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Stars Rain Down (Biotech Legacy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris J. Randolph
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in the near future, after mankind has solved the world's energy demands and established the first colony on Mars, Stars Rain Down tells the story of human civilization's end. A mission to explore the asteroid belt uncovers something strange and long forgotten -- a sentient starship secreted away by a race who perished in an ancient war... But that war isn't over yet, and it soon comes to Earth.

A coalition of alien species armed with living technology make landfall around the equator, then set about exterminating all native life. The few ragged survivors live like rats while their enemy hungrily sniffs them out, and their hopes for the future depend on just a few brave souls: a humanitarian-aid worker whose principles will be tested by fire, an eccentric astronomer whose strangest dreams will come true, and a Martian colonist bent on reinventing the human body.

The Biotech Legacy series is an original universe inspired by classic science-fiction works such as Frank Herbert's Dune, Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama, and David Brin's Uplift War, while owing just as much to anime works such as Robotech, Akira, and Bio Booster Armor Guyver.

The follow-up to Stars Rain Down, Biotech Legacy: Long Fall, is also available here at Amazon.

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Writer of high adventure, dark drama, and quirky comedy, set in vibrant worlds that bend the imagination. Proud self-publisher, nerd, video game enthusiast, and Mexican-American.

Originally fabricated in Silicon Valley before being shipped to Rocklin, CA. Now plugged into a general purpose terminal, burning clock-cycles on text and image manipulation.

Looking to reinvent how independent authors share their work, and broaden the marketplace by helping new readers find it.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1148 KB
  • Print Length: 506 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oktopod Digital Press (September 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M4S6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Sci Fi Tale May 24, 2012
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Chris Randolph writes a pretty good sci-fi tale, along with the requisite aliens, new technology obtained by man, and the typical conflict between the aliens and mankind.

I judge my science fiction on a modified version of the Baen criteria, where the future technology has to be somewhat believable, if you have aliens they are not too gross and have names you can pronounce, and the overall plot / story lines have to have substance. Randolph hits it on most of these fronts, although I will say there were one heck of a lot of species of aliens.

Without having a spoiler, overall I think the story is pretty good and there is obviously an ending setup for a good sequel - I'd like to see how things play out if there is a sequel as I would buy it. I do think the last third of the book appeared rushed as there really wasn't much follow-up with the Marcus Donovan character as we are left with an unexplained year gap in the events, you go from a fairly moderate pace to rushing through each chapter with one central character, as well as no follow-up with the original bad guys.

I originally picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion and, as I type this review I see the pricing in the Amazon Kindle Store is now $3.99 - I think you will get that much and more value, and if you're a science fiction fan you may want to give this one a shot. Here's to hoping there is a sequel!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting the sequel December 14, 2011
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I don't often do book reviews any more. As a writer myself, I found that I tend to get myself in trouble with them. Either people think I'm sucking up if I give a four or five star review, or they think I'm slamming a fellow writer if I give a three or less. However, this book is simply awesome, and I have decided that I will have to adopt a new policy - I will continue to buy as many books as I want, but I will only review those to which I can in good conscience give a five start review.

"Stars Rain Down" is one of those books. It was very well written, with great characters and plot. Editing was good, and I found myself lost in the story. My only complaint is that the sequel doesn't exist. I can only hope that the author rectifies that situation in the near future. :)

I have added this book to my "Books I Recommend" list on my website.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong start, weak finish January 24, 2011
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I've been experimenting with reading low-priced (presumably self-published) SF e-books to indulge in the genre, especially, "hard" SF. Many of these volumes have been written with such self-conscious and amateurish style that the indulgence has felt more like a penance. So, like some of the other reviewers I was pleasantly surprised by this engaging SF yarn, even though it is in the flat, "military SF" style. The story moves rapidly and compellingly even though it exploits many SF invasion tropes. Unfortunately, the story changes in character and rapidly loses momentum about half-way. I found myself using the Kindle's rapid scroll feature to just plow through the remainder to see which way it was going and then unsurprisingly found an obvious lead-in to a sequel. Perhaps a sequel would explain the leaden last half. This is the first novel for the author and he will not be the first to improve with age.

Three stars for 1/2 book of quick evanescent entertainment and the promise of a Practice Effect
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable characters in a captivating story October 4, 2010
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In Randolph's not too distant future, mankind has established a colony on Mars and developed space travel to a somewhat better level than we have today, but a lot remains the same. In the beginning of the book, we follow Jack Hernandez, search and rescue specialist, as he and his team makes extraordinary humanitarian efforts, and Marcus Donovan, astronomer and problem solver, who has spent years of his life searching for a mysterious object sometimes appearing in the asteroid field beyond Mars.

After getting an extraordinarily clear picture of the object that has been taunting him for so long, Marcus lies his way into an expedition to explore the asteroids. It's an adventure of a lifetime, the dream of a lifetime, and what awaits him is beyond anything he could have imagined. Oddly enough, there is no response from Earth when the group tries to report.

Meanwhile, Jack has been sent out on an emergency mission, and finds himself in a crashing helicopter. Once on the ground, there is nothing to be seen but dust and debris. The unthinkable has happened; the planet has been invaded, and all our weapons, cities, and technology are gone in the wink of an eye. Jack, who has always been a man of peace, a man living to help others, finds himself fighting not only for his own life, but for the survival of the human race.

Both men find themselves in for more than they ever expected, and in the end, purity of heart, faith, and empathy will decide the fate of both the survivors and the planet itself.

I have been looking forward to this book for quite some time, and I wasn't disappointed. Randolph paints out believable characters in a captivating and thought-provoking story. The first night reading the book, I kept telling myself, "Just one more chapter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative sci-fi - a promising start of a new series December 2, 2011
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Note: This review was originally published at Red Adept Reviews on November 18, 2011.

Overall: 4 stars

Plot/Storyline: 4

The science fiction beginning hooked me almost immediately, with the destruction of the ancient Somari race in an intergalactic war, and the discovery by Earth scientists of a strange object (think "2001: A Space Odyssey") located in the asteroid belt. Before long, the aliens who destroyed the Somari were attacking Earth with a vengeance. Two parallel stories developed from this: the exploration of the strange object, and the defense of Earth from the invaders.

It was a great beginning, but the second half of the story was not quite as compelling for me as the first half was. For one thing, the extraterrestrial aliens (the Nefrem) who invaded Earth included several species of creatures instead of a single race, as most readers would expect. This was certainly imaginative, but it strayed a bit too far from the typical sci-fi norm for me.

The story included a brief reference to "Mongo," which sharp-eyed readers will recognize as the name of the fictional planet where Flash Gordon battled with forces of the evil ruler Ming the Merciless. And in light of my previous comment, I acknowledge that Mongo was inhabited by several species of intelligent beings.

One of the story lines was the exploration and exploitation of Zebra-One, the strange object found in the asteroid belt. Discovering Zebra-One and determining the object's purpose for being in the solar system was an intriguing story in itself.

The action moved along quickly, with the two parallel stories converging in a big climax.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story
I will tell you the truth. I did not think the story was going to end and feel like it was complete. But to my shock it ended the way I wanted it to. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jim Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Stars Rain Down Book 1
The story held my interest throughout.
Published 2 months ago by Darlene
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Apart from a handful of editorial oversights, this book is well worth the read. A unique take on many cases of mistaken identity.
Published 3 months ago by T
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad as a time filler
Readable but a little simplistic in the way of a plot. Not a bad story just a little hard to believe how seemingly impossible problems got solved so quickly.
Published 6 months ago by history enthusiast
3.0 out of 5 stars the STORY could have earnd a 5 star
Ok this is a great story but with there being groups of humans in 3 major locations maybe even 4 and each set has major charterers within the groups when it jumps from one... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kim R
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, New Direction
I loves Stars Rain Down! The characters are complex and believable. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much I bought the second book that continues the storyline. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nadine P. Hodges
3.0 out of 5 stars Bob,s thoughts
The book was at times quite fast paced and interesting but became a bit preachy and I almost did not complete it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BOB G
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the end of the world as we know it...and we're getting ready to...
I'm delighted to have discovered this author, and also thankful that the sequel to this book is now available, as I would be sending out alien hitmen to find him and perform mind... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed Sci-Fi
A very good read. I couldn't stop reading this on my Kindle for PC. Luckily, I was snowed in for a few days in Atlanta, GA. The action starts on page one and doesn't stop. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed reading this book. It seemed a bit rushed at the end. Actually, I think there was another 100-200 pages worth of character and plot development worth getting into if... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Pelukas
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Writer of high adventure, dark drama, and quirky comedy, set in vibrant worlds that bend the imagination. Proud self-publisher, nerd, video game enthusiast, and Mexican-American.

Originally fabricated in Silicon Valley before being shipped to Rocklin, CA. Now plugged into a general purpose terminal, burning clock-cycles on text and image manipulation.

Looking to reinvent how independent authors share their work, and broaden the marketplace by helping new readers find it.

We can turn the world into readers.

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