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Ep.#4 - "Freedom's Dawn" (The Frontiers Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Ryk Brown
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Episode 4

A ship under siege…
A world on the brink of civil war…
A distraught people seeking a new beginning…
A battle weary crew that can barely hold it together…

Even a legend can use a little help from time to time.

The crew of the Aurora, the Karuzari, and the Corinairans must find a way to work together or else they may all perish.

“Freedom’s Dawn” is a 94,000 word novel, and is the 4th episode in The Frontiers Saga.

Episode 5, "Rise of the Corinari" is available now.

Product Details

  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480121142
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ryk Brown (July 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HC0V1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Recap and Review July 7, 2012
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This one was as good as the others, especially the end. The only real thing lacking/different was an absence of ship-to-ship space battles (but still a lot of action/combat). A little slower pace in the first half, but the action picks up after that. Also the first part is a bit disorienting as the book opens with a new character's perspective, going back in time a little bit to overlap the last part of book 3.

Given we only get small installments every two months on this story, you're probably like me and need a refresher. Bad news is there seem to be none on the web. Good news is I'm therefore attaching one below to hopefully save you the trouble of re-reading the first three as I had to do.

If you haven't read the first 3 books, stop reading my review and do so now. It's worth it and they are great.

If you have read the first three books, here's a recap.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Compared to First 3 July 16, 2012
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I have really enjoyed this series, space battles, crew drama, fighting an eveil empire, etc. But this episode just didn't cut it. Very ho hum.

The whole episode was based on the attemts by the evil Takar to capture the Aurora by boarding action while the Capitan was on Corinair trying to convince everyone he was no legend, all to no avail. As other reviewers put it, this was all about one bad day that should have been attached to the last book or the begining of the next. I nearly stopped reading this book. After finishing, it occurs as a filler story designed to set up what comes next.

I still gave it 3 stars because if I'm going to read filler, better that it's from a good series and the action parts were not bad. But I do hope the author gets back to what made the series interesting in the first place. Ditch the hocus pocus legend crap, fix the ship, go take on the Takar fleet.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Episode July 4, 2012
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I'll admit that I'm an unabashed space opera guy. I've been one for 50 years or so even since I cut my teeth on Doc Smith, Edmond Hamilton and John Campbell. That being said I am immensely enjoying this book and the entire series as well. It's well written and the author has the storytelling gift. The action keeps moving and the main protagonists are constructed well enough so that you become interested in their stories. This story takes place in the Corinair system and follows the adventures of the Aurora crew directly after the third novel. I highly recommend this book and this series to any who like a good old fashioned space story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the series? July 25, 2012
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Like a few others, I was surprised to find the fourth book in the Frontiers saga disappointing.

It became apparent about 1/3 way through there was not going to be ANY progress on the strategic issue of getting back to where they came from. EP's 1 through 3 at least made some sort of step towards the goal. I felt like a rat on a wheel.

Sorry but even at the low cost, investing in future episodes will not be done until I see some reviews from other more daring souls.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not live up to the previous three in the series September 10, 2012
By Nels
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I gave this book a one star in relation to the previous three books.

The author made a terrible mistake with his character development in this book. I'll include no spoilers, but my description of the mistake will necessarily be vague. The series is carried by four main characters that the author develops through the story. In "Freedom's Dawn," two of the main characters literally sit out of the entire story. They spend their entire time away from the rest of the ship and crew. The third character is in a coma or some other kind of medical incapacitation for the entire book - she does nothing and has zero dialog for the entire book. The fourth character is on the ship, but has extremely limited interaction with any other crew members and none with the other main characters. He provides little more than comic relief.

The main characters of this book are essentially extras - characters brought into the book to provide dialog, given names, exist for a few pages to 1/4 of the book, and either die or are never heard from again. Only a single "good" character is introduced that may carry on into future books. A huge amount of the story is told from the point of view of the "bad" characters, all of whom do not carry over to future books except one. And this one is a one dimensional cardboard cutout lackey bad guy.

This whole book could have been turned into a thirty page chapter of a much better fourth book in the series. The main action sequence lasted for half of the book, and it just carried on and on... To make it drag out even further, the action was constantly broken up by sequences from characters nowhere near the action. Much of the book was completely unnecessary for a decent story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read, the way the writer describes the battles makes you feel that you are there in the middle of all the action.
Published 6 days ago by luisjusino
5.0 out of 5 stars I have nothing but nice things to say about this series
I have nothing but nice things to say about this series. Every episode is as good as the previous and if you like hard science fiction, then you will really like this series. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Hard Sci-Fi Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed!
I'm enjoying this series. So glad to have found it. Do you love science fiction? Then,this is for you. Inventive plot. Engaging characters. Great stuff.
Published 11 days ago by Tamara
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read but somewhat drawn out. I'm going to take a science fiction break while they fix the Arora.
Might skip Episode #5 and take on #6. Skip 7 and read 8. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Double Time
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action sequences
One of those stories where you can't put the book down and stay up till the wee hours cause you just have to know what happens in the next chapter! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Eric Stanmyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story line, believable characters,lots of action and not to heavy on the technical stuff. Very entertaining read.
Published 17 days ago by Mark_in_Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. Ryk Brown is the best Si-Fi writer ...
I can hardly wait for the 12 book, I loved it. Ryk Brown is the best Si-Fi writer I have read yet. Great Read
Published 20 days ago by ron Gulbranson
5.0 out of 5 stars episode 4 finished in two sessions
I could not put this down, I was so tense I could not wait to find out what would go wrong next.... A great read, finished it in two days...
Published 22 days ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Ep.#4 - "Freedom's Dawn" (The frontiers Saga)
Earthship Aurora has been chased, captured, and retaken. They took out a battleship that attact the planet Coriani.
And saved the people from being wiped out. Read more
Published 24 days ago by sunglasslady19
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
Have to say it, hard to stop reading. 4 books in 3 days and about to start the 5th. Enjoy!
Published 26 days ago by Mech madness
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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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I'm wondering why as well. I enjoyed the first three episodes and was looking forward to the next. Naturally I was quite satisfied when I reciecved the email that the next book was availiable.
But I can't buy it.
Surely a stupid decision like this can't be intentional.
Jul 6, 2012 by Hans-christian Prytz |  See all 4 posts
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