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Galaxy of Heroes [Kindle Edition]

Gus Flory
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A conspiracy against humanity. A breathtakingly beautiful cyborg. A battle like no other. An adventure you won't forget!

The lives of four space drifters intersect on a planet of hope as the most powerful war machine in the galaxy approaches, threatening to consume them all in a storm of metal and fire.

Capt. Jace Spade is a fighter pilot from the Roga System. He is determined to find his maker—the enigmatic Dr. Zander—even if his search means risking all in the conflagrations of the Inner Galaxy.

Capt. Mina Casey is also a fighter pilot, but from an advanced human civilization that arose in the Heliac System. Capt. Casey has drifted through the void for eons as visions of a warm planet where she can sink her feet in the sand and watch the sunset filled her dreams.

Sgt. Joe Grimes—a Heliac Ranger who once lived for the thrill of the fight—is now disillusioned after the total defeat and destruction of his home world. He would leave all humanity behind if he could only get away.

Genie is a beautiful and indestructible cyborg constructed by a technologically advanced civilization for the purpose of interacting with humans. Genie is programmed to love Joe Grimes, but she longs to be free.

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Writer, soldier, reader.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449563899
  • Publisher: Gus Flory (September 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RL9L96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,502 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review January 20, 2010
This is a very old-fashioned novel-and I mean that in a good way. It's full of fights, seat-of-the-pants escapes, and alot of Boys Own Paper derring-do.

Fifty-thousand years into the future, humans live all over the galaxy; they've got all kinds of physical and mental genetic enhancements, and they're at the bottom of a nasty pecking-order. Two more-advanced races, the Orc-like Craaldan and the automated Diocans war on each other with unbelievable ferocity; humans are merely varmints to be killed or enslaved.

In the midst of all this chaos, three humans with long-time ties meet up again, on the assumed-to-be-safe world of Gallos, where humans seem to do nothing but party. Jace Spade is a classic Kirk-type; fearless, witty, insoucient. Joe Grimes, an ex-soldier, is more serious. Both men are interested in Genie, a highly developed cyborg. World-weary pilot Mina Casey can't see what these men want with a cyborg.(Sex appeal aside, she's handy in a fight).

Will our heroes survive a horrendous Craalden attack? Will they ever find a truly safe world for humans to settle permanantly? Will Mina decide that Spade isn't so bad after all?

By the end of the book, I cared a great deal about all this. Mr. Flory's style is workmanlike at best, but he tells a good story that gets more serious and thoughtful in the final third. There are certainly more adventures ahead for these people, although this could work as a stand-alone. I'll read any sequels Mr. Flory cares to write.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Space Opera June 28, 2010
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I wanted to give this book two different ratings. If this book had come through a publishing house, I would have given it one star. However, as a self-published first effort and at a price of $0.99, it is about what I expected and I would have given it three stars.

If you are put off by bad science, inconsistencies, uneven writing style, and/or lack of character development, give this book a pass. If you don't suffer from any of these afflictions and want a fast read with plenty of action, you will probably like this book.

What's good: Fast paced, lots of action and an original character.

What's not so good:

* Lots of bad science. Further, there are inconsistencies in how things work. For instance, bullets bounce harmlessly off of space armor. However, if four people are shooting instead of one, the same bullets suddenly start penetrating the same armor.

* The writing style starts out OK, but degenerates a bit. If the free sample had come from the middle of the book instead of the beginning, I wouldn't have purchased it.

* Every character is one dimensional. Two plot twists rely on characters doing something out of character. There was no hint that they might engage in the new behavior and no explanation of why.

* The ending was very lame.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast, fun book! Pulp Fiction In Space! April 24, 2010
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I read entirely too much. My Amazon account looks like a war zone, what with all the craters in it from my dropping loads of money into it once a week or so. I had hit one of those stretches that all us readers hit at least every now and then - all my favorite authors are in a two to three-year cycle and I was stuck in the gap waiting for one of them to put another book out there. I had read a 'self-published' book on my Kindle a few months back (Olympus Prime - Return of the Titans, J.R. Smith) and rather enjoyed it. (He's dropped off the face of the earth, with no hope for the sequel) So, I returned to the self-published side and wish-listed about half a dozen of them. This is the first off that list.

This is a good, basic, first effort! (At least I can't find anything else he's done) The characters are developed well enough for me to get to know. The sci-fi is not over-explained. The action is intense and not overly dramatized. It reads a little short and clipped, but that's easily forgivable when it grabs and then maintains my interest. (I've always imagined that I should write a sci-fi book and this book is how I imagined it would be) The premise is a good one - I hope he expands on it with sequels.

I would urge you to buy it and read it. For a buck, you CANNOT lose and we may have a star on our hands and we can say WE bought and read his FIRST BOOK!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amatuer? Yes March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It seems like there's a really good reason Amazon is selling this book for $0.00

That reason? If you want to be able to SELL your book, then maybe you should learn about character development, having a consistent plot with the ability to develop interest, and overall not being so vague.

Advice? Being a soldier doesn't automatically mean you can write about soldiers. Period. Read some Heinlein, Asimov, Dick, Card, Huxley, ANYONE, and you will learn a little about writing.

Overall review? If you care about good writing, stay away from this book or you will develop an ENORMOUS headache.

Oh, and by the way? REALLY creative title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really not good June 15, 2013
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Not a good read. Choppy, characters seem to come and go with little development or relation to each other. The main characters survive when all others around them don't. Wouldn't recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great adventure June 26, 2010
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<> I was quite surprised to learn this was a first novel and was disappointed to not find a second book continuing this saga by Gus Flory.
This first book was a pleasant and gripping read from the very first page right through to the last word. The story kicked off right into the action but didnt leave me wondering where the story actually started or how the characters got there, it kept my interest without the overcomplication or unnecessary fluff and flash all too common. it was here and now and needed no prologue.
I am a fan of military, action/adventure sci-fi but only when it includes realism in human drama and that describes Mr Flory's first book. This book would be a proud addition to an accomplished authors repertoire, it is a wonderful prelude to a long and prolific career that I plan to follow adventure by adventure.

If you are tempted by the description and by the price - purchase this bargain, it is well worth the typical cost of an established author's new release and worth your time that will be well spent in this new galaxy.

I eagerly await more episodes of this saga and more adventures in this galaxy of heroes.

wjd <>

jun 2010
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good SciFi adventure
Flory does a good job bringing his universe to life in galaxy of heroes. Spade is a fun character and i loved the cyborg. Still, I enjoyed Mina's character the most. Read more
Published 17 days ago by sally Devlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I enjoyed the storyline and characters. I would read another book by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Heavy Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Solid read.
Published 1 month ago by James T. Pintauro
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Light Reading
Good Light Reading
Published 2 months ago by Allen W. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and entertaining read - not a rushed pace
Easy and entertaining read - not a rushed pace, but the story does move and keeps your interest. Looking forward to the next book, Galaxy of Heroes 2.
Published 2 months ago by JMJ20
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed reading this book
Published 4 months ago by austerity
3.0 out of 5 stars average space opera / military thriller
I'm no literature expert, but I won't be bothering with the rest of the series. It was hard to care about such flat characters. Even the villains failed to get me excited. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Bartholomew
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 months ago by Hendrik Uys
4.0 out of 5 stars a solid read, entertaining and fun
I liked the book well enough to recommend to a friend it not Stranger in a Strange Land but then those do not come often
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Reader, writer, soldier.

Gus Flory has been around the block a time or two. He dreams of outer space but can't seem to find a way off the planet.

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