EVE: Templar One [NOOK Book]


“There will be neither compassion nor mercy;
Nor peace, nor solace
For those who bear witness to these Signs
And still do not believe."

Book of Reclaiming 25:10

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“There will be neither compassion nor mercy;
Nor peace, nor solace
For those who bear witness to these Signs
And still do not believe."

Book of Reclaiming 25:10

New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives.

The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate.

But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever. For deep in a prison reclamation camp, a secret program is underway...one that will unlock dangerous secrets of New Eden’s past.

It all begins with inmate 487980-A . . . Templar One.

Prepare for DUST 514.


At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Strong storytelling makes this an informative and entertaining choice for fans of the game and for military sf readers in general."

Library Journal


"EVE Online fanatics will want to have it—scratch that, need to have it."

Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal
As a brutal war rages in the Genesis region of the Eve Constellation, the New Eden system of worlds has become the battleground where galactic governments jockey for political and economic power. Vince Barabin, an ex-prisoner of the Amarr Empire, now serves the Empress as Templar One, an immortal soldier committed to protecting the Imperial way of life. But the Empire has embarked on a clandestine program tied to secrets locked in the past that could change the course of the war, and Templar One is the key. VERDICT Setting the stage for the launch of CCP Games's Dust 514 expansion of its popular multiplayer EVE® Online game phenomenon, Gonzalez's (EVE: The Empyrean Age) latest novel is heavily weighted toward fast-paced military action, but the characters are nevertheless well developed. Strong storytelling makes this an informative and entertaining choice for fans of the game and for military sf readers in general.
Kirkus Reviews
Bang. Crash. Zzzz-ttt. Dweedle-dweedle-dweedle. There are the super-sci-fi noises. Now throw in cool outer-space nouns (Mens Reppola, Mordu, Catalyst-class destroyer, Allotek "Regatta" shuttle, Sigma-Two), some really evil dudes and a cliffhanger or two, and shazam, you've started a series. It worked for Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers back in the day. But EVE Online is a more rarified sort of entertainment with lots more conventions; to dig this book and the ones that will be marching behind it like droids after Jar Jar Binks, you may well have to have been one of the few zillion players to have dropped in on the game online. This isn't the first book to be based on a game, but it'll likely make some readers long for the days when games were based on books. That said, this is perfectly competent, perfectly standard, perfectly interchangeable science fiction: All the elements are there, from the chases and explosions to the love interest and evil minions of a very unpleasant space emperor. Gonzales, author of two previous EVE Online novellas, brings the setup up to date for our Occupy Wall Street days by positing the suzerainty of an evil corporation (scratch that—Philip K. Dick and Frank Herbert were there first) tied up tightly with an oppressive government. But who's in charge? There's the rub, though we imagine that "State Executor Tibus Heth" has a lot of oomph, given the sheer bad-assedness of his name. So it is that the corporation serves up its citizens to be gnawed on by destiny, "sent to die anonymously in the ongoing war with the Gallente Federation." Who can stop such untidy things from happening? Who can bust up the empire and save humankind? Hmm. Well, we do have this intergalactic outlaw named Templar One… It unfolds, and it is what it is. Librarians who host MPGs or otherwise serve a large audience of lonely young men and EVE Online fanatics will want to have it—scratch that, need to have it. Others can easily live without.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429990721
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 172,876
  • File size: 539 KB

Meet the Author

Tony Gonzales is the IP Development Manager for CCP Games in Reykjavik, Iceland, and is the author of two EVE Online novellas, Ruthless and Theodicy, as well as EVE: The Empyrean Age. He lives in New Jersey.

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EVE: Templar One

By Tony Gonzales

Tor Books

Copyright © 2012 Tony Gonzales
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765326201



Given the confines of my exile, insanity is surprisingly fleeting.
From the murky depths of madness, reality churns and boils over my head, a great distance away. Like a pair of entangled protons, my actions seem hopelessly enslaved to a new consciousness that many, including my old self, would consider repulsive or depraved. Yet at some point the mind accepts that whatever is happening, the person drowning can’t possibly be me, and that someone or something else entirely has been writing these log entries—treating them like unwanted feedback, mere static interfering with the perfectly arranged experiment.
The drone I mutilated is barely functional, though its companions are more concerned with my well-being. In fact, they were indifferent as I ripped into this creature’s innards with primordial barbarity. Instead of defending their brother, they took action to protect me from myself when it became clear that physical pain was no obstacle to my rage. My hands, pulped and broken, were tended by medical drones as others held me still. A mesmerizing ooze of cybernetic entrails mixed with my own blood coated the floor; I was absolutely captivated. It was a welcome reprieve from the unbearable ennui of this wretched life.
But my fascination eventually ran its course. The deep, jagged laceration gouged into the drone’s faceplate inspires a strong desire to do the same to myself, if only these infernal machines would allow me. For a short while, I was feeling productive, satisfied that it was better to create a disfigured monster than to not create anything at all. At least, such was the logic that justified reaching for that wrench in the first place.
The destitute thing now drags itself through the ship, searching in vain for parts that can only be had from fellow drones, who are unwilling to donate them. I note with subtle amusement that it is searching for a solution rather than just accepting an outcome without question, which vaguely resembles my own determination to understand the means through which this exile is sustained.
It stands to reason that the machine’s search for answers gives it something to live for. Science has always provided answers for me, not the pathetic faith that my deceased colleague Aulus Gord would have insisted upon. Her Majesty Jamyl would agree, if only she could do so without killing me first.
Equally disconcerting is that I needed to be carried back to my cabin following hours of intense, soul-crushing mourning. The person I used to be was dead, and I felt obliged to grieve. At first the drones offered “comfort,” as defined by the AI architect who thought to impart his own rubbish notions of empathy into these machines. Then they insisted on drugs, concerned that their inexorable mandate to protect me was in jeopardy. Clearly, I was a danger to myself. If these drones knew such a thing as hope, they might wish their orders would be lifted someday so they could give me the violent end I deserve.
I suppose none of this matters now, as there is little chance that anyone will ever find these logs. That I still adhere to the Imperial regulatory protocol of maintaining them, even when they are largely the same from day to day, speaks volumes about my decaying state of mind. So here it is:
The Significance is holding position dangerously close to the EVE Gate,* whose quantum turbulence remains markedly elevated. Tachyon emissions from this massive defect remain steady; several dozen traces of parallel universes pass through the ship every second. All systems are functioning normally, save for the drone I nearly destroyed.
No experiments are in progress. No surveillance probes are due to return for maintenance. No further progress has been made in determining the reason why I am protected from my tormentor here.
Empyreans continue to proliferate in numbers and power. The war has claimed more lives than any empire has the means to track.
We are all EVE’s bastard children. And I, Dr. Marcus Jror, am the worst of them.

Copyright © 2011 by CCP hf


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    From an EVE player...

    I've played EVE on and off since 2004. I'm currently without a computer capable of playing the game so I thought I'd pick this up to immerse myself in the world I'm missing.

    Gonzalez does a fantastic job of capturing not only the details of the different ethnic groups within the game, but also gives the reader (and gamer) an understanding of the history and feelings these groups have. It really helped the whole universe click in my head.

    The plot is fantastic and stands on its own without knowledge of the game, but I highly reccomend giving the game a try in order to make some of the names, places and events more clear. I might imagine a reader having a difficult time following parts of the book without this reference.

    Overall the EVE universe is a highly refined set of ideas without this book and is solidified by its contents. I highly recommend it to gamers and non-gamers alike.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Good read

    Slow to start but took off like a rocket, fun read,looking forward to next book.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Eve: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales

    Knowing nothing about EVE online or anything about this book, I entered this world with no idea what I was getting myself into. What wound up happening was that I joined hearts and minds with a few characters, and found myself very upset when I finished the book because I really enjoyed escaping reality and entering this universe. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I've been thinking about joining EVE online to satisfy the emptiness! I've been seeing so many of their advertisements around online that it's a constant reminder to me that I want to. I now know how a fish feels when it sees that bright sparkly lure spin by in a flash... because of the EVE online advertisements I've seen after reading this book.

    About the book now. most of the characters are very strongly developed, and in many cases after you are introduced to certain characters you find out more about them, and even once you think you like them you begin to HATE them for the things they do; or once you find out who they really are. So much of the book is unpredictable, you will never guess what the Broker will do next. You will never guess Tibus Heth's motivation. You will never guess the depth to which the Gallentean President will go to save his people from war; or the extend to which others will go to in order to see two empires collide. Much more...

    This book has characters, stories, plots, and agendas out the wazoo. Only in as vast a universe as this, spanning many planets and empires, can so many characters influence the outcome of events so much. I really hate some of the characters for their pig-headedness, evil actions, and useless pride. I also really enjoy some of the characters for their selfeless-service, self-sacrifice, forethought, and ability to swallow their pride to help others.

    The book got a little confusing toward the end when all the characters' lives kind-of meshed into two seperate plot-lines. Still, I got the entertainment value I wanted out of those confusing parts. What the author lacked in character and plot development toward the end, he made up for in the appearance of Terran artifacts and ship-to-ship battles, and finally in concluding the story lines that prevailed in the book and re-directing things toward the next installment in the series; should it ever become a series.

    It's worth it to buy this book. It's well worth it to read it again and again, and my personal library isn't complete without this book in it. So I highly suggest getting and reading this book, and keeping an eye out for any sequal.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    A Gripping Tie-In; Some Minor Flaws, but Extremely Enjoyable

    This was my first MMO tie-in book purchase; I've never read a World of Warcraft novel, for example, but I enjoyed EVE: The Empyrean Age despite not knowing what to expect from the genre.

    It was extremely well written and I had a hard time putting it down. The plot was engaging and I enjoyed reading how the EVE universe I've come to love in the video game changed with the Empyrean Age patch a year or so ago. The universe could have been better described for someone who had never played EVE; the cloning and reincarnation aspects were well done, but my girlfriend needed me to define some terms for her. A small glossary or encyclopedia at the end would have been helpful to complete her immersion.

    All of the main characters were vivid, deep, and emotionally gripping. I found myself deeply engaged with the plights of Falek Grange, Gear, Keitan Yun, and Tibus Heth. That said, all the secondary characters (Jamyl Sarum, the crew of the Retford, the Ammarian scientist, the Broker, etc.) were underdeveloped. I would have preferred that Gonzalez had spent more time exploring their worlds and experiences or had spent more time on the main characters.

    Those things aside, however, it was an excellent read, and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys spacefaring science-fiction or is looking to learn about the EVE universe.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Pure Tier 3 Awesome

    Working at a Barnes and Noble and having a slow day so I thought I'd post here concerning this book which is made of pure awesome. I've been playing EVE Online on and off since the summer of 2005 when visiting a friend in Germany. Generally in the past I've had bad experiences with video game tie in books in the past so I was expecting at best to be bored but since CCP (the creators of the award winning game) had never steered me wrong in the past I thought I'd give the book a shot.

    After finishing the book earlier today all I have to say is wow. This book floored me. I would highly encourage everyone from the most die hard EVE fan to the average sci-fi enthusiast to read this book. Gonzalez does an excellent job of explaining common EVE terms so that anyone new to the setting won't be lost. He does this in such a way without dwelling so long as to bore those of us who are already familiar with the lingo.

    I could go on for another 2347 characters explaining how much I enjoyed this book but I'll end it here simply saying that it is definitely worth the money and time to sit down and enter the New Eden system along side Tony Gonzalez.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    An outstanding read...

    EVE: The Empyrean Age is simply staggering. Tony Gonzales does a fantastic job of bringing the universe that is New Eden to life, with all of its races and factions, peril and suspense, wickedness and compassion. Gonzales manages to write about countless characters and their individual stories without being confusing and without losing the reader, and with much talent, somehow successfully combines them all into one amazing story. The action is intense, the detail is grand, the characters are gripping, and their decisions are capturing. I strongly recommend this book! (and the game)

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