You'll Want To Read This One First!


You know, the best selling author of so many great sci-fi novels; THAT Kevin J. Anderson.

The Naplian Empire’s war of expansion against the Grand Alliance has taken a turn for the worse.

With vital serjaum fuel reserves wiped out by a surprise attack, Admiral Daviont of the III Corps makes a long, desperate journey to the fringes of Terran space for a massive undeveloped source of serjaum—the Baedecker Star System. But his action does not go unnoticed. Their mortal enemies, the Briddarri, send their own task force to intercept.

At Baedecker Four, starfighter pilot and governor’s son Taggart “Tag” Wester has his hands full steering clear of his wing commander’s wrath. When an emergency call unearths a dangerous foe from the past, he’s put to a test unlike any he’s ever face—one of courage, and leadership. The time for bucking the rules and chasing the horizon has come to an end.

Elden Selva is on a mission to restore power to the defeated Northern Alliance, by retrieving the remains of Truppen cybernetic soldiers. He has only his father's legacy as consul to drive him in his deceit, but the bond with a friend he thought he'd never see again complicates his motivations. What he finds on the dusty plains of Baedecker Four is far more than he anticipated, and the ensuing conflict changes both him and the woman he loves.

For the Truppen are not gone. The last remnants of the Northern Alliance await reactivation, quiet in the depths of space, and their release will trigger a new kind of conflict.

The invaders and defenders collide in a struggle that will not only shape their lives, but have dire consequences for the entire galaxy.

Empires will conquer and kingdoms will fall. Heroes will rise and nightmares will be forged.

It all begins at Baedecker.

Empire's Rift is the cornerstone of the Takamo Universe backstory. The book is written by Steve Rzasa, a talented author, who breathed life into the original outline gleaned from the interactions of Takamo gamers over the past 30 years. The 343-page novel tells the story of the invasion of Terran space by the Naplians. That guy you saw at the bottom of the very first blog? Yeah, that's a Naplian. It is also the tale of what happened to the Truppen after two back to back Terran civil wars, aka the Consular Wars. That guy on the front cover? That's a Truppen. You'll have to read the rest for yourself.

A Bit About the Author Steve Rzasa

Steve Rzasa has written numerous novels of speculative fiction and was first published in 2009. His work includes four space opera and two steampunk tales through Enclave Publishing, including

The Word Endangered, and a sci-fi murder mystery set with Castalia House. He has self-published a fantasy novel, The Bloodheart, and a science-fiction tale, For Us Humans.

His debut novel, The Word Reclaimed, was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers award for Best Speculative Fiction in 2010. His third novel, Broken Sight, won this award in 2012. His short story In the Bag, set in the world of his steampunk novels Crosswind and Sandstorm, won the 2012 flash fiction contest for the Denver Chapter of ACFW.

Steve received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and worked for eight years at newspapers in Maine and Wyoming. He’s been a librarian since 2008, and received his Library Support Staff Certification from the American Library Association in 2014—one of only 100 graduates nationwide and four in Wyoming.

He is the technical services librarian in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he lives with his wife and two boys. Steve’s a fan of all things science-fiction and superhero and is also a student of history.

Next Time

We will explore Terran expansion into the solar system and some of their initial conflicts.



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