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  • File Size: 1762 KB
  • Print Length: 657 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ryk Brown (December 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVBNBHM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 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.
A long-time fan of all things science and space, 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.)
The Frontiers Saga is an on-going series of sci-fi adventures, set in Ryk's version of humanity's future. His characters explore the vast reaches of the galaxy, and perhaps even the universe. He invites you all to join him on this journey of imagination.

Official Website: www.frontierssaga.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Frontiers-Saga/311894732166798

Twitter: twitter.com/frontierssaga

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. on June 1, 2014
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Great SiFi space opera with strong characters and interesting story lines....without the in-depth and often times boring hard science fiction. If you liked/loved B.V. Larson's "Star Force" series then this saga is right up you alley. I'm on Episode 5 and going strong. Someone wrote "Star Trek on Steroids", I would say spot on target!!

I rate this book 4.25 on a scale of 1-5.

Just to help put this book, and other similar types, into perspective here is a list of some of my favorite SiFi books (I tend to like action/adventure/drama with great characters and creative story lines):

Dune (my personal all time favorite space opera) - Frank Herbert (5.0)
Hyperion (the Book of Cantos series is awesome and ends with a bang) - Dan Simons (4.5)
Heroes Die - Matthew Stover (more Fantasy than SiFi but an awesome edge of your seat read) (4.5)
Star Force Series (all 10 books are fun reads) - B.V. Larson (4.25 on average)
Old Mans War - John Scalizi (4.25)
Forever War - Joe Haldeman (4.25)
Forging Zero (a brutal and nerve racking read, but fun) - Sara King (4.25)
Enders Game (fun story, but IMO not as good as many rate it) - Orson Scott Card (4.0 - 4.25)

Thanks for reading :)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. White on February 13, 2013
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There is plenty of action with interesting villains and an extraordinarily lucky main character. Although the success enjoyed by the main character is unlikely, it is easy to sink into the action and just enjoy the flow. There are very few logic errors which make this a rarity in the self published genre. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Benson on May 10, 2013
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I liked the first book so much I ended up buying all the others as well. As often seen in unsung authors struggling to break into the mainstream, there were plenty of typos and grammatical errors, but not enough to keep me from enjoying the stories thoroughly. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and will look for more from Ryk Brown.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By joe pace on October 12, 2013
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I gotta say that I loved the series. It's like Star Trek on steroids! The characters are developed and human. The action is non-stop, but never too far fetched. Keep writing Ryk!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Albert J. Belair on January 30, 2013
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This is the best sci-fi series of this genre I have ever read. Besides being a good read there are no grammatical or syntax errors that have stopped my reading in mid sentence that I have sometimes encountered with these ebooks.
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38 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2014
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It was, overall, an entertaining book. If you take it as such, then it's good and there's no problem with that.

But... this is more of a space-opera/Fantasy book than a science fiction book in the sense that, known laws of physics like light speed, relativity, mass/energy etc are pretty much completely ignored. For example, in space, technically, sub-light top speed is not dependent on thrust, acceleration is. There it makes no sense when they look at a ship spec to say "it can only make 10% light at most"... no... just no. It also completely ignores time dilation at 50% light and a number of other laws of physics as we know them.

Further more, coincidences are much too common in this book, coincidences of absolutely astronomical proportions in fact. Jump millions of kilometers away in an infinite amount of empty space....coincidentally right next to two small ships.. wow... jump again, by mistake 1000 light years away smack dab in between ships in the middle of a battle... ONE THOUSAND LIGHT YEARS AWAY...hold on just a minute there...we just went from the mathematically almost impossible to "hand of God"/Fantasy level. And then Na-tan legend... we've left this universe and gone into full fantasy mode now...

I also read in other reviews that the Navy just doesn't work that way, that doesn't bother me at all... whatever...

The characters are relatively well done, the action is pretty well written and flows along, but the dialogs can become a bit stiff and bland. In fact I think the dialogs are what the author needs to work on most. The navy stuff and real "science" are easily fixed with a bit of research... but the dialogs.. that's hard.

So all in all, not a bad read for me and I will be reading the rest of the series hoping the author improves as it goes along. But not a classic, not a "real" Navy or military book, and more a Fantasy book than Science Fiction.

That's why... a 3.
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2014
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If someone is going to author a novel even partly about the military, they should research the topic thoroughly. This author knows nothing about military structure, tactics, history, customs or rank. EG: Navy Captains don't have 'bars' for rank - that's an Army/Air Force /Marine rank that is 3 grades below a Navy Captain.
The relationships described between the personnel would not exist.
As for 'a pilot either has it or they don't', please! Pilots spend endless hours training and are discouraged from instinctive reaction. That's why there are check lists, standard procedures, standards pilots, inspectors, check rides, line checks, etc, etc.
I stopped reading shortly into 'Episode 1' because of the ludicrous characterization.
There are many good military & military SF authors out there,
this isn't one of them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dennis G on October 17, 2013
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Simplistic, obvious, predictable are the first words that pop into my head regarding this book. I stopped reading it at 35% or thereabouts. The 1st book was better, not great but better. For a young reader I would give it 3 stars.
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