not your regular science fiction, this author has managed to create a story with so many twists and turns that there are times when the evil beings that you've come to hate, end up working for the side that you love. No matter what the character's rank there is always someone higher up on the ladder of success that is brought in to knock them down a rung or two, leading the reader to turn every page so that they can continue a remarkable journey that never surrenders.
And the end? Well...this is a series, readers, so the end will leave you wanting to throw the book across the room because the story was SO good that you absolutely NEED to know what's going to happen next!
This is a breathless, roller-coaster ride of romance, mystery, intrigue, and a battle between characters that you simultaneously love and hate. Elizabeth Lang has created a series that will make every reader watch Amazon, hoping that Book II's publication will be announced very, very soon.
Review Date: February 12, 2011
"It will be interesting to discover which will make you beg. Will it be the pain or the pleasure?"
Elizabeth Lang has created a wonderful story of intrigue and twists and turns that I couldn't put down from the moment I picked it up. The story was interesting and compelling, pushing me towards the end hastily. As an avid reader Ms. Lang has had a passion for science fiction and fantasy since she was young and her love for these things was obvious throughout the well written pages of her work. The characters were well developed, and you could see the differing thought processes in each person and how much they were affected by the situation. I truly began to believe in these characters as I read The Empire; they communicated so realistically amongst each other and had appealing personalities to read about. Elizabeth Lang began her writing career later in life, but once she started she just couldn't stop and I certainly hope that doesn't change, because her words are wonderful.
Overall, I was very pleased with The Empire and I found it to be quite an adventure, leaving me wanting more. Hopefully, I will be able to read her other novels and complete the story because I continue to wonder what might happen next. Elizabeth Lang has created a story that will appeal to people on many levels and I hope that she continues writing wonderful stories like this. The Empire is highly recommended by Kirsten Bussiere, Allbooks Review.
SF Book Reviews
Review Date: February 18, 2011
The Empire is a very mature and powerful space opera that isn't afraid to show the reader the effects of a ruthless and power hungry empire, especially when threatened with extinction by an alien race. This does include fairly graphic scenes of torture and as such isn't recommended for younger readers.
The story is very much character driven from the point of view of the main protagonists Adrian, Kali and Bryce. Adrian is a gifted scientist and one of the most intelligent people in the empire. At such a intellectual level he is seen as a valuable asset and is a used as a tool of the Empire, something he constantly rails against. Unable to relate to most people and unwilling to suffer fools, he is very much a loner and miss-understood by most, he has absolutely no social skills and has serious physiological issues with authority, and just about everyone else really. His only "friends" are Kali, a telepathic alien who is hopelessly in love with him and Bryce, a lovable rogue who was destined for a life of drudgery or servitude until Adrian makes him his PA, a new found freedom that Bryce doesn't hesitate to make the most of.
The main themes running through the book include human oppression and the effects of torture, politics, the ideology that the end justifies the means and of course the exploration of the human condition. It's a very well thought out and intriguing story, with richly detailed and complex characters that really do draw the attention.
The lack of emotion in the principal protagonist does at first make the novel harder to read than otherwise but once you realise that this is part of the character and doesn't stem a lack of writing ability it becomes clear that the surrounding characters are used to emphasis this rigid emotional control that is deeply ingrained in Adrian's psyche. This does actually work surprisingly well, helped by the clear and uncluttered dialog.
The Empire is a proficient novel of depth and imagination, a nice slant on the space opera that is driven by character rather than plot and a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre.
Author A.F.Stewart Blog Review
Review Date: March 2, 2011
The Empire by Elizabeth Lang is accomplished, multi-layered entertainment, unfolding strategic plots, subplots and characters to the delight of the reader. It is a strong, skilful entry in the world of science fiction.
Tamela Quijas Blog Review
Review Date: February 24, 2011
I have to give the author a huge applause for creating a story of power, evil, and love in an imaginary world far beyond imagination. Her character of Sester, Adrian Stannis, and Kali were absorbing and filled with life. The battle to save humanity is ensnaring, and Ms. Lang portrays the trouble and turmoil expertly through her lead character, Adrian. This is high on the recommend list for romance readers that enjoy Sci_fi and, if you're looking for something new in the romance genre, this is a great novel!
Night Owl Reviews
Review Date: October 11, 2011
This novel builds an Intriguing and frightening glimpse of a possible distant future for human-kind. Individual rights are non-existent if your talents or skills are needed in order to supposedly protect the greater whole. I picked this book up, and then literally simply could not force myself to put it down until I finished reading it.
This story is disturbing. A brilliant man, Lt Adrian Stannis, suffers unbelievable agony, because he refuses to subjugate himself to the whims and wants of a Military Elite whose stated glorified, humanistic purpose differs significantly from its heavy-fisted, uncompromising cruelty against those who dare to challenge its unchecked power.
The description of life aboard the space-faring vehicles seems so realistic, and the political maneuverings so complex, that I felt like I was there in the middle of the strife. Mind games and secret agendas are the norm in this story of humankind in a fight for their very existence against an outside foe with superior technology. At the same time forced to fight on a second front against a very determined, committed rebel force that refuses to cooperate and knuckle under to a hated and feared military leadership operating under a strict hierarchy, similar to Marshall Law.
The first in a planned series, this book lays the framework for what will surely be a mesmerizing space saga..
Two Lips Reviews
Review Date: November 8, 2012
Canadian Elizabeth Lang is new to me as an author, and she was a fabulous surprise. Full of tremendous promise, her plot in The Empire book one in her Empire trilogy is extremely well-developed and intricate in its evolution. The Empire covers one major storyline complicated by several side stories. These little feeder branches to the main trunk of the tree embroil the supporting cast of characters in their own dramatic machinations. This gives the book an epic quality much like Angela White's Life After War, another series I'm in the midst of reviewing.
Though there's a light sprinkle here and there of action, this book's appeal and Ms. Lang's forte lies in her imagination and strong ability to ply her characters to the printed page without losing any of their vivid, lifelike qualities. Her characters are real people, or so they seem. And no two are alike. They're interesting, some are offbeat, tormented and most of all, every one of them is well-drawn and complex. You'll either love them or hate them with intense emotion, while others will perplex you to the point of instilling in you a desire to bang them over the head for being so close-lipped and/or confounding, usually both.
Leading this list of perplexing characters is Senior Psychostrategist Charles Sester from the Psychostrategist Guild, who is never what he seems until the very end of the book. It's his job to shake his [Adrian's] confidence, to keep him off balance and to twist him on a mental level, all to achieve Adrian's cooperation in the design of neuron wave machine, the neuron wave machine, a weapon capable of destroying entire planets.
Initially, Adrian's personality is that of a boring, colorless automaton, while everyone surrounding him is shot through with color. It takes you a bit to see him for who and what he really is and why he appears to be what he is on the surface. The horror of what's been done to him throughout most of his life, all to put his brilliant mind to work for The Empire, is sickening. But Adrian is much more than the cooperative automaton into which The Empire has tried to mold him. Adrian's courage and strength will touch your heart, humble you, and earn much more than merely your respect. A man of peace, he's one hero you will never forget.
With her Tellar psi abilities, Kali sees Adrian's true qualities early on. Although she cannot read minds, she can read emotions and project her thoughts into Adrian's mind. She's both his support and a humanizing factor in his life, along with his PA (aide) former thief and weapon's specialist, Bryce, who adds a welcome touch of levity to the story.
As a first book, Ms. Lang's world-building is adequate, but occasionally, the psychological aspects get a bit thick to wade through. I would've liked more background as well on how The Empire came about and in what time-frame. The futuristic date in which this story is told is never given. Yet, this is an impressive series beginning. I look forward to reviewing books 2 and 3 in the trilogy, The Rebels, which is out now, and The Andromedans, which is scheduled for release in March 2013.
Two Lips Reviews
Review Date: November 17, 2012
I thought The Empire was a great read, but this sequel deserves, in my opinion, nomination for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for 2013. The Rebels overflows with exciting action-packed thrills, keeping the tension high from start to finish. In book one, the story is devoted almost entirely to Adrian's psychological makeup and how he breaks both the psychological and tangible chains that bind him to the unscrupulous Empire. His story continues in The Rebels, but we encounter two additional tortured souls, one of whom is destined to die by the hand of the other. More so than Adrian's plight, their trials take on the most poignant roles, as does a moral dilemma that Kali must face and resolve before she can choose where and with which side The Empire or the rebels her future lies.
Psychostrategist Charles Sester is back as well. Like always, his loyalties are in question, making you wonder where his loyalties will ultimately fall, with the all-powerful Guild that's again brainwashed him or once again will he come around to supporting Adrian and Kali?
Fans of space opera or military sci-fi, especially if the book presents a moral dilemma and a simmering romance, will find this series an exhilarating read. Like in book one, there's a huge cliffhanger at the end that makes you anxious for the next and final book in the series. I can't wait to see how this incredible story ends.
Finalist at the Next Generation Indie Awards 2011
The Plaza in New York
At the IFWG Table at the MegaCon in Orlando 2012