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StarFire (Vince Lombard Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Lee
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Book Description

Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status. And internal politics between Fleet command and the Galactic Marine Corps might mean that, unless something is done, humanity may get the news it's at war with yet another new race about the time they show up to attack one of the human systems in the sector.

A prequel to the book "Fey," this story is a novelization of the story Vince related to Blondie in the previous book, which many readers requested. I'm happy to accomodate my readers by providing this novel-length version of that story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615784801
  • Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Books (November 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4Q9F60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Mil sci-fi December 22, 2012
By Sixiron
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One of the best military sci-fi books I've ever read. Great story, plot, characters, and action. Fine details, tech and tactics are explained clearly and effortlessly, without bogging the story down. A story that you can easily visualize everything as it happens, and honestly this would make a great movie. Frankly I'm surprised the author doesn't have a military background given all the detail he gets spot on. Little things like Gmarine dress uniforms, and yes the marines have always made the rest of us look shabby in our dress whatever's, and probably always will in the future. If you like mil sci-fi you will love this book. Buy it, read it, thank me latter..

I really hope to see this author continue in this vein of writing in the future.

Now onto Fey.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb novel November 20, 2012
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Starfire is a truly superb book, one of the few of the hundreds I've read this year that stands out by itself. Beautifully crafted, very good cadence, great reflection by the main hero, who does not always occupy center stage. Lots of mystery left to ponder, this author does not insult the intelligence of the reader but compliments it - and that is rare. The characters are well developed according to their roles and aren't just mirrors for the main character. The plot is plausible and not drowned in technology while being quite comfortable with it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand and glorious tale November 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
StarFire is the backstory to a plot line in Mike Lee's previous bestseller, Fey. Vince Lombard, a Galactic Marine by trade, left the Galactic Marines under rather unusual circumstances--it seems Vince destroyed the Galactic Navy's biggest, baddest space ship ever built after they sent him to check out its status.


Not really, Vince is a good guy with a little bit of Jack Reacher in him; he does the right thing, but he does it his way.

StarFire takes Vince's backstory from Fey and expands on it. The switching back and forth between Vince's interrogation by the Galactic Navy and the search mission they sent him on is written and paced perfectly. The amazing details (like how to talk without radios in the vacuum of space - or what happens if the gravity on a boarding ship doesn't match the gravity of the ship being boarded) that Mike Lee thinks of and incorporates into the book add tremendously to the story.

And if you thought the romantic friction between Vince and Lauren Callaway (Blondie) was well written in Fey, wait until you see the tension build between Vince and Lieutenant Linda Tillman.

Mike Lee has written yet another solid fast-reading book that grabs your attention and keeps it engaged until the satisfying conclusion. I will be reading this one again and can't wait for the next Mike Lee book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great story! June 1, 2013
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this is the 2nd book I've read by Mike Lee and he's now on my "must read" list! I heard a bit of StarFire's story in Fey, and wondered if I really needed to read this...but am very happy that I did. I really enjoy Mike's style of story-telling, very direct, simple but does a great job of relaying the characters and enfolding me (the reader) into the story. The back story and supporting info (military strategy, gambling info, etc) do a great job of building the story and bringing it to 3-dimensional life. My only complaint is that I need more Mike Lee books to read, and I'd really love to tag along with Vince Lombard on his rambles! (I'd also really enjoy seeing Alvin T Alvin again--maybe he'll retire soon and meet up with Vince like he mentioned?! That would be an excellent adventure...)
I really love the e-books for just this reason--tripping across a new author that I might have missed noticing before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably Effective Military Sci-Fi Novel April 10, 2013
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This book was a quick read, not only because it was hard to put down, but also because I skipped some of the text. The plot was good, the characters and storyline well-defined, but the author also spent too much time explaining things that weren't that relevant to the story. The book was well-written for the most part, but there were some plot holes that slightly detracted from my enjoyment. One of the plot-holes was intentionally created and I can understand why, but the author could have adequately explained it away in a few paragraphs spread out through the first half of the book.

The only other nitpick I will mention is the need for final editing. Like too many self-published novels, the author's spell-checker did not catch the misspellings that created other words.

I wasn't wild about the book's conclusion; the author would have been much better off taking the main character in his original direction rather than where he ended up, but that was the author's decision and I can't fault him for it. The reason I am commenting about this is that both the protagonist and the antagonists could have had a long career interacting with each other.

I will say that none of the conflicts were resolved satisfactorily. More thought and detail needed to put into the problems and how they were dealt with.

If this reads like I did not enjoy the novel, you would be incorrect. Starfire was both exciting and enjoyable, but with a bit more thought, it would have also been worthy of 5-stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Well written, believable, intriguing.
I have had this book for a while, unread and waiting. Now that it's done, I'm wondering what took so long! It's much more than a military space story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SpacedMom
5.0 out of 5 stars once a marine
Set in the far future, a marine captain proves that the traditions of the USMC are still the gold standard of behavior for marines in combat, whether on the sea or in space. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jerome M. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding reading, service and communications! Thank you!!
Published 4 months ago by Dan G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more in this series
I liked it a lot.
Published 6 months ago by jgtyler3000
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sci-Fi Fantasy Space Story
I enjoyed it. I bought the kindle version so I could get the audio at a good price & listened to the story (it was cheaper that way rather than buying directly as audio only from... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Origasmart
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and well written
Fast paced and action filled military space opera. A good read and well written.
Published 7 months ago by V. Kubera
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next Vince Lombard story.
Other reviewers have covered the details of the story I read the book over a year ago after enjoying Mike Lee's Fey -- I wanted to hear Vince Lombard's story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Not William
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Futuristic Military Combat
Aside from realistic ship-boarding combat action in space, Starfire is an engaging story about how the military works at command level. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DC Musgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action packed, fast paced space opera
I got this book awhile back and realized I had not reviewed it yet. Its a great read. Its classic space opera. Reminded me a little of Starship Trooper. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Crawford
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More About the Author

Mike Lee lives and works in Denver, Colorado, as a psychotherapist. He started writing letters to the editor in local newspapers shortly after graduate school, and was pleasantly surprised when they occasionally were run as guest columns. Later, he was solicited to write articles on psychology for a woman's magazine in Bulgaria. He began writing fiction in 2010, and found he enjoyed it. Now he writes fiction whenever his private psychology practice affords him the time. He can be reached at, and is always happy to hear from readers. The dog in the photo is his good friend and constant companion, Dotty. (Author photo provided by Joe Sisler,

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