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Ep.#1 - "Aurora: CV-01" (The Frontiers Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Ryk Brown
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Book Description

Episode 1

A world recovering from a devastating plague…
A brutal enemy threatening invasion…
A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father…
A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates…
A top-secret experimental propulsion system…
A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman…

What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora, is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning…

"Aurora: CV-01" is 77,000 word novel, and is Episode 1 of The Frontiers Saga.

Episode 2, "The Rings of Haven"is available now!

Editorial Reviews


"Narrator Jeffrey Kafer . . . is a very capable reader, able to handle multiple characters and dialects with apparent ease. This great story flowed very smoothly under his natural talent." ---Audiobook-Heaven Halo Award Winner

Product Details

  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ryk Brown (December 19, 2011)
  • 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: #30,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
By Fate
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It uses many themes most of us are familiar with, starting out following a brand new Ensign straight out of the academy on his first tour of duty. Earth, still recovering from its last nuclear war which devastated the planet and required humans to start over from scratch, is now threatened by a hostile alien force. While on routine patrol, something goes horribly wrong and our young protagonist is forced to take up the reigns of command to try and lead the survivors home. Reminded me a lot of Wolfhound by Kindal Debenham.

I liked the secondary characters that provide a wide array of personalities and each bring a little something to the story. The crazy russian engineer, the analytical, by-the-book navigator, and the fiery spec ops daredevil really flush out the crew. The space battles were fairly decent. Lots of action in space battles and repelling boarders, though not much concerning tactics or the capabilities of their tech.

The ending was a bit unsatisfying to me as nothing really gets resolved, the story simply ends, awaiting a sequel. I think the one thing that really bugged me about the book and made it difficult for me to finish was the protagonist. His whole claim, as a senator's son trying to flee his father's shadow, is that he is supposed to be proving everyone who thinks of him as a spoiled, privileged kid who never takes anything seriously, wrong. Instead, while he has flashes of inspiration and a few instances where he takes responsibility, most of the time he's hot-headed, naive, moody... He keeps making obvious mistakes and acts like an excited child- I couldn't stand him. The fact that his crew is so calm and capable makes the contrast even more apparent.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but POV is all over the place. April 17, 2012
By Jason
Format:Kindle Edition
First off, the story is not bad, though I wouldn't call it terribly original. Just previous to this book I read another self published book and the similarities between this one and that are eerie. By no means am I saying one story was plagiarized over another, but it's obvious this story in this genre has been done a lot. They both share the same plot and setup, only the characters are different:

* New Earth government after dark times
* New flagship spacecraft on maiden voyage
* Experimental device that lets said ship 'jump' great distances through space
* Meeting and involuntary assisting an alien race against a brutal and overwhelming enemy
* Alien race is distant relative to humans on Earth
* Alien race is very advanced, yet comment on how amazing some of the Earth technology is, such as the ability to 'jump' the ship light years through space in an instant.

Each of these points are in both books. So it's something to think about when moving forward with a sequel.

As for characters, they all seemed rather bland and one dimensional. Nathan, the protagonist, is cut from the same mold as every other character I've read about that is 'standing in his father's shadow. Except, that I didn't feel Nathan really developed throughout the story. Nathan is more like a 13 year old boy as opposed to a recently graduated Navy cadet.

The secondary characters were a little more interesting, with Vlad being the most interesting (and least seen) character in the book.

My last bit of criticism is POV. The point of view in this book is generally from Nathan's perspective, but it's really all over the place and leads to quite a bit of confusion.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! March 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Would I buy it again? Yes (as a prime member I got it for free and then bought it to support the author)
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes
Would I buy more from this author? Yes
Do I know the author? No

We start out with a young man trying to prove himself and escape his father's (political) shadow; on the maiden voyage of the UES's newest ship. All the trite comments about a tried and true sci-fi cookie cutter formula evaporated after the 10% mark.

Mr. Brown has managed to, in my opinion "nail it." As a first story in a series it has lots of introductions and personality building. Very quickly I stopped thinking characters, and instead used people to describe the crew; as they come alive in a vivid beautiful detail. While there is always more to know I never felt like a scene had cardboard cutouts tossed in as filler.

On the world building we get some flash in the pan broad strokes, enough to infer what has gone on and set a stage for our adventure. On the technical level the author does not bog us down with the how's and why's and just gives us "Push Button To Operate" so no hard corps science; but still a fun story. Perhaps as the series progresses things will flesh out a tad in that department. Truth be told I would rather have PBTO than ill informed or downright BS science that clutters so many stories. I can 'assume' some egghead in the fictional universe could explain it and that is enough for me. Seriously, does not understanding exactly how that iPhone works detract from your satisfaction using it? You touch the screen and it works... why expect the people in a book to be able to explain every item they use as if they were a part of the engineering design team? (and if we really knew how a quantum warp wiz bangie worked would we be..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An awesome book. Truly a gem to read. Do yourself a favor and read it, you wont regret!
Published 5 days ago by Raja Sathy Velloo
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediorce
I rarely do not finish a book but I didn't finish this one. Too much action. Too little story. I just didn't care what happened.
Published 19 days ago by Simnsays
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I grabbed this book because it looked good enough for me to read on vacation when I got bored. Instead it was good enough to consume many straight hours of my time off. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good series
Published 20 days ago by bodojo
5.0 out of 5 stars The, 'Right Stuff'
This is military sci fi, not Paradise Lost, not Shakespeare, not Dickens.

In military sci fi, the idea is to 'find'em, fix'em and kill them', or the contrary, 'don't be... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Steffen55
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally awesome series. I start one chapter and can't stop ...
A totally awesome series. I start one chapter and can't stop reading until the book is finished. I even look forward to picking the book up again the next day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erick Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice-paced Military Action Adventure
Wonderful beginning to an episodic series. Characterisations are good and interesting - really like the hero Nathan whose confidence in his abilities at times lets him down but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Mackay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting person gallery and intriguing story line
Published 1 month ago by Hauke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis F Gaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New Series
Great book, great series, one of the best I have read in a while
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More About the Author

Born in 1960 and raised on an overdose of television, NASA, and science fiction, Ryk Brown has worked as a cook, rock guitarist, stage lighting technician, and paramedic. He currently resides in Northern California with his wife, daughter, and cat. Thanks to the support of his readers, he now is able to work full-time on his writing.
Having spent his entire life "thinking stuff up", the advent of digital publishing has finally given him an excuse to write it all down and share it with others. ("Others" meaning someone other than his poor wife and daughter.)
A long-time fan of all things science and space, his goal is to write and publish an on-going series of sci-fi adventures. To be set in his own version of humanity's future, his characters will explore the vast reaches of the galaxy, and perhaps even the universe. He invites you all to join him on this journey through his vivid imagination.

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