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Firestar: Firestar Saga, Book 1 | [Michael Flynn]

Firestar: Firestar Saga, Book 1

It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, is determined to bring America, and the rest of the world, back on track. She founds an educational subsidiary in hopes of raising a new, less cynical generation.
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Publisher's Summary

It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, founds an educational subsidiary called Mentor Academies and begins to subcontract public school systems in order to raise a new, less cynical generation. But her clandestine program is much larger than that: it also includes the founding of a private space program, the eventual construction of an orbital power station, and the revival of technological innovation on Earth.

Firestar is a chronicle of private enterprise and individual initiative—the story of one woman’s quest that becomes the focus for a whole new world. Mariesa’s program lets teachers strive to teach, hires astronauts who have no government space program to fly for, and provides productive outlets for the idealistic desires of the rich and powerful—at least those who remain sane enough to have such desires in the face of a crumbling America. And it just might work.

Michael Flynn lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award and was a Hugo nominee for Eifelheim.

©1996 Michael Flynn (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc

What the Critics Say

"As Robert A. Heinlein did and all too few have done since, Michael Flynn writes about the near future as if he'd been there and was bringing back reports of what he'd seen. A splendid piece of work." (Harry Turtledove, New York Times best-selling author)
"Firestar is a knockout…. Blurbmeisters, comparing him to Heinlein, may be shorting his talent…. By any measure, this is the best book I've seen this year." (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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    Amazon Customer 01-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow Rise"
    Would you try another book from Michael Flynn and/or Malcolm Hillgartner?

    I think I am done with Michael Flynn. Will do another by Malcolm.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Anticlimatic


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not.


    Do you think Firestar needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It was a slow build up book, and the future of the book is very predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Went into this hoping for great Si/Fi, and it turned into a major sweeping drama. I do not mind a little drama, and self introspection, but the book was plagued by enormous amounts of heavy Drama. The intrigue was fun, and the overall concept sound, but it could have been told in a much shorter book, with a much farther in the future outcome.

    I found myself growing tired of all the "twists" that were attempted. I had to put the book down and go back to it several times just to make it through, as I like to finish something once I start it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Mcdowell 05-16-14 Member Since 2000
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    "Ayn Rand Lite"

    The book is too long and ponderous. There is a little bit of science fiction and a lot of other stuff. I am 3/4 of the way through this book and it feels like it will never end. From my viewpoint because it's not set very far into the future the author gets bogged down into a lot of today's geopolitics and socioeconomic woes that really isn't all that interesting to me.

    Mr. Flynn did a much better job with Eifelheim, which is another Audible selection, and a standalone SF novel set in the present.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Mcconaughey Fremont, CA USA 05-07-13
    Alexander Mcconaughey Fremont, CA USA 05-07-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Incredible Epic"
    What did you love best about Firestar?

    Unbelievably well executed story of humanity beginning to reach for the stars.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ned is a jock pilot who knows what is truly important.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    He makes the characters come alive. I feel like I'm standing in a room with them hearing them speak.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It evokes a feeling that we as humanity can truly do anything. It also is a refreshing look on the modern education system with a true grasp of the problems my generation is creating in the modern work force.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DonNel 11-30-12
    DonNel 11-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh...."

    I really wanted this to work.... I listened all the way through.... It was just too drawn out....

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell NORWALK, CA, United States 11-17-12
    Darrell NORWALK, CA, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "good but not great"

    Good story but no real pop, excitement or action. Light on the intrigue and have on technical but it kept me hanging on till the end. I don’t know if I stayed with it because I truly enjoyed it or because I was waiting and hoping for the action to begin.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Daniels 09-28-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Kind of left us hanging"

    This is a long drawn out tale. You will need some time to spare to get through it. There are stretches that grab the reader's interest. Those parts will get you through the parts that really drag the momentum down.

    Mr. Flynn develops his characters well through this. The reader gets to know them very well. Alas in the end, he kind of left us in the dark as to what happened to one main character.

    The author did an admirable job of tying space flight, modern educational problems and many people's willingness to come down on the rich simply because they are rich. I like the way he handled the public schools. He also highlights a very real problem that many of the governments of the world are ignoring.

    All in all, this one did ok. It kept me interested even though there were parts that had me thinking, "Come on, lets get back to the good stuff."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bkirk 09-22-14
    bkirk 09-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Series!"
    If you could sum up Firestar in three words, what would they be?

    Futuristic, almost non-fiction, inventive and political.


    What other book might you compare Firestar to and why?

    I consider this whole series as pivotal as Ayn Rand's books.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    All of them! They each have specific personalities and all are displayed with equal importance. I love the fact that he draws the pictures, in inflection and timbre, that the author drew.


    Any additional comments?

    A MUST READ SERIES! A glance at life. Without being overtly combative. I love this series and Malcolm Hillgartner is a wonderful orator: deep voice, great inflection and good timbre. Enjoy the full series. Michael Flynn shows knowledge of the subject, surrounding consequences, foresight, and I would say, as WDC goes, he gets it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald 07-03-14
    Ronald 07-03-14
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    "In a word - Tedious"
    What did you like best about Firestar? What did you like least?

    Trouble identifying with the main characters. Very long and boring.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Flynn? Why or why not?

    I will inquire, but not at the top of my list right now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Goffstown, NH, USA 06-12-14
    Michael Goffstown, NH, USA 06-12-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Don’t Bother."
    Would you try another book from Michael Flynn and/or Malcolm Hillgartner?

    A libertarian fantasy love fest, I’ve been with audible for over 10 years and only one other book was as bad, the narration was good and the story was pretty good too, but the author lets his politics ruin it. I’m not some left-wing nut job but this guys big bad government ranting spoilt a potentially good series. I won’t be down loading anymore of Michael Flynn’s books!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Michael Flynn


    What character would you cut from Firestar?

    the author


    Any additional comments?

    Could of been good...but its not, shallow characters terrible slang “skittles”....REALLY !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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