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Sunborn (The Chaos Chronicles Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey A. Carver
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Book Description

Mission: travel to a nebula called Starmaker. Discover what is threatening not just the star nursery, but every world within a
thousand light-years.

As this fourth volume of The Chaos Chronicles opens, John Bandicut and his companions are tired. Would it be too much to
ask for a little rest? Apparently so. They reach an interstellar
waystation, only to find it being hammered by shock waves from
the nearby Starmaker, known to Bandicut as the Great Orion Nebula.
What's the cause? No one knows. But they need to find out, not only
because their present shelter is threatened with destruction, but
because sentient stars in the nebula are dying. And the danger could
cascade across thousands of light-years, threatening uncounted
worlds--including Earth.

Aboard a ship called The Long View, Bandicut and his band of
exiles journey not just into the perils of a star-forming nebula, but
into confrontation with a billion-year-old adversary of life as they
know it. Whatever chance they have of stopping the terrifying Mindaru
may be found only in the fiery heart of an intelligent sun.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The long-anticipated fourth entry in Carver's Chaos Chronicles (after 1996's The Infinite Sea) is space opera at its most agreeably and classically science fictional. Someone or something is plotting murder on an interstellar scale, and a small company of exiles led by human John Bandicut may be the galaxy's only chance of salvation. The prospective victims are sentient stars living in the Orion Nebula; half the challenge is simply opening communications. Luckily, Bandicut's allies and sponsors include robots, noncorporeal symbiotes and the incredibly ancient multidimensional entity Deeaab. With such a large cast and a parallel plot involving a threat to Earth itself, character development is necessarily sketched broadly. Some may find the narrative overly stage-managed, but Carver skillfully rotates viewpoints and weaves the choreography directly into the plot. This installment is a cut above the earlier books and will be entirely accessible to any reader who appreciates high-powered stellar and n-dimensional physics blended with old-school space-faring. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

Carver’s galaxy-spanning new novel is a welcome return to his popular Chaos Chronicles after a decade-long hiatus. In it, he reprises the adventures of space pilot John Bandicut and the assorted aliens and androids, each possessing extraordinary gifts, that comprise an unlikely team of world-saving philanthropists. Fresh from a recent mission to rescue an ocean-dwelling race from imminent destruction, the crew is summoned to an interstellar way station threatened by vast, unpredictable gravity waves. The ultimate destination is the Orion Nebula, where a multidimensional civilization is imperiled by an unstable sun, and Bandicut and his comrades must confront the most daunting adversary they have ever faced, an enigmatic star-shredding entity from another universe. Carver does his usual outstanding job of juggling multiple viewpoints and plot threads while casting his protagonists’ adventures against a sweeping, intergalactic backdrop. Yet Bandicut’s story is ultimately a very human one about determination, seat-of-the-pants ingenuity, and courage in the face of overwhelming danger. --Carl Hays

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  • File Size: 1130 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos Rules! December 31, 2008
I expected to enjoy this fourth volume of the "Chaos Chronicles" but "Sunborn" is more than a good story, it is a real achievement in science fiction writing. Unlike a lot of modern series that are fun to read but tend toward repetition, every "Chaos" book travels to exotic new places, introduces different characters and explores the latest real-science ideas. Proven human hero John Bandicut keeps the reader grounded - a grand feat since he's racing through space-time on all cylinders. As usual Bandie is accompanied by a stylish group of aliens some of whom are difficult - but not impossible - to imagine. Their challenge is to track down and defeat a threat to star life. As the plot unravels a variety of wonderful themes are explored including the tender relationship between John and the lovely Antares, the friendship and trust between Ik and Li-Jared and everyone's reliance on robots Copernicus and Napolean. Toss in the translator stones, the Charlie variations and new friends nicknamed Deep and Dark and you've got a cast of characters unlike any other in the genre. Additionally, John's old flame Julie Stone is following in his footsteps back in the Solar System! Jeffrey Carver employs cutting-edge science, speculation and old-fashioned, way-out imagination to create a gem of a novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Chaos Chronicles entry December 25, 2008
I discovered Jeffrey Carver online and am so glad I did. It's been a long time since I've been excited by a new (to me) author. This guy writes a book that is enjoyable to read; not pretentious nor simplistic, in plot or character development. The characters in the Chaos Chronicles, John Bandicut and friends, are realistic and interesting.

Sunborn, fourth in the series, continues the adventure in a universe spanning series of "Chaos" events. You won't be disappointed in Carver's latest. Buy it and read it! :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb outer space thriller November 1, 2008
Earthling John Bandicut is bone tired after being exiled from his home planet, saving his world and subsequently two others. World saving is a tiring vocation. He currently travels through interstellar space with other exiles including one residing inside his head; they are a band of aliens from all sorts of orbs. John looks forward to rest when they reach their destination, a space station in the Orion Nebula sector.

However, he and his cohorts soon learn of a pandemic conspiracy to eradicate the sentient stars residing in this part of space. Struggling with communicating with the intended victims, John and his friends put off R&R to prevent genocide at a time when his homeworld also faces a major threat.

This is a superb outer space thriller starring a misunderstood hero and his alien peers. The cast is vast so except for John none seem more than two dimensional yet those key players provide keen perspectives as point of view changes inside of the non-stop action. Jeffrey A. Carver returns to his Chaos Chronicles universe for the first in a decade with an exciting throw back science fiction thriller.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait February 21, 2009
By M.L.
This is my first time writing a review on Amazon (so forgive any rambling I may do). Normally, don't feel strongly enough about a book to bother with a review, or someone else has already written a review expressing my opinion. But this book is definitely worth the effort.

I got into reading the Chaos Chronicles years ago and would periodically check the author's website for any news on the next book. So I was thrilled when I heard Sunborn was to be released. The first chapter teaser offered on the site whetted my appetite, and the book definitely did not disappoint. The author's skill at weaving a compelling story have refined rather than faded in the years between the previous sequel and this one.

I have enjoyed science fiction books for many years and one of the things I love about Jeffery Carver's books is that they do indeed delve into the realm of "hard core" science fiction, with all of the science background that requires, without stifling the plot or making it overly cerebral. The descriptions written by Carver take previously unfathomable things, like sentient space entities such as stars and black holes, and make those characters feel as real and alive, though definitely alien, as any human character I've read about. I have enjoyed watching the character development of John Bandicut and his fellow travelers throughout the series, and Sunborn takes that to the next level.

Usually I prefer the POV of a book to focus only on the main character, with few detours. Sunborn alternately switches points of view to advance the story and make the reader feel they have a more complete picture of what's going on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Murdered Stars December 20, 2011
Sunborn (2008) is the fourth SF novel in the Chaos Chronicles series, following The Infinite Sea. The initial work is this sequence is Neptune Crossing.

In the previous volume, Harding was appalled by the dying Neri. He voluntarily returned to the Astari, but they threw him back into the sea. Then Ik launched his translation stones into the abyss.

In this novel, John Bandicut is a Terran. He met the Translator and had a pair of translator stones set in his wrists. Now Bandie John is traveling through space in a star-spanner transport.

Charlie (Charlene) is a Quarx, the only known survivor of her species. She is an immaterial creature who dwells within John's brain and communicates with his mind.

Julie Stone is a Terran. She too has met the Translator and has two translator stones. Now she is working on the Triton mining station.

Li-Jared is a Karellian. He is a companion of Bandicut.

Ik is a Hraachee'an. He is a companion of Bandicut.

Antares is an empathic Thespi Third-female. She is a companion of Bandicut.

Delilah is a young shadow-person. She is a glowing ring that will eventually morph in a thing of multidimensional aspects.

Deeaab is a thick black cloud, who can shrink down to a small point. Deep had escaped from a dying universe into this one.

Daarooaack is also a thick black cloud, much like Deep. But Dark is native to this universe.

Jeaves is a robot. With that name, it must have come from Terra.

Ed is a multidimensional creature from a star deep within a nebula.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost impossible but well done
Sentient stars and second personality named Charlie! If someone had told me that the book was about that, I probably would have not read it, but I was captivated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerald L. Collatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunborn - real good!
"Sunborn" is very good book. It is much better than "The Infinite Sea".
There are many inconsistencies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by tomkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
One of the bet in the series. Wish Mr. Carverwould write more. Nice break from milspec scifi, and not the least bit boring. youre well entertained the Whole way.
Published 4 months ago by Dane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun read
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep the good stuff coming
Enjoying the series. Not sure how it will all end. Interesting concepts and different aliens.
Published 7 months ago by Geoff Schembri
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great story line.
Great story, beautifully written. When is the continuation going to appear? The characters become so personal that I want to know what happens next - particularly when Julie is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Uncle Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked...and awaiting the next book
I have read in rapid succession all the books in this series....not too heavy duty philosophically speadking but very imaginative and engaging sci fi with some really out of this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David A Hurwitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were more in this series.
I'm loving this series. Will be sad to have it end. It's totally different than anything I have read before. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lynn Chabot-Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Forever awestruck!
I agree with the author that this installment suffers from too many incidents of the characters being awestruck. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DENJOH
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting Concept
The author suggests an interesting concept and presents it in an exciting story. A good series to read but should be read in order.
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More About the Author

Kindle readers: Would you like a glimpse behind the scenes of my writing of The Chaos Chronicles? The ebook versions of Neptune Crossing, Strange Attractors, and The Infinite Sea now include all-new Afterwords--my reflections on the evolution of the series and my experience in writing each book. I've kept the prices low on these editions to encourage you to give them a try if you're new to my work. I hope you enjoy them!

Here's a little about me:

A Midwesterner by birth and upbringing (I grew up in Huron, Ohio), I've lived in New England ever since attending college at Brown University, in Rhode Island. Now I live outside Boston with my wife and daughters, and also with a border collie mix named Captain Jack and a cat named Moonlight.

I've loved science fiction since I first began to read, and from the time I began writing, I always knew my first love was going to be SF. I'm not sure where you'd place me as a writer: I love astronomy and cosmology and hard SF concepts, and yet the characters are the most important thing to me in any story, whether it's a story I'm reading or a story I'm writing. It's the people, and the sense of wonder, that have always made science fiction--and science!--so awe-inspiring to me. Basically, I have always tried to write stories that I would want to read myself.

Some years ago, I developed and hosted on the air an educational TV series fo r middle-school classrooms, called Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy--teaching kids the basics of how to turn ideas into stories. That later turned into a computer-based course called, oddly enough, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. In 2005, I decided it was about time to put the information online as a public service, available for free to any aspiring writer. It's online now, and you can use it anytime you like, just by going to

I also invite you to stop by and read my regular blog, at, or my web site at

Thanks for visiting! And please take a look at the video trailer for my novel Sunborn. If you'd like to view it in full-screen for full effect, you can do that at

--Jeffrey A. Carver

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