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For two thousand years, the Human run empire known as the Alliance of Major Planets (AMP) brought peace and stability to the five galaxies surrounding and including the Milky Way. Advances in technology, and a strong set of fair laws, had allowed a peaceful expansion of Human ideals. As the alliance aged, corruption crept in, allowing an overthow that placed a dozen ruling For two thousand years, the Human run empire known as the Alliance of Major Planets (AMP) brought peace and stability to the five galaxies surrounding and including the Milky Way. Advances in technology, and a strong set of fair laws, had allowed a peaceful expansion of Human ideals. As the alliance aged, corruption crept in, allowing an overthow that placed a dozen ruling families in charge. Without clear leadership, the New Alliance began to decay, and without change, it will ultimately fail. For Knog Beutcher, a three star veteran detective, living in the New Alliance is a struggle. He finds himself caught in the middle of the chaos as colonies rebel and populations riot. With the invasion of one of the galaxies by an external enemy, the alliance's future becomes uncertain. Corruption, rebellion, intrigue and lawlessness have come to Knog's world. His struggles have only just begun...


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For two thousand years, the Human run empire known as the Alliance of Major Planets (AMP) brought peace and stability to the five galaxies surrounding and including the Milky Way. Advances in technology, and a strong set of fair laws, had allowed a peaceful expansion of Human ideals. As the alliance aged, corruption crept in, allowing an overthow that placed a dozen ruling For two thousand years, the Human run empire known as the Alliance of Major Planets (AMP) brought peace and stability to the five galaxies surrounding and including the Milky Way. Advances in technology, and a strong set of fair laws, had allowed a peaceful expansion of Human ideals. As the alliance aged, corruption crept in, allowing an overthow that placed a dozen ruling families in charge. Without clear leadership, the New Alliance began to decay, and without change, it will ultimately fail. For Knog Beutcher, a three star veteran detective, living in the New Alliance is a struggle. He finds himself caught in the middle of the chaos as colonies rebel and populations riot. With the invasion of one of the galaxies by an external enemy, the alliance's future becomes uncertain. Corruption, rebellion, intrigue and lawlessness have come to Knog's world. His struggles have only just begun...

30 review for OMEGA Exile

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zulekha

    My first sci-fi read. Didn't knew would love it so much that I'd reach till Book No. Six (Omega Brutal) of the Eight Book Omega Series. Kind of fell in love with this Grunta (Knog Beutcher) and Human (Joni Salton). My first sci-fi read. Didn't knew would love it so much that I'd reach till Book No. Six (Omega Brutal) of the Eight Book Omega Series. Kind of fell in love with this Grunta (Knog Beutcher) and Human (Joni Salton).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I thought the storytelling, pacing, world building, and science were all great. But I found myself rolling my eyes most of the times a character talked. A lot of the humor was stereotypical baby boomer style gender tropes, comments on alien species stereotypes, or put-downs. The universe was fairly interesting, I found myself questioning the main characters' motivations or political leanings a lot. The premise of the book is fairly anti tax and ant I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I thought the storytelling, pacing, world building, and science were all great. But I found myself rolling my eyes most of the times a character talked. A lot of the humor was stereotypical baby boomer style gender tropes, comments on alien species stereotypes, or put-downs. The universe was fairly interesting, I found myself questioning the main characters' motivations or political leanings a lot. The premise of the book is fairly anti tax and anti regulation, so that could grate on some people's nerves. It was hard to know whether the characters' morals were internally consistent or not, and I wasn't sure some of the actions lined up with their proclaimed character. That said, there's a dog and it's pretty awesome. I got this book for free via BookBub

  3. 4 out of 5

    Douglass Gaking

    This book is nothing spectacular, but it is a decent, quick sci-fi read. The narrator, Knogg, is an interesting character. The realm that Arseneault created for the SODIUM, AMP, and OMEGA series is well-planned. As a high-ranking security officer for a government on the verge of disaster, Knogg, a Grunta, and his human partner Joni are caught up in the middle of the growing conflict. It is interesting to see how it all plays out, and the progression of the story opens up many discussions of what This book is nothing spectacular, but it is a decent, quick sci-fi read. The narrator, Knogg, is an interesting character. The realm that Arseneault created for the SODIUM, AMP, and OMEGA series is well-planned. As a high-ranking security officer for a government on the verge of disaster, Knogg, a Grunta, and his human partner Joni are caught up in the middle of the growing conflict. It is interesting to see how it all plays out, and the progression of the story opens up many discussions of what government's role in society is or should be. I am not particularly enthusiastic about this author or series, but I would be willing to read more of it if I am looking for a short, easy read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beau

    I like the main character, who seems sort of unflappable and plays the good guy well enough. The stars trip over the important events in the story repeatedly, stretching my sense of disbelief almost to the breaking point. But I'll read the rest of the series. Can't wait. The decline of the New Alliance seemed to happen on a scale of days, not decades. That might be a bit fast. Those are all the nits I can pick. It was fun to read, and I'm ready for more. I like the main character, who seems sort of unflappable and plays the good guy well enough. The stars trip over the important events in the story repeatedly, stretching my sense of disbelief almost to the breaking point. But I'll read the rest of the series. Can't wait. The decline of the New Alliance seemed to happen on a scale of days, not decades. That might be a bit fast. Those are all the nits I can pick. It was fun to read, and I'm ready for more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wesley George

    Grabbed this while looking for cheap reading material, and it looked interesting. Enjoyable characters, pretty quick-moving plot, pretty fast and engrossing read. Fun space opera/detective/buddy cop series. Worth a look, I expect I'll be buying the next book in the series. Grabbed this while looking for cheap reading material, and it looked interesting. Enjoyable characters, pretty quick-moving plot, pretty fast and engrossing read. Fun space opera/detective/buddy cop series. Worth a look, I expect I'll be buying the next book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Misty Greene

    Intro pretty much covers it Intro pretty much covers it for me , didn't make to past the first few chapters. Corruption is bad for business. Intro pretty much covers it Intro pretty much covers it for me , didn't make to past the first few chapters. Corruption is bad for business.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dynedain

    You know how a good author will come up with backstories and explanations of every cultural phenomena to cover their world building? Often this means tomes of notes, so they have the research materials they need as they develop the story and character’s motivations. Now imagine an author that did all that, but instead of keeping it for their reference, they used those notes as the actual book, turning every line of dialogue and inner narrative into a paragraph of exposition. The result is 300 page You know how a good author will come up with backstories and explanations of every cultural phenomena to cover their world building? Often this means tomes of notes, so they have the research materials they need as they develop the story and character’s motivations. Now imagine an author that did all that, but instead of keeping it for their reference, they used those notes as the actual book, turning every line of dialogue and inner narrative into a paragraph of exposition. The result is 300 pages of author’s notes and about 3 pages of plot or character development. The worst part is that the one-dimensional characters don’t even benefit from the copious filler. They have no actual agency and contradict their supposed character traits. What’s more, there are all these explanations of complex species, yet everyone acts as if they are human. Lastly the plot is purely passive. Everything happens to the characters, they drive nothing, and it reads like a child’s fantasy where everything is always perfect and thus ever-more-implausible events and secrets must be thrust on them to drive the most minimal sense of narrative suspense.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    It’s … Complicated? I’m not really sure how to rate this one, so I’ll start at 3, maybe 3.5, and read more to see if the series improves. The worldview is complex with multiple invented species, odd realities and newly fabricated vocabulary. And yet I found the storyline oddly appealing with good character development. The action can be gruesome at times, apparently the blasters in this universe are massively destructive. Events tend to unfold with a marked bias favoring our protagonists. Not an It’s … Complicated? I’m not really sure how to rate this one, so I’ll start at 3, maybe 3.5, and read more to see if the series improves. The worldview is complex with multiple invented species, odd realities and newly fabricated vocabulary. And yet I found the storyline oddly appealing with good character development. The action can be gruesome at times, apparently the blasters in this universe are massively destructive. Events tend to unfold with a marked bias favoring our protagonists. Not an unusual plot device and one which increases perceived enjoyment as far as I am concerned. This book ends well, with most story threads resolved and a plausible setup leading into the next book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Minga Dotson

    Good character building and leaves you wanting to start the next book. Story starts a bit slowly but keeps your interest. Author is definitely a world-builder to follow. This is a story about a galaxy falling apart while being attacked from within and without, and follows one security inspector as he does his best to do his job, while his bosses and their bosses do their best to grab any glory his work brings in. You can hear the commentary on our current political setup and how easily it can be Good character building and leaves you wanting to start the next book. Story starts a bit slowly but keeps your interest. Author is definitely a world-builder to follow. This is a story about a galaxy falling apart while being attacked from within and without, and follows one security inspector as he does his best to do his job, while his bosses and their bosses do their best to grab any glory his work brings in. You can hear the commentary on our current political setup and how easily it can be screwed up by greed and corruption as you watch that happening in this world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Zimmerman

    By the time you read this review, you should have learned that the lead character of this story is an alien. That sounded interesting to me and many of you have highly rated this book. To explain why I chose the rating I did, I need to tell you about Jim. Jim is a reformed serial molester of farm animals, who currently lives in the piney woods of east Texas. He spends most of his day contemplating his navel and the meaning of life. Well to be more accurate that's what we hope he is doing. The po By the time you read this review, you should have learned that the lead character of this story is an alien. That sounded interesting to me and many of you have highly rated this book. To explain why I chose the rating I did, I need to tell you about Jim. Jim is a reformed serial molester of farm animals, who currently lives in the piney woods of east Texas. He spends most of his day contemplating his navel and the meaning of life. Well to be more accurate that's what we hope he is doing. The point is, Jim is more alien than any of Arseneault's characters. My Asian neighbor is more alien that most of Stephen's characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Camp

    Excellent. I chose this book to read because I was intrigued by the idea of the main character not being human. There is a lot of action and the way that Knog and Joni work so smooth together as partners is great. The story has a smooth flow and, at times, moves really fast. Joni is little vague in character details but Knog is pretty clear. A great story and I'm looking forward to the next book. Excellent. I chose this book to read because I was intrigued by the idea of the main character not being human. There is a lot of action and the way that Knog and Joni work so smooth together as partners is great. The story has a smooth flow and, at times, moves really fast. Joni is little vague in character details but Knog is pretty clear. A great story and I'm looking forward to the next book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steven Wade

    Revolution in space Part of this book feels like some short stories that were modified after the fact to create a whole story. Fortunately the end result is entertaining and mostly satisfying. The main character, Knog, is the kind of person I would like to have as a trainer and manager. Telling a story from the perspective of an alien is different and pleasurable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    MLC

    Science fiction space travel set in an alliance of planets I really like the word building skills of this author. The main character is an inspector who checks that ships cargo logs match to what they actually contain. I really liked how the author made him a strong noble type. It really for well in the story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

    I love this book it had every ingredient I love different species different galaxies a war and heroes and most of all a dry sense of humor. Too bad that the other two books of the series are not available in the Netherlands.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ROBIN CONKEL-HANNAN

    Excellent I thoroughly enjoyed this book.. Reminds me of old classic Sci Fi.. Well written, interesting believable characters,good plot, would work well with all human characters.. Looking forward to volume 2..

  16. 4 out of 5

    V.L. Stuart

    This was my second Arseneault book and I have to say I liked it much better than the first I read. Nice to have an alien as the MC as it gave you something different to relate to although, except for his dietary habits, he wasn't all that 'unhuman.' Still the story held together nicely. This was my second Arseneault book and I have to say I liked it much better than the first I read. Nice to have an alien as the MC as it gave you something different to relate to although, except for his dietary habits, he wasn't all that 'unhuman.' Still the story held together nicely.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vic

    Decent read The story was good but the dialogue was stilted and obtuse. You could overlook part of it as speech patterns for an alien but even the humans spoke that way. I did enjoy the story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sappho Sue

    This story has mature ideas about government, well-defined characters, and a great storyline. I strongly recommend it to any who loves Speculative Fiction

  19. 4 out of 5

    Connie Mountney

    Great book Really enjoyed reading this . Cant wait to get the next book . . . . . . . .

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roy Rutledge

    Very entertainig,great story. Easy way into trouble but always finds a way out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Scott

    Good Fun Adventure Good story, nice character development. Total enjoyment, great dog character, looking forward to the next chapter. Generally a good read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Dunbar

    Omega Exile I don't really know why but I stopped and started this read a few times before realizing I just could not get into it. Omega Exile I don't really know why but I stopped and started this read a few times before realizing I just could not get into it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Edward Keller

    I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to others.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris Stoesen

    Fun read I was almost put off with the lead character but he gripped me from the start. He's normally the guy who you would find being the fifth of a group. But he shines and is awesome. I rooted for him the whole way. The only negative, the book came to an end. I have to find out the rest. Thank you for a great book. Fun read I was almost put off with the lead character but he gripped me from the start. He's normally the guy who you would find being the fifth of a group. But he shines and is awesome. I rooted for him the whole way. The only negative, the book came to an end. I have to find out the rest. Thank you for a great book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Morgan

    Awefully Familiar for Sci-fi Great start to the series! Character development and plot development are top notch. While this is set as a sci-fi story, it would be just as believable as a series about western civilization.

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Murray

    The book is an easy read. Not great writing but I found myself enjoying the characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ramon Somoza

    I have mixed feelings about this novel The story is about a ship inspector-detective from the Grunta species and -this is kind of curious, as there are not many books out there that do this- it is written in first person by this alien. They put him up with a human female as a partner and, as the blurb says, we start seeing smuggling, corruption, a series of revolutions and an empire falling apart. The story itself is good, it actually hooked me up and I wanted to find out how it finished. I must I have mixed feelings about this novel The story is about a ship inspector-detective from the Grunta species and -this is kind of curious, as there are not many books out there that do this- it is written in first person by this alien. They put him up with a human female as a partner and, as the blurb says, we start seeing smuggling, corruption, a series of revolutions and an empire falling apart. The story itself is good, it actually hooked me up and I wanted to find out how it finished. I must point out that I did however dislike the fact that all alien species "behaved" basically as humans, which is something that does stress your credulity somewhat. Even so, this could be forgiven if the story had been properly rounded up. The bad news is that -apart from leaving some loose ends in the story- the author fell for the oldest cliché around used by authors that want people to want to buy the second book. Not only is this so predictable and unimaginative, I also hate it when authors so clearly state "buy my next book". A full book should not stop like this. An adventure should finish, and leave the reader open to decide whether he wants to buy the next book or not. This cheap ploy makes it that I do not score it better. It's a pity, but this is what dissuaded me from buying the rest of the series - I don't want to have to buy eight books just to find out how an adventure finishes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shanna Davis

    Adventure in space. I gave this book a second chance and liked it enough to read the series. I liked the different species angle and the details of the characters. Give it a try.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dermot J OSullivan

    Interesting SF novel This moved along for most of the volume, however it got a bit redundant towards the end. And finally just ended way to quickly. Each book in series should be able to stand on their own and this doesn't. Overall I enjoyed it though. Interesting SF novel This moved along for most of the volume, however it got a bit redundant towards the end. And finally just ended way to quickly. Each book in series should be able to stand on their own and this doesn't. Overall I enjoyed it though.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie J

    I stumbled across Omega Exile on a day when Amazon happened to offer the ebook for free. The deal was a good one. In his debut of the OMEGA series, author Stephen Arseneault provides brisk plotting which includes intense and exciting battle scenes in the vast reaches of outer space. His characters are awfully verbose though, and their conversations where the parties speak in full paragraphs can seem like needless speechifying. I was also less than thrilled with the relatively unsurprising cliffh I stumbled across Omega Exile on a day when Amazon happened to offer the ebook for free. The deal was a good one. In his debut of the OMEGA series, author Stephen Arseneault provides brisk plotting which includes intense and exciting battle scenes in the vast reaches of outer space. His characters are awfully verbose though, and their conversations where the parties speak in full paragraphs can seem like needless speechifying. I was also less than thrilled with the relatively unsurprising cliffhanger. My locally available digital libraries don't carry Arseneault’s works so it's unlikely that I'll continue reading him. However, if things were different I probably would since in Omega Exile he does spin an entertaining intergalactic tale.

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