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Starshine: Aurora Rising, Book One | [G. S. Jennsen]

Starshine: Aurora Rising, Book One

The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.
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Publisher's Summary

Space is vast and untamed, and it holds many secrets.

Now two individuals from opposite ends of settled space are on a collision course with the darkest of those secrets, even as the world threatens to explode around them.

The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.

Alexis Solovy is Earth Alliance royalty, her father a fallen war hero and her mother an influential military leader. But she seeks only the freedom of space and has made a fortune by reading the patterns in the chaos to discover the hidden wonders of the stars.

Nothing about her latest objective suggests the secret it conceals will turn her life - not to mention the entire galaxy - upside down. But a chance encounter with a mysterious spy leads to a discovery which will thrust Alex into the middle of a galactic power struggle and a sinister conspiracy, whether she likes it or not.

When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph, or fall to ruin?

Aurora Rising is an epic tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.

©2014 G. S. Jennsen (P)2014 G. S. Jennsen

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    Douglas Clovis, CA, United States 07-04-14
    Douglas Clovis, CA, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Bodice Ripper Meets Hard Science"

    I guess this book has something for everyone. If you remember the steamy romance novels on check out stands and never read one, you will get your fill here. If you like interesting and speculative science, it's here. If you like the idea of an above-genius level young woman (multiple masters degrees in multiple hard science disciplines) successfully defending her spaceship against an enemy spec op agent who is trying to kill her, this is for you. If you like the same young woman falling in love with her spec op guy, this is for you too. If you like spec op guys who can kill 4 armed guys in under 2 seconds with a knife and his hands, its here for you.The character development is generally excellent. The plot trajectory is predictable while the individual elements are interesting. I did not like the heavy-handed romantic development between Caleb and Alexis (Alex to her friends). I think Ms. Jennsen could have made a good book much better by being more nuanced. In any event, the book is worth the listen. Warning: Do not listen if you do not like being shot off of a cliff at the end. Obviously, there is more to come and all of the plot threads opened here will have to be closed eventually.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Fry Tennessee, USA 08-22-14
    R. Fry Tennessee, USA 08-22-14 Member Since 2012

    OAMC Lover

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    "Better read than listened to"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    1. This isn't a good contender for audio version. There is too much tech talk that doesn't translate well into spoken word. For example: "Sorry, ma'am, according to the Maynard Act 397275-x4001 subsection A-90399-229-4118, subset 304-b..." yeah, say that out loud and see how far you get before you are totally pissed off.
    2. While this is a space opera, we get a lot of scenes about tertiary characters, their whole life stories right up until the park they are in gets blown to bits. Who cares? This was "page filler" and there was a lot of it. If I was reading the book, I could have skimmed this but you can't really do that in audio version.


    Would you recommend Starshine to your friends? Why or why not?

    In print version maybe but not in audible format. if my blind friend had no hands, i still wouldn't recommend the audio version to them.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator wasn't bad. this just should have never been an audio book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, because the screenwriter would have cut all the page filler and gotten down to the pertinent action.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john 08-13-14
    john 08-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not for hardcore sci-fi lovers"
    Would you try another book from G. S. Jennsen and/or Pyper Down?

    Pyper Down definitely.


    Would you ever listen to anything by G. S. Jennsen again?

    Probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine. The narrator needs to master more voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if I was a teenage girl.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of romance but not a lot of science in this one. There are endless passages of personal interactions with the main characters. Everything else is secondary to that and seems shallow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W. Morgan Rockhill Pittsburg, NH USA 07-15-14
    W. Morgan Rockhill Pittsburg, NH USA 07-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A double standard in reviews"

    This was a very good read, fast-paced with very good tech, a good and interwoven storyline with excellent twists and turns. I am looking forward, impatiently, to the next sequel.

    Before buying Starshine I read a number of reviews, one that caught my attention classified the book as "A Science Fiction Bodice Ripper". At first blush, I would have agreed with that, but then I realized just how chauvinistic that opinion was.

    Yes, the book contains the typical amount of requisite sexuality. But to call it a Bodice Ripper simply because it is presented from the Estrogen point of view rather than from the usual Testosterone perspective is indeed simply chauvinistic. OK, she's a bit obsessed with his "strong jawline" but how is that really different from the typical male author's obsession with her shapely figure? Actually I found the turnabout of sexual perspective refreshing and it added a great deal of depth to the characters.

    A worthy space opera...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Alameda, CA, United States 08-29-14
    Chris Alameda, CA, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, but the language and delivery detracts"

    The good stuff first. It's a good story. I won't say it isn't predictable in places, some of them significant. But that doesn't detract a great deal. The story is fun and moves along. I am not going to do spoilers so I'll leave it at that. I think I will be buying the next one too.

    The English... well I need to check the written word against the audio version. "Crumbled to the ground"? Really? Not crumpled? There were quite a few things like that.

    Then there are the anachronisms. Things taken from a Valley Girl lifestyle today. "She grabbed 'a water' from the fridge". In the future we are still stupid enough to pay more for water than for gas? At one point one of the military commanders sounds like she's got a yoga mat under one arm and a bottle of designer water in the other. Really.

    And odd pronunciations. Pyper doesn't strike me as someone who swears much, or she'd know how to do it.

    And then there's the odd spacing "street-rat hacker" gets read as "street rat-hacker". Who hacks rats? That happened all the time, it was a continuous distraction.

    Our heroes are supposed to be adults? They sound like they are 16 and 17. At times they remind me of my brother and his girlfriend in high school.

    And the accents? Was that supposed to be Scottish? Oh, Irish. Well OK. Perhaps Pyper could pay attention next time she is listening to a Mick? And is that French? That French accent reminds me of the outrageous French accent of the British secret agent in Allo Allo. That is not good. But at least it was consistent.

    The worst part is... well why would you read a military commander, the head of a massive galaxy spanning navy as a Valley Girl. Fer shure? Why would you read a decisive military commander's address to their forces like some pathetic HR address to people you are trying to con?

    Really. Listen to some military folks. There are female military commanders. They don't sound like HR dweebs or valley girls.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John C. South Dakota 07-24-14
    John C. South Dakota 07-24-14 Member Since 2003

    Born with earbuds.

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    "Good Story, Too Predictable At Times"
    What made the experience of listening to Starshine the most enjoyable?

    This book is solid Military SciFi. The characterization is good and the overall plot keeps your interest. Be aware that the book has an unforgivable cliff-hanger ending. Unforgivable because nothing is resolved (i.e. no ending) as our heroes embark on a special, dangerous mission to find out what is really going on. The book should have ended on some major milestone being achieved, even if it was just a battle and not the war. Obviously the cliffhanger is less important, if you get the next book, but it is frankly an unprofessional way to write: Every book in a series should be satisfying, even if you stop there. Imagine if Star Wars ended with Luke taking off in his X-wing on a mission to destroy the Death Star . . . roll credits.

    The love interest between two of the main characters is a little off-putting, not because it doesn't belong in a SciFi novel, but because it is cliche, predictable, and time-consuming for the limited value it adds to the characterization. You have two attractive people from different sides of the tracks confined together in a small space and initially snippy and antagonistic--what could possibly happen here? With the third person omniscient narration, you get so much of their inner thoughts that it is sometimes like a friend babbling on and on about their relationship worries. I didn't mind the "love story" that much, but it just sort of derailed the action every so often.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. J 07-17-14
    Mr. J 07-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm in love with Caleb"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Starshine to be better than the print version?

    Not sure. I haven't read the print edition, but the audiobook edition was so well done that I'm going to buy a print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Starshine?

    Caleb. All of Caleb. Caleb, Caleb, Caleb.


    What does Pyper Down bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've truly never heard a narrator with such a wide range of vocal talents. At first I heard the little sample and thought, "Er, is she a robot?" But after five minutes I was totally convinced that she's one of the most talented book readers ever, ever, ever. She MADE this audiobook fantastic.


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

    There was one part I started clapping. (Chapter 47. If you've heard it, you get it.) Because . . .Caleb.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this whole experience. It got me through 1250 miles of driving, and I've still listened to parts of it since. I'll probably listen to the whole thing again, and I'll definitely buy the print version AND the next book.

    If book 2 is an audiobook, I'll also be buying that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 07-14-14
    Connor 07-14-14 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "First Book of a New Series"

    "Starshine" is a Military Sci-Fi Romance. Not the “jump on the sheets and bump the uglies” romance, rather the “I hope he kisses me because my hair looks good today” romance. The Military Sci-Fi part includes space battles, assassinations and political intrigue. The writing is excellent and the narrator has a great laugh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    glcavett 10-21-14
    glcavett 10-21-14
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    "Listen to the sample before you purchase."
    Any additional comments?

    Wanted to like it, but couldn't get into the story line enough for it to outweigh the robotic reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jonny0z0 FL 07-18-14
    jonny0z0 FL 07-18-14 Member Since 2011

    books books

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    "0z0"
    Any additional comments?

    Now in my humble view , this book could be a great one .
    I personally would not have the two main characters acting a teenage love story in space . We know they dig each other but come on killing giant badly evil clowns. ok sex ya check 1 2 3 4 ? Clowns , not so much . Still it's a Sci Fi space themed book at leased
    Get too the real bones of the story . I haven't finished the hole book yet so this is not a criticism it's only 1 view

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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