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Beacon (Part I) (Beacon Saga Serial Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan C. Gillespie
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Book Description

Part I of the BEACON SAGA SERIAL. This first installment* of the completed space opera tale is free, where available.

At the end of time, a miracle endangers a vast refugee fleet.

They call it the Shroud, and Beacon is the only star that survived its wrath. At this endpoint of existence, humanity lingers on alongside every living species. Layers of orbiting ships can provide you everything--except children. So when Mally and Tersias conceive, they are instant celebrities, lavished with accolades and gifts. But their act will carry a high cost, starting with the return of a specter from the past. And the end will become the beginning.

An installment of six thousand words. Continue the serial in Part II (twelve thousand words), or in The Complete Beacon Saga, which contains all installments at a value price over purchasing each separately.

*Note to readers: A serial is a story in parts, each usually of long short-story length. Each installment is not a complete book, but can be thought of like an episode in a television series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1038 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Heavy Caliber Publishing LLC (December 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,520 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book April 4, 2014
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Great storyline. I have been reading a lot of science fictions short stories lately and this one is very good. I like the characters and how the story builds. There is definitely room for continuation on this story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High praise from a very critical reviewer. November 15, 2013
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This was an awesomely written, powerful, moving story. I as the reader was thoroughly sucked into this universe. The ending brought me to tears and I'm not a crier.

Sequels were written but to me, this was the perfect stand-alone short story. With the way the ending happened, I felt the only thing that could interest me further was resolving the *spoiler* impending destruction of the universe. I look forward to that book.

A request to the author: Apply your short-story style to a full-length novel and see what the result looks like. The way you simply put us in this universe and make us kind've figure out what's happening without beating us over the head with details and minutia is part of why this book is so compelling. Do that with a full length novel and I'd pay 10 bucks for it :)
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BEACON (Part I) by Jonathan C. Gillespie is delightful science fiction, reminiscent of the writing style of Philip K. Dick or Ray Bradbury in THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, with a variety of unique aliens that reminds one of STAR WARS. The story reads like fantasy with all the details of science fiction: spaceships, AIs, unique outer space aliens, and so much more.

BEACON (Part I) is set in the future after the “Shroud” has appeared, beautifully described by the author this way: “One after another, the stars across the universe began folding in on themselves and burning out, dissipating into background radiation. Each time, everything around them also disintegrated and vanished: dust, meteorites, asteroids, comets, moons, planets, people, cities, nations...Civilizations.” BEACON (Part I) is the story of a miracle that occurs in one of the spaceships orbiting the last remaining star, giving tremendous hope that human life will continue.
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I enjoyed this book. I felt that it was a very neat concept, with likeable characters, in a nice little package. It's a short read, with a simple plot, which I feel is appropriate. It isn't (yet) an epic. It's a short story about a small group around a solo star. It really wraps up nicely, quite honestly. The descriptions are good, but I feel there could be a bit more fleshing out of these details, what with the sounds and smells and appearances. The descriptions that are given are vibrant and evocative. The setting seems to be well founded and I look forward to reading more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi like Star Wars February 13, 2013
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The writing is a little juvenile, but it makes you want to see what comes next. I just might buy the next installment!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sci fi book August 9, 2013
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This book is fantastic. It holds you on every page. It is short but very complete. I will be buying the rest of the saga. The good thing is this one can stand alone too.
I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good November 29, 2014
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This book shows that a simple birth brings aliens and humans together, but what happens after the war is over? Well, guess you have to read the next book. Lol
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole interesting universe in a few pages May 8, 2013
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I was trying out my wife's Kindle, so I used this as my sample. It is a short story, however, you are introduced to a whole universe and handful of characters in a short time. I felt that I instantly understood this universe, the dire situation it was in, and like the few characters that were introduced. It's hard to imprint personalities in about 23 pages of print, but it is something accomplished well. I found myself laughing while reading it a few times as well.

The writing isn't bad. Yes, it could possibly use some clean up here and there, but it is not distracting. I've read paperback and hardcovers with writing much worse than this. The only real critical issue is that it's too short. I will have to pick up the second part, which is a little bit longer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start
Pretty good. I liked the way the world is being set up.
Published 1 month ago by Nice Lady
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sorry it just didn't hold my interst. May appeal to someone else.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Linda Niemela
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Gillespie for getting his work out there, but a writer needs...
I was interested to see how the author executed a fiction project in a serial format. I'm not going to read any more of this series, but I thought at least he ought to get three... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Roy King
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short
I chose this rating simply for the fact that, even though this claims to be a short story, it has no true conclusion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The ending was disappointing. The rest of the read was OK, but you never know until the end .It
Is what it is.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars RIPOFF! 30 PAGES! All the books are less than 50 pages!!!! How can...
Someone is paying for good reviews. I will NOT BUY ANY books from this author! A book is more than 300 pages!!!!
Published 12 months ago by C HOWELL
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting storyline ...
Lots of interesting characters introduced that can be built upon in follow on books. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best or the worst
I have read better. I have read worst. The ending left me puzzled. Perhaps part 2 would improve my outlook.
Published 15 months ago by K. Kenser
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More About the Author

Jonathan C. Gillespie has been writing genre fiction for over a decade. His stories have been published in a variety of outlets on three continents, including "The Drabblecast", "Spinetingler Magazine", and "Murky Depths", and have been nominated for a number of awards.

He particularly enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and lives with them in Atlanta, GA.

Those interested in further information on his releases, upcoming events, and reviews of film and books should check out his official site at

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